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  • Language: German, French, Italian, English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Italian, Japanese, Dutch
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: UC
  • Studio: Fox
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003VM71RE

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Format: DVD
Jeff Bridges plays 'Bad' Blake, a 57-year old chain-smoking, alocholic, washed-up country music star. He is effusive and rarely cares about anything apart from where his next drink is coming from and bounces from bar to bar playing small-time gigs and the same old songs to make ends meet. When Blake meets Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) a small-town reporter who wants to write a piece on Blake, he re-evaluates his priorites and the road he is choosing to walk.

Running out of options, Blake is forced to play support for his former protege, Tommy Sweet (Colin Farell) whom he mentored and taught 'country' to, at the expense of his pride and self-respect. Tommy asks him to write some new material for him and Blake sees a way out of his self-destructive spiral and a way to be with Jean. Will he save himself from the brink?

Crazy Heart is probably Bridges' best performance to date (and I love Jeff Bridges), he plays 'Bad' so well, with great comedic effect and his flippant attitude just seems so natural. You can't help but feel sorry for him as he tears himself apart and I genuinely felt for the character. Colin Farrell was a really welcome surprise, I knew he was in the film, but going by past performances I wasn't expecting too much from him. I was pleasantly taken aback as he played Tommy Sweet in a practically note-perfect manner, suiting the character's idioms and really filling out the acrimonious past between Sweet and Blake. Maggie Gyllenhaal's performance is solid and believable as the reporter/single-mother but somehow it doesn't bring any empathy for her character. Despite this, the film really makes you feel for Bad Blake and honestly will him to turn things around.
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Format: Blu-ray
Crazy Heart is a fairly flimsy romantic drama anchored by a career defining performance from Jeff Bridges. Without his sublime efforts Crazy Heart would be consigned to Sunday afternoon doldrums.

An ageing, alcoholic (aren't they always) country star strikes up a relationship with a journalist who visits him to conduct an interview on his latest work. The obvious age gap is glossed over but Jeff Bridges' charisma makes the whole affair seem all the more plausible.

His southern drawl, drunken demeanour and sweet nature collide. It is a performance of such mastery that you forget you are watching an actor.

A sweet if hollow film the whole premise just doesn't ignite and is a little on the dull side. However a fantastic soundtrack and a surprisingly good turn from Colin Farrell ensure that there are moments of delight littered throughout. Crazy Heart has a gentle pace and is in no rush to reach its conclusion. The problem is the ending is so clichéd it all feels a little pointless.

A well-deserved Oscar winning performance from Jeff Bridges is enough to make this worth watching, but only just.
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Format: Blu-ray
As every film lover knows, Jeff Bridges has been putting in great performances for years - but "Crazy Heart" is different. Quietly magnificent throughout the entire movie, he owns the Oscar on this one.

"Bad Blake" is a 57-year old country singer, drunk most of the time and shuffling with a cigarette in his gob towards another small time venue he doesn't care about. As he empties a plastic carton of piss into the parking lot of a bowling alley (having been on the road for hours), he can think about only one thing - not family, not music, not love - but how can he get a bottle of McClure's Whiskey into his liver with only $10 left in his jeans?

Without any new material to make money from, wifeless for the 4th time and with deteriorating health, "Bad" is still a legend among his fans and when he's on stage, him and his beloved songs like "I Don't Know" can still cut it. But the younger bucks have replaced him - especially his despised protégé Tommy Sweet (a brilliantly cast Colin Farrell) who now has 3 huge articulated trucks to haul his equipment from one arena to the next and not a beat-up convertible called 'Bessie'.

Then "Bad" gets a lucky break. He is interviewed by a local Santa Fe journalist Jean Craddock, a divorced Mum in her Thirties with a bubbly 4-year old son Buddy whom she protects from - you guessed it - 'bad' men. Yet despite all her rules, both Jean and Buddy fall for the charms of the big kid with the guitar and the ten-gallon hat. And on the story goes, heartbreak to joy, joy to heartbreak and back again...

The support cast are convincingly enamored small town folks - Tom Bower as the store manager and Rick Dial as the local band's piano player.
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This Oscar winning film (Best actor, Jeff Bridges and best original song, 'The Weary Kind')is a right cracker. Ye Haw! In this country music themed saga, based on the 1987 novel by Thomas Cobb, Jeff Bridges plays 'Bad' Blake, a beat-up, ageing, bottle driven country music singer once top of the bill, but now broke and reduced to simple gigs in local pick-up bars and neighbourhood clubs. He plays the part so well he could take it up - that's the performing not the boozing! Bridges is a fine actor and always earns his fee. Here in this movie, when he's just about able to stand up and with any rehearsal considered a waste of drinking time he puts on a bravura display of character acting. His performance could not, in my view. be bettered. The movie depicts what it must really be like to cling on to what was once a five star singer/song writer career now reduced to being a bum! Dragging himself around dusty Texas and New Mexico small towns in a battered old car with little else except his guitar and a bottle. Until he meets up with Jean a divorced mother of a small boy. She's a reporter who wants an interview with the has-been performer. From this point life begins to look slightly better. When Blake gets an invite and reluctantly agrees to perform at a big arena with a former protégé, things begin to move along nicely. He even takes to going on the wagon and trying to sober up - something he hasn't tried for a long time! The performance of Bridges lifts what might seem a fairly routine story onto a much higher level of film entertainment. There's a good share of ups and downs and will he, won't he moments throughout the film. The end scene is the only slightly weak ,slightly unbelievable moment (I won't disclose what it is!) but it seems to suit.Read more ›
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