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The Hours, [Region 4]

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Format: DVD (M)
Release Date: 03 February 2004

Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman (Best Actress,The Hours, 2002), two-time Academy Award winner Meryl Streep (Best Actress,Sophie's Choice, 1982; Best Supporting Actress,Kramer vs.Kramer, 1979) and Julianne Moore(Hannibal) -star as three women from different eras who are linked by their common yearnings and fears! Virginia Woolf (Kidman), in a suburb of London in the early 1920's, is battling insanity as she begins to write her first great novel,Mrs. Dalloway. A wife and mother in post-World War II Los Angeles, Laura Brown (Moore), is readingMrs. Dalloway and finding it so revelatory that she begins to consider making a devastating change in her life. Clarissa Vaughan (Streep), a present-day version of Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, lives in New York city and is in love with a friend (Ed Harris -A Beautiful Mind) who is dying of AIDS. Also starring John C. Reilly(Gangs Of New York), Claire Danes (Brokedown Palace) and Toni Collette(The Sixth Sense) - their engaging stories intertwine until they come together in a surprising moment of shared recognition.



This is a Region 4 disc, the local region for Australia.

Run Time: 110 minutes
Region: 4
Director: Stephen Daldry
Cast: Allison Janney, Claire Danes, Ed Harris, Jeff Daniels, John C. Reilly, Julianne Moore, Meryl Streep, Miranda Richardson, Nicole Kidman, Stephen Dillane, Toni Collette
Producer: Robert Fox, Scott Rudin
Subtitles: English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Italian, Italian Audio Commentary
Publisher: Buena Visa Home Entertainment
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6 review(s)
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Kirsten on
I read the book a few years before seeing the movie and watching the story on screen really helped it all fall into place for me. It is deeply moving with hidden messages throughout.
Anastasia on
This movie was excellent. I could definitely see why Nicole Kidman won an oscar for it because Ive never liked her acting but loved her in this.

The story can be very sad and although I cant compare it with the book as I havent read it, I found it deeply moving and a wonderful tale about three different women.

Definitely not your typically american glossy movie!
Jennifer on
an excellent movie, although nicole kidman should not have won an oscar for it. i think the most prominent thing in this film was nicole kidman's nose, and i really believe it was her breakup with tom cruise and public sympathy that won her the award instead of her performance here. still, it's worth watching just to see such a fantastic cast work together.
Yue on
Some people have criticized the movie for being pretentious, and in a way it could be argued that it is. The cross-cutting can get sharp at times--perhaps too much significance is found in cracked eggs and tossing food into the garbage pail, and there's a line regarding a dead bird--"Maybe it was its time to die, everything has a time to die" that is really heavy-handed in context. At the same time, somehow this material supports a certain artiness. This film *is* trying to wrestle with big themes, themes that most films (at least in America) rarely touch. How do three women across a span of time and social space each deal with the same issues? What does it mean when you have everything you could ask for materially but you are still unhappy? How does it feel to be forced into a lifestyle you don't fit into? What if the lifestyle you crave doesn't exist yet, or is unknown to you at the time? How do you cope? Thematically this film dealt with a lot of the same issues as American Beauty, only that film dealt with it at a high school level and this film is for grownups.
Yue on
For those who know of Virginia Woolf and her deeply disturbed life, this movie presents a glimpse of the quiet emotional torment women suffer while going about their lives. Woolf fought for her independence while dealing with the crushing over-protectiveness of her husband. Streep's character shows that love is often ambivalent and always necessary. Moore's character shows that mothering is a choice, not a biological mandate. Ed Harris is brilliant as the tormented poet - a beautifully, fully realized character. I had viewed it reluctantly, expecting a smarmy, "girly" flick. Nothing of the kind. A fabulous collaboration. Awesome!
Tessa on
The Hours is composed of three interwoven but parallel stories about women. One of the women is Virginia Woolf, another is a neglected wife the other is a New York feminist. The acting is quite good although Nicole Kidman's oscar is inexplicable. The movie is perhaps over earnest and somewhat dour rather than transcendental and enriching.

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