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W [DVD]

Josh Brolin , Elizabeth Banks , Oliver Stone    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Mar 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001NDT9SC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,259 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Oliver Stone directs this dramatisation of the life and eight-year presidency of George W Bush. The film features an all-star cast playing the White House's most high-profile figures, with Josh Brolin as the president, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney, Jeffrey Wright as Secretary of State Colin Powell, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice and James Cromwell as George Bush Senior. Like other Oliver Stone movies, it polarised opinion almost immediately on its release. While some have seen the film as a two-hour character assassination, others have complained that it is too sympathetic towards the president.

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W. is a 2008 American film based on the life and presidency of George W. Bush. It was produced and directed by Oliver Stone, written by Stanley Weiser, and stars Josh Brolin as Bush, with a cast that includes Ellen Burstyn, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, Thandie Newton, Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, and Richard Dreyfuss.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the hook...? 20 Nov 2009
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Oliver Stone brings his undeniable talent to this biopic of George `Dubya' Bush.. supported by one of those to-die-for casts he seems to have at his beck and call. There's no question this is slickly put together, and that Josh Brolin is completely convincing as the title character .... but as a movie experience there is just something missing.
Stone presents Bush as a follower rather than a leader. Someone who is driven by being under the shadow of his brother in his parents eyes, and whose political drive to succeed is a mirror of his drive to succeed in his father's eyes. Surrounding him, we have a veritable who's who of Hollywood acting as all the well known string pullers behind him and around him - most of whom are thinly drawn, not being the centre of attention - but of all of them, Richard Dreyfuss does a surprisingly good job of fleshing out Dick Cheney. There's a little jolt of energy whenever he has a moment on screen, particularly sparring with Colin Powell. But these are asides, with W's evolving character being the focus, and so as the movie goes on, we see Bush at different times of his life. From College pranks through trying to find a job he wants to keep, meeting Laura, becoming born again (watch out for a great Stacey Keach turn) and starting his political career.. all told non linearly, interspersed with the period of time that will dominate his place in history - going to war with Iraq.
With all those fine ingredients however, it seems that something has been left out - some excitement, some dramatic hook to draw you in. Frankly, Bush's life, rather like his presidency some would argue, is rather dull. In the end, the enjoyment of the movie is in the details..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard to judge 29 Mar 2009
Format:DVD
W (DVD) 2008 raises a number of questions. The task of reviewing is a little harder for me due to nature of movie. George W Bush term at office was one of the most controversial reigns at the White House. The path to George W Bush becoming 43rd president is really interesting to explore. Direct comparisons can be drawn towards Nixon, who resigned as president due to the much publicised scandal that forced the situation. Nixon was similar to Bush in many respects. We learn great deal about the ex-president as an individual.

A few of facts are correct and well researched. I remember watching a few press conferences featuring Bush and at times he cannot handle criticism by admitting to mistakes, particularly the Iraq war. One journalist did ask "What is the biggest mistake you have made?". He remained speechless and that moment is shown in the movie.

I find the journey to the earlier days in Texas of Bush fascinating and interesting as it portrays Bush as a drunken, loud and loser in life, as he lacks the sticking power in jobs. Politics was never his first love. The father gave Bush JNR a good kick in the backside and this did the trick in Bush realising true ambitions in life. The movie runs parallel, as it switches between current days and past history of Bush. The father legacy is well touched upon about George Senior Bush and how the son followed the footsteps of his father.

