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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates, Lorian Gish, Timothy McCartney
  • Directors: Sam Mendes
  • Producers: Sam Mendes, Bobby Cohen, John Hart, Scott Rudin
  • Format: PAL
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SAO32C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,656 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while tryi ng to raise their two children. Based on a novel by Richard Yates

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In Revolutionary Road, Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio reunite for the first time since their careers exploded with Titanic--and it's almost as if they're playing the same characters, only married and faced with the hollowness of a 1950s suburban existence. Frank and April Wheeler (DiCaprio and Winslet) always thought of themselves as special, but they settled in a conventional Connecticut suburb when they had children. Hungry for a less constricted life, April persuades Frank to move to Paris--but slowly their plans unravel and their marriage unravels along with it. While Revolutionary Road may be a bit too glib about suburban emptiness--the lives Frank and April lead don't seem so stifled--the portrait of a mismatched marriage is vivid and devastating. The ways that Frank and April misinterpret each other, and the subtle yet unbearable dissatisfaction they feel, is rendered with remarkable and unsettling acuteness. Winslet and DiCaprio's natural chemistry tells us what drew these two together, making the way they tear each other apart all the more shocking. The excellent supporting cast includes Kathy Bates (Misery), Dylan Baker (Happiness), and especially Michael Shannon (Bug) as a mentally troubled mathematician who cuts to the quick of the Wheelers' troubles. Mention must be made of the beautiful production design; the costumes and sets are simply gorgeous. --Bret Fetzer

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3.6 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By molly on 31 Mar. 2014
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oh my god i love these two. this is not an easy film to watch but my goodness it is worth it. the leads are perfect together and have such a connection in real life that it translates on to the screen. you watch this film like a guilty outsider as they tear each other and their relationship apart. it is genius, sad and a whole other mix of feelings and emotions. you so want it to work for them that you cant look away - brilliant support by Michael Shannon. why hasn't Leonardo Dicaprio won an Oscar?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 6 Aug. 2011
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It's the mid 1950s and Frank and April Wheeler are not so much facing the seven year itch in their marriage, but more an opening wound from which forms a chasm of despair that is luring them in.

Revolutionary Road is a tough sell as a piece of entertainment, in fact it's probably best to sell it as a tough uncompromising expose of a drifting suburbanite relationship. Adapting from Richard Yate's misery laden "classic," director Sam Mendes and his team have crafted an actors piece that is as rewarding as it most definitely is a downer. Full of deceit and sadness, it's only really with the complexities of the characters that the discerning viewer can be pulled in to the perspectives of the protagonists. That this occurs is testament to the acting ability of both Kate Winslet {April} and Leonardo DiCaprio {Frank}. Arguably two of the best actors of their generation, they each give it such believability, such desperation, it offers up an anti-dote to any effects driven picture rising up the current DVD sales charts.

Clinically directed by Mendes, and given a lush 50s sheen from Roger Deakins visuals, Revolutionary Road is a must see of modern era, dramatic, dialogue driven films. If one is likely to want to see it again after viewing it is questionable. The DVD sales will make for interesting reading I feel. But once viewed it's unlikely that you are ever likely to forget having let the piece get under your skin. Something I think that this film will achieve to the majority of like minded adults after some like minded adult cinema. 8/10
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marcia TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 Mar. 2011
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If you think that seeing two people argue and tear each other to pieces emotionally is entertaining then you will love this film. If you like the sort of film that shows a sort of happily married couple fighting and falling out then you will love this film. If you are a fan of the sort of confrontational domestic shouting match you get in soaps like Eastenders then this is the film for you.
I personally don't like any of those things. However this film, despite the depressing situation that the characters find themselves in, does have some good qualities which make it work as a gritty drama.
April and Frank are a young married couple with kids in 1950s America. They are in a predictable situation where life seems ordinary. (Like most of us) April dreams of escaping their routine and moving to Paris. She persuades Frank and they plan to move. They are both unfaithful to each other as events take a turn and Frank gets the chance of promotion in his, up to now dead end job. And April gets pregnant again. We see through character development that they love each other but don't really understand each other. They argue and things get bitter.
Things are a bit bleak in this movie about humanity and the ordinary lives of people. But there is a tremendous effort from the Directors and Producers to create a very effective atmospheric glimpse into the troubled lives of these two main characters.
It is well acted and the tragic nature of the drama make you feel for the two main characters. There is profoundness in this story that often our lives can seem ordinary. Often it seems that other people have glamorous lifestyles. It is other people that do something different with their lives. But truth is that to other people our own lives can seem glamorous.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Russ Minahan on 2 Sept. 2009
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A fantastic film looking at suburban life and the basic desires that drive people. Kate Winslet stands head and shoulders above most other actresses with an amazing performance, managing to instill a believable humanity in what could have been a very unsympathetic character. If you're feeling frustrated with your life then this film really strikes a cord.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rose on 13 Mar. 2011
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While the film starts slowly there's a dramatic build-up that's worth the wait. The film is full of depth and both the lead and main supporting actors are excellent. Not for the faint-hearted though! I have just watched it and already want to see it again.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By O E J TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a review of the standard definition DVD, not the Blu-ray version.

Based on the late Richard Yates novel of the same title written nearly fifty years ago, Revolutionary Road is a drama surrounding a Connecticut couple living the suburban American dream of the 1950s whose marriage turns from sweet and nice-as-pie to something altogether more bitter and distasteful. Of course it brings together the leading actors of the biggest-selling movie of all time (Titanic, in case you didn't know) and once again I think Dicaprio is the weak link of the two, because although he has gained a lot of experience over the past decade and more, and has matured as an inevitability, so too has Kate Winslet, who shows her genuine A-list rating and who has garnered widespread acclaim for a number of leading awards. In this film she plays a housewife who believes that there must be more to life outside of and beyond their comfortable, white-picket-fenced but mundane existence. She puts the idea of a trip to Paris to her sceptical, conformist and less ambitious husband.

This is very much an actors' piece and something that I was eagerly looking forward to, not least because the man at its helm is none other than Sam Mendes (Kate Winslet's real-life husband) who also directed AMERICAN BEAUTY, one of the best films I have ever seen. Perhaps because of that I expected more satire, more black humour than is actually the case - but then I have not read the novel so these were, I now know in hindsight, misplaced expectations. This film is none the worse for any absence of cynical stereotypes, however. Instead it is intense to the point of being gruelling and draining, but ultimately a rewarding, memorable and emotionally gripping experience.
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