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Format: DVD
Sku: 203928550
UPC: 043396179981
UPC 14: 00043396179981
Sales Rank: 12119
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.

Features
Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 5/15/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 135 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 17998
Video UPC UPC: 00043396179981
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French
Video Color Spec Video: Color
Cast & Crew
Video Cast Info Idina Menzel
Video Cast Info Anthony Rapp
Video Cast Info Jesse L. Martin
Video Cast Info Rosario Dawson
Video Cast Info Tracie Thoms
Video Cast Info Taye Diggs
Video Cast Info Jonathan Larson - Writer
Video Cast Info Michael Barnathan - Producer
Video Cast Info Stephen Goldblatt - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Chris Columbus - Producer
Video Cast Info Mark Radcliff - Producer
Video Cast Info Jane Rosenthal - Producer
Video Cast Info Robert De Niro - Producer
Video Cast Info Chris Columbus - Director

Professional Reviews

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

Product Attributes
Product attributeActor:   Rapp,Anthony
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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