Boogie Nights

Boogie Nights

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Director: Paul Thomas Anderson

Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore

     
 

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Paul Thomas Anderson's unflinching look at the world of 1970s adult cinema has been polished up for this "special edition," which improves on New Line's previously released DVD. The picture is perfect, presented in a widescreen anamorphic format with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The day-glo colors of '70s California never looked so radiant. Also, from the hit parade of pop… See more details below

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Paul Thomas Anderson's unflinching look at the world of 1970s adult cinema has been polished up for this "special edition," which improves on New Line's previously released DVD. The picture is perfect, presented in a widescreen anamorphic format with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. The day-glo colors of '70s California never looked so radiant. Also, from the hit parade of pop classics to minor details like the whirring of film through a camera, the sound design is one of the best out there. Dolby Digital 5.1 allows viewers to experience every minute sound with perfect clarity. Extras are a real pleasure as well. New Line has kept Anderson's original commentary, while adding a new one featuring selected members of the cast. The second disc offers ten deleted scenes (bumped up from the original's nine), and the music video for Michael Penn's song "Try." A curious but welcome addition is the "John C. Reilly Files," a collection of extended scenes that prominently feature the actor. They're fairly amusing and give a good insight into the loose, almost improvisational feeling that pervades the movie.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
"Everyone's blessed with one special thing," says Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), the porn-star hero of director Paul Thomas Anderson's sprawling Altman-esque ensemble drama Boogie Nights. Diggler is blessed with a very large "special thing," plus childlike enthusiasm, and both help catapult him to sex-film stardom under the guiding hand of adult-film director Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds). Set in late '7s and early '80s Los Angeles, Boogie Nights celebrates the era of eight-track tapes, disco, and cocaine. The times comevividly alive here, with a high-energy period soundtrack and a sharp cast that includes Julianne Moore (who earned an Oscar nomination for her role), Heather Graham, Don Cheadle, William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Their beautifully rounded performances bring a lot of warmth and compassion to a story that has plenty of sex and drugs, but is ultimately about family and forgiveness. Wahlberg is winningly boyish in the lead, but it's Reynolds who holds the film together (he also got an Oscar nomination) with his portrayal of a curiously asexual porn auteur and patriarch of an offbeat clan.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Following his low-key debut Hard Eight (1996), Paul Thomas Anderson staked his claim to auteur status with his ambitious pornography and family epic Boogie Nights. Set in the late 1970s and early 1980s, the story of young porn star Dirk Diggler and his adult movie "family" upends convention, as Anderson non-judgmentally captures the spirited possibilities of '70s hedonism before it passed into a nakedly acquisitive, coke-fueled Reagan-era hell. Along with the period music, costumes, and décor, Anderson's bravura technique harks back to 1970s Hollywood, itself: there's a widescreen, Robert Altman-esque tapestry of characters; split-screen montage in the vein of Brian De Palma; audaciously assured Martin Scorsese-style long takes; and a final shot that pays homage to Raging Bull (1980). The sterling ensemble cast further brings Anderson's collection of dreamers to complex life, lending humane substance to the dazzling surface. In his best role in years, Burt Reynolds's nuanced turn as director Jack Horner earned him numerous critics' prizes and a long-desired Oscar nomination. Julianne Moore received equal approbation as maternal porn queen Amber Waves, while Mark Wahlberg's head-turning performance as Dirk proved that he was more than the sum of his body parts. Despite doubts over the film's latter half, Boogie Nights' accolades and prizes -- coupled with its decent box office returns and considerable longevity on video -- burnished Anderson's reputation as a new directorial star.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/29/2000
UPC:
0794043503320
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:35:00

Special Features

New widescreen master of the film by Lou Levinson and Paul Thomas Anderson; The John C. Reilly files; Two expanded feature-length commentaries with writer/director P.T. Anderson and actors Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Mark Wahlberg, and Melora Walters; Ten deleted scenes

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mark Wahlberg Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler
Burt Reynolds Jack Horner
Julianne Moore Amber Waves
John C. Reilly Reed Rothchild
Don Cheadle Buck Swope
Heather Graham Rollergirl
Philip Seymour Hoffman Scotty
William H. Macy Little Bill
Luis Guzman Maurice T. Rodriguez
Alfred Molina Rahad Jackson
Robert Ridgely The Colonel
Ricky Jay Kurt Longjohn
Philip Baker Hall Floyd Gondolli
Nina Hartley Little Bill's Wife
Melora Walters Jessie St. Vincent
Nicole Ari Parker Becky Barnett
Thomas Jane Todd Parker
Laurel Holloman Eddie's Girlfriend

Technical Credits
Paul Thomas Anderson Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ted Berner Art Director
Mark Bridges Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Elswit Cinematographer
Lawrence Gordon Executive Producer
Stephen Halbert Sound/Sound Designer
Lloyd Levin Producer
Daniel Lupi Co-producer
John Lyons Producer
Michael Penn Score Composer
Joanne Sellar Producer,Screenwriter
Christine Sheaks Casting
Sandy Struth Set Decoration/Design
Dylan Tichenor Editor
John Wildermuth Asst. Director
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Logos/ Boogie Nights [:54]
2. The Sage/ Introductions [3:18]
3. Breakfast at the Adams' [3:57]
4. Buck's Tk421 [3:36]
5. Coffee Shop [:54]
6. Brand New Key [1:24]
7. Mama Told Me/Jack's Party [4:48]
8. Chapter 8 [2:08]
9. Lonely Boy/Maggie [2:24]
10. Little Bill/Fooled Around... [1:34]
11. I Think She's Sick [:47]
12. Scotty/ You Sexy Thing [2:20]
13. First Sex Scene [2:49]
14. ...If You Need a Close Up/ Boogie Shoes [:03]
15. Machine Gun/ Split Screen [3:41]
16. Award Ceremony [:01]
17. 1978/ Brock and Chest [1:26]
18. Dirk's New House/Gotta Give it Up [2:21]
19. Floyd Gondolli/ Driver's Seat [:01]
20. Todd Parker [1:08]
21. Godzilla Vs. Mothra [2:13]
22. Scotty and Dirk [2:24]
23. Little Bill's New Year [10:50]
24. Amber's Documentary [:07]
25. Jack and the Colonel [2:09]
26. Johnny Doe [:01]
27. The Touch [2:29]
28. Sequence D/ Compared to What [1:27]
29. Buck's Loan [1:48]
30. Amber's Hearing [2:33]
31. On the Lookout [4:31]
32. The Donut Shop [1:33]
33. Rahad Jackson/ Sister Christian [3:34]
34. Cosmo and Jessie Girl [:04]
35. God Only Knows [3:16]
36. The Big Top [2:32]
37. The Last Shot [3:03]

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