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The Rules of Attraction

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Overview

Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by many of the actors and crew members, an episode of Anatomy of a Scene from Sundance, and a preview of Avary's next film Glitterati (also an Ellis adaptation). This is a solid release from Lion's Gate that will...
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Overview

Roger Avary's adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' The Rules of Attraction comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by many of the actors and crew members, an episode of Anatomy of a Scene from Sundance, and a preview of Avary's next film Glitterati (also an Ellis adaptation). This is a solid release from Lion's Gate that will satisfy those who found much to admire in Avary's hyperstylized film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Five "Revolving Door" commentary tracks by the cast and crew; "Anatomy of a scene," courtesy of the Sundance Channel; 16 x 9 widescreen; Trailers and promos; Interactive menus; Bonus commentary by Mystery Guest
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Based on a novel by Less than Zero author Bret Easton Ellis, this skillfully made drama pulls off the neat trick of making its viewers care about self-absorbed young people whose behavior borders on the reprehensible. It’s not easy to work up much enthusiasm for shallow, selfish, and greedy college kids, but writer-director Roger Avary Killing Zoe enables us to do so by virtue of his compelling narrative. Rules primarily concerns itself with the interaction of four people. To begin with, there’s slick young drug dealer Sean James Van Der Beek, who desperately wants to bed chic coed Lauren Shannyn Sossamon, who once dated Paul Ian Somerhalder, a bisexual who once dated Victor Kip Pardue, another bisexual who would like to date Lauren. These circuitous couplings take place largely at Camden College, the ultimate party school, where on-campus soirées frequently turn into orgies and nobody is ever seen to crack a book. Avary keeps us from sinking into this vast sea of debauchery by fiddling with the story’s timeline, first exploring one story thread, then "rewinding" back to the starting point to follow another, and even "fast forwarding" to embellish a third. His direction is muscular and energetic -- so much so that you’ll be thoroughly caught up in what could easily have been a dreary, pointless depiction of directionless, emotionally stunted, substance-abusing, compulsive fornicators. The DVD edition features a "revolving door" commentary by various cast members and production people, along with a Sundance Channel "Anatomy of a Scene" featurette and a preview of Avary’s film Glitterati.
Entertainment Weekly
A party-hearty teen flick that scalds like acid. Owen Gleiberman
Village Voice
Avary's crisp adaptation imbues the copious bad sex and general befuddlement of Bret Easton Ellis's solemn, echt '80s Bennington novel with a playfully obnoxious energy that is often funny and ... almost fun. J. Hoberman

Avary's crisp adaptation imbues the copious bad sex and general befuddlement of Bret Easton Ellis's solemn, echt '80s Bennington novel with a playfully obnoxious energy that is often funny and ... almost fun. J. Hoberman
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/18/2003
  • UPC: 031398822721
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Aspect Ratio: Alternate Wide Screen (1.78:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English, Español
  • Time: 1:50:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 13,943

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Van Der Beek Sean Bateman
Ian Somerhalder Paul Denton
Shannyn Sossamon Lauren Hynde
Jessica Biel Lara
Kip Pardue Victor
Thomas Ian Nicholas Mitchell
Kate Bosworth Kelly
Fred Savage Marc
Eric Stoltz Mr. Lance Lawson
Clifton Collins Jr. Rupert
Faye Dunaway Mrs. Owen
Swoosie Kurtz Mrs. Jared
Ron Jeremy
Jay Baruchel
Clare Kramer
Eric Szmanda NYU Film Student
Chase Hampton Townie
Curtis Anderson Guy Rolling Keg
Quincey Evans Dicky
Skyler Stone Quinlivan
Kavan Reece Handsome Dunce
Theresa Wayman Food Service Girl
Michael Ralph Guest
Noelle Evans Crack Whore
Anderson Goncalves Bertrand
Joel Michaely Raymond
Colin Bain Donald
Lucille M. Oliver Young Nurse
Paul Williams Duty Doctor
Drew Wood Jim From Dartmouth
Malcolm Galt Hacky Sack Guy
Russell Sams Richard
Cheyenne Wilbur Maitre D'
Ron Jeremy Hyatt At the Player Piano
Hayley Keenan Claudia
Holly Hollywood Undressed to Get Screwed
Amber Smith Undressed to Get Screwed
Alaina Undressed to Get Screwed
Trisha Upton Undressed to Get Screwed
Warren Bloom Singer
Tom Hajdu Singer
Lorelle Holway Singer
Jason Menkes Singer
Andy Milburn Singer
Evan Lionel Smith Singer
Debbie Tassone Singer
Colette Thompson Singer
Scott Williams Singer
Technical Credits
Roger Avary Director, Cinematographer, Executive Producer, Screenwriter, Sound/Sound Designer
Tim Boland Sound Mixer
Felipe Borrero Sound Mixer
Robert Brinkmann Cinematographer
Marc Butan Executive Producer
William Paul Clark Asst. Director
James Deutch Executive Producer
Michael Dueñas Special Effects
Louise Frogley Costumes/Costume Designer
Samuel Hadida Executive Producer
Amy Harmon Makeup
Joel C. High Musical Direction/Supervision
Simon Jayes Camera Operator
Michael Kamper Sound/Sound Designer
Garth Majors Special Effects
Dawn Massaro Asst. Director
Andy Milburn Sound/Sound Designer
Rick Montgomery Casting
Marsha Oglesby Executive Producer
Tom Ortenberg Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Sharon Marie Rutter Editor
Jeremiah Samuels Executive Producer
Andrew Scheps Sound Mixer
Michael Scott Camera Operator
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Greg Shapiro Producer
Harry J. Smith Jr. Special Effects
Mollie Stallman Asst. Director
Christopher Tandon Art Director
Tomandandy Score Composer
Mario Vanillo Special Effects
Christina Wilson Set Decoration/Design
Leonel Zapien Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Lauren [5:16]
2. Paul [5:22]
3. Sean [4:11]
4. Rules of Attraction [4:59]
5. Hand to Hand [4:57]
6. An Hour [3:03]
7. Edge of the World [4:58]
8. Come Together [5:05]
9. Emergency [4:27]
10. Friday Night [4:39]
11. Tutorial [5:55]
12. All the Way [4:23]
13. Afternoon Delight [5:03]
14. Dinner Theatre [4:00]
15. Never Fully Dressed [3:37]
16. Without You [3:41]
17. One You're With [3:28]
18. Futile [4:48]
19. Victor [6:15]
20. Bring Change [4:38]
21. Define Crazy [3:51]
22. Emotional Vampire [3:51]
23. End of the World [5:29]
24. Credits [4:04]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Audio
      2.0 Dolby Digital
      Commentary by Carrot Top
      Revolving Door Commentaries:
      With Sharon Seymour, Ron Jeremy, Ian Somerhalder, and Russel Sams
      With Shannyn Sossamon, Theresa Wayman, Kip Pardue and Clifton Collins Jr.
      With Jeramiah Samuels, Andy Milburn, Thomas Ian Nichols, Joel Michaely
      With Robert Brinkman and Harry Ralston
      With Sharon Rutter and Eric Szmanda
   Special Features
      Sundance Channel Presents Anatomy of a Scene
      Theatrical Trailer
      Promo Trailer (Un-Rated)
      Promo Trailer (Rated)
      Book Spot
      Soundtrack Spot
   Scene Index
   Subtitles
      English
      Spanish
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    a realistic relationship movie

