High Fidelity [DVD] [2000]

Considering that High Fidelity is largely about a guy talking to the camera, it doesn't seem like the kind of film that needs a DVD version. That is, until you see it. The clutter and disarray of Rob's bohemian world jumps from the letterbox screen in sharp detail, making it possible to read most of the stickers and posters that cover nearly every inch of wall and counter space. High Fidelity is also all about the omnipresent music, which has been beautifully rendered in Dolby Digital. Since the music and the dialogue are often coming through separate channels (especially in the record store scenes), one can appreciate the former without straining to hear the latter. In terms of bonus features, there are nine deleted scenes -- some good, some bad, most cut for pacing reasons. One of these is an uncredited cameo by Beverly D'Angelo in a scene based on an old gag with a new twist. There are also five short clips of interviews with Stephen Frears and John Cusack, who discusses the film as its co-writer and co-producer rather than as its star. Closed-captioning, Spanish subtitles, and a theatrical trailer complete the extras. This DVD won't blow anybody away, but it's definitely worthwhile for fans of the movie and its music.
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Special Features

  • Conversations with writer/producer John Cusack and director Stephen Frears
  • Deleted scenes
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Spanish subtitles
  • 5.1 Surround
  • Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions


High Fidelity
A man discovers that there's more to love than a good mixed tape in this dramatic comedy about music and relationships. Rob (John Cusack), an obsessive record collector in his mid-thirties, is struggling to reconcile his adolescent enthusiasm for pop music with adult responsibilities and a more mature outlook. He runs a record shop with his friends Barry (Jack Black) and Dick (Todd Louiso), who are known to drive away customers whose taste in music doesn't match their exacting standards -- which may have something to do with why the shop is losing money. But Rob's biggest problem is his failing relationship with Laura (Iben Hjejle), a lawyer who needs more out of the relationship than Rob is capable of giving. To Rob's horror, Laura starts dating Ian (Tim Robbins), his upstairs neighbor, known throughout the building for his long and noisy sex sessions. Rob, on the other hand, finds himself catching the attention of singer/songwriter Marie DeSalle (Lisa Bonet), as he tries to deal with his breakup by tracking down his previous ex-girlfriends and taking a fresh look at what he's been doing wrong. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nick Hornby, High Fidelity also features Catherine Zeta-Jones, Lili Taylor, and Joelle Carter as three of Rob's ex-lovers, and Sara Gilbert as Dick's new girlfriend, who gets a crash course in U.K. punk bands that influenced Green Day. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • John Cusack
    John Cusack - Rob Gordon
  • Iben Hjejle
    Iben Hjejle - Laura
  • Jack Black
    Jack Black - Barry
  • Todd Louiso
    Todd Louiso - Dick
  • Lisa Bonet
    Lisa Bonet - Marie DeSalle

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