My main issues raised in the movie: To what extent the facts presented reveal the truth and complete picture? Does the movie provide an accurate and complete portrait? It does to a certain degree. Significant parts of Bush's life are still missing. There is hardly much mention of the publicised friendship with ex-British Prime Minister Tony Blair and any focus on marriage life.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars W, Blu-Ray 31 Mar 2009
By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
`W' follows George W Bush's path to the Whitehouse and when there, the path to war with Iraq. He comes across as a spoilt, rich boy desperately seeking his fathers approval and who slowly starts to believe his own hype and propaganda. This film shows how much influence Cheney actually had and also how much Karl Rove manipulated and lead Bush throughout his political career. The war is shown to be about oil and imperialist ambition and although Bush believed in what he was doing, he is shown to be misguided and flawed in his world view. This film is well directed with excellent performances from both Brolin and Dreyfuss. Thandie Newton, on the other hand, was terrible, her accent and overall acting is very wooden and lacks any skill whatsoever. Bush comes across as a very religious man and ultimately he let his religion influence his politics, to the detriment of world political stability and this film shows that aspect very well. This isn't the most flattered bio-pic of George W Bush but it does give a deeper understanding of his character, even if it does reinforce your negative opinions of him and his deeply flawed administration. Worth a viewing.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Son of George 8 Feb 2009
Format:DVD
Although a noble effort I thought the film a tad too long and focused too much on his relationship with his father at the expense of including more on some of the key defining moments in the 8 years W was President (the contested 2000 election for instance was just skipped over). I was also expecting a little bit more 'insider knowledge' on some of the decision-making that went on at the WH during this time. Some of this, such as the scene in the 'war room' was just a little bit too neat. We know this stuff - show us wnat we don't know! For example the dynamics and interplay of the chief protagonists in the WH could have been given more realism.
In short I would have liked to see the film be as creative and surprising in how it dealt with the later policital life of W as it was on his earlier personal life. Excellent as many of the 'biographical' scenes were, this created a slightly disjointed feeling to the film as a whole. Some punches were pulled I felt.
Perhaps it was too early to make this film as Bush was still president at the time?
Having said that Brolin is fantastic in the lead and channelled Bush as a person rather than a characature which wasn't an easy thing to do. But I think the oscar nod should go to Dreyfuss for best supporting actor, for his outstanding portrayal of the enigma that is Dick Cheney. At times resembling him so much physically, he had just the right nuance of subtle menace and glimpses of possible insanity presented with a thick veneer of seeming normality that it was never overdone. Definitely Dreyfus's best performance to date.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Bush Behind the Spotlight
A great behing-the-scenes look at the factors that made this man to be rated "the third worst President in American history", according to various historians. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Gary Hussey
5.0 out of 5 stars great film based on the life of George W. Bush!!
brilliant film. Josh Brolin played President George W. Bush better than anyone else. this film plays out the life of Bush in one film and is definitely worth a watch to anyone.
Published 13 months ago by Darren Monaghan
4.0 out of 5 stars WHY W?
Bought this out of curiosity and I am glad that I did.
I was surprised to enjoyit as much as I did.
Published 20 months ago by L. Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Mish-Mash
More rubbish from Oliver Stone, badly acted and badly directed very little to enage the viewer, overpriced at 10p waste of time.
Published 20 months ago by William John Byrne
2.0 out of 5 stars Huh?
It's hard to imagine the creator of Nixon and JFK made this film. It's a far too sympathetic portrayal of the Neo Cons.
Published 21 months ago by Darth_Awesome
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greatest political movies ever !!
I love Oliver stone and am myself a liberal conservative .I like to get a variety of perspectives on issues and I am in between the right and the left . Read more
Published 22 months ago by davidinator
1.0 out of 5 stars Another Clanger From George "Dubya"
Oliver Stone used to be one of my favourite directors: challenging, interesting with strong editing, a great soundtrack and a solid and dependable couple of hours... Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2012 by Tim Kidner
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pale Depiction, but in Many Ways Accurate, of the Appallingly Wicked...
The two-terms long Presidential Administration of George W. Bush, Jr., was among the most iniquitous political broods of vipers in history postdating the First World War, in the U. Read more
Published on 19 Jan 2012 by Gerald Parker
2.0 out of 5 stars DUBYA
Not bad; not one of Oliver Stone's best but the subject matter was pretty lousy ! We must all have given up asking ourselves why the United States always elects lousy Presidents,... Read more
Published on 17 Jan 2012 by Fuenterino
1.0 out of 5 stars Anti-Bush, well duh and boring to boot
Given that this is directed by Hugo Chavezs best pal you don't expect it to be fair and balanced like Fox News but this is so one sided that even Bush haters will grow to like him. Read more
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