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The Hours [DVD] [2003]
The Hours [DVD] [2003]
Dvd ~ Meryl Streep
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Price: £3.19

24 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seriously rewarding, Mrs. Dalloway, 4 Sept. 2003
This review is from: The Hours [DVD] [2003] (DVD)
After viewing my copy of "The Hours" from Malaysia (U.S. Copy) on my multi-regional DVD player. My observations are as follows.
"The Hours" is a seriously complex movie with some beautiful performances. It is based on the novel of the same name, which in turn pays homage to Virginia Woolf's, "Mrs. Dalloway." Incidently Mrs. Dalloway's original novel name was "The Hours." It (the movie) demands the viewer's attention and concentration.
"The Hours" follows three women from different cities and eras: Virginia Woolf in Richmond in the 1920's (Nicole Kidman); a post-WW II housewife in Los Angeles, set in 1951, (Julianne Moore); and a book editor who lives in New York in 2001 (Meryl Streep).
Numerous clever cuts and transitions link the stories (e.g., one woman cracks an egg and then the movie transitions to another woman doing the same thing) as well as more profound underlying emotions (Woolf had female relationships, Moore's character kisses another female character, Streep lives with a female lover).
I would recommend that a viewer read or see "Mrs. Dalloway" (Vanessa Redgrave played the role a few years ago) before "The Hours." It's not required but it increases your appreciation for the movie. For example, in "Mrs. Dalloway," a character named Clarissa Dalloway spends the day planning a party and thinking about a long ago kiss to a woman (she's been married for years). In "The Hours," Meryl Streep's character spends her day in party preparations and thinks about a long-ago heterosexual relationship (she is now in a lesbian one). I wouldn't recommend reading the actual "The Hours" before seeing the movie: a plot twist late in the story would be ruined.
The performances are for the most part outstanding with Kidman and Streep the standouts to me. I found Ed Harris in the role of the modern day Clarissa's close friend stricken with AIDS (and her lover from years ago), a bit over the top. He's a fine actor; he just didn't seem to fit this role.
I would recommend this movie to individuals who like serious, literary films. I wouldn't recommend this movie to individuals who need-or simply like-some lightness in a film. This is a grim movie. Beautiful in many ways, profound, thought provoking-but grim.


Birdland
Birdland
Price: £14.22

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Yardbirdizing..., 2 May 2003
This review is from: Birdland (Audio CD)
When I listened to this for the first time I was expecting a band of 60 somethings playing nostalgia music of their past.
But alas no, they re-recorded some of their past hits with special fill-in guitarist of the highest calibre. These songs take on a new meaning when revitalised with a new raw energy supplied by some virtuoso guitar players (slash, brain may to name a couple), my fave is "a train kept a-rollin," but "for your love," stole it for me...McCarty & Dreja in the rythym section are still tight today as they were when they recorded the original version in '65.
Oh, before I forget the original new songs (done on this album) sung by the reformed 'birds are as if they continued on from where they left off in july '68. All in all a must have album. This album is better then most music today without a question.
andrew


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