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Arbitrage (Region 2)

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  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Catalan
  • Dubbed: Spanish, Catalan, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: Castilian
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B998W38

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By Jeremy Walton TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 Feb. 2013
Format: DVD
Here's a stylish, intriguing film about a man with everything - job, money, house, family - who is brought low by allowing his desires to overreach his ability or trust in good fortune. If you think this sounds all a bit like The Bonfire of the Vanities you'd be correct - in fact, the two stories share roughly the same locations in Manhattan. This, though, is a much better film than the one which was made from Tom Wolfe's excellent novel. Richard Gere is compulsively watchable as the central character as he tries to outsmart the police, his business rivals and his family: the fact that we're rooting for him to succeed in spite of the fact that his actions and character are not of the highest ethical quality is a strong testament to his acting skills.

The work of the rest of the cast is of a similar high standard - I particularly liked Tim Roth's detective, and the way his confidence visibly drains from him as he thinks his quarry is slipping through his fingers. In fact, this might be the sort of film where there are a few too many good actors; in particular, I could have done with seeing more of Susan Sarandon as the wife who isn't sure about what's going on. The setting is admirably filmed, with shots of the Empire State Building in the background just in case we've forgotten the location, and the portrayal of the luxury that Gere's living in (and fighting to stay in) will be fascinating to an audience who feel that their noses are no longer pressed against the window, but have finally been allowed inside. Where they discover that the rich aren't that different from everyone else, and that money can't buy love after all.
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By prisrob TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 22 April 2013
Format: DVD
'Arbitrage' is a thriller drama of the higest degree. What,at first, looked like a run of the mill story about Wall Street, ended up becoming a very involved film.

Richard Gere, such a superb actor, and he is riveting in this film. This film revolves around his character, Robert Miller, a venture capitalist, who is above all else, a fraud. He is trying to sell his company, and in the midst he needs to hide a four hundred million hole. That, my friend, is the gist of the film. Been there, done that, oh, yes, but there is more, much more. Miller's wife, played by SusanSarandon, is aware of Miller's other life, that of mistresses and secrets. As long as he keeps bringing home the bacon, she is fine with the situation. That is, until, Miller, involves his daughter, Brooke, in the fraud. She is CFO of the company, and has values and morals. She reminded me a great deal of Ivanka Trump, that cold, blonde goddess looks, that hides an interior of emotions. One night, when Miller is out with his mistress, his world explodes, and we are witness to his cunning and intelligence as he attempts to put his life back together.

Richard Gere is a terrific actor, and he IS this film, everything revolves around him. He may remind you of Bernie Maddoff, but not for long. Gere has the kind of presence and fortitude that demands attention. His every facial expression, expresses his emotions and his intense need. This is a man who is guilty of many things, and we go along for the ride, waiting to see him get caught. The ending is as surprising as the film itself.

Recommended. prisrob 04-22-13
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Format: Blu-ray
Very entertaining legal financial thriller with Richard Gere perfect as an unscrupulous, ethically challenged multimillionaire who on the eve of his sixtieth birthday sees his position as a great businessman and philanthropist turn increasingly precarious. His business empire was actually built on fraud committed to his investors, and the only solution he sees to avoid being caught for cooking the books is selling his company to a businessman that is playing hard to get. Even worse for him, her lover (Laetitia Casta) dies in a car accident while he was driving; he flees, but the police see him increasingly as a suspect for her murder, and a dogged detective (Tim Roth) will spare no stone in order to catch him. On the family side, his own daughter (Brit Marling) realizes he is a fraud; only his wife (Susan Sarandon) seems (alas, only seems) willing to stand by him. The film is fast and entertaining throughout. And for what is worth, on my own limited experience with businessmen, I think that Gere is impressive in showing the manic compulsive behavior of many of them. Fine film debut by director Andrew Jarecki.
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Format: Amazon Video Verified Purchase
It would have been good to see this film. But it required a DRM manager called Widevine. This was not present in my browser, Chromium. I tried to install it. Couldn't even find it. Thought I might have missed a trick by using Chromium, so looked up support in Firefox, my other browser, which I had just updated to v46. See that Widevine is experimentally supported in v47, itself experimental and unissued to normal users. Boy, you guys sure have shot yourselves in the foot. Or, as Shakespeare put it in Macbeth, 'And, as you know, security / Is mortals' chiefest enemy.'
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Seems to be an enormous variation in views on how good a film this is but, in my opinion at least, it's a thoughtful film with a plausible story where no-one is shown up in a particularly good light, especially the lead. However, the realism also applies to the characters, who are suitably complicated and have their good points as well as their bad. There are some nice performances around family relationships, but this is basically a story (like Wall Street) about greed and its ultimate corrupting influences though, in this case, there is also the fall from grace of the lead who is "playing the field" in both financial and relationship terms. Overall, I liked it, though I would have preferred a less sudden ending, but by then the final outcome is inevitable.
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