    One of the most realistic dating movies I've seen, albeit depressing. Love triangle does not begin to describe this college based romantic comedy in which everyone can feel the love in the air, but no one can agree on its direction. The movie follows fairly closely to the story set out by the book, both of which are over the top and exaggerated, but closer to realistic dating than most romantic comedies. If I had to pick a favorite dating movie, this would be it. Books would be a toss up between this and 'Christmas at Sibyl's'.
    Great performances by James Van Der Beek, Shannon Sossamon and Clifton Collins Jr. and an interesting bit part role for Fred Savage make this a truly memorable movie.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 21, 2014

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapoin

    Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVED IT

    this is like legit my fav movie. i loved it. its so sick and twisted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Forget the film, read the book!

    There was a lot going on - maybe too many characters and plots squeezed into too short a film, which worked really well in novel form, but not so well on screen. Bits of it are entertaining, and always good to see ex Dawsons Creeky behaving in a sinister fashion! Overall though, not worth the cultish status it seems it was aiming to reach.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Decent...but go read the book instead

    This was an okay movie but it wasnt really anything like the book. I suggest you read the book to get a much better plot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dark yet Hilarious

    I'ts hard to explain the feeling you get after watching this movie. You feel some kind of suspense, but you can't help but laugh every once and a while. And by the way to whom ever gave it a 1 star....why did you even bother to make a comment if you hated it so much?? Was it to dark?? Didn't understand the complex?? or did you just not like it because you knew that Britney Spears couldn't capture the entire text with her pea brain, so ya just had to follow your leader.......?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Jessica Biel shake your thing lol!!!!

    This movie is the best i really enjoyed watching it ....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastic

    A really great film for people who like really great films. It is a very dark and cynical portrayal of a young and wealthy college man (James Van der Beek) who is afflicted with some kind of anti-social or psychopathic disorder, and who sees himself as a sexual predator. He eventually ends up falling in love along the way. Think ''Requiem for a Dream'' meets ''Cruel Intentions''.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    I have read almost all of Bret Easton Ellis's published novels. I loved the screen adaptation of American Psycho. This movie is simply amazing and imitates the book on cue. It is hillariously funny as the book is. Must own if you love movies like fight club, formula 51, etc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    YUCK

    This movie simply tried too hard. Kinda ironic, it tried to be edgy, contemporary, and different, and yet it wound up being predictable and self important. The acting was TERRIBLE- the actors never inhabited the characters. Skip this movie and rent another instead.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE!!!

    I have seen American Psycho and loved this movie even more. I liked the director and the movie was hilarious. You gotta see it!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ...and the point of this was?

    As I sit here even hours past watching this movie, I still have yet to see its point. The humor was minimal, the ending didn't even end, and the ''point'' was missing. It was a waste of my time. Time I will never get back. Do not make the same mistake as me and watch this movie. It sucked!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funniest Movie Ever Made!!!!!!

    I absloutely would have to give this movie 5 stars, it was flat out excellent. A milestone in any movie lover's dreams. The character who played ''Richard'' aka Dick was hilarious. Please you have to see it, I could watch it over and over again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Worth a watch

    At times this movie can be a little over the top and somewhat overwhelming but overall is a good watch. The best scenes are the ones that involve the character of Paul, espescially the hospital one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Simply put: a great movie

    This film is both a great adaptation of the Bret Easton Ellis novel of the same name and a great film in its own right. Director Roger Avary shows a thorough understanding of Ellis' world, and the actors carry out their parts with precision. I highly recommend it.

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