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


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.

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
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New Line Home Video
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

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

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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Boogie Nights 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
goodgirl2 More than 1 year ago
a really good movie i enjoyed it well because of Mark Walbergh.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The topic is unsavory and not something that I would be drawn to. However, after seeing a portion of this movie at a friends house I had to rent it myself. The acting in this movie, in my opinion, is intense. The characters are so misguided with little forethought to life in general. The actors get lost in this drama and it engrossed me. There is a scene between Julianne Moore & Mark Wahlberg that is so exquisitely acted, the emotions and intimacy almost embarrassed me; as if I were peering in on something private (it is not a sex scene). Anyway, this is a movie that whenever someone mentions it, I go, "Ohhh, that's SUCH a good movie.". It's a classic.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Thomas Anderson was probably in grade school when this late 70's/early 80's screen saga was really going on. So you can tell that he did his homework when you actually feel that era when watching this sharply made period piece about California porn. There was a difference between porn produced on the left coast and in NYC and Anderson gets it right by relying on the (uncredited) technical guidence he no doubt received from adult film icons Ron Jeremy (Techincal Advisor) and in supporting parts, Nina Hartley, who appears briefly but importantly as Willam H. Macy's cheating wife, and John Dough (in a cameo). A lot of the hype was about Mark Wahlberg's prosthetic (it gets ample reference and screen time), but it should have been on the homage this film pays to what is now considered erotic cinemas' ''Golden Era'' and how it's (now) greatly missed by more people than you know who can't admit it. Makes you wonder if Clarence Thomas got misty when watching this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie captured the raise and fall (pardon the pun) of a porn star in a very artistic manner. A new classic so buy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Thomas Anderson's ''Boogie Nights'' is an ensemble epic of the low road which manages to be about so many characters and things, but ultimately comes right down to a story of surrogate family in the Valley during the 70s porn industry's hay day. Mark Wahlberg is Dirk Diggler, a talented star of adult film who manages to go from being a 17 year old living at his parents home named Eddie Adams, to an overblown (no pun intended) sensation called Dirk Diggler. He finds family in the home of Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds in his Oscar-nominated and robbed performance), Amber Waves (Julianne Moore, cruelly robbed of an Oscar here) and Rollergirl (the underrated Heather Graham). He also finds solace from a group of colorful characters like Reed Rothchild (John C. Reilly), Becky Barnett (Nicole Parker), Buck Swope (Don Cheadle), Jessie St. Vincent (Melora Walters) and a few behind the scenes people like Little Bill (William H. Macy), Scotty J (Philip Seymour Hoffman) and Kurt Longjohn (Ricky Jay). The story is a typical ''Scarface'', ''GoodFellas'' esque rise and fall tale of how a young man makes it big in the late 70s and how video ruins the ''artistic vision'' in the 80s and he gets sucked down into the pits of a cocain addiction, male prostitution, and crime. This is spearheaded by Todd Parker (Thomas Jane), a no-good influence on Dirk who takes him eventually to the home of a drug enthusiast named Rahad Jackson (Alfred Molina-in a scene stealing turn here). Dirk finds the way home and tries to pull himself back out of the gutter. This is a wonderful film, filled with ingenious cinematography, breathtaking performances and great writing. It's oscar for best screenplay got stolen from it and every other nomination it could have gotten was robbed as well! This is a masterpiece, the best film of 1997 and the second best of the 90s!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Spanning the height of the disco era, 1977-84, "Boogie Nights" (1997) offers a visually stunning exploration of the adult entertainment industry, centering on a hard-core movie outfit whose members form a close-knit extended family no doubt established writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson as one of the hottest filmmakers of today. When he was 17, a high-school kid in Van Nuys, Calif., he got a video camera and made a half-hour movie called "The Dirk Diggler Story", partly inspired by the sad tale of the late legendary porn star John Holmes, partly inspired by his curiosity about what was going on behind the walls of the anonymous porno studio warehouses he'd seen growing up in the San Fernando Valley. There was never any doubt he was meant to make movies. The intense, slightly built Anderson was too impatient to get to work to linger in school. He spent two semesters as an English major at Emerson College, and two days at NYU film school. A short film led to an invitation to the Sundance Lab, where he