Magnolia

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

New Line Home Video | May 22, 2012 | DVD

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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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Magnolia

Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Starring Julianne Moore, Orlando Jones, Tom Cruise, William H. Macy

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
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