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Good Year (2006)

Director: Ridley Scott     Starring: Russell Crowe Marion Cotillard
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Product Details:

Format: DVD
Sku: 203921754
UPC: 024543407010
UPC 14: 00024543407010
Category Keywords: Family (General)  France  Theatrical Release
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Film by Ridley Scott.
A british investment broker inherits a vineyard in province, from his late uncle. He discovers a new laid-back lifestyle as he tries to renovate the estate to be sold.

"...never less than visually ravishing.  Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"...offers some pretty basic pleasures that movies often fail to give us these days.  Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"...very much in the tradition of "Enchanted April," "Shirley Valentine" and "Under the Tuscan Sun."  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
Ridley Scott (BLADE RUNNER, GLADIATOR) directs this romantic comedy based on the book of the same name by Peter Mayle. London banker Max Skinner (Russell Crowe) is a cutthroat workaholic who cares only about winning and making money. During his rise to the top, Max has forgotten the important life lessons that his favorite uncle, Henry (Albert Finney), taught him during summers at his vineyard in Provence. Estranged from Henry for years, Max is surprised to learn that his uncle has passed away and as his closest living relative, he is set to inherit the estate, La Siroque. True to form, Max tools down to Provence for a quick visit in order to assess the value of the property with dollar signs in his eyes.

Once immersed in Henry's world and the charm of La Siroque, Max begins to remember his visits and how much Henry and those summers meant to him. Other surprises--including a budding romance with fetching local café owner Fanny Chenal (Marion Cotillard) and a visit from a young American claiming to be Henry's illegitimate daughter (Abbie Cornish)--prolong Max's visit, making Provence more and more difficult to resist. Can Max be content leaving his fast-paced life in London for lazy days in a French vineyard? Or will he sell his estate to the highest bidder, memories and all, and return to his hectic lifestyle? Crowe shows his softer-side--and even throws in some physical comedy--as a man revisiting his past and considering his future. Finney is a charmer as Henry in flashback scenes (where Freddie Highmore plays a young Max) that establish his character's joie de vivre and the tender relationship shared between uncle and nephew. Didier Bourdon is Francis Duflot, the tender of the vineyard, and Tom Hollander plays Charlie, Max's best friend.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Sensormatic
Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/13/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 114 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2256053
Video UPC UPC: 00024543407010
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, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review A Good Year - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 2/15/2007 9:15 PM
Proper casting can make or break a film. A savvy producer knows not to hire Sylvester Stallone for a Shakespearean tragedy. Successful studio heads understand that the charismatic Will Smith is the wrong choice to play a nebbish wallflower incapable of getting the girl. So someone should have objected to the casting of the versatile but intense Russell Crowe in the lively country lark A Good Year....read the full review
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Albert Finney
Video Cast Info Archie Panjabi
Video Cast Info Freddie Highmore
Video Cast Info Russell Crowe
Video Cast Info Dody Dorn - Editor
Video Cast Info Frederic Evard - Art Director
Video Cast Info Guy Pechard - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Marc Klein - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Marc Streitenfeld - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Peter Mayle - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Philippe Le Sourd - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Producer
Video Cast Info Ridley Scott - Director
Video Cast Info Robert Cowper - Art Director

Professional Reviews

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "Sending up his bullish, hotel-clerk-bashing tabloid image, Russ delivers a turn that's honey-glazed like a prime ham." 11/01/2006 p.40

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "An enjoyably warm and unpretentious adaptation....This is a bright and breezy tale that makes full use of the beautiful French countryside." 05/01/2007 p.90

ReelViews 8 of 10
The desire for familiarity in movies can lead to sequels and re-makes, but that doesn't always have to be the case. It can also mean the use of storyline everyone sitting in the theater knows. A Good Year is a respectable retelling of the "back to nature" narrative, in which a selfish individual becomes seduced and saved by a pastoral setting and a pretty woman who lives there. Sound familiar? Although there's nothing surprising in Ridley Scott's version, gorgeous photography and strong acting keep the formula from becoming stale. For those who don't mind pictures that fall into predictable rhythms, A Good Year represents a pleasant diversion. - James Berardinelli

Variety 7 of 10
A light rose from Ridley Scott compared to the hefty cabernets he usually turns out, "A Good Year" is a divertissement, an excuse for the filmmakers and cast to enjoy a couple of months in Provence and for the audience, by proxy, to spend a couple of hours there. A simple repast consisting of sometimes strained slapsticky comedy, a sweet romance and a life lesson learned, this little picnic doesn't amount to much but goes down easily enough...The setting could hardly be made to look less than glorious, and production standards are up to what one expects from a Scott picture. All the same, lensing is not as resplendent as it might have been; numerous shots sharing bright and dark areas aren't well balanced, and faces are sometimes underlit. The soundtrack, fleshed out with an eclectic array of tunes, is lively. - Todd McCarthy

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Crowe,Russell
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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