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Jonathan Livingston Seagull [DVD] [1973]

4.3 out of 5 stars 74 customer reviews

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  • Actors: James Franciscus, Juliet Mills, Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Hal Bartlett
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000I0QSQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,227 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Parable of an existential seagull convinced there must be something more to life than flying with the flock and eating garbage...so he explores the wonders of flying on his own. Music by Neil Diamond. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Cinematography.

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Format: VHS Tape
A masterpiece for the entire family. A chronicle of one individual's odyssey from disillusionment into self-realization as experienced through the eyes of a wanton seagull. "Jonathan" captures your imagination through the deft and passionate attention to detail which the director applies to this film. Along with an incredible and timeless soundtrack by Neil Diamond, the impression this movie left on me continues even now some 12 years hence. It's more than a simple story and yet it is the SIMPLICITY which conveys not only insight into our humanity but also great beauty. The beauty of Jonathan.
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At long last, Jonathan Livingston Seagull (JLS) is available on DVD - and about time too. Originally released in 1973, you'd have thought that with songs by Neil Diamond, superb orchestrations by Lee Holdridge and spectacular cinematography by Jack Couffer ASC, the film would have been a sure-fire hit. Unfortunately, it failed to take flight at the box office (if you'll excuse the pun) and was mauled by the critics - not that it stopped the public from buying the album by the bucket-load (it went Gold on 30 October 1973 and Multi-Platinum on 21 November 1986). Janet Maslin in Rolling Stone thought the score `better-than-average', although she couldn't resist adding that `most film soundtracks are a priori the most average-sounding music to be found anywhere', thereby exhibiting the slightly superior attitude towards film music still, unfortunately, found in some quarters even today. Naturally enough she also took a pot shot at `Diamond's aggressively arty lyrics', the 110-strong orchestra and the album cover itself - in her view, `a mind-boggling landmark in packaging pretension'. As Neil Diamond album covers go it's actually rather good (one can only conclude she'd forgotten the truly gruesome cover of Velvet Gloves and Spit) and let's be honest, you could get away with this sort of thing in the early 1970s. The `summer of love' was a recent, not a distant memory and a certain pseudo-philosophical, hippy, `new-age' artiness was all the rage.

In fact, the songs by Neil Diamond and the score, brilliantly arranged and orchestrated by Lee Holdridge, come together to form that rare beast: a soundtrack which complements the film whilst standing up perfectly well as a work in its own right.
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By James B. Spink HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 18 Jan. 2008
Format: DVD
I saw this classic film at the cinema when it came out and found it truly astounding, a true cinematic experience. I can't think of another film that is anything like it, it is truly unique. I loved the soundtrack too, but I only bought Neil Diamond's single "Be" at the time; although I've had the soundtrack CD for years as well now. I recorded the film from the TV onto Betamax video in the early '80s, but I haven't been able to watch it for years through lack of a player!! I don't know if it has been shown on TV again in the recent past, but I've always missed it if it has.

It was also a film I tried for years to find on DVD, but always without success - even when looking all around the world. So I was very pleasantly surprised recently, when I thought about the film again, to find that it had finally been issued on DVD - and quite a while ago too.

Although a child of it's time, and although it does loose a bit of scale on the small screen, it is still a magical experience. Old Hippies everywhere will love it.

It's a shame, in a way, that there is not a Bonus Feature in sight, but then again these may just have spoilt the illusion by making the experience too real! Buy it and fly!!
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Format: VHS Tape
Although now slightly dated with the Neil Diamond soundtrack(!) This however is a great portrayal of the philosophy of Richard Bach. This man has dramatically changed my life. I first started reading Mr. Bach when I was eighteen and although I have moved on from some of his more radical views. I have spent the last twelve years with the feeling that I am special and the world is fantastic. Quite an achievement. There is a bit of Jonathan in all of us. If you are lucky enough to be touched by this film and these ideas, and the world has not yet tainted you too much. It is an experience that will never leave you. happy landings
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This is a brilliantly filmed story of life beyond our shoreline as we all see it now.

Jonathan is used as a means to explaining what life is about now through his short visit and experiences including when we all return home to the other to the other side.

Neil Diamond put his whole soul and being into this film and it well worth seeing as it will open many folks eyes and at the very least get them thinking.

Certainly you will always remember having watched it and some of the music and words will ring in your mind and ears until each of you return home from where you also came.

John Morris.
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Thanks to God I finally could see this film again. In Czechoslovakia was this film many, many years before, only in club cinemas. Also there was a book released here. But the film came never again to cinemas. It is excellent story. Warning!! This film is not for friends of Chuch Noris.
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