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Immortal Beloved (Blu-ray)

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One of My Favorite Movies

on 4/26/2009

Gary Oldman...come on?! he's awesome. this movie is truly great. if you haven't seen it yet, you must. if you like love stories, this is one of the best. on BluRay it's even better. just hope you have a nice home theater setup. otherwise you'll be missing out bigtime. buy it! you won't be disappointed.

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Studio Sony
SKU 204776819
UPC 043396208711
UPC 14 00043396208711
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/21/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Name Oldman,Gary
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Cast & Crew
Bernard Rose - Director
Bernard Rose - Writer
Bruce Davey - Producer
Dan Rae - Editor
Gary Oldman - Actor
Isabella Rossellini - Actor
Jeroen Krabbe - Actor
Jiri Hlupy - Production Designer
Miriam Margolyes - Actor
Olga Rosenfelderova - Art Director
Peter Suschitzky - Cinematographer
Stephen McEveety - Executive Producer
Review My pick of the week goes to Immortal Beloved, a limited-release movie about the life and times of Ludwig von Beethoven. Gary Oldman plays the Maestro with finesse and style, filled with all the emotion and angst Oldman is becoming famous for...In an effort to create another Amadeus, the film chooses to use Beethoven's will, wherein he leaves his estate to a nameless "immortal beloved"...Of course, one expects a certain liberty with the truth in Hollywood, and the triumphs of this film shouldn't be tarnished by such an outdated concept like reality. The real stars of the film are Beethoven's music and the visual imagery used to portray what the musical passages are trying to say. This technique breathes new life into his work, the film ending with a stunning visual interpretation of Beethoven as an abused child, set to the strains of the spectacular "Ode to Joy." Regardless of the truth, the impressions left from the film are not easily forgotten.
Reviewer Christopher Null
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Those who prefer more than a token of historical fact in their biopics may be less-than-enamoured with Immortal Beloved, an erratic look at the life of Ludwig van Beethoven (played by Gary Oldman). Writer-director Bernard Rose is obviously more concerned with telling his version of the tale than in remaining anchored in reality...the film's biggest failing is its characterization of Beethoven. Not only is he shown to be a selfish, crabby, arrogant womanizer (which is probably accurate), but we're rarely given more than a surface look into his personality. Because we're forced to watch him from an emotional distance, it's difficult to generate much sympathy...There are times when the script is unworthy of the subject matter...Nevertheless, negatives aside, the plot holds the viewer's interest, even if it doesn't touch the heart. Immortal Beloved is the sort of flawed movie that still has enough assets to allow it to be enjoyed.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Korean, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Oldman,Gary
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD / Blu-Ray
Frederic & Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality & Practice Passionate and transfixing...
John Corcoran, KCAL-TV A masterpiece.
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Oldman is an ideal choice for the leading role.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle opulent, musically rich period piece.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times ...a fantasy about Beethoven that evokes the same disturbing, ecstatic passion we hear in his music.
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