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Boogie Nights: (Double) Platinum Series

review by Wes D.

 

Rated R

Running Time: 155 Minutes

Starring Mark Whalberg, Julianne Moore, Heather Graham, William H. Macy, John C. Reily, Burt Renyolds, Don Cheadle

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 "Try"

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 1997.

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 original.

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.

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