Warner Home Video, in conjunction with New Line Home Entertainment, has officially announced the Blu-ray edition of Paul Thomas Anderson's acclaimed film 'Magnolia', which will hit store shelves on January 19, 2010. PT Anderson's previous movie, 'Boogie Nights', is expected to get a Blu-ray release in "early 2010."
With Punch Drunk Love coming out even sooner than these two, my Paul Thomas Anderson section is about turn solid blu!! Magnolia's one that I didn't like the first time but have come to love over the years. It's been a while since I owned a copy of Boogie Nights and I've been holding out for this news so I'm very pleased indeed!
Hell yes!!! Been waiting for this. @Tylerrad for what it's worth... PTA is quoted as saying:
"I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life. And maybe I'll make some clunkers, maybe I'll make some winners, but I guess the way that I really feel is that Magnolia is, for better or worse, the best movie I'll ever make."
At one point I would have totally agreed but man... they're all so good!
Glad to see them come to BluRay!
yay! For the first time, Blu-ray.com types the word "Magnolia" and it meant the FILM, not the studio!!! That had to be the most annoying thing over the last two years; seeing blu-ray.com headlines with "MAGNOLIA" in it but it never being the movie. That would be like constantly having headlines with the word "Rocky" in it, but implying things are off to a "rocky start" with some electronics company, not the movie. The days of Blu-ray.com teasing us are over.
People who don't like Boogie Nights are idiots who don't deserve to own a Blu-Ray player. I can understand not being crazy about Magnolia, though you have to admit it's the work of a natural-born filmmaker. I like both films and will likely re-purchase both of them, but Boogie Nights is easily one of the best, most exciting, funny, and memorable films of the 1990s.
I guess I'm one of the 'idiots who don't deserve to own a Blu-Ray player' since I didn't care for Boogie Nights - a rather lame rip-off of Goodfellas that merely substitutes the porn industry for the Italian Mafia as the vice-laden surrogate family that the protagonist gets caught up in.
Magnolia sucked even worse. Only here, Anderson in ripping off Robert Altman (Nashville/Short Cuts) instead. Some of the worst acting I have seen in some time (hysterical crying from your characters does not equate to good acting). Horribly written. Lame dialogue all around.
P.T. Anderson is an ambitious wannabe who has nothing to say other than the fact that he wants to try and emulate great filmmakers. Too bad he can't write.
BOOGIE NIGHTS, my favorite film of the past 30 years, is on its way! Holla!!! MAGNOLIA, one of the best that year as well, will be a nice January gift. Day 1 purchases for sure. Incidentally, the video diaries on MAGNOLIA is almost as long as the film and is a very insightful and entertaining look at how they did the movie.
Wouldn't it be great to have a PT Anderson box set with these two, HARD EIGHT, PUNCH DRUNK LOVE and THERE WILL BE BLOOD? All 4-star masterworks!
By the way, for Levine -- that's a rather pedestrian review of the two movies. BN was a brilliant metaphor for how America changed from the excessive, free-wheeling spiritness of post-Vietnam 70s to the colder, more conservative ME decade of the 80s, metaphorically seen through the porn industry. Saying it's a "vice-laden surrogate family" like GOODFELLAS is rather simplistic. As for MAGNOLIA, you're doing the same thing as people say when someone makes an ambitious ensemble film - "they're ripping off Altman." Lame. He really took Altman up a notch by actually commenting on how connectedness exists and profoundly changes people's lives -- even saving them (Aimme Mann's song, "Save Me" being the centerpiece). Altman only really did that with SHORT CUTS, not NASHVILLE, BREWSTER MCCLOUD, or any other of his ensemble films. Doesn't make MAGNOLIA better than those films, but he did give it an additional layer.
Hands down, PT Anderson cares more about his characters than any writer-filmmaker working today.