Sideways

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Overview

Alexander Payne's Sideways arrives on DVD with a commentary track recorded by lead actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church that goes a long way toward revealing why the film works so well. The two have a genuine rapport with each other. While their comments do not add to anyone's understanding of the film, it is a light and breezy conversation full of self-effacing jibes and warm laughs. The film itself is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The ...
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Overview

Alexander Payne's Sideways arrives on DVD with a commentary track recorded by lead actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church that goes a long way toward revealing why the film works so well. The two have a genuine rapport with each other. While their comments do not add to anyone's understanding of the film, it is a light and breezy conversation full of self-effacing jibes and warm laughs. The film itself is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Deleted scenes, a making-of-featurette, and the film's theatrical trailer round out his solid release from 20th Century Fox.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Full-length audio commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church; Seven deleted scenes; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Pearis
Would-be author Miles Raymond Paul Giamatti is in a rut. He’s divorced, just north of 40, eking out life as a junior high school English teacher -- and every publisher in the business has turned down his novel. Wine is his real passion -- the Pinot Noir varietals in particular -- although his oenophilic aspirations have lately devolved into excess. His best friend, Jack Thomas Hayden Church, a small-time actor who is now lucky to get cast in the odd commercial, is considering going to work for his fiancée's father. Before the impending nuptials, Miles takes Jack on a weeklong tour of California's Santa Ynez valley wineries. Miles is in search of the perfect Pinot; Jack is just looking for a last fling. When they meet two women Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh, things get considerably more complicated. This is the setup for the warm and funny Sideways, a combination buddy comedy and road film that never travels the obvious path. The most critically acclaimed film of 2004, Sideways lives up to the hype, just as Lost in Translation, winner of the Best Original Screenplay Oscar, did the year before. Director Alexander Payne and writing partner Jim Taylor have crafted a near-perfect little movie that doesn't aim to be big or important. These characters could easily have been portrayed as pathetic losers, but thanks to a sparkling screenplay based on Rex Picket's novel and nimble performances by Giamatti and Church, Miles and Jack are likable despite their deep flaws. It helps, too, that Madsen and Oh make such perfect foils for the wayward duo. As in their earlier gems, Election and About Schmidt, Payne and Taylor juggle the hilarious and the tragic deftly -- arguably to the greatest effect in their young careers. For anyone who has ever found themselves somewhat adrift in life, Sideways will resonate even more deeply.
All Movie Guide - Josh Ralske
When it comes to playing a schlub, Paul Giamatti has no peer. His ascension to the status of lead actor is a godsend for lovers of cinema, and it's hard to overstate his accomplishment in following up his wonderfully nuanced performance as crank Harvey Pekar in American Splendor with his heartbreakingly rich lead performance as Miles Raymond in Sideways. Other actors excel at playing sad sack characters, but few are as adept as Giamatti at precisely dramatizing self-inflicted misery. Sideways, Alexander Payne's fourth feature, is a funny, engaging, and thoughtful film with many virtues, but it's hard to imagine that anyone else could have brought Miles to life with such vibrancy. He's the most self-aware of Payne's pathetic antiheroes, and as a result, Sideways is Payne's most humane and hopeful film. It's as acerbically funny as Election but with a soulful humanity best expressed in a phenomenal scene in which Miles and Maya (played with warmth and sharp intelligence by Virginia Madsen) take turns explaining why they love wine. It's a simple scene rendered transcendent by gorgeously believable dialogue and the conviction of two superb actors playing at their best. The fragile bond between Miles and Maya is the soul of the film, grounding the more outrageous antics of Jack (Thomas Haden Church) and Stephanie (Sandra Oh), which are played with equally revelatory expertise. Sideways is a small buddy movie but wonderfully detailed. It's captivating enough to win converts to the grape and conveys a wealth of lived knowledge about male bonding and its discontents.
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
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.
The New Yorker - David Denby
In this role Giamatti gives his bravest, most generously humane performance yet. Women may be repelled, but men will know this man, because, at one time or another, many of us have been this man.

