Blue Valentine (Blu-Ray)

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Product Overview

The film centers on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods.

Specifications

Studio Tcfhe/anchor Bay/starz
SKU 220193651
UPC 013132318394
UPC 14 00013132318394
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/26/2012
Rating Rating
Keywords
Marriage
Relationships
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note A relationship is charted from its promising beginning to its sad collapse in this independent drama from Derek Cianfrance. Dean (Ryan Gosling) meets Cindy (Michelle Williams) when they're in their late teens; he's working for a moving company, she's a college student visiting her elderly grandmother at a home for the elderly. Cindy is dating Bobby (Mike Vogel), her boyfriend from high school, but as she gets to know Dean better, a mutual attraction grows between them. Years later, Dean and Cindy are married and have a daughter, Frankie (Faith Wladyka), but they're clearly not as happy as they once were; Dean loves his daughter but feels distant from his wife, they have to look after an elderly relative (John Doman), and when Cindy bumps into Bobby while running errands, it's clear he still holds a grudge against her. Dean and Cindy go away for a weekend together at a hotel, but it doesn't take long for them to realize that the magic isn't coming back. BLUE VALENTINE received its world premiere at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.
Reviews
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Like a Cassavetes movie, BLUE VALENTINE doesn't so much present a plot as riff inventively around an emotional predicament." 01/28/2010
Entertainment Weekly "[A] lushly heart-wrenching and beautifully told tale....There are real demons in BLUE VALENTINE..." 02/12/2010
Film Comment "[The film] alternates between scenes of the couple's glorious beginnings and bitter end, while employing a visual style that corresponds to the mood..." 11/01/2010
Rolling Stone 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "[N]ot to be missed. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams give two of the most explosive and emotionally naked performances you will see anywhere." 12/29/2010
USA Today Included in USA Today's "10 Best Films Of 2010" -- "A heartbreaking work of staggering poignancy..." 12/31/2010 ,4 stars out of 4 -- "Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes." 12/29/2010
Los Angeles Times "[The film gives] Gosling and Williams both the motive and the means to create something extraordinary, a valentine that actually says something true about being in love." 12/29/2010
Wall Street Journal "The heartbreaking brilliance of this film, which the director wrote with Joey Curtis and Cami Delavigne, lies in its contradictions." 12/24/2010
A.V. Club "BLUE VALENTINE's fearless candor and extreme emotional intensity should be a source of pride for everyone involved in this remarkable, utterly wrenching film." -- Grade: A 12/28/2010
New York Times "Ms. Williams is, as ever, heartbreakingly precise in every scene..." 12/28/2010
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Derek Cianfrance, the film's writer and director, observes with great exactitude the birth and decay of a relationship. The film is alive in its details." 01/05/2010
Hollywood Reporter "[T]he performances are fleshed out and telling. Gosling layers his character's charm with an eruptive and credible anger." 12/25/2010
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "The results can be almost unbearably harrowing but also deeply cathartic, as viewers create their own meanings within Dean and Cindy's singular downward spiral." 01/07/2011
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "You won't see a more honest movie in 2011 -- and that's a promise." 01/07/2010
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "You might feel like averting your gaze at times, but don't -- performances this penetrating are a sight to see." 12/31/2010
Sight and Sound "[T]he film is firstly an actor's piece -- a two-hander between Williams and Gosling, who both deliver truthful, committed performances, explored through improvised dialogue and action." 02/01/2011
Directors
Derek Cianfrance
Actors
Michelle Williams
Ryan Gosling
Cast & Crew
Michelle Williams - Star
Ryan Gosling - Star
Mike Vogel - Star
Faith Wladyka - Star
John Doman - Star
Derek Cianfrance - Screenwriter
Cami Delavigne - Screenwriter
Joey Curtis - Screenwriter
Derek Cianfrance - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2010
UPC 00013132318394
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 112 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Awards
Oscar (2011) Michelle Williams, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role
Golden Globe (2011) Michelle Williams, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama,Ryan Gosling, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Independent Spirit (2011) Michelle Williams, Nominee, Best Female Lead
Sundance Film Festival (2010) Derek Cianfrance, Nominee, Grand Jury Prize
Reviews
ReviewSource USA Today
Review Gosling and Williams have the most palpable chemistry of any screen couple this year, never striking a false note in this achingly tender tale of a love that implodes before our eyes...When Dean says to Cindy, "Let's be a family," Williams' eyes convey a complicated expression that is at once terrified, hopeful and relieved. Barely 30, these are consummate actors giving masterful performances....Director Derek Cianfrance brilliantly charts the trajectory of their relationship by cross-cutting over a half-dozen years, chronicling intimate details, prosaic moments and devastating epiphanies...Cianfrance shoots with a naturalism that intensifies the story's authenticity, blending blurry images and sharp details. As each scene juxtaposes or blends with the one before, a simple story reveals its complexity...The screenplay is almost like a short story. Symbolism appears in song lyrics, hotel names and incidental visuals...Time shifts are accomplished by modifying the characters' appearances...The heart of this beautifully mesmerizing film comes down to that simple entreaty. Love is all about chance.
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Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
James Berardinelli, Reelviews ...driven by dialogue and fueled by performances.
Kyle Smith, New York Post ...a small but shattering film...
Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly ...it stings so exquisitely.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone This wrenching story of a marriage that rides a roller coaster for six tumultuous years is not to be missed.

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