Magnolia (Blu-Ray)

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Heart-wrenchingly beautiful drama

on 12/7/2011

I have been a fan of this movie for long. Had VCD, DVD, and now adding Blu ray to my collection. Great thought-provoking movie ~

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Magnolia is a mosaic of American life woven through a series of comic and poignant vignettes. Through a collusion of coincidence chance humain action shared media past history and divine intervention nine people will weave and warp through each other s lives on a day that builds to an unforgettable climax.Some will seek forgiveness others escape. Some will mend frayed bonds others will be exposed. Actors: John C. Reilly - Julianne Moore - Philip Baker Hall - Tom Cruise - William H. Macy. Director: Paul Thomas Anderson. Format: Blu-ray. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 189 mins. Language: English. Subtitle: English Subtitles. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: R. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 1999.


Studio New Line
SKU 212423441
UPC 794043131929
UPC 14 00794043131929
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/2/2012
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Los Angeles, California
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In a single day in Los Angeles, a number of interconnected lives are changed forever. A lonely police officer (John C. Reilly) falls in love with a disturbed cocaine addict (Melora Walters). Her father (Philip Baker Hall), the host of the game show "What Do Kids Know?" has terminal cancer and tries to make amends for his past mistakes. A former champion of the show (William H. Macy) struggles to find love while the current champion (Jeremy Blackman) suffocates under the pressures of being a boy genius. An elderly man (Jason Robards) lies on his deathbed, tended by nurse Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman), while his trophy wife (Julianne Moore) wrestles with grief and guilt, and his estranged son (Tom Cruise), an infomercial host, teaches workshops on how to trick women into having sex. Throughout all of this, past deeds are lamented and strange forces loom in the air.^Director Paul Thomas Anderson's follow-up to BOOGIE NIGHTS is an extravagant, emotional epic inspired by such films as Robert Altman's NASHVILLE and SHORT CUTS, with a sprawling cast of characters searching for love and meaning in a chaotic world. The cast delivers uniformly excellent performances, most notably Tom Cruise's Oscar-nominated role as the sleazy Frank T.J. Mackey.
Plot Summary
Summary 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.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "...And it is in the humble opinion of this narrator that this is not just, 'something that happened.' This cannot be, 'one of those things.' This, please, cannot be that. And for what I would like to say, I can't. This was not just a matter of chance. These strange things happen all the time."--Opening narration by actor Ricky Jay, after the strange death of Sydney Barringer
Quote "In this life, it's not what you hope for, it's not what you deserve--it's what you take."--Frank T.J. Mackey (Tom Cruise)
Quote "You wanna kiss me, Jim?"--Claudia Wilson Gator (Melora Walters)|"Yes, I do."--Jim Kurring (John C. Reilly)
Quote "Now that I've met you, would you object to never seeing me again?"--Claudia to Jim
Quote "I know this sounds silly, and I know that I might sound ridiculous, like this is the scene in the movie where the guy's trying to get a hold of the long-lost son, you know, but this is that scene. This is that scene, and I think they have those scenes in movies because they're true, you know, because they really happen. And you've got to believe me, this is really happening."--Phil Parma (Philip Seymour Hoffman) on the phone looking for Frank
Quote "As the book says, we may be through with the past, but the past ain't though with us."--Ending narration by Ricky Jay (echoed throughtout the film)
Variety "...A major work highly in tune with the zeitgeist..." p.105-6
Rolling Stone Ranked #5 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...[An] emotional powerhouse..." 01/20/2000 p.63-4
Entertainment Weekly "...A showy flower of a movie....The big emotions bring out the best in a stellar cast..." -- Rating: B 01/21/2000 p.83
Premiere "...Jaw-dropping audacity....MAGNOLIA's a source of astonishment..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 09/01/2000 pp.84-5
Box Office "...All performances are flawless....Artful...[With a] heartbreakingly dead-on insight into the human condition..." -- 4 out of 5 stars 02/01/2000 p.59
Los Angeles Times "...It's an impressive piece of work with some fine acting..." 12/17/1999 p.C1
Chicago Sun-Times "...MAGNOLIA is operatic in its ambition, a great, joyous leap into melodrama and coincidence....As its themes unfold, its characters strive against the dying of the light, and the great wheel of chance rolls on toward them..." 01/07/2000 p.21
Total Film "Cruise isn't just self-mocking: his Mackey is fully realised." 07/01/2006 p.136
Paul Thomas Anderson
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Philip Baker Hall
Tom Cruise
Julianne Moore
Cast & Crew
Philip Seymour Hoffman - Star
Felicity Huffman - Star
Melora Walters - Star
Melinda Dillon - Star
Jason Robards - Star
Philip Baker Hall - Star
Michael Bowen - Star
April Grace - Star
Michael Murphy - Star
Tom Cruise - Star
William H. Macy - Star
Luis Guzmán - Star
Jeremy Blackman - Star
Julianne Moore - Star
Alfred Molina - Star
John C. Reilly - Star
Mark Bridges - Costume Designer
Miriam Margolyes - Star (uncredited)
Robert Elswit - Director of Photography
Aimee Mann - Song Composer/Performer
Paul Thomas Anderson - Producer
Paul Thomas Anderson - Screenwriter
Dylan Tichenor - Editor
Jon Brion - Composer
Joanne Sellar - Producer
Paul Thomas Anderson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1999
UPC 00794043131929
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 188 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Actor Cruise,Tom
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray

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