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Boogie Nights: (Double) Platinum Series
review by Wes D.
Running Time: 155 Minutes
Starring Mark Whalberg, Julianne Moore, Heather
Graham, William H. Macy, John C. Reily, Burt Renyolds, Don
Studio: New Line Cinema
Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Retail Price: $29.99
Features: Theatrical Trailers, Deleted scenes with
commentary by P.T. Anderson, Commentary with Paul Thomas
Anderson, Commentary with Anderson and Cast, John C. Reily
Files, Cast and Crew info, Michael Penn music video
Specs: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, 5.1 Dolby
Digital English, English Dolby Surround, 5.1 Dolby Digital
French, English Captions, French Captions, Spanish Captions,
Chapter Search, Two Disc Set
The sophomore effort by director P. T. Anderson was an
ambitious one, to say the least. How does someone make
socially acceptable movie about the 1970's and 1980's era
porn film industry? The answer apparently is "quite well".
Boogie Nights follows the rise, fall, and redemption of a
young star by the name of Eddie. Eddie thinks that everyone
in life is given one gift. His happens to be 13 inches
long. Soon Eddie becomes Dirk Diggler, the biggest name in
porn. The cast of characters in Boogie Nights is a diverse
and varied one (much like other P. T. Anderson films).
Played to perfection is Jack Horner by Burt Reynolds, the
patriarch of his porn family and an idealist with a heart of
gold. The movie is fast-paced and both story and character
driven. While the subject matter might not be for everyone,
this was definitely one of the 10 best films released in
This is a pristine anamorphic widescreen transfer of P.T.
Anderson's film. The colors are crisp and clear and I
noticed no artifacts at all while I watched the film. I've
not seen the original version that was released in 1998, but
I've heard that this transfer is much better than the
Boogie Nights is set to a soundtrack as rich and vibrant
as the culture of the 70's and 80's. Anderson uses music
extensively in this film to help convey feelings and
situations as they occur. I notice in some scenes it is a
little harder to hear the dialog than in others, but this is
only a small complaint. The music sounds great and will
definitely enhance your enjoyment of the film.
While the commentary was definitely one of the better
ones I've heard, I'd have to say that the extras on the
second disc are a bit lacking. The John C. Reilly files
could have been great, but it fell short on content. The
outtakes, while amusing, were also not enough to satisfy my
desire to see more behind the scenes footage from this film.
The deleted scenes were decent, but again, there is little here to
justify the existence of this disc.
This is a great transfer of a fun movie. Fans will enjoy
the obvious care put into the design of this package as its
style is both retro and fresh at the same time. While the
extras could have been fleshed out a little more, it doesn't
take away from the enjoyment of the content as it is
presented. If you don't own Boogie Nights yet on DVD, be
sure you go for the Platinum Series Edition rather than the
older release. You won't be disappointed.
I am a star. I'm a star, I'm a star, I'm a star. I am a
big, bright, shining star.
(4/5, NOT included in
NOT an average)