Magnolia

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Tom Cruise

New Line Home Video | May 22, 2012 | DVD

Magnolia is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 5.

Brilliant filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson spins a tale of Altmanesque proportions with Magnolia, the story of numerous characters interacting throughout a single day in Los Angeles. The events take us through just about every conceivable level of emotional torment, and yet the sum total of the film is a bright and enlightening revelation that concludes with one of the most astounding — and surreally hilarious — climaxes ever put to film. The movie stars a seemingly endless stream of talented stars, from Tom Cruise and Jason Robards to William H. Macy and Julianne Moore, all of whom deliver outstanding performances. This Platinum Edition DVD contains deleted scenes, a feature length making of documentary and numerous other worthwhile features.

Video Release: May 22, 2012

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 188

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: New Line Home Video

UPC: 794043502927

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly Random, but Extremely Entertaining P.T. Anderson is a direct who has quite a large cult following, and given a few more movies will be considered an all time best. So in order to become acquainted which his filmography, i felt the need to watch this movie. When looking up what is was about, I could never get a straight answer on what this movie was actually about. The consensus was that its a movie about different characters interacting together in Los Angeles, and that somes it up best. You have some incredibly random stores going on. From the game show host and his daughter, to a sex life help guru to a dying T.V. producer. trying to figure out how all those different scenarios would make 1 movie? Well that makes two of us. But the screenwriter (I.E.P.T. Anderson) make it interesting and emotionally compelling. The movie is carried by some power-house performances. William H. Macy gives the best performance I have ever seen him give. i am usually not a fan of his work, but he was quite good here. Philip Baker Hall was very good, Julianne Moore was a bit over the top, but it works and Phillip Seymour Hoffman is a interesting character to watch on screen. The award for best performance in the movie goes to Tom Cruise though. I have never seen him get this in depth with a character before. His breakdown seen, is one of the best I have seen, and he was robbed of that Oscar. Overall a great movie, a must watch for people who appreciate well made movies.
Date published: 2011-02-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from 3 hours of my life I will never have back. The best way to categorize this movie is "emotional pornography." For some reason, directors like P.T. Anderson seem to think that evoking a strong emotional reaction from the audience is high art, even in the absense of any meaningful storyline,. This movie is about nothing. Here is all you need to know about Magnolia: There are a bunch of depressing people in depressing situations at the start of the movie, it rains frogs, and there are a bunch of depressing people in depressing situations at the end of the movie. There is no good or bad reason to see this movie. Avoid at all costs. I tried to give this item a rank of zero but the form wouldn't let me rate it below one.
Date published: 2006-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant Magnolia is an amazing film. From the enticing sub-plots, the cinematography, to the actor's performances (Julianne Moore especially), this movie is simple brilliance.
Date published: 2005-01-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Magnollia I rank this film what i did, only because I had to. I do not think it is fair to rank a film like Magnollia because I do not believe it to be possible. There is a very thin line between cinamatic excellence and failure and Magnollia dances all over that line. With about a dozen sub-plots this movie could easily confuse and fustrate anyone. However, the movie is spackled with bits of brilliant acting that almost make the three hour movie worth while. The movie though is an emotional one, with an excellent main plot which will have most in tears.
Date published: 2000-09-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the Greatest Movies of Last Year Magnolia is in one word a masterpiece. A great directorial followup to Bogeynights and one of last years greatest films. Magnolia drives you emotionally in every direction with the 6 fantastic stories that interlock together to make one incredible film.
Date published: 2000-08-30

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Video Release: May 22, 2012

Theatrical Release: 1999

Runtime: 188

Rating: R (MPAA)

Studio: New Line Home Video

UPC: 794043502927


Edition Description
  • Dolby Surround AC-3
  • Closed Captioned
  • Color
  • Runtime: 188 minutes
  • NTSC (Canada and USA)
  • Wide Screen
  • Originally in English
  • Released in English

Synopsis

Director Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling epic concerning a day in the life of many San Fernando Valley residents is an ambitious, highly emotional effort.

Description

Anderson's sprawling epic concerning a day in the life of many Valley residents is an ambitious effort, but is nowhere near as effective as Robert Altman's NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS, the writer/director's obvious cinematic influences. The first hour-and-a-half, establishing the film's eleven main characters, seems to ramble aimlessly, with no intention other than being a venue for the actors to showcase their talents, but when the taping of "What Do Kids Know?" commences, the pieces begin to fall into place, making clear Anderson's overall point: poor parenting scars children for life. Rather than leaving it at that, he gently introduces the theme of forgiveness, whether or not it's possible to forgive those who were the cause of deep inner turmoils for so many years. Visually reminiscent of Scorsese, containing flashes of brilliance, Anderson redeems himself by film's end, but the fact remains that just because a film is three hours long doesn't mean it's more important than those that aren't.

Notes

DVD Features: Region 1 Encoding Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1 Format Dolby Digital 5.1 (English) Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English) Theatrical trailers and Television Spots Deleted scenes "Making-Of" Documentary Aimee Mann "Save Me" Music Video