Rent (Blu-ray)

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Set in New York City's gritty East Village, the revolutionary rock opera Rent tells the story of a group of bohemians struggling to live and pay their rent. "Measuring their lives in love," these starving artists strive for success and acceptance while enduring the obstacles of poverty, illness and the AIDS epidemic.

Rent is based on Jonathan Larson's Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical, one of the longest running shows on Broadway. The raw and riveting musical stars Rosario Dawson, Taye Diggs, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Jesse L. Martin, Idina Menzel, Adam Pascal, Anthony Rapp, and Tracie Thoms, and is directed by Chris Columbus.


Studio Sony
SKU 205811830
UPC 043396195080
UPC 14 00043396195080
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/5/2010
Rating Rating
AIDS (Disease)
New York City
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Director Christopher Columbus (MRS. DOUBTFIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE) adapts the hit Broadway musical of the same name to the big screen in RENT. A modern spin on the opera LA BOHEME, RENT tells the story of eight friends dealing with life and love in Manhattan's Alphabet City in 1989. Wannabe filmmaker Mark (Anthony Rapp) and singer/songwriter Roger (Adam Pascal) are facing eviction at the hands of their former roommate and current landlord, Benny (Taye Diggs). Benny has married rich, moved out of the neighborhood, and wants to build a state-of-the-art studio where the local tent city stands. Their downstairs neighbor, vivacious Mimi (Rosario Dawson), who strips at a local club to feed her heroin habit, takes a shine to Roger, a self-imposed recluse and former junkie whose last girlfriend died of AIDS. Their friend, Collins (Jesse L. Martin), returns to town and quickly falls for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), a glamorous, gracious, HIV positive transvestite. Finally, there is Maureen (Idina Menzel), a spitfire and performance artist who is planning a protest against Benny's plans and has dumped Mark for cerebral Joanne (Tracie Thoms), a lawyer.^Over the course of a year, the friends face poverty, drug addiction, break-ups, reconciliations, eviction, and AIDS. Despite these challenges, they find support, hope, and acceptance in each other, all the while embracing the bohemian lifestyle that was so much a part of the Lower East Side. Newcomers Dawson and Thoms mix seamlessly with the original cast members, and Columbus introduces some interesting staging locations. With a concept, music, and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, RENT is an exuberant rock-&-roll musical with the underlying message that love can prevail despite all odds and that, ultimately, there really is no day but today.
Entertainment Weekly "[A] joyful surprise....[The director] has opened up the show, turning it into a far more varied and flowing entertainment." -- Grade: A- 12/02/2005 p.57-58
New York Times "[The performers] bring the ardent conviction of young strivers to the material, which is just what it needs." 11/23/2005 p.E1-E5
Rolling Stone "[The director] leaves the musical's tender heart intact." 03/09/2006 p.97
Sight and Sound "[T]here's a relentless sincerity to RENT that's ultimately disarming....When the film succeeds, it does so because it manages to mine the emotional seams of painful premature death..." 04/01/2006 p.68
Chris Columbus
Jesse L. Martin
Rosario Dawson
Taye Diggs
Cast & Crew
Adam Pascal - Actor
Anthony Rapp - Actor
Chris Columbus - Director
Howard Cummings - Production Designer
Jesse L. Martin - Actor
Jonathan Larson - Based On Musical By
Keith P. Cunningham - Art Director
Kevin McCollum - Executive Producer
Nanci Noblett - Art Director
Richard Pearson - Editor
Rob Cavallo, et. al. - Original Music By
Robert De Niro - Producer
Rosario Dawson - Actor
Sarah Silverman - Actor
Stephen Chbosky - Screenplay
Stephen Goldblatt - Cinematographer
Taye Diggs - Actor
Tracie Thoms - Actor
Wilson Jermaine Heredia - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 19508
UPC 00043396195080
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 135 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Nominee (2006) Image Award, Rosario Dawson, Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture
Review It was with no small amount of trepidation that I went to see Chris Columbus's film adaptation of one of my favorite stage musicals, Rent. But I'll get right to it and say that the movie is sensational--beautifully performed, gorgeously shot, and musically thrilling. The "Rent-heads" (of which I am admittedly one) should be more than satisfied with the results. In addition, the movie stands to convert those non-theatre-goers who had a knee-jerk disinterest in what was often perceived as a grungy and loud piece of anti-establishment marginalia, the Hair of its generation...The film also presents a clearer, more accessible version of Jonathan Larson's brilliant book and lyrics. The deep emotions, intertwined relationships, and profound messages that were sometimes overshadowed by the stage show's intense decibel level are wonderfully rendered on screen. The genius of Larson's rock opera is even more evident "up close," making it doubly sad that he's not here to see the fine job Hollywood has done with his Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning creation...The movie is a grand testament to Larson, and utterly befitting of the play's exuberance, passion, and "no day but today" spirit.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "Rent" is a stage musical that wants to be a movie musical. Many stage musicals, from "Oklahoma!" to "West Side Story," feel right at home on the screen. "Rent" on film is missing a crucial element of its life-support system: a live audience. The stage production surrounded the audience with the characters and the production. It lacked the song "We Are Family," but that was the subtext. On film, "Rent" is the sound of one hand clapping...It is not a bad film. It may be about as good a film as the material can inspire. The performances have a presence and poignancy that can feel surprisingly real, given the contrivances of the story. The film uses many of the same actors who starred in the original 1996 New York production, and the newcomers, Rosario Dawson and Tracie Thoms, earn their roles...I think there is an audience for the movie version of "Rent," and that would be fans of the stage versions. If you came to know and love the material in its original form, this is a way to see the characters and actors again, and you will bring those memories with you to the movie, as sort of a commentary track. Those who haven't seen "Rent" on the stage will sense they're missing something, and they are.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)
Product Attributes
Actor Rapp,Anthony
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ebert & Roeper Two Thumbs Up.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter One of the best film musicals in years -- exuberant, sexy and life affirming in equal measure.
Paul Clinton, CNN Must see film of the year!
Pete Hammond, Maxim A major movie event!
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer epic visual scope and a sensibility that's blissfully free of any generational self-pity.

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