It's an intoxicating feeling when a movie excites and enlivens us like this -- and there's a particular giddiness to be had in thinking about what movies can (but don't often) do for one's soul after imbibing such a fine vintage.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 024543175780
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Fox Searchlight
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 2:07:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 34,506

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Paul Giamatti Miles Raymond
Thomas Haden Church Jack Lapate
Virginia Madsen Maya
Sandra Oh Stephanie
Marylouise Burke Miles' Mother
Jessica Hecht Victoria
Missy Doty Cammi
M.C. Gainey Cammi's Husband
Alysia Reiner Christine Erganian
Duke Moosekian Erganian, Mike
Robert Covarrubias Mile's Building Manager
Patrick Gallagher Gary The Bartender
Stephanie Faracy Stephanie's Mother
Joe Marinelli Frass Canyon Pourer
Chris Burroughs Chris At Sanford
Toni Howard Evelyn Berman-silverman
Rev. Fr. Khoren Babouchian Armenian Priest
Lee Brooks Ken Cortland
Peter Dennis Leslie Brough
Alison Herson Foxen Winery Pourer
Phil Reeves Vacationing Dr. Walt Hendricks
Robert Trow Obnoxious Golfer
Lacey Rae Los Olivos Waitress
Cesar "Cheeser" Ramos Barista
Daniel Rogers Reciting Eighth Grader
Natalie Carter Siena
Simon Kassis Mini-mart Owner
Sevag Kendirjian Armenian Deacon
Heghine (Helen) Harboyan Wedding Vocalist
Gohar Toranyan Wedding Organist
Technical Credits
Alexander Payne Director, Screenwriter
Dondi Bastone Musical Direction/Supervision
Wendy Chuck Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Gaeta Sound/Sound Designer
Jose Antonio Garcia Sound/Sound Designer
John Jackson Casting
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
T.K. Kirkpatrick Art Director
Michael London Producer
Phedon Papamichael Cinematographer
George Parra Asst. Director, Co-producer
Jane Ann Stewart Production Designer
Jim Taylor Screenwriter
Kevin Tent Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Saturday (Main Titles)
2. Something for the Ride
3. Mom
4. Officially Depressed
5. The Wine Lesson
6. Buellton
7. Maya
8. Something We Should Share
9. Stephanie
10. Victoria's New Husband
11. The Double Date
12. Drinking and Dialing
13. Stephanie's Collection
14. Getting Acquainted
15. The Life of Wine
16. Goodnight, Miles
17. A Man Alone
18. Deep
19. Alone Again
20. Waiting for the Abattoir
21. A Day Together
22. The Door Opens
23. Guilty by Association
24. Thumbprint on a Skyscraper
25. Keep It Elevated
26. My Plight
27. The Wallet
28. The Accident
29. Armenian Wedding
30. My Own Funeral
31. Message From Maya
32. End Titles
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Language Selection
      English 5.1 Dolby Surround
      French Dolby Surround
      Spanish Dolby Surround
      Commentary by Actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentary by Actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church: On
      Commentary by Actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Notes From Alexander Payne
         Scene 44: Miles Throws Away the Bible
         Scene 50: Jack Mocks Miles and Tracy Opens the Door for the One-Legged Man
         Scene 96: Miles Hits a Dog
         Scene 117: Earlier Version of the Couples' Afternoon Together
         Scene 134: Too Sporty?
         Scene 143: The Paraguayan Vulture
         Scene 147: Miles Gets the Vicodin
      Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
      Theatrical Trailer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sideways

    If people could look past the amount of nudity, sex, language, and serious elements of this film, they would find a truly remarkable comedy. It does something that most comedies no longer do: it presents us with complicated characters and makes us care about them. Besides that, every single actor in this film beautifully plays out the terrific screenplay by Alexander Payne and Jim Taylor, which is the best of the year. In a generation of truly terrible taste in comedy, this film is a breath of fresh air that should be savored like a fine wine.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Week-Long Bachelor Party Gone Wrong

