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on 27 April 2016
Didn't really like it enough to give it a better score.
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on 28 July 2017
If I could have flushed this **** down the pan I would have.
Have tried to watch this a second time but still find it sickening. The sad and tawdry side of humanity.
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on 7 February 2010
I would have to reiterate what someone has already said. I have just watched the DVD and the way the film is cropped has ruined the cinematography. There is a scene early in the film where Jack Horner is talking to Dirk Diggler in a living room, each sitting on a different chair/sofa on opposite sides of the room. All you see are their feet/legs, so you are essentially watching an empty room having a conversation. It's absurd. And sadly, due to the format of the film, the whole film leaves you feeling as if you are missing or being cheating of something - and that's because you are!

If you love this film, don't buy this, because it's not at all fun to watch.
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on 6 November 2011
This movie has become a cult classic of the 90's a bit like Scarface on Viagra. A tongue in cheek look at the porn industry in the 1970's & 80's. The picture quality is quite good without leaving you mesmerised but the main thing for me is that the content of this movie can deal with very dark subject matter at times but in a light & funny way, which will always make you go back & watch it.
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on 10 December 2011
There's no denying that Paul Thomas Anderson is a major talent, maybe the best director alive today, or at least the artistic equal of David Lynch. But Boogie Nights is probably my least favourite of his films. That doesnt mean its a bad film, in fact its very good. It just feels like the least necessary of his films.

It's about a group of porn film-makers on the edge of LA in the 80's and follows the rise and fall of a porn star whose genius is in his trousers. It puts together such a great ensemble cast and is full of humour and kindness along with some darkness, despair and violence. And has a superb period soundtrack.

It makes me wonder what it was about sex that interested Anderson. The film isn't overly critical of the industry, on the contrary it shows great tolerance for these disfunctional characters. No matter, a highly enjoyable experience nevertheless.
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on 15 July 2004
Achingly funny, effusively entertaining, emotionally resonant and with a fantastic 70's sountrack to boot. Boogie Nights tells the story of the 70's pornstar Dirk Diggler. Indeed, porn is the industry in which is talents truely lie and with this, Dirk becomes the biggest star in the business. Such a good thing can't last forever however and soon he finds that the lives of him and his colleagues begin to plummet into turmoil with the dawn of the 80's. Boogie Nights is a fabulously crafted film neither glorifies nor demonises the porn industry. Much like any other outcasts, these are people struggling with a world where their actions are considered immoral or abnormal and yet is a fundamental part of who they are and what makes their lives worthwhile. Boogie Nights is one of the finest films of the 90's eschewing the 70's nostalgia of tha time (and probably still today) with a more contemporary aesthetic, and yet despite its snappy pacing it never feels overly flashy or stylised (which is more than what can be said for other public favorites of the 90's such as Pulp Fiction and Trainspotting). For goodness' sake watch it.
4.5 stars - Outstanding
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on 19 September 2000
While there's no doubting whatsoever that the film is a classic, the DVD leaves a lot to be desired. For a start, the widescreen is the wrong shape. While there should be two thick black bars at the top and bottom (2:35 ratio) for some bizarre reason, and unlike the VHS widescreen version, the DVD has two smallish black bars (1:85 ratio). As an example of how this affects the film you need only look at the opening sequence. Instead of 'BOOGIE NIGHTS' the viewer can only see 'OOGIE NIGHT'. Very, very poor. The extra interviews you get with the DVD are so short as to be almost pointless. My advice: Buy the widescreen video and wait until the US special edition of the movie is released in region 2 (I believe it's going to be before the end of the year). The special edition has TWO commentaries from the director, music videos and the correct widescreen ratio. Amazing film, terrible, terrible DVD.
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on 21 July 2016
Going by the cast I thought this would be a good film. I was wrong.
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on 25 September 2011
I didn't realise quite how explicit this film would be, both in the sense that it is a film about pornography and thus heavily involves it, but also in its confrontation with humanity, society and culture - but it packs this punch with hilarity, brilliant settings, and a stellar soundtrack. Perhaps a more extreme version of Pulp Fiction, in several senses. If you're the sort of person who doesn't shy away from intelligent films - this is a must see.
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on 6 January 2015
not bad
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