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Director: Kar-Wai Wong     Starring: Norah Jones Jude Law
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Format: DVD
Sku: 208080154
UPC: 796019813464
UPC 14: 00796019813464
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Wong Kar Wai Film.
In Wong Kar Wai's debut English language feature, the internationally acclaimed director takes his audience on a dramatic journey across the distance between heartbreak and a new beginning.

After a rough break-up, Elizabeth (played by songstress Norah Jones in her screen debut) sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend; a cafe owner (Jude Law) -- all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop (David Strathairn) and his estranged wife (Rachel Weisz), and a down-on-her-luck gambler (Natalie Portman) with a score to settle.

Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.

"...beautiful, romantic and hopeful.  Dennis Dermody, Paper Magazine
"...has the same dreamy, romantic melancholy that distinguishes Wong's best films.  Ken Fox, TV Guide
"Wildly romantic.  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Captures the overwhelming and uncontrollable emotional assault of loving and living...  Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"...a stylish and sweet film with moments of affecting brilliance...  Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian

Editor's Note
With his first English-language film, beloved Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai's touch loses none of the seductive luster and magic that made his Chinese films so popular. MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS follows the fortunes of Elizabeth (Norah Jones), who after having been left by her boyfriend, sets out across America to find herself and recover. She makes a stop in Memphis, where she pulls double-duty at a diner by day and a bar at night, and watches the disintegration of another pair of troubled lovers (David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz). She moves on to Nevada where she befriends a vivacious card player and smalltime hustler (a delightfully saucy Natalie Portman) who challenges her notions of contentment. However, it is New York City and the arms of an English café owner (Jude Law) for which Elizabeth's heart truly longs and ultimately returns.

While MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS isn't Wong's best film--as it suffers from some clunky, heavy-handed dialogue and some frustratingly broad performances--it still contains all of the hallmarks of his aesthetic, and is therefore hard not to fall for. The film is undeniably beautiful, and features the director's trademark visual sense: shimmering neons, lush chiaroscuro, and swirling slow-motion images. It makes for a seductive view of America, one populated by swaggering, yet deeply melancholic drifters that listen to Otis Redding and Ruth Brown, drink too much, and love even more. The sadness and tears that emerge from America's taverns in the wee hours are as breathtakingly alluring as its natural landscapes. In Wong's hands, everything is cast in the light of joy-life and death, suffering and happiness-and the same goes for his understanding of America. Whether this America ever existed is wholly irrelevant; for when you watch a Wong movie, you happily enter his country, wherever that may be.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal (Music)
Video Release Date Release Date: 12/30/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2008
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 81346
Video UPC UPC: 00796019813464
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Norah Jones
Video Cast Info Jude Law
Video Cast Info Rachel Weisz
Video Cast Info Natalie Portman
Video Cast Info David Strathairn
Video Cast Info Lawrence Block - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Darius Khondji - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Ry Cooder - Composer
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Jacky Pang Yee Wah - Producer
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Story
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Producer
Video Cast Info Kar-Wai Wong - Director

Awards


Cannes Film Festival (2007)
   Video Award Name Wong Kar Wai, Nominee, Golden Palm Award

Professional Reviews

Empire
3 stars out of 5 -- "Chanteuse Norah Jones shows real potential in her film debut..." 03/01/2008 p.50

Box Office
"The whole is suffused in a dreamlike atmosphere....[With a] clutch of strong performances..." 03/01/2008 p.47

Sight and Sound
"The film is drenched in the same supersaturated colours that gave CHUNGKING EXPRESS and FALLEN ANGELS such vibrancy....Above all, Wong's ear for music is as acute as ever..." 03/01/2008 p.74

USA Today
"[B]eautifully shot...with its neon colors and moody, dreamy style..." 04/04/2008

Entertainment Weekly
"Wong Kar-Wai shoots American dives in gorgeous hot reds, and he teases out moments of terrific acting..." 04/11/2008 p.61

Reel.com 8 of 10
An odd road movie of sorts that spends most of its time hanging around in diners, bars, and casinos (and precious little of it on the road), My Blueberry Nights will be noted in many quarters for it being the acting debut of jazz chanteuse Norah Jones. To put it bluntly: no actress is she. Playing a lovelorn young woman named Elizabeth, she first shows up in a Brooklyn diner run by Jeremy, a charming Manchester immigrant played with the expected lighthearted dash by Jude Law. In the middle of a breakup, Elizabeth moons about the cafe, eating the excellent pie (best in the city!) and chatting with Jeremy, winning his heart even as hers is breaking over somebody else...What doesn't work in any way, really, is Jones herself. Given the dialogue's sometimes over-obvious nature, Jones's blank expression and dull line readings bring little to the party. She is only occasionally juiced into more expressive performance when the actor playing opposite (particularly Strathairn and Portman) is working in overdrive. It's a nearly soulless bit of acting, and frustrating because of how it hampers the film from ever really taking flight. As a first English-language film, My Blueberry Nights is mostly a success, though set apart from Wong's previous work in that it won't have people coming back over and over again. - Chris Barsanti

Variety 6 of 10
As much a trifle as its title suggests, "My Blueberry Nights" sees Hong Kong stylist Wong Kar Wai applying his characteristic visual and thematic doodles to a wispy story of lovelorn Yanks. With pop music sensation Norah Jones floating through the episodic tale as a blank-page heroine striving to overcome the blues, beautifully embroidered pic generates increased interest as it travels from East to West and encounters Rachel Weisz and Natalie Portman along the way, but its ambition and accomplishment remain modest in the extreme..."Blueberry" echoes the director's biggest hit, "In the Mood for Love," in its moody melancholy, claustrophic settings and highly decorative shooting style. But while the actors' dialogue delivery is perfectly natural, the aphoristic philosophical nuggets Wong favors sound banal and clunky in this context...For all its insubstantiality, "My Blueberry Nights" does provide some catnip allure that will be to some tastes. Best served will be those willing and able to embrace the general void of Elizabeth's character and place themselves within it. Jones proves agreeable but bland company in the role; she's attractive, but lacks mystery, emotional vitality and that something special behind the eyes. As if to make up for this in their scenes together, Law starts off in overdrive and only rarely downshifts; he's more effective when he does so. - Todd McCarthy

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Law,Jude
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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