Hearts In Atlantis dvd

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  1. MatS

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    though I despised this movie yet loved the book here is some info for those of you who care...
    http://www.dvdfile.com/software/dvd-....html#12192001
    Another good example of "the new Stephen King," i.e., nostalgic and dramatic with a bit of the supernatural thrown in, Hearts In Atlantis will make its DVD debut on 2/12. Warner will release a special edition of the film, featuring a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, English and French Dolby 5.1 surround and subtitle tracks, an audio commentary with director Scott Hicks, additional interviews with Hicks and Anthony Hopkins, a still gallery, and the trailer. Retail is $24.95.
     
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    Oh no! I too loved the book, but didn't have a chance to see the movie in the theaters (it came and went, it seems). What about it did you not like?
     
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    Carlo,

    very uninspired acting by the cast, including the usually stellar Hopkins. It just seemed that the characters were reading from pages of the book and I really never felt any conection to them. Also in case you did not know, (I did, before going to the movie) the movie only focuses on the first story of the book 'Low Men In Yellow Coats'.
     
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    I did hear that it focused on the first story. I was fine with that because the novel as a whole doesn't lend itself to being made into a film.
    But that's too bad about the performances though. Dang, this just got bumped down to rental status for me. [​IMG]
     
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    I just found it funny that the movie "Hearts in Atlantis" had absolutely none of the story "Hearts in Atlantis" (the second story in the collection) in it, thus making the name of the film meaningless. Naming the film after the collection the story is found in just doesn't make any sense. It would have been like naming the film Children of the Corn "Night Shift".

    Of course, "Low Men in Yellow Coats" doesn't really sound like a great movie title. Marketing people will be the death of our civilization, I fear.

    -Lyle J.P.
     
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    Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars and says "...Anthony Hopkins finds just the tired, truthful note for Ted Brautigan--who knows the worst about men and fears for his future, but still has enough faith to believe it will do a kid good to read the right books."
    How bad could it be? Full review: http://www.suntimes.com/ebert/ebert_...09/092802.html
     
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    everybody has an opinion...Roger Ebert just gets paid for his.
     
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    I never read the book, but I was disappointed with this movie. I just kept waiting and waiting for this movie to "get going" and it never happened. It never reached the level I was hoping.
     
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    2 thumbs up
     
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    I'm with Todd! I loved it in it's brief theatrical run and I bought the DVD. I think this is a film that appeals more to women than men, in general... I'm not sure why I think this, just a warm fuzzy feeling, and (!), a dearth of shooting and car chases.
     
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    The title story in the book Hearts in Atlantis would have made a much more effective film, in my opinion. Not because it contains "shooting and car chases", but just because its whole premise was much more believable and, therefore, effective. But (the novella) "Hearts in Atlantis" had no supernatural elements to it all, so that's probably why they overlooked it, since this movie is associated with Stephen King.
     

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