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STATE OF PLAY(09/E,J,T/S:E,J,T,K,M)

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  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PF3230

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remake of BBC series makes for enjoyable film 23 Aug 2010
By Mark Pack TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This film, staring Russell Crowe and Ben Affleck is an adaptation of the widely-praised BBC six part drama of the same name from 2003. The story is essentially the same - journalist investigating political scandal swirling around a politician who is also an old friend - but transplanted to the US, with the Iraq war as the backdrop with a veneer of blogging added.

Crowe plays the part of the experienced, cynical journalist - a role he landed after Brad Pitt dropped out following script disagreements. The contrast between the unkempt, unglamorous, unfit Crowe and the world of political glamour works well and it is hard to see how Pitt would have carried off the role as well.

(You do have to admire the cheek with which the whole incident is air-brushed out from the film's official Production Notes issued to reviewers at the time of its cinematic release. It's no great surprise that Pitt isn't mentioned, but the Notes do contain this, "When considering actors for the part, the team had a fortunate break. Macdonald [the director] recalls: 'The studio said to me, 'Who do you want?' I said, 'I want the best actor in the world, and that's Russell Crowe.' And they said, 'Okay, let's see'. So we sent Russell the script.")

Although the film's promoters have talked about how the addition of a blogger to the cast of characters makes this film in part about how the old media are coping with the rise of the new media, this is perhaps the least convincing part of the film. Blogging versus traditional journalism gets a few lines early and late in the film, but the core of the film is written as if blogging still didn't exist. Back in 2003, when blogging was much rarer, a key part of the drama of the story was journalists up against newspaper print deadlines.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Thriller 8 Jan 2010
By E. A. Redfearn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Not having seen the British version of this political/murder thriller I wasnt quite sure what to expect. Recommended to me by a relative, and being a fan of Helen Mirren, I went and bought it anyway.

I found the storyline quite absorbing, and was glad that it wasn't padded out; this 2 hour movie being about the right length.

There is no need for me to spell out the plot and the storyline since it has already been covered here. All I need to say is that Russell Crowe steals the movie like he usually does, ably supported by the lovely Rachel McAdams(who is very good, by the way) Ben Affleck who plays a politician with a dubious background, and of course, that wonderful actress Helen Mirren. My only criticism is that the ending seems rather rushed but like I explained earlier, it isn't padded out.

The Blu-Ray disc is very good, with great picture and a surround soundtrack which will test any good home cinema system. Moreover, the extras are just enough to keep the viewer absorbed for a couple of hours (unlike the extras on the Blu-Ray Gladiator which run for more than 10 hours) with picture in picture format; BD Live; deleted scenes; The Making of State of Play; and Washington DC Locations.

If you like Murder/Political thrillers, then you won't go far wrong with this.

Recommended.
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30 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars State of Play 22 Jun 2009
By C. MacLellan VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
The Plot
Following the death of a young Washington intern, crime reporter Cal McCaffrey (Russell Crowe) gets caught up in the murky world of politics and big business.

The Review
At the time of broadcast, the original BBC series State of Play was critically acclaimed and has remained one of the best pieces of television this decade. For the big screen transfer, London becomes Washington, an oil company becomes a private security firm and Bill Nighy (somehow) becomes Helen Mirren. The story has also been updated to reflect issues such as the battle' between old and new journalism and the influence of media conglomerates over news agendas.

Russell Crowe is well suited to the role of slobby journalist Cal McCaffrey, with his straggly hair and expanding waistline; much more so than Bard Pitt, the original occupant of the role. Ben Affleck is slightly stilted as the chisel-jawed Congress, but he was another late entry, replacing Ed Norton. Furthermore, although both are meant to be old college friends, there is very little chemistry between the two, which thus distracts from the morale quandary Cal finds himself in. There are well written roles for the two lead females, Rachel McAdams as journalist 2.0 and Helen Mirren as the ball-breaking editor, although at times, the roles do feel slightly clichéd.

Last King of Scotland helmer Kevin MacDonald does struggle though with his first big Hollywood film. For a political thriller, there isn't much thrilling about it, and when the action finally does come, it feels forced, as if it has been inserted to fill an `action quota'. Also, the final twist at the end of the film feels tagged on just for the sake of having it there.

The Verdict
Despite strong performances, the watered down State of Play is a political thriller strangely lacking in thrills.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the usual Hollywood remake... 5 Nov 2010
Format:DVD
I watched State of Play as the original BBC TV series and absolutely loved it; one of the best TV series I've ever seen. So I watched the film version with more than a hint of trepidation. OK, so it's not as good as the TV series, but for a whole hour less as a feature film, than the six hours for the series, it doesn't do a bad job. The fundamentals of the story are there, as you would expect, but they still manage to make inject a reasonable amount of clever detail into it.

That said, you cannot get around the fact that a defining feature of the original was the time spent with the journos in the newsroom and in the editor's office. Half the story was how a story unfolds in the media, and there's little of that here. Helen Mirren is good with what she's given but nothing like Bill Nighy's character in the original, who the rest of the characters and the whole story seem to hinge around (his decisions make or break the whole story.)

Ultimately, I watched this expecting to be disappointed (yes, that probably means I need to see a head doctor) but still found it pretty good. Made me want to watch the original series again though!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars item not delivered
Never received this dvd so cannot review this product probably as no doubt is a good film with rachel mcadams
Published 1 month ago by lee j march
3.0 out of 5 stars It wont play
I only paid buttons for this DvD so Im not sending it back...the vendor is very good and Ive used them before with no problems and I recommend them I will deal with them again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by L.C
4.0 out of 5 stars efficient and enjoyable
Some thrillers feature police detectives or private eyes. Others feature "amateur" detectives, like lawyers ("The Pelican Brief") or journalists, and this one features... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stanley Crowe
2.0 out of 5 stars dvd
Bought second hand, thank goodness as was a dreadfull film. Was nervous about buying a secondhand dvd. Gutted that i spent more than 1
Published 4 months ago by elliott
4.0 out of 5 stars Good viewing
I saw an excerp of this and then thought I would buy the film.
It was a good film, easy to follow and i ddnt all asleep!
Would recommend.
Published 5 months ago by Barbara Ann
4.0 out of 5 stars Commander Crowe
The mini series State Of Play: Complete BBC Series [2003] [DVD] of 2003 was absolutely top class:the question is how do you follow that? Read more
Published 7 months ago by robert stirling
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch
Too many times have I wasted hours of my precious time on a film with no storyline. This one was recommended to me by my grandmother. Read more
Published 10 months ago by stuart smith
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping
gripping intense movie, Russell Crowe is brilliant. excellent story and fast pace direction, very intriguing keeps you guessing well worth watching
Published 11 months ago by R.I.M.BERRY
3.0 out of 5 stars Well acted
Decent attempt Russell Crowe is always worth watching believable storyline I didn't feel that involved watching it ,the ending was not too difficult to guess what might... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Happy chap
5.0 out of 5 stars Stae of Play
A great film, I thoroughly enjoyed it. A brilliant thriller based on the original BBC series, so obviously not everything exactly the same. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Blue and white
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