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Boogie Nights
Boogie Nights - Special Edition (1997)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Mark Wahlberg Eddie Adams/Dirk Diggler
Burt Reynolds Jack Horner
John C. Reilly Reed Rothchild
Julianne Moore Amber Waves/Maggie
Heather Graham Brandy 'Rollergirl'
Don Cheadle Buck Swope
Luis Guzmán Maurice TT Rodriguez
Philip Seymour Hoffman Scotty J.
William H. Macy Little Bill
Thomas Jane Todd Parker
Nicole Parker
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Paul Thomas Anderson
Producer Paul Thomas Anderson; Michael De Luca; Lloyd Levin; John Lyons
Writer Paul Thomas Anderson
Studio New Line Home Entertainment
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 155 mins
Country USA
Color Color
IMDb Rating 7.6
Plot
Even if the notorious 1970s porn-filmmaking milieu doesn't exactly turn you on, don't let it turn you off to this movie's extraordinary virtues, either. Boogie Nights is one of the key movies of the 1990s, and among the most ambitious and exuberantly alive American movies in years. It's also the breakthrough for an amazing new director, whose dazzling kaleidoscopic style here recalls the Robert Altman of Nashville and the Martin Scorsese of GoodFellas. Although loosely based on the sleazy life and times of real-life porn legend John Holmes, at heart it's a classic Hollywood rise-and-fall fable: a naive, good-looking young busboy is discovered in a San Fernando Valley disco by a famous motion picture producer, becomes a hotshot movie star, lives the high life, and then loses everything when he gets too big for his britches, succumbs to insobriety, and is left behind by new times and new technology. Of course, it ain't exactly A Star Is Born or Singin' in the Rain. Writer-director Paul Thomas Anderson (in only his second feature!) puts his own affectionately sardonic twist on the old showbiz biopic formula: the ambitious upstart changes his name and achieves stardom in porno films as "Dirk Diggler." Instead of drinking to excess, he snorts cocaine (the classic drug of '70s hedonism); and it's the coming of home video (rather than talkies) that helps to dash his big-screen dreams. As for the britches ... well, the controversial "money shot" explains everything. And the cast is one of the great ensembles of the '90s, including Oscar nominees Burt Reynolds and Julianne Moore, Mark Wahlberg (who really can act--from the waist up, too!), Heather Graham (as Rollergirl), William H. Macy, John C. Reilly, and Ricky Jay. DVD extras include nine deleted scenes and a commentary track from Anderson. --Jim Emerson
Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 809
Collection Status In Collection
Purchase Date 1/21/2007
Links Amazon US
IMDB
DVD Empire
Product Details
Edition New Line Platinum Series
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio 2.35:1
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
UPC (Barcode) 794043503320
Chapters 47
Release Date 8/29/2000
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Packaging Custom Case
Audio Tracks English Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2
Extra Features
The John C. Reilly Files
2 Expanded Feature Length Commentaries with Writer/Director P.T. Anderson and Actors Don Cheadle, Heather Graham, Luis Guzman, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, John C. Reilly, Mark Wahlberg and Melora Walters
10 Deleted Scenes