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The Postman Always Rings Twice [DVD] [1981]


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  • Actors: Jack Nicholson, Jessica Lange, John Colicos, Michael Lerner, Anjelica Huston
  • Directors: Bob Rafelson
  • Format: PAL, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006ZZTUQO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 52,996 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Brand New & Factory Sealed. Region 2 PAL (UK & Europe). IMPORTANT: This is the official Czech release. The front cover is exactly as pictured and the back cover has Czech text. The film itself has optional Czech sound & subtitles on/off. ORIGINAL ENGLISH SOUNDTRACK - GUARANTEED > > > > > In "The Postman Always Rings Twice", Jack Nicholson teamed up again with his "Five Easy Pieces" and "King of Marvin Gardens" director Bob Rafelson for this 1981 version of James M. Cain's hardboiled novel of lust and murder. This version takes a much grittier (and sexually explicit) approach to the material than the slick 1946 MGM version starring John Garfield and Lana Turner. Nicholson plays Frank Chambers, a drifter who happens upon a roadside diner run by Cora Papadakis (Jessica Lange) and her swarthy Greek husband, Nick (John Colicos). Sparks fly, and before you can say l'amour fou, Frank and Cora are making the beast with two backs on the kitchen table. One thing leads to another and they conspire to murder Nick. The movie is still a little too cold and distant to fully convey a hot-blooded passion that leads to murder, but it is a strangely haunting and disturbing film nevertheless. The screenplay is by David Mamet, the photography is by the great Sven Nykvist (Ingmar Bergman's cinematographer), and watch for Anjelica Huston in a supporting role. --Jim Emerson

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caramba! on 11 Feb. 2015
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
In typical 80s style, Rafelson's remake of this noir classic is remembered for the notorious table-top sex scene between Lange and Nicholson - and that's a real shame, because it's that scene which actually skews the entire movie and tears the heart out of what should have been a noir classic of star-crossed passion.

By opting for the explicitly steamy rather than the heartwrenching emotion of the 1946 classic, Rafelson paints an unsympathetic portrait of the two leads from the outset, which, whilst in-keeping with the rules of noir, does somewhat distance the viewer from engaging with Lange especially for much of the first half of the film.

The second half makes up for it however as the inevitable tragedy is built up with terrific pace and gut-punching suspense, and the outcome of it all does leave the audience feeling a real connection with the ill-fated pair. The acting really improves as the film progrsses, but that's very much in tandem with the improvement in the script.

This really is a good movie, it has aged well and looks and sounds fantastic in a widescreen print on (region free) blu-ray. Ultimately, it's one of Lange's better performances and Nicholson is memorably roguish, albeit with a heart, in the way only Nicholson can be.

Recommended, if you can forgive the table-ending, and at this price it's a steal!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Little John on 26 Jan. 2014
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I ordered this film as I knew that my sons would like it (they are both adults). It came from the Czech Republic complete with Czech writing on the box and menus, and soundtrack also in Czech, but this was a minor detail as the DVD contains the original English soundtrack and also subtitles if you need them. Also supplied was an instruction sheet giving simple to follow instructions of how the select the English soundtrack from the Czech menu system. We didn't need them however as one of my sons was able to work out how to do this himself in seconds.
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8 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 July 2001
Format: VHS Tape
At the time of its release this film attracted considerable notoriety for its explicit sex-on-the-kitchen table scene. Apart from that, this is a pretty unmemorable film, although it's hard to fault the performances of either Jack Nicholson or Jessica Lange. You could put it down to a lack of 'chemistry' between the two stars, but in my opinion it's simply that a story such as this deserves to be told in moody black-and-white.
In the early 1980's there was a minor Hollywood craze for remaking classic 'film noir' movies from the late 1940's. This film (like 'Cat People', whch came out at about the same time) was not a bad film, but its main achievement was to remind everyone how good the original film was.
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Great film,thanks for the great service
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7 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Basilides on 16 Aug. 2008
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This is not the sort of film I normally like to watch and the first time I saw it it left a bad taste in my mouth and even made me bad-tempered when I got home from the cinema. But at the same time I was left very much aware that the sex scene in the kitchen had produced in me that feeling of awe and admiration which is the authentic recognition of the Sublime. I was convinced from the start that here was one of the finest things ever seen on film - a ten minute work of art in itself, comparable, on different grounds, to anything that Manny Farber had ever singled out from it's context.
Since then I have been compelled to admire the sheer craftsmanship with which the film is put together - its tone, texture, pace, editing, acting, everything. The entire first 20 minutes of the film leading up to the scene in the kitchen is as impeccable a piece of film art as I've ever seen.

Anyone reasonably versed in literature could hardly fail to recognise that this is a re-working of 'Therese Raquin' after Macbeth, with the new background for the tragedy of 30's Depression America. And this is almost a Tragedy in the Aristotelian or literary sense, but of these two particular individuals as representative of humanity in general.
It's down to that sex scene in the kitchen and its sheer human/godlike mixture of weakness/grandeur which achieves the sort of grand pathos, or human sublime, that 'Gladiator' aims for in the early battle scene and its slow motion 'musical conclusion' (I mention Gladiator because almost everyone will know the sequence I refer to and NOT because it's particularly good or effective). That scene, I mean the one with Lange and Nicholson, lingers with us for the rest of the film as they go through the all too fallible and human consequences of that experience.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Alia Toama on 29 April 2014
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I like it very much but then again am jack nichlson fan it is a nice movie and it is a good price
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By Shin Kumashiro on 1 Mar. 2015
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Nicholdon is awessome
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By christine halton on 14 Mar. 2015
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fanrastic film
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