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The Great Gatsby [Blu-ray] [1974] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, Bruce Dern, Sam Waterston, Karen Black
  • Directors: Jack Clayton
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese, Italian, Castilian, German, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, Norwegian, Dutch, Portuguese Brazilian, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Japanese, Italian, Castilian, German, Spanish, Portuguese Brazilian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 29 April 2013
  • Run Time: 143 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008R6BNX2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,968 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Robert Redford and Mia Farrow star in this opulent story of the idle rich in the 1920s and one man's devotion to a flirtatious waif. Based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's book.

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This adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, scripted by Francis Ford Coppola, puts costume design and art direction above the intricacies of character. It is certainly a handsome try, and perhaps no movie could capture The Great Gatsby in its entirety. Robert Redford is an interesting casting choice as Gatsby, the millionaire isolated in his mansion, still dreaming of the woman he lost. And Sam Waterston is perfect as the narrator, Nick, who brings the dream girl Daisy Buchanan back to Gatsby. No, the problem seems to be that director Jack Clayton fell in love with the flapper dresses and the party scenes and the Jazz Age tunes, ending up with a Classics Illustrated version of a great book rather than a fresh, organic take on the text. While Redford grows more quietly intriguing in the film, Mia Farrow's pallid performance as Daisy leaves you wondering why Gatsby, or anyone else, should care so much about his grand passion. The effective supporting cast includes Bruce Dern as Daisy's husband, and Scott Wilson and Karen Black as the low-rent couple whose destinies cross the sun-drenched protagonists. (That's future star Patsy Kensit as Daisy's little daughter.) The film won two Oscars--not surprisingly, for costumes and musical score. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I read the book for my book club. Having done so I wanted to see the film interpretation. I found it a good reflection of the book (so many films are not!)The choice of actors was inspired. Robert Redford made a 'Great Gatsby' - just as I imagined him from the text. Bruce Dern, Lois Chiles and Sam Waterstone (as the narrator)were also well cast. I was disappointed with Mia Farrow - only in that she did'nt meet my expectations of Daisy but I think if I had'nt read the book I would have been satisfied. My husband - not having read the book - was pleasently surprised that the film had a lot more to offer than the 'romantic' story he had expected. The fabulous written text was not lost in the film and reflected the wealthy twenties in the USA beautifully. A 'must see' for readers of 'modern classics' and anyone who enjoys a story that does'nt quite end the way you expect.
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This 1974 classic brilliantly captures Fitzgerald's icy tragedy of careless people and their impact on those doomed souls, foolish enough to love them. Redford is dazzling in the lead role and is splendidly supported by Farrow, Waterston and Dern. Jack Clayton does not put a foot wrong in his evocation of a superficial world of superficial people into which wander very human beings who are subsequently destroyed by what they experience.

Jay Gatsby - the complex and enigmatic self-made title character - is a hero of epic proportions, whose tragic flaw is the depth of his love for Daisy Buchanan. Like so many other of Fitzgerald's "heroes" (eg Dick Diver in " "Tender is the Night" etc etc) he pays a harsh price in his attempt to "save" the woman he adores and enter a social milieu which is far less meaningful than his own world - where love actually does exist and whose virtues of loyalty and caring are undervalued. As such the film is true to the book's theme - and is about a perverse hubris which both motivates two of the films central characters to enter a world of superficial glamour - but where exists no enduring values - and is directly responsible for their deaths. As a character says to Gatsby at the film's penultimate moment " You are better than all of them" - and of course he is.

The new blu ray transfer is satisfactory and produces the look of the original film quite well but be aware that the source material was deliberately shot soft, by award winner Douglas Slocombe, so that fine detail is not very pronounced.
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By F. S. L'hoir VINE VOICE on 20 July 2008
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This stunning production with its splendid cinematography and its intelligent script by Francis Ford Coppola captures the essence of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel of the man who pursues his preposterous dream. Robert Redford is utterly convincing as the enigmatic protagonist, Gatsby, whose personality "seemed to face . . . the whole external world for an instant, and then concentrated on you, with an irresistible prejudice in your favor" [Fitzgerald, Chapter 3]. Young Sam Waterston portrays a believable Nick Carraway, Fitzgerald's narrator and empathetic observer; and Mia Farrow is pitch perfect as the shallow, spoiled young woman whose "artificial world was redolent of orchids and pleasant, cheerful snobbery and orchestras which set the rhythm of the year, summing up the sadness and suggestiveness of life in new tunes" [F. Ch. 8]. Farrow's performance makes us understand how Daisy's porcelain beauty and fecklessness could ignite the obsession of a man who has, after all, invented his own persona. Both of them are equally unreal.

The production values are superb. The settings, the music, and magnificent costumes--the pastel beaded silks and satin pumps, the feathered head-dresses--convincingly portray privileged wealth of the 1920s, which would soon plummet into the Depression--the great Valley of Ashes that infected the 1930s and indeed contaminated the entire twentieth century.
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I read the Fitzgerald novel recently, and having realised it fitted perfectly with my desire to teach a topic at A2 based on "The Other"/"The Oustider", I realised that it would be a perfect novel to teach. So, it followed that I would see what the film is like and how it may help to imagine the world the novel is set in.

Filmed in hazy bright white 1920s style (with subtle 1970s styling) this film is delightful to watch purelt based on the aesthetic it presents.

Like any film adaptation it takes liberties with the original text, but this is one that is very true to the original and feels authentic.

For those who are like me and enjoy watching films for their beauty in cinematography, costume and setting, this is a great film. The acting is good and transmits the awkward, strange, dream-like feeling of the novel.

A film well worth watching.
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By hillbank68 TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Jan. 2016
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This is a faithful and generally good adaptation of the very famous novel. It's interesting to compare it with the more recent film 'Gatsby', directed by Baz Luhrmann, with Leonardo diCaprio in the title role. That film goes over the top in two ways - in its use of anachronistic music and its characteristically Luhrmannesque use of colour and spectacle, which is occasionally almost cartoonish ; but despite that I prefer the more recent film. Two roles - of Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) are decidedly better done in Luhrmann's film. Bruce Dern is good as Tom, but, muscular, brutish and devious, Edgerton is quite excellent, and I have always found Mia Farrow's playing of Daisy odd rather than fragile and shallow, as Daisy is supposed to be. Carey Mulligan looks the part and is convincing throughout. As for Gatsby, Robert Redford is professional and convincing - you can't fault him - but diCaprio elicits more sympathy, is terrifying in his outburst in the climactic hotel scene and, to my way of thinking, is a more effective tragic figure than Redford. In addition, though both films are respectful with the novel, Luhrmann's film, surprisingly, sticks more closely on the whole to the text and spirit of the novel, though he telescopes the ending. Both films are good, but Luhrmann's presents a clearer view of the greatness of the novel.
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