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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000N3SRP4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 160,515 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This has always been on my top 10 list, so you can imagine how happy I was to find it through Amazon, in spite of being region 1 only.
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By Babe on 27 July 2010
Format: VHS Tape Verified Purchase
This subject is exstremely thought provoking and one which would be good to view by a debating society or similar.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pugwash on 1 May 2009
Format: VHS Tape
Passable film version of Brian Clark's powerful and emotive drama about euthanasia. Richard Dreyfuss plays the central character, Ken, admirably but the paralysed former sculptor really deserves someone fiercer; perhaps someone like Russell Crowe.
There is a rather bizarre dream sequence in the film, involving a naked dancer; I'm not quite sure of its relevance but it's at odds with a straightforward and uncomplicated film. Pretty hard to get hold of on VHS, I believe it's now available on DVD.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary compelling, unforgettable, frequently painful, yet intriguing! 17 Jan. 2007
By Roberto Frangie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Ken Harrison (Richard Dreyfuss) is an artist... His fingers make things of beauty...

When he lived through a car accident that left him paralyzed from the neck down, we understood why he wanted to be left alone to die...

Ken moved from a world of life and creation, to an empty world where he can't move even a single finger...

Lying under the white sheets of the hospital bed, he is subjected to stress under the shock of his another reality... The artist has gone... The creator of an art expressed in all its different dimensions, round in relief, imagery, symbolism, all vanished in seconds...

But his human spirit remains alive under the severity, the compulsion, the threats of his new reality...

Ken was a cunning sculptor, skillful, ingenious in the use of his mind and hands... He is now charming, capable to seduce the whole nursing staff by pillow talk...

The movie deals with many hypothesis about the right to die...

Does a patient have the right to choose to die? Does he have the right to refuse life-sustaining medical treatment, even if that means certain immediate or accelerated death?

Doctor Emerson (John Cassavetes) wants to prolong the life of Ken... He wants him to live his disability as quadriplegic even feeling so down... For him, everybody has their own struggles in life...

Richard Dreyfuss is superb as Ken Harrison, a quick moving mind, true and clever, who displays unpleasant, troublesome reality... He relies on his intelligence and energy rather than his looks and charisma to win his fight, his right to die...

John Cassavetes i excellent in his role, intense as Dr. Emerson, the Chief of Staff... He plays the role with personality, ability and style dealing with the problem with absolute professionalism...

Christine Lahti (Dr. Clare Scott) is very appealing, too powerful, tempting and charming, tolerant and understanding, along with big heart... She is convincing, closer than most to truth or at least to the subjective reality of her patient...

The film is extraordinary compelling, unforgettable, frequently painful, yet intriguing!

What we learn about ethics and how to make decisions may be useful in this real world... The path taken really does transform the meaning...
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Such a good film, priced way to high for average viewer. 23 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Its been out since 1981 already. Don't you think its time the price got lowered for the average person. I've been looking for it second hand for years. Tell the studio to lower the price please.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
This needs to be a DVD ASAP 21 July 2005
By Kathryn Groob - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is one of the best, most poignant films ever made. Please produce this on DVD soon. I've been waiting for years!
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A Brilliantly Directed Film with fabulous performances. 7 Feb. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This highly underrated film expertly examines the right of any person to control the destiny of their own life. As a quadrepelegic who used to be a sculptor, Richard Drefuss plays a character who decides his life is not worth living. Everything he loved in life has been taken away from him. Directed brilliantly with a stellar cast.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One Film Everyone should Experience 19 July 2006
By Not Siskel or Ebert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Needed to take an elective college class many years ago. I chose the "Death and Dying" class. This film was suggested viewing but not manditory. After viewing this film, I was deeply moved and also troubled. We discussed this film in great detail and the class was torn on which was the moral or ethical rights of the patient versus the hospital and the doctors who were treating the patient. Needless to say, we all learned a great deal about ourselves and how we see life. It is a real shame that this film is not out on DVD and it is a real shame that the film studio is not releasing this at a lower cost to the public. I do own a VHS copy which has been played many times over. This film still gives me pause for thought and reflection everytime I see it. I ask that the viewing public petition the studio to release this on DVD.
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