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Hollywoodland [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Diane Lane, Ben Affleck
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2007
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MR8STQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 157,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama based on a true story. George Reeves (Ben Affleck) was a journeyman actor who had played a small role in 'Gone With the Wind' and appeared on screen with the likes of James Cagney, Rita Hayworth and Marlene Dietrich, but his career was not exactly booming when he was cast as comic book hero Superman in a 1951 B-movie, 'Superman and the Mole Men'. A year later, the producers of the movie launched a syndicated Superman television series with Reeves returning as the Man of Steel. The show became a major hit, and Reeves was a star at last. However, on June 16, 1959, to the shock of many, Reeves was found dead of a gunshot wound. Police soon declared Reeves' death a suicide and closed the case, but his mother (Lois Smith) refused to believe her son took his own life, and hired Louis Simo (Adrien Brody), a private detective, to find out the truth about her son's passing.

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The fact-based mystery of Hollywoodland takes place in 1959, when the death of Adventures of Superman TV star George Reeves cast a pall over the waning days of golden-age Hollywood. As written by Paul Bernbaum, this intriguing whodunit effectively evokes the tainted atmosphere that surrounded Reeves' death (officially ruled a suicide but never conclusively solved), and speculates on circumstances to suggest that Reeves may have been murdered. In combining the melancholy course of Reeves' career with the investigation of a down-and-out private detective into the possible causes of Reeves' death, the film evolves into an engrossing study of parallels between lives on either side of the Hollywood dream. Building upon a distinguished career in TV including episodes of HBO's The Sopranos, Rome and Six Feet Under, director Allen Coulter finds a satisfying balance between the tragic overtones of the Reeves case and the time-honored elements of the gumshoe genre, with Adrien Brody doing fine work as private eye Louis Simo, a fictional composite character who is our conduit to the desperate yearnings of Reeves' final months.

In a critically acclaimed performance, Ben Affleck plays Reeves in moody flashbacks, caught between Superman stardom and financial dependence on his lover Toni Mannix (Diane Lane), the somewhat predatory wife of Hollywood "fixer" and MGM honcho Eddie Mannix (Bob Hoskins), whose mob connections suggest foul play as Simo's investigation progresses. Reeves' subsequent lover (played by Robin Tunney) may also be culpable, and as Simo's own personal life unravels, his empathy for Reeves takes on added significance. In presenting its mystery as a set of plausible scenarios, Hollywoodland holds interest as a mystery that's refreshingly compassionate toward the fate of its characters. Warts and all, they're likable dreamers in a town where dreams don't always come true. --Jeff Shannon

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This ia a terrific piece of filmaking. The muted pallette of Johnathan Freeman's photography and the, near Herrmann like, emotional subtlety of Marcello Zarvos' music combine to produce the kind of brooding, slow burn that the best of Hollywood is still capable of laying before us. Essentially a tryptich of three characters caught in a well spun web of intrigue born of the love of power and the power of love. Allen Coulter not only captures the 'feel' of fifties hollywood but offers the same kind of adult fare we were offered then, I mean intelligent and essentially fond portraits of complicated individuals. For a man to live with, not only the ignomy of being a tv star but also to be saddled with the daming role of Superman allows for an intimate series of speculations about the nature of fame and death. Diane Lane is terrific as the beautiful but cloying 'older' woman who is quite clearly in love, an acting task often underated, to depict the way in which we can love, while Ben Affleck carries offf the difficult task of rendering an inflated ego coupled with an out of kilter charm perfectly, all teeth and hurt superficiality. But it is Brody's Simo (see more?) who is perfect as the deluded private eye whose desire to solve the case while wearing the kind of shirts that I have searched every thrift store in the world for, is what sews together this deft script. What this film understands is that it was, in fact, not the 60s that were last century's turbulent decade but the 50s, and in many ways this is the drama of the piece, a decade getting used to itself. A treat for both the eye and the mind. Why aren't they making more little gems like this?
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
Step back into the 1940s and 50s with "Hollywoodland," a well-made film noir that examines the death of George Reeves, TV's "Superman." Down-on-his-luck private eye Louie (Adrien Brody) is hired by Reeves' mother who thinks it was murder, even though the police have labeled it a suicide. Louie's investigation alternates with flashbacks showing Reeves (Ben Affleck) from his early days as a struggling actor, through his successful TV series, and his trials as a typecast has-been. Among Louie's suspects are Reeves' older mistress (Diane Lane), her studio boss husband (Bob Hoskins), and Reeve's finance. We also see Louie as he tries to deal with his ex-wife, alienated young son, and two-timing girlfriend. Louie is determined to crack the case because he sees how much he and Reeves had in common: They were both very unhappy men.

Brody and Affleck give outstanding performances playing flawed but likeable characters. You want to see Reeves be a success and you find yourself pulling for Louie to solve the mystery, even though the world seems against him. The lovely Diane Lane does a great job playing the older woman. I think the real star, however, is the director who recreated the time period so lovingly and filmed with dim, atmospheric lighting that made it look and feel like an old Bogart movie. The costumes and sets, hairdos and cars, and the constant smoking all combine to make it feel real. The film is a little long, but the story, stars, and action are riveting. If you remember that period you'll really feel at home here. I enjoyed this thoughtful, character-driven drama.
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A movie that would have been much improved by ditching the down at heel private eye angle, and focussing on Diane Lane. Affleck is great, Lane is astonishing, Brody is wasted and deeply unsympathetic; unfortunate for him that those in bit parts (Bob Hoskins, Robin Tunney, Jeffrey DeMunn for Walking Dead fans) are terrific. The whole thing looks great, but you end up thinking there was a more interesting story to be told with the same ingredients.
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Very well acted and covered George Reeves life pretty thorough.
Have added this to my collection of the 1950's Superman television series released onto DVD.
For those interested in the Superman persona then this is could be for you.
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By robert stirling TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 6 July 2016
Format: DVD
Interesting film about a tv actor of the late 1950's who committed suicide (or didn't) but at 120 minutes somewhat long unless it is exceptionally well done and in my opinion this did drag after awhile.
That exceptional ingredient wasn't there. Affleck's acting was wooden and Brody's usual flair for capturing the unusual and transmitting that persona onto the screen didn't come over as the P.I. out to prove everybody,including the cops, wrong.

Not enough of Diane Lane or the late,great Bob Hoskins which might have lifted this over-long drama.
Incidentally the actress who played Lois Lane in the 50's Superman tv series, Noel Neill, just died in July 2016.
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arrived sooner than expected.I'm a superman fan & so I wanted to watch a film based on George Reeves.it was one of those instances where you wanted to watch the movie but never get around to it.I was ordering something else & this came up as an also related item & for the low price it was an easy decision.
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Hollywoodland was a thoughtful and sometimes moving film. It featured great performances from a cast of talented performers. In many ways, this was a proper grown-up film for anyone who's had a dream and seen it slip away. I agree with the other reviewers that it's very slow moving at times, but I would say it's worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of the actors involved.
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