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25th Hour (2002)

Director: Spike Lee     Starring: Edward Norton
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40219514
UPC: 786936218497
UPC 14: 00786936218497
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"One of the year's finest films.  Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"A wrenching, dazzling succession of moods. Mr. Lee gives the actors plenty of time and room to work, and their work is terrific.  A.O. Scott, New York Times
"25th Hour is Spike Lee's best work. Edward Norton is an absolutely electrifying actor.  Joel Siegel, Good Morning America

Editor's Note
Spike Lee's bracing adaptation of David Benioff's novel is a vibrant, vital motion picture. Edward Norton plays Monty Brogan, a harmless drug dealer who has 24 hours of freedom before serving a seven-year jail sentence. Nervous, confused, and terrified, Monty turns to his closest friends for support: Frank Slattery (Barry Pepper), a cocky stockbroker who resents Monty for throwing his life away; Jakob Elinsky (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a hapless high school teacher who is attracted to one of his students (Anna Paquin); and Monty's heartbroken father (Brian Cox), who blames himself for Monty's demise. And then there is Naturelle (Rosario Dawson), Monty's beautiful girlfriend, who may or may not be guilty of ratting Monty out to the cops. Monty spends his last day trying to ignore the inevitability of time, but everyone and everything only reminds him of the bleak, unpromising days that lay ahead.

With 25TH HOUR, Spike Lee revisits the fiery territory of 1989's DO THE RIGHT THING. Frustrated by Hollywood's cold shoulder toward the tragedy of September 11th, Lee attacks the subject with fervor, resulting in a film that brilliantly captures the mood and atmosphere in New York City in the months following the attack. The film features stellar contributions from composer Terence Blanchard, cinematographer Rodrigo Prieto, and Lee's ensemble cast.


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Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/25/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 135 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2002
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 30582
Video UPC UPC: 00786936218497
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Barry Pepper
Video Cast Info Brian Cox
Video Cast Info Anna Paquin
Video Cast Info Edward Norton
Video Cast Info Philip Seymour Hoffman
Video Cast Info Rosario Dawson
Video Cast Info Tony Siragusa
Video Cast Info David Benioff - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Rodrigo Prieto - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Director
Video Cast Info Barry Alexander Brown - Editor
Video Cast Info Terence Blanchard - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Tobey Maquire - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Kilik - Producer
Video Cast Info Julia Chasman - Producer
Video Cast Info Spike Lee - Producer
Video Cast Info David Benioff - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"...It produces a wrenching, dazzling succession of moods..." 12/19/2002 p.E3

"...Undeniably beautiful..." 02/01/2003 p.18-19

Entertainment Weekly
"...The role plays right into Norton's gift for letting brainy anxiety detonate just beneath the surface of a scene....Lee, as he did in MALCOLM X and CLOCKERS, makes his hero's dread palpable..." 01/10/2003 p.53

Rolling Stone
"...25TH HOUR is a riveting, emotionally resonant New York drama....Edward Norton is dynamite..." 02/06/2003 p.68

Sight and Sound
"...Lee's use of space expertly evokes the general air of a city bereft..." 03/01/2003 p.58-9

Total Film
"...An impressive, affecting return to form from one of Hollywood's finest filmmakers..." 05/01/2003 kp.98

San Francisco Chronicle 9 of 10
With a slice-of-life film such as 25th Hour, there's always the challenge of how to end it. Lee and screenwriter David Benioff bring the film to a place of poetry, with a fantasy of America and open spaces that's slightly funny and mostly stirring and still very much about New York: The vision presented is not of America but of an America as dreamed of from inside New York's five boroughs. - Mick LaSalle

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 8 of 10
This is one of those rare occasions when Lee has made a film with a predominantly white cast. Every actor in a significant role is superb, with special credit going to Norton. Hoffman and Pepper are solid, Dawson is wonderful, and Paquin makes us wish she would accept more acting jobs. However, Lee's decision not to focus on African American issues (arguably his "bread and butter")with 25th Hour does not necessarily equate to greater accessiblility for mainstream audiences. This is one of the director's most elliptical efforts, emphasizing atmosphere over plot. For patient viewers, the deliberate pace has its payoff--before long, you will begin to sense Monty's futility and desperation. 25th Hour is not a happy experience, and there are times when it seems to drag, but there's no denying that it lingers in the mind long after the impressions left by other movies have evaporated. - James Berardinelli

San Francisco Examiner 9 of 10
...the most impressive thing about 25th Hour is the shrewd and skillful way Lee inextricably intertwines text and subtext, catching all of his characters at a moment when their selfish concerns are increasingly overshadowed--whether they want to admit it or not--by events beyond their control.

All of the supporting players are splendid, but Cox makes the most devastating impact, thanks to a final monologue in which James yearns for an alternative to a worst-case scenario. He gets the final line--"This life came so close to not happening!"--and its bittersweet irony resonates in your head long after the closing credits roll past. - Joe Leydon

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Norton,Edward
Product attributeLabel:   Buena Vista Home Video
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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