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Scent of a Woman [Blu-ray] [1992] [Region Free]

Al Pacino , Chris O'Donnell , Martin Brest    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Chris O'Donnell, James Rebhorn, Philip Seymour Hoffman
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Format: Import, Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Danish, Finnish, Dutch, Greek, Korean, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Mandarin Chinese, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041G67YC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,536 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hoo-ah! After seven Oscar nominations for his outstanding work in films such as The Godfather, Serpico and Dog Day Afternoon, it's ironic that Al Pacino finally won the Oscar for his grandstanding lead performance in this 1992 crowd pleaser. As the blind, blunt, and ultimately benevolent retired Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, Pacino is both hammy and compelling, simultaneously subtle and grandly over-the-top when defending his new assistant and prep school student Charlie (Chris O'Donnell) at a disciplinary hearing. While the subplot involving Charlie's prep-school crisis plays like a sequel to Dead Poets Society, Pacino's adventurous escapades in New York City provide comic relief, rich character development, and a memorable supporting role for Gabrielle Anwar as the young woman who accepts the colonel's invitation to dance the tango. Scent of a Woman is a remake of the 1972 Italian film Profumo di donna. In addition to Pacino's award, Scent of Woman garnered Oscar nominations for director Martin Brest and for screenwriter Bo Goldman. --Jeff Shannon

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), French ( Dolby Surround ), German ( Dolby Surround ), Japanese ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), Portuguese ( Dolby Surround ), Russian ( Dolby Surround ), Spanish ( Dolby Surround ), Chinese ( Subtitles ), Danish ( Subtitles ), Dutch ( Subtitles ), English ( Subtitles ), Finnish ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), German ( Subtitles ), Greek ( Subtitles ), Japanese ( Subtitles ), Korean ( Subtitles ), Norwegian ( Subtitles ), Polish ( Subtitles ), Portuguese ( Subtitles ), Spanish ( Subtitles ), Swedish ( Subtitles ), Turkish ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: Charlie Simms is a boy from Oregon who attends Baird School a Boys boarding school. Not unlike most of the other boys who come from affluent backgrounds Simms is there on a scholarship. He hangs around with George Willis, who's a daddy's boy, and his friends. Now George's friends decides to pull a little prank on the pompous headmaster. The headmaster learns that Charlie and George know who pulled the prank and they refuse to say who. He gives the Thanksgiving Holiday to think about it. He also tells Charlie that he's recommending him to an Ivy League College. Charlie then goes off to a Thanksgiving job--taking care of retired Colonel Frank Slade who's blind when his family goes to visit some family for Thanksgiving. After they leave Slade tells Charlie that he's taking him to New York for his own Thanksgiving celebration. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Golden Globes, Oscar Academy Awards, ...Scent of a Woman (Blu-Ray)


