- Actors: Jack Nicholson, Meryl Streep, Carroll Baker, Michael O'Keefe, Diane Venora
- Directors: Hector Babenco
- Format: NTSC
- Subtitles: English, Korean
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00743Y7V4
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,318 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Ironweed (1987) All Region DVD (Region 1,2,3,4,5,6 Compatible)
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Region Free DVD - plays on all DVD players worldwide, including yours! English Dolby Digital 2.0 audio with optional English and Korean subtitles. Case displays English and Korean text, with movie synopsis in both languages. English DVD menu. Running time 143 minutes.
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Ironweed takes its viewers into that shadowy world of the rail yards, cardboard shantytowns, underpasses, and abandoned automobiles, and shows us incisive glimpses of how a person arrives there. Featuring what I think are the very best performances by Jack Nicholson and Meryl Streep, Ironweed gets us deep into the sooty, grimy, bilious skin of the two `hobos.' Like Schindler's List, Ironweed is dark poetry. When the movie is over, you're haunted for days by the imagery.
Set in Albany during the Great Depression, Ironweed delivers not an ounce of moralizing. It's like a clinical exposition of the homeless person's entire life, both from without, and within. On the outside, of course, there's the Depression: a society doing the best it can to get by. From the `hobo's' point of view, one feels the implicit violence of a culture taught to view others as economic instruments of their own survival. The homeless, of course, are on the bottom end of the food chain. On the inside, Ironweed takes us into the intense pain of dashed hopes and expectations. From within and without, the homeless are caught in a whirling vortex that only grinds them down deeper and deeper into despair, the type that Kierkegaard's describes in `Sickness unto Death.' It's where intense poverty is not just physical, but spiritual.
This is a terrific movie; but, it's not for the faint of heart.
A must for anyone who has a bit of compassion and an education for those that haven't.
Given the weak print and media reviews, I was shocked at how moving and
poetic this portrait of street bums in the 30s was.
Streep and Nicholson are both magnificent, but the whole supporting
cast is very good.
It has flaws - it's a little overlong, there the occasional heavy
handed moment. But it's also a deeply moving portrait of lost souls
trying to find meaning in a very cold world.
The big frustration is the DVD - for some reason it was released
full screen (4:3) and not in the original 1:85. That might have been
forgivable if the DVD had been released years ago, when that was a more
common practice, but the region 1 'Ironweed' - a visually stunning film - was
released in 2009! So there is no excuse for this inaccurate
presentation. I haven't found any version, from any country, with the correct
Streep and Nicholson make this film a great showcase for their own talent and that of the director, cameraman etc.
The problem for me was that this film was very slow. The end result is that I have a lot of respect for the film, but no desire to sit through it again.