The Great Gatsby

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The Great Gatsby

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A would-be writer Nick Carraway leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits.
Statement of Responsibility: Warner Bros. Pictures presents in association with Village Roadshow Pictures in association with A&E Television a Bazmark, Red Wagon Entertainment production ; producer, Baz Luhrmann ... [et. al.] ; written by Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce ; directed by Baz Luhrmann
Title: The great Gatsby
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, Warner Home Video,, [2013]
Edition: Rental ed.
Country of Producing Entity: United States
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (142 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
video file, DVD video, Region 1, rda
Content Type: two-dimensional moving image
Media Type: video
Carrier Type: videodisc
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Report This Apr 03, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2013 Australian-American film based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name. Although there is a 3D version, this DVD is unfortunately 2D. Although the film received mixed reviews from critics, a granddaughter of Fitzgerald praised the style and music of the film. One critic says that the film emphasizes visual splendor at the expense of its source material's vibrant heart. Another says that the elaborate production designs were a misfire and what was "intractably wrong with the film is that there's no reality to heighten; it's a spectacle in search of a soul." Yet another says that Baz Luhrmann (co-writer & director) is exactly the wrong person to adapt such a delicately rendered story, and his film plays like a ghastly roaring 1920s blowout at a sorority house. However, I think that the film is fascinating, involving and thrilling. The actors' performances are so excellent, convincing, emotionally-charged and tension-filled that I could thoroughly enjoy it. Especially, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan are both doing an excellent job of showing those two unique characters. The title ("The Great Gatsby"), however, is misleading because Gatsby is not great at all. Gatsby is rather an antihero who stubbornly runs after Daisy without a rational mind. And Daisy is such a weak-minded---if not feeble-minded---girl who doesn't know what she really wants that she abandons Gatsby at the most critical moment. In other words Gatsby fell in love with the wrong girl. He shouldn't try to re-live the past glory. In this sense Nick Carraway is absolutely right on and says to Gatsby, "You can't repeat the past." In any case, this is a fascinating and thought-provoking drama.

Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • greenacres rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

This is just so bad, I can't believe I finished watching it. I'd rather have another root canal than ever be forced to watch this movie again. I'll take the Robert Redford version any day, it captured Fitzgerald's novel.

Feb 23, 2014...spectacular movie, but I have a copy from Milk River, in the Chinook Arch system, and it seems to be damaged and keeps stopping on me. I'll try to get a different copy so that I can watch the end of the movie.....managed to skip ahead a few minutes, and watch the rest. Now I must read the book!

Better than I thought it would be, but it was far better towards the end. The movie leaves you with this thoufht: Not many with money truly care for others, but one must not be obsessive of the past either. Strive for a better tomorrow.

Report This Feb 09, 2014
  • hania4987 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

well made ... visually stunning and exciting

Report This Feb 08, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Pretty good movie, fan of Leo. However, 1974 version was much better.

Report This Feb 05, 2014
  • JMGP rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This novel is a perfect medium for Baz Luhrmann to transpose into his characteristically glitzy imagery. It is a glamourous spectacle, yet he doesn't fail to convey the tragedy of the story.

Friends and I just finished watching both the1974 and the latest version on the same day. The collective opinion is that the Robert Redford version is much better. At times one felt as though one was watching a campy adaptation of Fitzgerald's work. It was glitzy but that is about it. We also felt that the 1974 version captured the essence of the book as the new version failed to.

The biggest mistake I made with this moving was actually watching the entire thing. Seriously, this moving is BORING! Watching this movie is 2 hours of my life I will never get back. I need to remember to add Baz Luhrmann to the same list I keep with Adam Sandler. If he's in it (or in the case of Baz, did he make it) don't see it.

The framing device of Nick recounting the story to his shrink is unfortunate, unnecessary and wrong-headed. Ditto the textual titles. Those major gaffes aside, even with his penchant for excess, Baz Luhrmann gets the spine of the story right. Gatsby's ache for Daisy, his frenzied desire for respectability, and the Buchanans' casual wastefulness are all there, and palpably moving. As are Jordan's arch perspective, and Nick's hapless witness. The music choices are audacious and apt. This is no museum piece; Luhrmann's Gatsby makes the story live in the way that topnotch British productions of classics in modern dress make Shakespeare feel amazingly modern and immediate. Read the book for its nuance and remarkably prescient style. See the movie for its enjoyable razzle dazzle heartbreak. (This is, after all, the team behind Moulin Rouge.)

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  • glenneaton rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Oct 28, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Jordan Baker (of Gatsby): "He's an Oxford man." Tom Buchanan: "Like hell he is! He wears a goddamned pink suit!"

Report This Oct 23, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Nick Carraway: Stocks reached record peaks, and Wall Street boomed a steady golden roar. The parties were bigger, the shows were broader, the buildings were higher, the models were looser, and the ban on alcohol had backfired. Making the liquor cheaper. Wall Street was luring the young and ambitious, and I was one of them.

Report This Oct 23, 2013
  • jimg2000 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Here lies the center of the Gatsby's madness: Nick Carraway: You can't repeat the past. Jay Gatsby: Can't repeat the past? Nick Carraway: No... Jay Gatsby: Why, of course you can... of course you can.


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Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • libguy_1 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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