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Infamous [DVD] [2007] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.4 out of 5 stars 59 customer reviews

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000M341SC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,610 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Based on the true story of the relationship between Truman Capote and one of the murderers who inspired his book 'In Cold Blood.'

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After reading about the murder of a Kansas family, Truman Capote plunges into the murder case that inspired his great novel ‘In Cold Blood.’ Prisoner Perry Smith, killed in cold blood, the state will execute him in cold blood; does Capote get his story through cold calculation, or is there a price for him to pay? --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Truman Capote's greatest book was In Cold Blood, an account of the ruthless & senseless murder of a family in Kansas in the 1950s, & this superb film recounts how that book came to be written. Inevitably I will compare this with the earlier film Capote, starring Phillip Hoffman, which I watched again recently,
Much as I admire Hoffman I think Toby Jones' portrayal of Capote is more compelling: Truman Capote was certainly a larger than life character, outrageous, camp, witty, plausible & amoral (& an undoubted genius) - but I think Hoffman lays it on just a bit thick. It's not that his characterisation is necessarily inaccurate, but it is too big for the film to bear.
Jones achieves the right balance I think: this is definitely & sublimely a Truman Capote we can believe in, & even love. It's a compelling peformance with a sureness & lightness of touch; he brings an impish quality to Capote's bitchiness & bons mots which is very appealing, & which provides effective contrast to the more sombre episodes.
Greater verisimilitude is achieved overall with each character & element of the plot given its due weight, superb casting, & tighter production. With great photography & luscious costumes & interiors it provides a feast for the eyes as well as food for thought.
The earlier film is much looser & more discursive than Infamous & it suffers correspondingly. For example, there is a lengthier exposition of Truman Capote's ambivalence about the publication & reception of Harper Lee's book (To Kill a Mockingbird), whereas this is dealt with succinctly but no less effectively in Infamous.
Both films are imaginative representations of a certain set of circumstances - in other words they are fictionalised accounts of real event so neither claims to be factually accurate.
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What an odd little film. Like other reviews I wasn't sure at the start how it might keep me engaged, but it did. I have learned that Gwyneth Paltrow can't really sing and Daniel Craig can't do a decent consistent American accent and looks really odd with his hair died dark. I haven't read any work by Capote and the film didn't really encourage me to try, but it did show me Toby Jones doesn't often put a foot wrong as he gave yet another well judged and well paced performance. He certainly wasn't smothered by Hollywood glamour names. Certainly worth a try at least until he takes up the Christmas Day invite. By then you will be hooked or bored. I was hooked. I don't think it was the sort of film you would watch a lot, but certainly worth a try, especially on a lazy rainy Sunday afternoon or similar. Daniel Craig was better in Defiance and Toby Jones was better in The Painted Veil. They do well individually but no on screen chemistry.
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Not my normal viewing fair, but powerful and thought provoking. Based on truth they say; proving life is a strange story indeed.
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Brilliant! Sandra Bullock was excellent as Harper Lee and Toby Jones had Truman Capote down to a T. Seriously good movie.
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Simply stunning performance by Toby Jones, completely immersed in the role such that he IS Capote. Daniel Craig as one of the killers also gives a stonking perrormance.
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By phil on 31 Mar. 2017
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Enjoyed was different learnt a lot
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By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2012
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Surely an Oscar was due to TOBY JONES for his central performance in "Infamous"? And Daniel Craig too - menacing, sexy, intoxicating - you can see why this guy will pull off the lethal double-whammy - Bond for the boys - but films like "Defiance", "The Mother" and "Flashbacks Of A Fool" for challenging roles and acting chops.

The story begins with much of the cast narrating their thoughts on Truman Capote via interview to the camera. They discuss with dispassion this odd little American writer who was also a world-class raconteur and smoozer. Particularly good are Juliet Stevenson as the socialite and Sandra Bullock as Harper Lee (author of "To Kill A Mockingbird").

The story begins with Truman seeing a story in a newspaper about a family wiped out in small town America. He is drawn to it without really knowing why. He and Bullock travel to the town, but are stumped by paperwork. The town sheriff (downplayed subtly and beautifully by Jeff Daniels) won't play ball and allow either access to anything to do with the case. So Truman does what he does best - he wheedles his way into the sheriff's family and their affections with his charm and tales of famous folks (a trick he uses in the interviews in jail). Then the real murderers get caught and Truman gets stuck in on both of them knowing that these scumbags want their sordid stories told. And on it goes...

The support cast is uniformly superb too - Sigourney Weaver, Hope Davis, Isabella Rossellini and Gwyneth Paltrow - all actresses of real talent and power.
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