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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0792836006
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,210 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Alejandra Vernon on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: DVD
"The Year of Living Dangerously" is a film that is felt as well as seen; the steaming heat and stench of the hovel lined streets, the torrential rains, and the confusion and fear of being in the middle of a revolutionary coup become very real on a sensory level. Taking place during the Sukarno regime in 1965 Indonesia, it is also a marvelous love story, and the chemistry between Sigourney Weaver and Mel Gibson is palpable. There are many scenes that are as if we are glimpsing a private, intimate moment, and they are both such a stunningly attractive pair.
Linda Hunt, playing a cross-gender role of a Chinese/Indonesian news photographer, won many Best Supporting Actress awards, among them the Oscar, for her superb performance as Billy. Billy sets the stage for the characters in this political thriller, using the people around him in the same way that he guides the intricate shadow puppets he is so fond of. When Guy Hamilton (Gibson) gets transferred to Jakarta as a reporter for an Australian newspaper, Billy shows him the ropes, making sure he meets beautiful British embassy attaché Jill (Weaver), knowing that love between them will be inevitable.
A brilliant re-teaming of Gibson, director Peter Weir, and cinematographer Russell Boyd, from the 1981 masterpiece "Gallipoli", this is an equally extraordinary film in its own way, and both films are works of art that get better with each viewing. Unfortunately, the recent releases of this film, whether on VHS or DVD, are of inferior quality, and do not have the clarity or color reproduction of an old VHS I used to own. Nevertheless, even a less than perfect transfer is better than nothing, and still worth owning.
Filmed in the Philippines and Australia, it has an atmospheric score by Maurice Jarre, which includes an excerpt from Vangelis' "Opera Sauvage". Total running time is 115 minutes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wessex Photo Books on 16 Dec. 2011
Format: DVD
Don't be put off by the Spanish cover text, the disc plays in English fine. This is one of those films that everyone should have in their collection, some really amazing and understated performances by some of the finest acting talent of the 20th century...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By IslandSpice on 22 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
This is indeed a great film, and was adapted from the J C koch book it addresses aspects on all levels such as emotion tension and chemistry and above all the aura and feel of Indonesia, the acting is superb and Mel Gibson was at his best around this period The Bounty Mad max etc.
Ignore the stupidity of the review which states that this story was set in a fictional city, Jakarta is of course not a fictional city, no its the capital city of Java Indonesia, This along with the Bounty are among Gibson's greatest films
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 21 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
Peter Weir's film 'The Year of Living Dangerously' was shown at a campus film festival during my first year as an undergraduate (a few years after Linda Hunt had won the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for playing a male character), sponsored by the departments of political science, journalism, and East Asian studies.
The setting is 1965, Djakarta, during a time when Southeast Asia was high on the scope of European radar and coming into more prominence for American eyes. Indonesia was (and is) a big country, with population and resources (both underutilised) the envy of East and West.
The dictator Sukarno was playing a dangerous game trying the balance the two, internally as well as in foreign affairs. In the end, it did not pay off for him, and Indonesia has only recently begun to work at achieving a prominence a resource-rich, 100+ million populated country can attain.
Into this tight-rope situation dropped Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson), of the Australian Broadcasting Service, a fresh-faced journalist out to make a mark for himself, sabotaged by his predecessor and professionally ignored by other Western journalists (who had their own headline-deadlines to meet). However, a strange American/Chinese man, Billy Kwan (Linda Hunt), befriends him, and attempts to help him both professionally, personally, and spiritually.
Billy takes Guy on a trip through the slums of Djakarta, preaching Tolstoy, charity and compassion, and tries to get Guy to see beyond the headlines. Billy also introduces Guy to Jill (Sigourney Weaver), a British agent planning to leave Djakarta.
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I found this an interesting and very well put together story of an inexperienced Australian Radio Foreign Correspondent Guy Hamilton (Mel Gibson) being used, admittedly for his advantage, by a secretive photo journalist in Indonesia during the six week period leading up to the events on Indonesia of 30 September 1965. The story follows a group of foreign journalists in Jakarta as they try and gain stories from the Indonesian Government during the height of the Indonesian Confrontation (Confrontation not being mentioned). He is firstly pushed and then falls deeply in love with a British Embassy employee Jill Bryant (Sigourney Weaver). The interaction between Bryant and Hamilton, although it gets off to a shaky start explodes, and I felt the two of them are very good together. There are the terrible repercussions of the failed coup and Hamilton finally realizes he needs Bryant. Linda Hunt's portrayal of the secretive photo journalist, Billy Kwan is also excellent.

"L'Enfant", a track from Vangelis' 1979 album Opera sauvage, is the highlighted music featured in the film. This fits in very well with Hamilton and Bryant.
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