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Blue In The Face [DVD] [1996]

4.1 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Harvey Keitel, Lou Reed, Michael J. Fox, Roseanne Barr, Mel Gorham
  • Directors: Harvey Wang, Paul Auster, Wayne Wang
  • Writers: Paul Auster, Wayne Wang
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Diana Phillips, Francey Grace
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2005
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001KZNL0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,254 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The Brooklyn cigar store owned by Augie Wren (Harvey Keitel) is a drop-in centre for all manner of local eccentrics. When he announces his intention to sell up to a health-food chain, his regular customers flood in to discuss the matter, at the same time delivering their idiosyncratic views on the world in general. This improvised companion piece to 'Smoke' features a host of cameo performances from actors, rock stars and the famous for being famous.

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This quirky companion piece to Smoke is unconventional and mainly improvised, which is why I love it so much. My favourite films are generally those that make me laugh and that I can watch again and again without getting bored. By fulfilling these criteria, Blue in the Face is therefore in my top ten. Harvey Kietel is of course brilliant but the cameo players are a delight - Jim Jarmusch is especially wonderful; I can't watch an action movie the same way now I've seen his description of how actors treat their guns. John Lurie and his Orchestra are also well used as buskers outside the shop and Lily Tomlin's loopy act as a waffle obsessive is fab too. Even Madonna's good in it. Rent or buy this, you won't be disappointed.
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Blue in the face has all its strengths and weaknesses fundamentally tied into its non rehearsed, improvisational nature. It works. Coming off the skill of Smoke, this slice of life from the much laboured area of New York gives off originality and tenderness seen only through such risky undertakings. The cast is exceptional, Keitel shines of course, and Michale J Fox is very funny in his small cameo. I would recommend watching after Smoke, whereby the atmosphere and characters would be far more established and meaningful. Deservees more recognition.
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The value of this piece of film is to see Keitle and the others 'play' in front of the camera. It and 'Smoke' provide insights into the preoccupations of the very accomplished writer, Paul Auster: New York, parents and parenting, our self-obsessions and self-deceptions; the fact that 'shit happens' usually, but that something musch more beautiful and strange can and does happen unpredictably. One does, it should be said, be a North American city dweller to fully appreciate this film. I, for example 'did time' in Chicago and loved every minute of it.
Apart from the above, I was delighted to see Lou Reed work infront of a camera instead of a microphone, but then I have to admit that I have been a 'fan' since Velvet Underground daze.
It should be mentioned that both 'Smoke' and this film were shown on ARTE, a Franco/German television station and one of the best in Western Europe in the second week of March 2000. In all this film is certainly worth your time. It is better anything that I have seen on 'prime time' television.
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The value of this piece of film is to see Keitle and the others 'play' in front of the camera. It and 'Smoke' provide insights into the preoccupations of the very accomplished writer, Paul Auster: New York, parents and parenting, our self-obsessions and self-deceptions; the fact that 'shit happens' usually, but that something much more beautiful and strange can and does happen unpredictably. One does, it should be said, need to be a North American city dweller to fully appreciate this film. This writer 'did time' in Chicago and loved every minute of it.
Apart from the above, I was delighted to see Lou Reed work infront of a camera instead of a microphone, but then I have to admit that I have been a 'fan' since Velvet Underground daze.
It should be mentioned that both 'Smoke' and this film were shown on ARTE, a Franco/German television station and one of the best in Western Europe in the second week of March 2000. In all this film is certainly worth your time. It is better anything that I have seen on 'prime time' television.
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Format: DVD
I bought this DVD because I loved "Smoke". I must admit, this film is not as good as "Smoke". The story line is much looser, the characters are not worked-out as well, and often there is a kind of documentary-style of filming. Though it is nice to see some major stars, such as Roseanne and Madonna - yes, she plays one of her best roles ever! - improvize in this film (because that's what they're doing), I was slightly disappointed.
But don't get me wrong - this film is still much better than many Hollywood blockbusters. This is why I still rated the film 5 stars. It deserves it, as much as "Smoke" deserves 10!
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This is one of my all-time favourite movies,and a brilliant add-on to Smoke.It can rather be seen as a add-on to Smoke.See it and revel in the acting.
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Best film made by a human being ever. Ok I am bias, but it really is my favourite film
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