Crazy Heart

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Product Overview

A faded country music musician is forced to reassess his dysfunctional life during a doomed romance that also inspires him.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 215075250
UPC 024543665892
UPC 14 00024543665892
Format DVD
Release Date 8/19/2014
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Oscar (2010) Jeff Bridges, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Ryan Bingham, T-Bone Burnett, Winner, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Song
Golden Globe (2010) Jeff Bridges, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama,Ryan Bingham, T-Bone Burnett, Winner, Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Independent Spirit (2010) Jeff Bridges, Winner, Best Male Lead,Scott Cooper, Nominee, Best First Screenplay,Scott Cooper et, al., Winner, Best First Feature
Screen Actors Guild (2010) Jeff Bridges, Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Los Angeles Times
Review There's a powerful symmetry at work in Crazy Heart that's impossible to resist. It's a parallel between protagonist Bad Blake, a country singer whose entire life has led him to a nadir of disintegration, and star Jeff Bridges, whose exceptional film choices have put him at the height of his powers just in time to make Mr. Blake the capstone role of his career...It's a mark of how fine a performance Bridges gives that it succeeds beautifully even though the besotted, bedeviled country singer has been an overly familiar popular culture staple (Rip Torn in Payday, Robert Duvall in Tender Mercies, Hank Williams and Merle Haggard in their own lives) for forever...On a par with Bridges' acting, and a sine qua non for Crazy Heart's success, is the excellent music he sings. There are great country songs, including Townes Van Zandt's "If I Needed You" and Waylon Jennings' "Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way" laced throughout the film, but the heart of Bad's act are the appealing melodies written for the picture by superb music producer T Bone Burnett and the late guitar player/songwriter Stephen Bruton. (Burnett and Ryan Bingham wrote the closing ballad "The Weary Kind.") Hearing Bad's way with these enticing songs delineates his character as much as his words or his actions...Filmmaker Cooper, who displays a relaxed directorial style, is a lifelong fan of country music. He'd initially wanted to do a film about Merle Haggard but then came across the Thomas Cobb novel his script is based on. Inevitably, some of the story has a familiar and formulaic feel, like something we've seen before, but at key points Crazy Heart displays a welcome integrity and resists choosing the easiest paths...Bad grouses a lot about Tommy being ungrateful, always wanting new songs from Bad to record. But once we meet the singer, played by Colin Farrell, of all people, in an unbilled cameo, he's not at all the way we picture him. Farrell, who sings a great duet with Bridges, is one of the film's surprise treats, proving, as he did in In Bruges, that he is more relaxed and effective in off-beat alternate leads than classic hero parts. Crazy Heart isn't only one of Bridges' most memorable roles, it's one of Farrell's as well.
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Reviewer Kenneth Turan
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Some actors are blessed. Jeff Bridges is one of them. Ever since his breakthrough role in The Last Picture Show in 1971, he has, seemingly without effort, created a series of characters who we simply believe, even the alien "Starman." He doesn't do this with mannerisms but with their exclusion; his acting is as clear as running water. Look at him playing Bad Blake in Crazy Heart. The notion of a broke-down, boozy country singer is an archetype in pop culture. We've seen this story before. The difference is, Bad Blake makes us believe it happened to him...Bad Blake was a star once, years ago. He has lyrics that go, "I used to be somebody, but now I'm somebody else." His loyal manager (Paul Herman) once booked him in top venues. As Crazy Heart opens, Bad is pulling up to a bowling alley. "It's this year's The Wrestler, " one of my colleagues observed after the screening. Yes. Bad still has a few loyal fans, but you get the feeling they've followed him to the bottom. He has a son he's lost touch with and hasn't written a good song in a long time. In the old days, he toured with a kid named Tommy Sweet (Colin Farrell). Now Tommy is a big star, but contrary to the conventions of such stories, hasn't forgotten his old teacher and remains loyal...The movie knows more about alcoholism than many films do, and has more of that wisdom onscreen, not least from the Duvall character. Gyllenhaal's character, too, is not an enabler or an alibi artist, but a woman who feels with her mind as well as her heart. Watch her as she and Bridges find the same level of mutual confidence for their characters. One of the reasons we trust the film is that neither Bad nor Jean is acting out illusions. Colin Farrell, too, is on the same page. We understand why he stays loyal, to the degree that he can. This is a rare story that knows people don't always forget those who helped them on the way up...Jeff Bridges is a virtual certainty to win his first Oscar, after four nominations. The movie was once set for 2010 release (and before that, I hear, was going straight to cable). The more people saw it, the more they were convinced this was a great performance. Fox Searchlight stepped in, bought the rights and screened it extensively in December for critics' groups, who all but unanimously voted for Bridges as the year's best actor. We're good for something.
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Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Video Format DVD
Quotes
A.O. Scott, The New York Times A small movie perfectly scaled to the big performance at its center.
Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal Crazy Heart is blessed with so many marvelous moments, lovely lines and vivid characters.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer Crazy Heart is the real thing, and a real gem

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