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Eureka (BLU RAY) (B)

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  • Actors: Joe Pesci, Theresa Russell, Gene Hackman, Mickey Rourke Rutger Hauer
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Unbranded
  • Run Time: 129.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007A55G7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,088 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Arctic prospector Jack McCann after fifteen years of solitary searching becomes one of the world's wealthiest men when he literally falls into a mountain of gold in 1925. Years later in 1945 he lives in luxury on a Caribbean island that he owns. But his wealth brings him no peace of mind as he copes with Helen his bored alcoholic wife; Tracy his dear but headstrong daughter who has married a dissolute philandering social-climber; and Miami mobsters who want his island to build a casino. His life is entangled with the obsessions of those around him with greed power and debauchery against a background of occult symbolism.

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Format: Blu-ray
Seems the previous two reviewers have been watching a different film, or not watched it at all, judging by their one line responses. Eureka is an undertaking where the director has a vision and, against all odds, follows it through.The downside was the woeful distribution of the film on completion, resulting in lack of audience participation due to a delayed release and scant showings (it played in just two London cinemas); just goes to show that certain distribution companies are flummoxed when they have a unique picture to promote. Eureka boasts a great across-the-boards cast, with Gene Hackman giving his customary all in a driven and committed performance, ably supported by Theresa Russell, Rutger Hauer, Joe Pesci and in a minor role, Mickey Rourke. Director Nic Roeg's use of locations, his skill in cutting, the harnessing of atmosphere and the adroit use of music add up to an intriguing whole, loosely based on fact. It was made at the start of the 80's after an astonishing run of films by Roeg (Performance, co-directed, Walkabout, Don't Look Now, The Man Who Fell To Earth, Bad Timing). He was never to hit these heights again and was probably disillusioned after the mishandling of Eureka. It's an ambitious undertaking, the story embracing ambition, lust, jealousy, voodoo and mob violence, and if the ending seems ambivalent, it at least gives the viewer the opportunity to make their own mind up, and reminds us that filmmakers from that era took risks, respected their audiences intelligence and pushed the envelope of creativity.
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Format: DVD
A disturbing film that was at odds with the feeling of the american public at the time of release being consigned straight to video and then being totally withdrawn from distribution within a week with all copies recalled. It became something of a myth before resurfacing on BBC2 for one showing in the late 1980s showing in a slightly different version to the eventual video release in the 1990s.
Features strong performances from the central cast and an early appearance of Mickey Rourke. The film has some shocking violence and a strong message about the value of money and its place in society.
Visually stunning Roeg's direction is strong and the film is an important piece of work, being included in the Guardian Talk at the NFT in the 90s.
Overall a strong film that rewards watching more than once, although you may want to wait a while between viewings.
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Format: DVD
Until this year, 'Eureka' has only been available as a Region 1 purchase from the US. Now we have the same MGM version made available for Europe. There are no extras, except for the trailer, which is a shame. To my knowledge, this 1983 film has only been screened once on terrestrial TV in the UK -- probably in the late 1980s on BBC2. At the time, viewers were given a great intro to the film -- i.e. how it was loosely based on true story, and how it had existed in several versions etc etc. Because of that, I've always felt this was a British film -- with people like Roeg, Jeremy Thomas, Lapotaire and many British actors in minor roles. But most of the major roles are taken by US actors -- e.g. Gene Hackman, Mickey Rourke, Joe Pesci etc.
This is the same version as shown on TV -- i.e. with all the gore, nudity and voodoo -- if you prefer to stay away from that sort of thing. Although Theresa Russell has done many good things, I'm not convinced by her acting in this one. But at the time, she was one of the most beautiful women in the world, and it is surprising that Roeg is prepared to share so many views of his wife with the cinema-goer.
As a plot and an atmospheric experience, I don't think this works as well as say, DON'T LOOK NOW. In the end, I don't feel this movie has any grand message for the world, except perhaps the pointlessness of having so much wealth if you don't do anything with it. (Maybe Bill Gates has already seen this.)
But I'm glad it's now available, and we come close to having nearly all Roeg's significant work out on DVD.
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Format: DVD
Nicolas Roeg's Eureka (1983) is one of cinema's great unsung masterpieces. Its initial botched release was a classic case of Hollywood not understanding one of its own products combined with unfortunate bad timing. You would have thought United Artists would have learned a lesson from previous Roeg head-scratchers like Performance (1970), The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976) and Bad Timing (1980), but no. The studio was horrified by the complexity of what Roeg finally gave them. Furthermore, the film seemed to be an anti-capitalist (anti-American even) rant on the evils of amassing wealth at a time when Reagan and Thatcher were preaching `greed is good'. UA were in post-Heaven's Gate meltdown anyway and shelved the film, leaving it unreleased in the States except for a single print which was shown in a couple of cinemas. It finally limped out unheralded on VHS where it promptly vanished into obscurity. The film was released in the UK where it sank again. It was given a single airing on British TV in 1989 which is where I first encountered it. The viewing blew me away. Years later we finally have the film resplendent on DVD courtesy of Studio Canal. The print is exactly the same as the one shown on TV. The visuals (aspect ratio 1.85:1) are intensely beautiful with deeply saturated colors while the sound (Mono 2.0) is as clear as one could wish for. People can have no qualms about buying this disc. The only complaint I have concerns the complete lack of extras. Surely someone at the BFI or even Roeg himself could have been induced to contribute something - a documentary or even a commentary.Read more ›
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