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scent Of A Woman 25 Feb 2005
Format:DVD
I seriously doubt whether there has been a more deserving Oscar performance from a leading actor. Pacino is simply stunning in this virtuoso performance, he dominates the film from start to finish and the act is nothing short of magnificent. Playing retired Army Lt Col Frank Slade, Pacino takes the viewer through a whole range of emotions and feelings, from the dark black humour to tragic despondency; from standing ovation rooting to fatherly love it really does have it all.
Don't get me wrong, the film isn't all about Pacino, a young Chris O'Donnell puts on a great turn as the naive schoolboy and for all of Pacino's dominance of centre stage it's great credit to O'Donnell that his performance also shines.
Both characters are ably supported by a whole host of extras, like O'Donnell's school colleagues who play the rich spoilt arrogant role fantastically well, Gabrielle Anwar as the infamous tango partner who is grace and elegant personified, Leonard Gaines as the Ferrari salesman and I could go on.
The actual film composition is just scene after scene of great drama and emotion and you could pick any one of a couple of dozen of classic moments , just pick your favourite from these perfect instances; Franks and Charles's first meeting, the airplane scene, the Thanksgiving dinner, the school disciplinary council, the suicide attempt and the Ferrari test drive. I could mention several others that are just as good, there really isn't a weak moment in the whole film.
A must for any film fan.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful 18 Aug 2003
Format:DVD
One of those films that I wish I could watch again as if for the first time. If you are a Pacino fan in the slightest then this is a 'must see' for you!
The 'Tango' scene is definitely one of my all time favourite movie moments, Gabriel Anwar is just stunning!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a snap shot of pacinos genius 1 Feb 2004
Format:DVD
Who else could pull it off, a black comedy about a blind retired officer who in all honesty you should hate. he rude blunt and appears to be the most arrogant selfish man to grace the silver screen. But pacino makes you love him. lets face it even when he played satan him self you couldnt help but root for him.
He recrutes a young broke student to look after him for the week end and their time together helps bring out the soldiers softer side. one of the warmest feel good films i have ever seen. Pacinos defence of his friend is touching as it is inspiring. the tango dance scene has to be one of the greatest moments in cinema. alone with as good as it gets this is my favourite film of all time. im fact as far as films go this is as good as it gets. love him or hate him i pity who has never seen this master piece
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The light of blindness 30 Sep 2009
Format:DVD
This one is a masterpiece. First of all because Al Pacino cuts a character he is in no way close to being in real life. He plays a retired lieutenant-colonel which is nothing, but a blind one. His blindness is the symbol, and result, of both a heroic career and a sad end because he was passed over for general. This mixture of so many emotions and feelings and frustrations is marvelously conveyed by the actor. His tone, his behavior, his general stand, his unpredictable reactions, his decision to leave this world and his second decision to stay can be read in the way he speaks, the words he uses, the expressions his blind face carries, his attitudes toward other people, etc. He is a millionaire in emotions. But it is a masterpiece for so many other reasons that I am only going to quote a few. First it is a journey, the journey of a prep school teenager, a student on a scholarship mind you, from Oregon to Cambridge, Massachusetts, then to New York, a round trip with the colonel he is taking care of for the Thanksgiving long week end. This journey, and particularly the lap to New York and the subsequent events, are an initiation. The young chap is to learn what principles are in life and that you have to stand by them, especially if you are poor and fragile in body and social status: then be strong in soul and mind and spirit. Your ethics are your only asset and power in life. He also has to learn how to understand his colonel companion and feel when he has decided to send him buy cigars while he is putting an end to his life and the gun loaded with his bullets are an impressive key to the solitary tower of growing up with death in front of you. Read more ›
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film...Poor Blu-Ray 9 Oct 2011
By Julian
Format:Blu-ray
Let me start by saying that this movie is in my favourite top 20 so my star rating is purely on the Blu-Ray product as are all my reviews.
Picture quality is a SLIGHT improvement from the DVD , but only just !
The sound is fair , although being a none action film my speakers and AV receiver wasn't really put to any real test , but the music score sounded pretty good.

The main reason this gets such a poor star rating is the lack of features of which there is a big fat ZERO!!!!
No audio choices , no behind the scenes , no commentaries , no interviews... not even a trailer , absolutely NOTHING !
Even the home menu page looks rushed and poorly designed and the whole thing just looks like it was done at 5 to 5 on a Friday by someone who had other things on their mind.

For me , given the enormous amount of space you can fit on a Blu-ray (50GB) it just seems like a waste , and no one seems to have bothered to even try as I'm sure there must be interviews/behind the scenes footage somewhere.
The DVD was the same with the lack features , so this really is the most basic of transfers which is a real shame and is a real pet hate of mine when a company who does the transfer just doesn't give you anything more , or put any real effort into making upgraded technology much better than the old !

Managed to get this for under 6 so it's the price that sold me on it and would add nicely to my Blu-Ray collection.
Minimum effort for minimum price...Hoo-Hah !
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Published 21 days ago by Mrs Linda Salt
5.0 out of 5 stars Great.
One of my favourite. movie
Published 23 days ago by shark
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent film.
Published 26 days ago by shelley price
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Great Performances.
Excellent film. Pacino does a rare thing for an American: he acts. His performance is scintillating, although not sure the turning point would have come so easily, if at all. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Fleecy Moss
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and moving film
Love this film. Pacino's best performance in my opinion :) Definately worth purchasing especially if you havent seen it before :)
Published 1 month ago by Henry L. Walter
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice, grainy film about a man
My girlfriend hates this. I love it.It is easy to understand the protagonist, blinded in the war, sour, but not yet beaten down. Read more
Published 1 month ago by N. Tuson
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie
One of Al Pacino's finest roles! His true talent shines through...if you're a Pacino fan and you haven't seen this one yet.....pick it up.....you'll be glad you did!
Published 2 months ago by Jayne Aulis
5.0 out of 5 stars Scent of a Woman
I was looking forward to seeing this film after seeing a clip on another programme. I loved the film especially where he does the tango. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Enough Room Left for Personal Contemplation
If I remember correctly, this movie earned Pacino an Oscar, and provided a platform for Chris O'Donnell to springboard his career (which he duly wasted). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Daniel Rozman
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
I brought this as a present for a friend who is in her 70,s so she ed tells me it's her favourite film thanks Amanda
Published 4 months ago by amanda rose moody
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