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Sideways [DVD]

Paul Giamatti , Thomas Haden Church , Shake Tukhmanyan    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Thomas Haden Church, Virginia Madsen, Sandra Oh, Marylouise Burke
  • Directors: Shake Tukhmanyan
  • Producers: Rolfe Kent
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 16 May 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (168 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007RUSGW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,167 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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With Sideways, Paul Giamatti (American Splendor, Storytelling) has become an unlikely but engaging romantic lead. Struggling novelist and wine connoisseur Miles (Giamatti) takes his best friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church, Wings) on a wine-tasting tour of California vineyards for a kind of extended bachelor party. Almost immediately, Jack's insatiable need to sow some wild oats before his marriage leads them in into double-dates with a rambunctious wine pourer (Sandra Oh, Under the Tuscan Sun) and a recently divorced waitress (Virginia Madsen, The Hot Spot)--and Miles discovers a little hope that he hasn't let himself feel in a long time. Sideways is a modest but finely tuned film; with gentle compassion, it explores the failures, struggles, and lowered expectations of mid-life. Giamatti makes regret and self-loathing sympathetic, almost sweet. From the director of Election and About Schmidt. --Bret Fetzer

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Sideways (Region 2)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sensational taste 27 July 2009
Format:DVD
A trully marvellous film that I watched by accident on a plane to the States. I love this film and can watch it repeatedly. Mid-life crisis meets road-movie meets stag weekend, all with the sophisticated backdrop of a wine-tasting trip. It is quite hilarious in parts but also dry as a bone. The groom to be having to make up an excuse for his broken nose decides his best man's car must show signs of a road accident, the result sums up the tragic and comic nature of thyis film. Watch it.
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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb acting 11 Sep 2006
Format:DVD
I agree with another reviewer, you do have to have lived a little to fully appreciate this film. If you have ever experienced rocky highs and lows, then you may well find something here for you. You don't have to be male to appreciate the struggles and poignancy contained herein.

All the characters are simply superb. Anyone who has felt on an emotional rollercoaster for whatever reason, will be able to feel for, as well as laugh with, the character Miles, who is played so superbly here. There is plenty of pathos and laughter to be found here, and the ridiculousness of the human condition is laid bare without the usual Hollywood gloss. Virginia Madsen is also simply wonderful in this. I finished watching this with a real regret that I would see no more of these wonderfully flawed and rich characters.

There are many moments in this film that are funny. The humour is in a recognition of our own humanity at best and worst. To see Miles (Giamatti) act as a man on the edge is a joy to behold. His loss and rejection reflects the difficulties we all face, and I like that the film deals with this in a very `un-Hollywood' way. How one moment we can lose it and feel utter despair, but, how we can be coaxed out of this a few minutes later by a good friend to feel something encroaching on normality again. This is a film that I will gladly watch again and again.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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A simple premise - Jack is about to get married and his friend Miles takes him on a holiday of wine-tasting and golf. Except the holiday Jack has in mind has a slightly different emphasis. And it's the last thing Miles needs right now...

There are enough reviews on here without me adding to the details of the film, but I recommend you stick to reading the positive reviews. The negative ones seem to miss the point, going by some of their ridiculous criticisms...

'the characters are unlikeable'.
Actually, the characters are refreshingly human and believable. They have their good and bad sides, like all of us, and the actors draw out the humour in their flaws, and even sympathy where appropriate. Especially Paul Giametti as the intellectual wine-expert, Miles, who was clearly once a popular, amusing guy until the collapse of his marriage sent him into a tailspin of uncontrollable alcohol binges. Anyone who dismisses the film because the characters are 'dislikable' I suggest either has a mighty opinion of themselves, or, more likely, sees something of themselves in the characters.

'It isn't funny'
We don't all have the same sense of humour do we? There isn't a comedy or comedian on earth that everyone likes. I found Sideways funny, but the comedy is consistently and delightfully subtle. It emerges from the characters, it's sprinkled throughout the dialogue and it's brought beautifully to life by the leads' performances. Yes, it probably goes over the head of anyone looking for easy laughs without paying much attention and those that dislike dialogue-driven films. What I will say is that I find it funnier with each repeated viewing (and I've watched it several times now!).

'It's boring'
The film requires a modicum of patience and attention.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "no going to the dark side...OK" 16 May 2005
Format:DVD
Miles has decided to take Jack on a bachelor road trip for some hedonistic fun before he eventually gets married a week later. Miles's idea was for the two of them to enjoy Jack's last few days of freedom together in wine country and perhaps play some golf but Jack has other ideas.
to go into anymore detail would be to ruin the whole experience for you, so i'll stop now.
this film reminded me so much of classic '70's movies particularly those of Hal Ashby such as Harold and Maude and The Last Detail. were so much more emphasis is placed on characters rather than plot, which in my mind almost always makes for a more interesting experience. unfortunately some people will and have disagreed...their loss. Miles and Jack are very interesting characters, Miles is particularly prickly but Giamatti's excellent performance manages to get us to care and love the character neverthless, he is if you like the new Bill Murray playing the sort of depressed, world weary characters directors like Wes Anderson and Sofia Coppola have excelled in creating for Murray. how he never recieved an academy nod is beyond me. Jack is lovable straight away with his witty fun loving antics but his infidelity makes you question his behaviour. Thomas Haden Church's performance is equal to that of Giamatti's and he definately deserved an Oscar over Morgan Freeman who was playing the same stereotypical role of reliable sidekick that he always does in the majority of his films, but anyway.
the supporting cast is equally good as well with, particularly Virginia Madsen.
the direction is understated and there are some incredibly hilarious, poignant and sad moments particularly for Miles as he struggles to accept the rejection he sees everywhere. The ending was particularly brave and allows the characters to linger on after you have watched the film and wonder "what are they doing now" perhaps the greatest compliment i could pay to a film so interested and focused with its characters.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting relaxed movie
I went with very medium hopes which were far exceeded. Beautiful cinematography. Quite serious in parts without veering into melodrama. Read more
Published 6 days ago by D. A. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars great DVD at a very reasonable price
It arrived day after ordering in great condition. It is an excellent film - just a pity it is not available in bluray format
Published 17 days ago by daconi Ltd
5.0 out of 5 stars Best ever
This is one of my all time favorite films, I've probably watched 7,8 times now. The plot is full of real life events and complications. Read more
Published 17 days ago by R. Goncalves
1.0 out of 5 stars Morose and unfunny
Found it impossible to feel any empathy whatsoever toward either of these self-obsessed, dishonest losers. Read more
Published 2 months ago by vivienne-b
5.0 out of 5 stars Bought for a friend.
This is one of those unflashy 'word of mouth' films - recommended to me by someone who'd seen it, not by reviews or advertising. A brilliant film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Susan Warren
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
Simply one of the top films of the past 13 years. I've now seen it 20 times and never tire of it. It's warm, funny, totally engaging and the characters are superbly written and... Read more
Published 5 months ago by L J Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
We love this film..Purchased in order to free up space on DVD hard drive. Did not want to delete as always enjoyable viewing
Published 7 months ago by aging romantic
3.0 out of 5 stars Film with depth.
This is not your typical action packed fast paced film but is definetely worth watching. Miles one of the main characters was depicted brilliantly. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Juddz444
2.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing
I found the male characters immature and tedious. Their acting was spot on. It was more like a teenage silliness than an adult, supposedly professional, storyline. Read more
Published 8 months ago by G B Othen
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
Am I reviewing the movie or the DVD? ......you put it in the DVD player, and sit back to watch the film.....you either like it or you dont.....
Published 8 months ago by Ian Griffiths
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