High Fidelity [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Interview with Stephen Frears
Interview with John Cusack
Dolby Digital 5.1: English
Subtitles: English, English for the hearing impaired, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Hebrew, Greek
Transplanted from England to the not-so-mean streets of Chicago, the screen adaptation of Nick Hornby's cult-classic novel High Fidelity emerges unscathed from its Americanisation, idiosyncrasies intact, thanks to John Cusack's inimitable charm and a nimble, nifty screenplay (co-written by Cusack). Early-thirtysomething Rob Gordon (Cusack) is a slacker who owns a vintage record shop, a massive collection of LPs, and innumerable top-five lists in his head. At the opening of the film, Rob recounts directly to the audience his all-time top-five breakups-- which doesn't include his recent falling out with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), who has just moved out of their apartment. Thunderstruck and obsessed with Laura's desertion (but loath to admit it), Rob begins a quest to confront the women who instigated the aforementioned top-five breakups to find out just what he did wrong.
Low on plot and high on self-discovery, High Fidelity takes a good 30 minutes or so to find its groove (not unlike Cusack's Grosse Pointe Blank), but once it does, it settles into it comfortably and builds a surprisingly touching momentum. Rob is basically a grown-up version of Cusack's character in Say Anything (who was told "Don't be a guy--be a man!"), and if you like Cusack's brand of smart-alecky romanticism, you'll automatically be won over (if you can handle Cusack's almost non-stop talking to the camera). Still, it's hard not to be moved by Rob's plight. At the beginning of the film he and his coworkers at the record store (played hilariously by Jack Black and Todd Louiso) seem like overgrown boys in their secret clubhouse; by the end, they've grown up considerably, with a clear-eyed view of life. Ably directed by Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons), High Fidelity features a notable supporting cast of the women in Rob's life, including the striking, Danish-born Hjejle, Lisa Bonet as a sultry singer/songwriter, and the triumphant triumvirate of Lili Taylor, Joelle Carter, and Catherine Zeta Jones as Rob's ex-girlfriends. With brief cameos by Tim Robbins as Laura's new, New Age boyfriend and Bruce Springsteen as himself. --Mark Englehart, Amazon.comSee all Product Description
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This is a great film and well worth a watch, plus the picture plus sound is very nice. Its such a shame there is no uk edition, it seems to take ages for certain films to get their blu-ray release, no wonder we have to buy US region free Blu-rays.
At face value, High Fidelity looks like a movie about the girl troubles of a 30-something record collector obsessing over his most recent breakup, but just below the surface is a witty but knowing story about a man slowly waking up to the fact that he's been emotionally stuck in adolescence and realizes it's time to start acting like an adult (which means accepting the knowledge that there's more to know about his partner than what records she likes).
When I found out that the book this film is based on is by Nick Hornby I realised what I found so likable, as one of my all time top favourite films is "About a Boy", another Hornby adaptation.
While one doesn't have to be a music buff to enjoy the movie, they've packed the film with enough knowing musical references to satisfy even the most cynical hipster; anyone who has spent much time in a used record store will feel right at home at Championship Vinyl. And though Cusack's performance, funny and charming but with enough bile to give him a few sharp edges, dominates the film, the supporting cast, especially Jack Black, really does hold it's own.
Although they are all arrogant hipster nerds, High Fidelity's characters have just enough depth so that they seem genuine and believable, and there's a lot to be learned from the lessons about struggles with romance and maturity, even if you don't know (or care) how much a French pressing of Captain Beefheart's Safe As Milk fetches these days.
A great film that is reminiscent of films like "About a Boy" and "Alfie" just a little less sentimental and a little more man friendly.
I really enjoyed John Cusack’s lead and narration – he was very believable and a nice character to buy into. I’m not a lover of Jack Black but his character worked well enough here. The film was a huge financial success, costing some 20 million $ to make but grossing a whooping 156 million. It unsurprisingly scored well on IMDb & RT’s.
Whilst this film wouldn’t get into my top five, I still found it a first class watch and really enjoyed it.
John Cusack plays Rob Gordon, a pretty normal guy who happens to be living in an emotional bubble - and it has just burst. His girlfriend of the past two years, Laura (Iben Hjejle) has just left him, triggering a sort of early midlife crisis in his life. Rob doesn't like change. He runs a record shop with the help of two guys even weirder than he is - Dick (Todd Louiso), a shy, bumbling, Moby-like guy and Barry (Jack Black), who never fails to entertain. The guys like to expound upon their musical knowledge, usually in the form of top five lists of everything. Rob has top five lists for everything, including his most traumatic breakups. He tries to pretend that his recent breakup with Laura isn't top five material, although it obviously is - especially when he learns she seems to have left him for Ian (Tim Robbins), the schmaltzy pseudo-loverboy upstairs. He simply must know why Laura dumped him, and that sends him down memory lane thinking about all of the other girls that dumped him through the years - going all the way back to junior high.Read more ›
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Another great film starring John Cusack, his sister Joan and Jack BlackPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer