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Format: DVD
Sku: 40710600
UPC: 024543175780
UPC 14: 00024543175780
Rating: Game Rating Code
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|From the Director of Election and About Schmidt.
A wine-tasting road trip through california's famed central coast takes an unexpected detour as miles and jack hit the gas en route to their mid-life crisis. The comically mismatched pair soon finds themselves drowning in wine, women and laughter.

"A comedy masterpiece!  New York Daily News
"Sweetest, funniest, most humane movie I've seen all year.  Peter Rainer, New York Magazine
"Pure movie bliss.  Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"...the best human comedy of the year...  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Exhilarating, edgy and wryly comic.  Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A sublime variation on the buddy road movie, infusing the midlife crises of the two main protagonists with hope and poetry.  Megan Lehmann, New York Post
"A boisterous, brilliant, heart-warming comedy--strikes me as just about perfect.  Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Wonderful, hilarious...deliciously bittersweet.  Newsweek
" a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience.  Premiere

Editor's Note
Following ABOUT SCHMIDT and ELECTION, Alexander Payne once again focuses on the comedy of personal tragedy in the hilarious and poignant SIDEWAYS. Paul Giamatti (AMERICAN SPLENDOR) plays Miles, the film's antihero, a failed author and self-defeatist who still pines for his ex-wife, who divorced him years before. Meanwhile, Miles's old friend Jack (Thomas Haden Church) is getting married, and the two set off on a bachelors' road trip through California wine country. While Miles looks forward to male bonding over the best bottles the vineyards can offer, Jack is a playful philanderer who just wants to get laid. Thus, this fortysomething odd couple find themselves in conflict, leading to a chaotic week of disagreements, miscast romance with some local women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), and eventually, total meltdown.

Payne's artistic direction and excellent character construction will have viewers reeling with laughter, while also feeling true compassion for these two easy-to-read buddies. The film offers beautiful photography of the California countryside, some unique insight into the wine industry, and a soundtrack featuring tunes by Luna, Pat Travers, Bonnie Raitt, and others. Viewers will come away from SIDEWAYS with a smile on their faces, and a thirst for a nice glass of Pinot Noir.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Foxvideo
Video Release Date Release Date: 4/10/2007
Video Play Time Running Time: 123 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2004
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 2257769
Video UPC UPC: 00024543175780
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, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Paul Giamatti
Video Cast Info Sandra Oh
Video Cast Info Thomas Hayden Church
Video Cast Info Virginia Madsen
Video Cast Info Alexander Payne - Director
Video Cast Info Alexander Payne - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Jane Ann Stewart - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jim Taylor - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Kevin Tent - Editor
Video Cast Info Michael London - Producer
Video Cast Info Rex Pickett - Based On Novel By


Oscar (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published

Golden Globe (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay
Video Award Name Sideways, Winner, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy

Oscar (2005)
   Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Nominee, Best Director

British Academy Awards (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Screenplay

Independent Spirit (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Winner, Best Director

Golden Globe (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay - Motion Picture

Independent Spirit (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay

British Academy Awards (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Screenplay - Adapted

Oscar (2005)
Video Award Name Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor, Winner, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay
   Video Award Name Michael London, Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year

Independent Spirit (2005)
Video Award Name Michael London, Winner, Best Feature
Video Award Name Paul Giamatti, Winner, Best Male Lead

Screen Actors Guild (2005)
Video Award Name Paul Giamatti, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture

Independent Spirit (2005)
Video Award Name Thomas Haden Church, Winner, Best Supporting Male
Video Award Name Virginia Madsen, Winner, Best Supporting Female

Professional Reviews

Los Angeles Times
"[A] completely satisfying movie that quietly, gently blows you away. Exactly written, directed with a surgeon's precision and transcendently acted, SIDEWAYS brings emotional reality to a consistently amusing character comedy." 10/22/2004 p.E1

USA Today
"This is a building-block movie: Its stand-out excellence becomes apparent only gradually..." 10/22/2004 p.5E

Rolling Stone
"[The film] fuses bracing wit and emotional gravity into something funny, touching and vital....Pure movie bliss." 11/11/2004 p.115

Entertainment Weekly
"It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this..." 10/29/2004 p.46