developed the script for his first feature, "Hard Eight" (1997), It was a striking debut (starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Samuel L. Jackson, John C. Reilly and Philip Baker Hall), but few people saw it. Hollywood, however, was not blind to his talent. When he approached New Line with his script about the porn industry, it jumped aboard. A deal was cut: New Line would let Anderson make a 2½ hour movie, but it had to get an R, not an NC-17, rating. Getting his R took months of back-and-forth negotiations with the MPAA ratings board. The board let him know it loved the movie-indeed it told him it wanted it to be an NC-17, to restore class to a category it felt had been sullied by "Showgirls" (1995). His striking command of technique, bravura filmmaking and passionate exploration of the possibilities of a new kind of storytelling recall the young Martin Scorsese of "Mean Streets" (1973). The link to Scorsese has other foundations as well. In its approach to the porn industry as a unique social milieu, with its own heroes, players and norms, "Boogie Nights" resembles "GoodFellas" (1990), Scorsese's chronicle of organized crime, and to a certain extent, Robert Altman's cynical take on studio politics in "The Player" (1992). All three movies document subcultures considered exotic by the mainstream, highlighting their complex duality of values: the seamy, sordid elements in combination with more humanistic and familial ones. In 1977, when the story opens, porn movies are shot on film and play in theaters, and a director can dream of making one so good that the audience members would want to stay in the theater even after they had achieved what they came for. By 1983, when the story closes, porn has shifted to video and most of the movies are basically just gynecological loops. There is hope, at the outset, that a porno movie could be "artistic" and less hope towards the end of the film. In this wide but precise narrative, there's Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds), a small-talent pornographer who fancies his screwing stories are real movies Dirk Diggler (Mark Wahlberg), an ambitious kid whose self-esteem has been pounded into the ground by a crazed mother Reed (John C. Reilly), a dumbbell whose minimal talents don't carve out a living in the real world and Rollergirl (Heather Graham), a high school failure who yearns for an authority figure to give her direction. They all come together as "artists," grinding out smutty movies and, alas, giving each other the encouragement and emotional support they have never received elsewhere in their lives. With his shrewd eye for character and setting, writer-director Anderson has crafted a psychological parody of the San Fernando Valley that is Fellini-esque in its horrifying imagery and its cacophonous craziness. "Boogie Nights" gets all the details right, nailing down t
Guest More than 1 year ago
What kind of a madman would think of making a movie chronicling the rise and fall of a porn star, simple, Paul Thomas Anderson. This movie is one of the most daring films i have seen, it tries to capture a Henry Hill-like porn star's journey in the late seventies early eighties. The direction is spotless, and it takes from Scorsese and Altman. Paul Thomas Anderson has made three great movies, Magnolia, Punch Drunk Love, and this. I have to say that this is his best, with Magnolia in a close second. The long steady cam scenes and the powerful screenplay (along with uutterly stunning visuals) have made Paul Thomas Anderson the next big director. The acting is top notch here, Mark Wahlberg is at the top of his game as Eddie Adams (AKA Dirk Diggler), the lead role. The supporting acting is so good that the subplots (of which this movie has many) are wonderful. The best is Burt Reynolds, playing a adult film director named Jack Horner, this is his best movie in a long time. The era this movie embodies comes alive with stunning atmosphere and wonderful music, Anderson knows this stuff. The first act is filled with an introduction into the adult film industry, a truely unique expirience. In it we see Eddie transform from a shy kid into Dirk Diggler, a well reknown porn star. The second act is arguably the best. Here we see all the characters introduced in the first part going through rough times. The end is the best, filled with ripe images of each character (reminescent of Altman). The best is Wahlberg's Eddie, who becomes a crack addled has been whose descent into madness and depravity is vividly portrayed on film. The movie is very well, in fact one of the best i've seen, but it does deal with some touchy subject matter (including male prostitution), but keep an open mind while you watch this movie. Although Titanic sweep the Oscars in 1997, i think this indeed is the best movie of the year by far, and it goes down as one of the best movies ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Enter the world of Jack Horner and you will meet some of the most interesting characters ever put on film. This is far and away my favorite movie of 1997. The list of outstanding and break-through performances is simply amazing, Don Cheadle, Philip Seymour Hoffman, John C. Reilly, Alfred Molina, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Ridgely, and of course, Burt Reynolds in his career defining roll. So, if you want a wonderfully twisted and nostalgic look at the 70's, join Dirk, Scotty, Buck, and the Colonel in "Boogie Nights".
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