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The Majestic [DVD] [2001]

4.4 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Martin Landau, Bob Balaban, Jeffrey DeMunn, Hal Holbrook
  • Directors: Frank Darabont
  • Writers: Michael Sloane
  • Producers: Frank Darabont, Anna Garduno, Claudia Cummings, Jeremiah Vaughn, Jim Behnke
  • Format: PAL, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: German, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French, Dutch
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sept. 2002
  • Run Time: 152 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006G9WI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,607 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Special Features:
Seven deleted scenes
Sand Pirates movie within the movie
Theatrical trailer
Ratio 16:9
Languages: English, French & Italian

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Like Frank Darabont's other movies, The Majestic attempts, and sometimes achieves, the sheer decency of classic American movies. A cross between The Music Man and The Return of Martin Guerre, it is the film about McCarthyism that Frank Capra might have made if he had not drifted to the populist Right. An amnesiac screen-writer (Jim Carrey) is mistaken for a missing war-hero and becomes the force that reinvigorates a town distraught over its dead young men. The film is so caught up in a pastel-coloured elegiac celebration of small-town life that it at times loses pace altogether and not even Jim Carrey can quite pull it back up to its natural speed. On the other hand, his underplaying of the climactic confrontation with the House Un-American Affairs Committee--his career is at risk because he once followed a girlfriend to a political meeting--is admirable; we believe in his conversion from cynicism to heroism because he is even quieter than Jimmy Stewart in Mister Smith Goes to Washington mode. Martin Landau is a little too lovable as the grieving father who persuades Carrey of his identity, Laurie Holden not quite convincing as the woman for whom he falls.

On the DVD: The Majestic on disc is presented in 1.85:1 visual aspect ratio with crisp, clear visuals that sometimes make us gasp at the complex realism of the period details and has an attractive Dolby 5.1 stereo acoustic. Extras include some deleted scenes, the trailer and an extended sequence from Sand Pirates of the Sahara, the witty B-movie pastiche that crops up at a couple of important moments in the plot. --Roz Kaveney

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After seeing this film on DVD I am sorry I did not make the time to see it in the theatre. Frank Darabont has created a wonderful and nostalgic film with echos of Frank Capra everywhere. The lush cinematography with it's colorful hues help create and enhance a very special movie that will leave you wodering why films like this don't get made anymore.

Jim Carrey completely loses himself in a quiet and underplayed role which could easily have garnered him an Oscar if anyone had been watching. This is an old style film and Carrey gives an old style performance as Peter Appleton. After an horrific car accident, he loses his memory and is mistaken, and embraced, by an entire town as Luke. Luke is a long missing and beloved son of both the town and Martin Landau, who gives a wonderful performance as always.
Adele Stanton is amazing as Laurie Holden, Luke's girlfriend and touchstone for all that is good about smalltown America in the 50's. James Whitmore and David Ogden Stiers are just two of the many faces you will recognize in this magnificent film. The entire town comes together to help restore it's once great movie theatre, "The Majestic", where magic use to be seen.
Like any Capra film, Darabont's movie takes it's time to unfold. The basic story is surrounded by small insights into ourselves and how we live. Does what people expect of us make us better? If we become better than who we were, where do we belong then? Peter will have to answer these questions when he remembers who he is. He has come to love Laurie and his 'father' Landau, and may no longer be Peter, at least not the old Peter.
The town who feels betrayed by their favorite son is not the only problem Peter/Luke must deal with.
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I caught this film by accident and i have to say it is a true suprise. Jim Carrey shocks with a truly great performance in a role that is serious and very unlike most of his other roles.
The film is set in the 1950's where Carrey plays a man accused of abeing a communist - he suffers a car accident and loses his memory. He ends up in a town called Lawson, who lost a lot of men in the war. Carrey is mistaken for Luke Trimble, the son of a local man who owns the towns cinema - the majestic.
the relationship between carrey and harry trimble is played to perfection, and the film culminates with some of the best scenes i have ever seen. a suprisingly strong feel good movie.
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What a wonderful movie. Rooted in the post war era of the USA's Committee into unAmerican practices. If you'd like to know more of the backstory watch Trumbo, also available on Amazon and currently on Prime.

This movie however is fiction, a nice imagining of how an ordinary person may have stood up to the committee, tho did he just do it because he's a 'horny young man!?'! Lol!

Anyway, not wanting to give the story away, this is a true character movie and well worth the 2.5hrs it takes imo.
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Peter Appleton is a Hollywood screenwriter at the time of the "reds under the bed" period when America came down heavily on Communisim within it's boundaries....As Peter (played by a straight Jim Carey brilliantly) is getting the finger pointed at him he goes out in the car on a rainy stormy night only to crash with a subsequent loss of memory and a new life in a different town with a mistaken identity...There Peter falls in love and re-incarnates an old cinema hall aptly named The Majestic and so the story is poised for a great encounter.....I have never seen Jim Carey play such a fantastic straight role as we all associate him as the goof-ball comedian up to ludicrous tricks and mischief, here he truely shines....From Frank Darabont's Direction (The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile) this is the third film in this masterful trio that captures the period with a sense of realism and empathy.... The Majestic is just that and you will never want to miss a second once you start watching it ...a truely remarkable film from a truely gifted Director......
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I enjoyed this "feel good" drama/romance movie and thought Jim Carey acted his role extremely well. I needed to suspend my usual adult cynicism however, particularly in relation to the political "witch hunt"sections which were given a very forgiving makeover. The ending was not realistic either but I did feel a warm glow inside at the end of the movie nonetheless.
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Director Frank Darabont is already assured of a place in cinematic history with his classics The Shawshank Redemption [DVD] [1995] and The Green Mile [DVD] [1999].

Follow that! Well he's made a spirited attempt with this little work,though in my view nothing could get close to his earlier masterpieces.

Its well worth watching,carefully composed and well acted by Carrey who is surprisingly good playing a straight role.
The plot too is well handled and despite its improbability remains believable as worked by Darabont: he has the knack of giving his characters great credibility whether they are criminals or cops,and presents us with a compelling,touching story which is entertaining and keeps the viewer interested right to the conclusion.
Excellent drama.
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