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Rent [DVD] [2006]


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  • Actors: Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel
  • Directors: Chris Columbus
  • Format: Anamorphic, Widescreen, PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: Icelandic, Dutch, Romanian, Greek, Czech, Italian, Hungarian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Aug 2006
  • Run Time: 135 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000FS9PAS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,207 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera RENT tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic. RENT is based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway. The raw and riveting musical stars Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp and Tracie Thoms and is directed by Chris Columbus.

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Rent, the show that in 1996 gave voice to a Broadway generation, has finally become an energetic, passionate, and touching movie musical. Based loosely on Puccini's La Bohème, it focuses on the year in the life of a group of friends in New York's East Village--"bohemians" who live carefree lives of art, music, sex, and drugs. Well, carefree until Mark, an aspiring filmmaker (Anthony Rapp), and Roger, an aspiring songwriter (Adam Pascal), find out they owe a year's rent to Benny (Taye Diggs), a former friend who had promised them free residence when he married the landlord's daughter. Roger has also attracted the attention of his downstairs neighbor, Mimi (Rosario Dawson), while Mark's former girlfriend, Maureen (Idina Menzel), has found a new romance in a lawyer named Joanne (Tracie Thoms). Philosophy professor Tom (Jesse L. Martin) finds his soul mate in drag queen Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia). But because this is the late-'80s, the threat of AIDS is always present.

The remarkable thing about Rent the movie is that nearly 10 years after the show debuted on Broadway, six of the eight principals return in the roles they originated. They're a bit older than would be ideal for their characters, but they do have the advantage of having learned the show directly from creator Jonathan Larson (who died of an aortic aneurysm while the show was in previews), plus they started young--we're not exactly talking Sarah Brightman and Michael Crawford here. Alongside a polished performance like Rapp's--sometimes observer-commentator, sometimes participant in two of the score's showstoppers, "The Tango Maureen" and "La Vie Boheme"--the two new additions (Thoms in place of Fredi Walker, Dawson in place of the edgier Daphne Rubin-Vega) slip comfortably into the ensemble; the pivotal Dawson makes a seductive case as Mimi when she tempts Roger in the mesmerizing "Light My Candle" or burns up the stage of the Catscratch Club in "Out Tonight." Moviegoers who have an aversion to people who break into song while walking down the street probably won't have their minds changed by Rent (even if they are singing rock songs), and the gritty subject matter and lack of big-name stars make it unlikely to cross over to general audiences the way Chicago did. But fans of musicals should find "Seasons of Love" as stirring as ever, and the show's passionate admirers--the "Rentheads"--probably couldn't have wished for a more sympathetic director than Rent fan Chris Columbus, or a more faithful representation of the show they love. --David Horiuchi

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sheen on 5 Mar 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Good Lord, I love this film. I have never seen the stage production - but this film makes me want to.

The first time I watched it - it was good, don't get me wrong - but it takes a few times to really listen to the lyrics, watch subtleties in performances (there's a huge amount going on in any single frame), get over the fact that not only is it a musical, but that even dialogue is sung much of the time.

Once you've swallowed all of that, you're left with an enormously enjoyable film to sing along to. That and the overriding positive uplifting message that's suitable for anyone, not just those living with HIV or AIDS. No day but today.

Notable performances from each of the main cast members (6 out of 8 from the original broadway show), although I think Taye Diggs may have a right to feel short-changed. In order to fit the movie timeline, a couple of his key character arc scenes were cut. Small gripe, and it did fit the overall flow...

DVD is good, deleted scenes good to watch, especially the cut song "Goodbye Love", commentary from Chris Columbus, Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal is informative - with good insights about deceased creator Jonathan Larson's vision. The only thing missing is that I think in the US this was a 2 disc version, with an extra documentary. Still a good buy though.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By M. C. Crawley on 9 Jun 2008
Format: Blu-ray
Rent was written and composed by Jonathan Larson who spent several years pushing hard to get it on stage. Unfortunately during the last night of rehearsal before the stage show Jonathan tragically died alone in his apartment....His memory lives on in this very dramatic pulsating musical with a terrific score....The energy of the actors/artists who also acted in the stage equivalent is phenomenal.Rent is a story of eight close friends living in Manhattans Alphabet City in run down buildings with no electric or heating facing eviction as they try to survive......Chris Columbus portrays the characters very dramatically from HIV positive
aids sufferers of whose story is very touching and sad. Don't be put off as this is not a dull film quite the opposite... this is a modern day rock masterpiece transferred gloriously onto Blu-ray as I owned the dvd but both the picture is a lot sharper and the sound is really breathtaking....Jonathan Larsons Pulitzer prize winning adaption onto screen lives on ....This was a super talented young man and his storyline is one of the most dramatic touching extra's on blu-ray that I have seen with the loss of such a great talent but his stage and film production crew do his memory proud...."Well done Jonathan".....buy it you won't regret it....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By GoldenPhantom on 13 Aug 2006
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This film is absolutly stunning, the music , the acting and also most importantly the storyline. This rock opera allows you to see the problems in which we as citizens face in the modern world, these include HIV/Aids and also drug addiction. Be swept off your feet and intranced in this magical musical and be left with an experience that will leave even the cold hearted person weeping. This musical is special and also close to me and offfers a stunning and inspiring score right up there with other musicals such as Grease , Phantom Of The Opera and Les Miserables. EXPERIENCE THE MAGIC OF RENT!!!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gem on 24 Jan 2008
Format: DVD
As a film geek... or film buff... either way... I can't watch any film without studying it from every angle. I'm also a writer and Independent film-maker, so I pick at any film I watch so much it even irritates me sometimes. Also, to me, musicals should be magical, whatever their themes or styles. Musicals are magic. I'm just pointing this out because when I say this movie is faultless, you realise my standards.

I'm one of the unlucky majority who hasn't seen the live original version, so you'll have to read another review for a true opinion on that. I do know that there have been very few complaints, which I'm pleased about.

So, as far as this movie goes, it is unique, (a word thrown around a lot, I know, often without merit). But through its varying, though seamless, powerful music styles, fabulous, controversial story-telling, comedic to heart-stopping themes, talent that is just beautiful to watch and unusual but not gimmicky directing, (for example the use of Mark's camera as the POV) I stand by my use of the word unique... which should mean something remarkable: more than it usually does, because of its overuse. That was an incredibly long sentence/description - apologies. ;-)

Now this is the bit where I contradict myself. The DVD could have offered us more. Given that Jonathan Larson was such a genius to create the original musical to begin with and his fascinating and of course, tragic life-story, it would have added an extra layer to learn more about him on the DVD, let alone the actors, (which has been pointed out included 6 of the original players). Again, we have to turn to Region 1 for Special Editions/2-Disc releases. Just a personal irritation was the exclusion of 'Goodbye Love', one of my favourite songs, (I'm a sucker for the sad bits).
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By BigStan on 10 Aug 2006
Format: DVD
The musical, the film, of course five stars. But this as a dvd package this is such a blatent rip-off for us Brits. You can get the American Region 1 two disc edition for less than ten quid if you shop around online. The second disc has an amazing two hour doc charting the life of writer/composer Larson and it tracks the life of the show through it's birth all the way through to the process of making the movie. It is well worth getting the the two disc version and is interesting to newcomers and fans alike. And it's cheaper. Great great film, crap dvd. Stop letting the studios rip us off and buy the import version.
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