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The Beach [2000] [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel York, Patcharawan Patarakijjanon, Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet
  • Directors: Danny Boyle
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Portuguese, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Icelandic, Finnish, Czech
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Dec. 2000
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004WA65
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,700 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features - (tbc)

Commentary Track
Original Trailer
Behind the Scenes Feature
Alternative Opening and Ending scenes (Never seen before)
Original Artwork
"Pure Shores" by All Saints Music Video
Cast and Crew Biographies

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Leonardo DiCaprio sought to distance himself from the cloying wholesomeness of his character in Titanic, and his role in The Beach is in many ways a polar opposite. As Richard, a young American seeking to "suck in the experience" of freestyle travel in Thailand, he is a chronic liar, a pot-smoking hedonist, an amoral lover and ultimately an unstable snake in a doomed Garden of Eden. This crazy descent might be expected from the filmmakers of Trainspotting, but The Beach is a movie without a rudder, venturing into fascinating territory, promising a stimulating adventure and then careening out of control.

After receiving a not-so-secret map to a secluded island from a stoned-out loony (Robert Carlyle, full of dark portent and spittle), Richard sets out to find the hidden paradise with a young French couple (Virginie Ledoyen, Guillaume Canet). What they find is a tropical commune existing in delicate balance with Thai pot farmers, and before long--as always--there is trouble in paradise. There is trouble in the movie, too, as DiCaprio is reduced to histrionics when the plot turns into a muddled mix of Lord of the Flies and Apocalypse Now, with shark attacks tossed in for shallow tension. Director Danny Boyle attempts perfunctory romance and a few audacious moves (notably DiCaprio's vision of life as a violent video game), but what's the point? Tilda Swinton registers strongly as the commune's charismatic leader, but her character--and the entire film--remains largely undeveloped, and pretty scenery is no guarantee of a laudable film. --Jeff Shannon

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I first viewed this film upon its release and felt that the final third did the film down - and that the voice-over took away from the essence of the story, thus it's average. My subsequent viewings over the years would see me lament about an arcade game sequence and bemoaning that Robert Carlyle wasn't given a more extended role, yet it has become a film that sees me totally on board with director Danny Boyle's production and it's now that I think it puts the story together with poignant precision.

Leonardo DiCaprio is Richard, a backpacker searching for a bit more in life, after a meeting with pot smoking loony Daffy (the wonderful Robert Carlyle), he learns of an island paradise that is everything he has yearned for in his life. Getting there will give him the adventure and danger he craves, because once there it apparently will be the thing of dreams, the perfect paradise cut off from civilisation...

The film is very much split in two, the first half introduces us to Richard and the people he would convince to travel with him to this island paradise, we then follow their journey that is perfect in fleshing out the characters, they come up against obstacles and learn about each other on the way. The second half is well worth waiting for because it's here that the story kicks in to make the viewer think, it's idyllic, it's gorgeous, it's near perfect, but wherever there is a community, there will be personal hang ups, jealousies, power seekers and etc, in short, the surroundings may be perfect but the human condition is far from flawless.

I love this film now, I love DiCaprio's performance, a cocky smart-arse thrill seeker about to get a wake up call is tailor made for him, and he delivers it with a skillful array of emotions.
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Format: Blu-ray
This is one of my favourite ever movies, can't believe this is not on blu ray! It has been shown in hd on tv although parts looked like they needed cleaning up. Can't we have some kind of campaign to get this on blu ray?
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This is without doubt a great film and one of leonardo di caprio's best performances.
I really do like this film and i don't think it got the acknowledgement it deserved.The acting is great
and the scenery is both spectacular and beautiful.I put myself into the position of Richard when i watch this,thinking you
know if i went travelling and went to the places he does and the situations he gets himself into what would i do.
The story is of an American traveller,Richard (Di Caprio) and his chance meeting with Daffy (a cameo by Robert Carlyle)
in a hotel.Daffy gives him a map of a secret island where paradise can be found and Richard soon tells the story to two
French travellers and they all head of in search of the island,but when they get there the paradise soon turns into a
nightmare and for Richard his mind starts to lose control.
As i said this to me is a more than a cult classic where only a few people loved it.It should be liked by more and for some
reason people don't seem to like to say that they liked this film and they look at you as if you are sad for liking it yourself.
As i said try it for yourself and see.
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Such a great film and soundtrack. The reason I wanted to visit Thailand. Hadn't read the book before watching this. Although beware if going to see 'the beach' in Thailand...it's packed with hundreds of tourists so can't get that idyllic photo! Although the place and people are lovely.
Back to the film...Leo is a great actor - the whole cast is fab. One if my favourite films
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I've just read the book by Alex Garland, which I loved, and just rented this DVD to check out the adaptation of the story by the authors of Trainspotting, a movie which I hadn't really fallen for. I was curious to see if the equation 'love the book - hate the movie' would work for this one too, but I have to say it wasn't the case. Yes, the movie does stray from the original story in some points, but it's clear that it's mostly for practical purposes - several characters are condensed into one, dramatic developments occur more abruptly, characterization is less profound. That's obvious with movies from books, and in this case you got to condense a story that's over 400 page long, written in first person narrative, and with some pretty striking touches that are obviously lost in the film version.
But in exchange for these unavoidable losses you also get a lot more than on paper - the striking visuals which pay a more than fair tribute to the writer's wonderful skill with descriptions (director of photography Darius Kondji is a master of his art), the great casting and acting, a cool soundtrack, and more catchy twists in the plot. True, some of the variations from the book are clearly imposed by Hollywood standards - the extra sex and love interest, mostly, and the simplified ending. But they do work somehow here.
The extra features allow you to view the alternate ending as well as lots of scenes that were cut out for practical reasons. If they had been included, it would have been a three-hour long movie (and the Apocalypse Now connection would have been too much!) and most of all, a lot sadder and more subtly disturbing. It wouldn't have worked that well for the box office, and that's not a denigratory comment.
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