    The film has become one of my favorites of all time. This is a great journey I would love to take before getting hitched, but not while cheating on my bride to be. A trip through the California wine country goes all wrong when two very opposite friends wind up meeting the women of their dreams. One of those friends (the one who's getting married) is on a mission to get laid, and the depressed friend is sulking in the past. It makes for some crazy antics and a great film for a lot of people to enjoy, but I feel it falls short of what the novel offered. Many of the hilarious antics from the novel did not make it into the film (I can only assume for time concerns) and the characters were over-dramaticized, especially Miles. He can be depressing in the film, but is a pretty fun guy in the book. I love the film, though, but I highly suggest anyone who gives the film three or more stars should look into the novel as well, you won't be disappointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disappointed

    I was so disappointed when I finally got the chance to watch this film. It was so long and it was a bit boring. I love Sandra Oh, but this was just not the right movie. If you want to watch a movie about nothing, then this is for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An abstract portrait of real people

    This is one of the better films about the eccentricity of life, the bitterness of love, and the neurotic complexity of modern society. The four leads each bring their own unique perspectives to their characters. Virginia Madsen is radiant of her portrayal as an extremely fascinating woman, and she gives her all like no one business, and also, this could be the best movie of her career. Sandra Oh is always the stunning scene stealer. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church are especially excellent as the miserable would-be writer, and the struggling actor trying to have his last fling of freewill before his wedding. The direction of Alexander Payne is terribly original, and he always brings such great in-depthness to his films. This is one of the better movies that I have ever seen in my life.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TOAST

    A great wine sipping movie.It's a very nice rites-of-passage type story that I think most men who've had their day in the sun-single years can identify with.The dialogue flavors the sometimes hapless,almost pathetic,but always festive and eager caricatures of modern men in their seminal journey in search of the fruits of the vine.What they meet along the way is a mixture of Chardonay and Rose due largely to Payne's direction and writing.The outstanding acting is a cask of talent:Giamatti's Miles is a white wine of bitter discontent, while Church's Jack is a robust Rose of passion and discovery.The link between this often hard-to-swallow male-bonding pair is of course the wine.The essence of their transcendant journey is their loneliness and drive to replenish their insatiable thirst for the intoxicating virtues of a woman's understanding and love.The fine acting talents of Madsen and Oh add a nice cork to this bottle.Maybe a somewhat misunderstood film for those who have never drank from the single man's vat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Aweful

    I was shocked that this movie won awards. It's slow, drab, uneventful, and not humorus at all. I can't believe they categorized this as a comedy. My husband fell asleep!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An amazing comedy/drama!!!

    I'm watching Sideways right now, and it is amazing. The story line is very good, the directing by Alexander Payne was very flawless, and the acting was really good. The movie had really funny parts in it, I was cracking up really good. This is definatley not a faily movie, but it is really good. After watching this I think this movie, should have won Best Picture at the Academy Awards instead of Million Dollar Baby. This is now one of my favorite movies of all time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    What were they thinking...

    What? Golden Globe winner, Academy Award nominated. I could NOT believe how much I didn't like this movie. Touted as "best comedy" and yet there was only one smirk and certainly NO LAUGHS. It's final... I have totally lost faith in critics. This movie is a real SNOOZE FEST. Save yourself and get something really funny like... Se7en.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A True Rarity

    Movies like this are becoming harder and harder to find, mainly because most of the movie going public finds true-to-life drama/comedy boring (see select previous reviews) They are the reason movies like this are so hard to find, and movies like The Matrix, The Pacifier etc...etc.. are a dime a dozen and make millions of dollars because stupid people just don't like to think or be entertained by anything other than bright lights, explosions, and computer-generated nothings. Needless to say, this is a wonderful movie. It's funny, sad at times, and real. Good movies like this are hard to find anymore. If you haven't seen it, and you like a good movie with real people and an awesome script, don't miss this one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Hollywood Obviously Nurtures Its Young . . . . . .

