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Old 10-05-2007, 12:39 AM
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Default Leaving Las Vegas (French Import) - High-Def Digest review

Peter's review of the French HD DVD release of 'Leaving Las Vegas' is up. Although he's a fan of the film, he says its banal visual design and dated soundtrack just doesn't translate well to high-def. A total lack of extras drags the overall score down that much more. In short, this one's for hardcore fans of the film only.

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Old 10-05-2007, 05:21 AM
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What is it about alcoholism -- or more accurately, charming alcoholics -- that Hollywood finds so endearing? From light-as-a-truffle affairs like 'Arthur,' to sentimental romantic weapies like 'When a Man Loves a Woman,' to outright camp like 'Valley of the Dolls,' Tinseltown always seems to find a way to turn a life lived at the bottom of a bottle look either like a mere comedic lark, or just another romantic plot device. The reality, of course, is far different -- for those who've been affected directly by alcoholism, there's little charm to the to disease, nor those afflicted with it.
That's a bit of a generalization. The two best films Hollywood ever made about alcoholism (The Lost Weekend and Days of Wine and Roses) did not glamorize it at all.
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Old 10-05-2007, 10:27 AM
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I don't think "banal visual design" is an appropriate characterization of the film. The movie is very visually oriented. It's just that it was shot on 16mm film and is kind of grubby by design.

Personally, I friggin' hate this movie. "Oh boo hoo hoo, I'm a drunk. Feel pity for me. Waaa waaa waaaa..." I just wanted the asshole to die.
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This is a very powerful film that leaves a lasting impression. When it was first released I saw it in a theater that actually projected from a 16mm print. It did not fill the screen in the small art house theater. I am pleased with my copy of the import.
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That's a bit of a generalization. The two best films Hollywood ever made about alcoholism (The Lost Weekend and Days of Wine and Roses) did not glamorize it at all.
Absolutely. I might add I'll Cry Tomorrow and Clean And Sober. I love this film, and at the time could identify with it. I was going through a rough period. The scene where he is trying to cash the check at the bank really hit home to me.
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Very, VERY powerful film.

I just ordered this from HDSource. I kinda knew the review of the visuals wouldn't be great. You could see that from watching this in the theater. The movie just has that sorta grainy look to it or at least it did when I first saw it.
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This movie should be a six star reviews! It's an amazing film. Almost painful to watch in some places but that's a testament to it's power.

I'm surprised at Peter and Josh's reactions as these are the first negative comments I've ever heard about this film. Every one I ever speak to loves it.

Also, I have to mention - fantastic soundtrack!
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Keep in mind that the graininess was intentional. It was personally shot by Director Mike Figgis on a 16mm camera, the blown up. Citizen Erased, I couldn't agree more.
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I'm surprised at Peter and Josh's reactions as these are the first negative comments I've ever heard about this film. Every one I ever speak to loves it.
Having lived with a drunk for many years (mother's boyfriend), I have very little sympathy of the plight of the self-pitying alcoholic.

In cinematic terms, I found Cage's performance over-the-top and the storytelling more style over substance.
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Having lived with a drunk for many years (mother's boyfriend), I have very little sympathy of the plight of the self-pitying alcoholic.
So your letting personal observations in your past impair your objectivity? Did he set out to purposefully kill himself. There is a big difference.
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