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"[O]ne of the most incisive movies ever made about the intricacies of male bonding." 12/01/2004 p.1103

"[A]s a painful, uproarious story of humanity, this is a perfectly contained cinematic experience." 02/01/2005 p.50

"SIDEWAYS is a thoughtful, comic road movie about people going through some kind of breakdown." 02/01/2005 p.102

Sight and Sound
"[T]he most likeable and affecting film that Payne has yet made." 02/01/2005 p.68-70

Ranked #5 in Uncut's Best Films Of 2005 -- "It's a heartbreaking study of life, loves and second chances, beautifully performed by the two leads." 01/01/2006 p.82-83

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
In Sideways, Payne holds true to the form he displayed in his previous movies. The drama is l - James Berardinelli

Entertainment Weekly 9 of 10
It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particu - Lisa Schwarzbaum

ReelViews 9 of 10
Sideways is from Alexander Payne (Election, About Schmidt), whose films simultaneously satirize and observe life in America. Unlike David Lynch, who uses saws and butcher knives to dissect the American dream, Payne prefers a scalpel. Lynch often ridicules his characters (and sometimes the audience), but it's clear that Payne likes the individuals he uses to populate his films, even though they're not always the nicest of people. Sideways looks at one of the oldest and oddest of "civilized" conventions: the bachelor party. Using this as a springboard, the movie becomes about friendship, love, sex, and wine...There are no big, A-list stars, although the quality of the acting is of the highest caliber. The leads are played by character actors Paul Giamatti (as Miles) and Thomas Hayden Church (as Jack). These two are best friends who take a one-week road trip to California's wine country to celebrate Jack's upcoming wedding. Their plans are to spend their days tasting wine and playing golf. But an itch in Jack's pants gets in the way. He wants to have a last fling, and he targets the feisty Stephanie (Sandra Oh) - except he neglects to mention that he's not looking for a long-term commitment. While Jack is romping with Stephanie, Miles tentatively tries to set something up with her friend, Maya (Virginia Madsen), a waitress with whom he has had prior contact...Overall, how does this compare to Payne's previous two movies? It's not as openly satirical as Election and is a little less bleak than About Schmidt. The characters in Sideways are better developed than those in the earlier films, the poignancy is just as forceful as it was in About Schmidt, and the comedy is slightly better integrated. In my opinion, this is Payne's finest movie to-date. It is a little on the long side (slightly over two hours), but the minutes fly by. It's likely that 2004 won't offer a better movie about a mid-life crisis. - James Berardinelli

Chicago Sun-Times 10 of 10
"There was a tasting last night," Miles Raymond explains, on one of those alcoholic mornings that begin in the afternoon and strain eagerly toward the first drink. That's why he's a little shaky. He's not an alcoholic, you understand; he's an oenophile, which means he can continue to pronounce French wines long after most people would be unconscious. We realize he doesn't set the bar too high when he praises one vintage as "quaffable." No wonder his unpublished novel is titled The Day After Yesterday; for anyone who drinks a lot, that's what today always feels like...Miles is the hero of Alexander Payne's "Sideways," which is as lovable a movie as "Fargo," although in a completely different way. He's an English teacher in middle school whose marriage has failed, whose novel seems in the process of failing, whose mother apparently understands that when he visits her, it is because he loves her, and also because he needs to steal some of her money. Miles is not perfect, but the way Paul Giamatti plays him, we forgive him his trespasses, because he trespasses most of all against himself...Miles' friend Jack is getting married in a week. They would seem to have little in common. Jack is a big, blond, jovial man at the peak of fleshy middle-aged handsomeness, and Miles looks like -- well, if you know who Harvey Pekar is, that's who Giamatti played in his previous movie. But Jack and Miles have been friends since they were college roommates, and their friendship endures because together they add up to a relatively complete person...Alexander Payne has made four wonderful movies: "Citizen Ruth," "Election," the Jack Nicholson tragicomedy "About Schmidt," and now this. He finds plots that service his characters, instead of limiting them. The characters are played not by the first actors you would think of casting, but by actors who will prevent you from ever being able to imagine anyone else in their roles. - Roger Ebert

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Giamatti,Paul
Product attributeLabel:   Fox Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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