    Because this was one of the most overrated, boring movies I have EVER seen. All the actors were fine, but the story was so low-key, it just dragged! Not a movie I would recommend.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film-Reminds Me of Michael Lubarsky's novel LITTLE KINGDOMS

    I loved this film and can't wait for my own copy to arrive. If you like this film you should read the novel LITTLE KINGDOMS by Michael Lubarsky. Similar themes, set in the restaurant world of San Francisco with great writing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    no real point

    I don’t know what I missed about this movie but it must have something that everyone that rants and raves about how great this movie is saw because to me it is easily one of the most boring movies I have ever see it is not bad like a low budget film, cheesy Sci-Fi or horror flick it is just boring the acting is not poor there is no real point to the movie other than there two guys at opposite ends of the relationship spectrum one about to get married and one divorced for several years and depressed about it having their midlife crisis. The movie has a few funny parts in it but if you have seen the add on TV you have seen all the funny parts no exaggeration all of them. Let me put it to you this way it goes by on a day to day basis and in-between days the screen turns black and the day to follow is shown in big white letters before it fades into the next sequence and on Monday I was thinking this movie has to take off soon and then Tuesday came and I was thinking my god I have to sit through 5 more days of this swill. The man that was in the seat behind me said it best this movie is a boring dumb and dumber for pretentious people. I left the movie wanting my money back and a friend took me to see it with free passes. This is 2 hours of my life that I want to hold the writer of this script responsible for when I am on my deathbed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Most Overrated Film of the Year

    I was never so disappointed coming out of a movie theatre until I saw Sideways. I found the storyline dull and the characters unlikeable. Perhaps this a film for men and maybe this is why I did appreciate the film, but I thought the men were completely despicable. Stealing from your mother and having illicit affairs before walking down the aisle does not define good cinema. It's a shame that a film like Hotel Rwanda wasn't nominated over mediocre Sideways.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Story

    The Screenplay is very well adapted by Alexander Payne. It does the book very much justice. This movie has become one of my favorites.I also think it will become an instant classic, once it gets some more rocognition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Movie of 2004

    Undeniably the best film of the year. Here the script, the acting, the direction and the cinematography should be what defines greatness in the movies. All critics agree, there was no other film in 2004 that delivered like this one. Never meant to be compared to big Hollywood blockbusters, this "indie" movie got so much attention (well-deserved) that the average movie-goer, who wouldn't have normally seen Sideways, expected something far more grandiose and left disappointed. Nevertheless Sideways is a gem and will remain a classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful buddy story...

    What a wonderful movie. Telling the age-old story that it REALLY is hard to love someone who doesn't love themself, is made anew in this intelligent and witty movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yawn

    After reading all the other reviews I don’t really have anything new to add I’ll just say that the movie had some appeal with it’s sarcastic wit but over all I agree with the rest of the people that didn’t like this movie it is very slow and tiresome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    not for the dim witted

    ..which is why it wasn't quite the cinematic success so many horrible movies are... this is funny and clever. You will recognize the characters from real life, and find it impossible not to forgive their flaws and welcome them into your living room.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sideways

    Comedy like this no longer exists outside of independent markets, which is a shame considering the fact that we could have more of these movies rolling out of Hollywood. That very fact that this kind of comedy is a rarity is the main reason why this should have been a stronger contender for Best Picture of 2004 at the Academy Awards. The sense of humor may seem dull, but in fact it's the kind of humor that makes genuine comedy. A good comedy film should not be all goof-off stuff, rather it must maintain a certain amount of drama and character developement. The standard issue Hollywood comedies do none of this as they seek good box office and even better DVD sales. Why do studios put out movies like "The Pacifier"? Not artistic reasons certainly, but for good attendance and home video sales. We should savor this film as long as it lasts because we probably wont see anything like it for a long time.

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    Posted December 1, 2009

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