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Live by Night [DVD] [2016]

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  • Release Date: 03/21/2017
  • Rating: R
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    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (262 out of 283)

    Special Features


    • Deleted Scenes with Commentary

    Synopsis


    Live by Night
    Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the son of a Boston police lieutenant, moves to Florida during the Prohibition era to become a bootlegger. As his operation grows, Coughlin faces off against local gangsters, Klansmen, and religious evangelicals while he fights for control of Tampa's criminal underworld. Affleck wrote and directed this adaptation of Dennis Lehane's sprawling 2012 crime novel, which co-stars Scott Eastwood, Zoe Saldana, Elle Fanning, Sienna Miller, Brendan Gleeson, and Chris Cooper. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ben Affleck
      Ben Affleck - Joe Coughlin
    • Elle Fanning
      Elle Fanning - Loretta Figgis
    • Brendan Gleeson
      Brendan Gleeson - Thomas Coughlin
    • Chris Messina
      Chris Messina - Dion Bartolo
    • Sienna Miller
      Sienna Miller - Emma Gould



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 283 reviews

    93%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Gangster's are Gorgeous, Drama is Lacking

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      VandyPrice
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      The problem with Live by Night is that it is both too much and never enough. Ben Affleck, who has proved himself a strong storyteller in his screenwriting and directing skills, certainly has a fine ambition in his latest effort, but it simply never seems to pan out the way he originally imagined it. This is to the point that Live by Night is as big, extravagant, and sexy a gangster drama as one could hope to get made in the studio system today and yet the story is nowhere near as compelling as it should be to make the amount of effort put into the costumes, production design, and other period details matter. The question on my mind as the film came to its one too many endings-none of which are satisfactory, I might add-was, "how did this happen?" How did a filmmaker such as Affleck, with a story he himself adapted from a Dennis Lehane novel (Gone, Baby, Gone, Mystic River, Shutter Island, The Drop), in this time period, and with a star-studded cast that features stand-out performances from the likes of Chris Messina and Elle Fanning end up sinking as quickly as a dead body attached to a boulder in a river? There is seemingly never a clear answer as to how so many promising parts can come together to form a subpar whole, but with Live by Night the majority of as much seems to fall on the script never knowing exactly what type of story it wants to tell and as a result, the momentum of the pacing never finding its footing well enough to keep viewers invested. There is always more material in a novel than a two hour movie can handle and it seems rather than relay what was more or less the same story the source material was telling through the prism of a single perspective or theme that Affleck instead attempted to cram in as much of Lehane's novel as he could resulting in the film feeling more than overstuffed while still leaving the viewer hungry for more. When talking of adapting a book for the screen director David Fincher said, "The book is many things. You have to choose which aspect you want to make a movie from." It seems Affleck might have learned a thing or two from his Gone Girl director as this lack of a singular viewpoint is exactly what Live by Night is missing; delivering so many characters, ideas, and plot strands it's hard to care about any of them.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      An excellent transfer for an average film

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      MrCharles
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      Before watching Live By Night, I had very high expectations. This was Ben Affleck's fourth directorial effort and I was more than pleased with his prior films: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo. When seeing trailers for the film, it appeared to be a love letter to the great gangster films of the 40s. Unfortunately, the film suffers from some issues in story, pacing and character development. It is my opinion that these problems were the result of studio interference to keep the runtime closer to two hours for the potential of more showtimes in theatrical release and less of a chance in alienating the audience who are less likely to see a film with longer runtime. I feel that there is a great film out there in the form of a director's cut like we received with The Town, which greatly benefited from the extra half hour of runtime. All that being said, Live By Night is still worth the watch and the bluray transfer is top notch. The film was finished on a 4K intermediate and shot by three time Oscar winning cinematographer Robert Richardson, so it looks incredible. The bluray also comes with a Dolby Atmos track so all in all it is the perfect film to test out your system. I just wish it received a 4K release as most recent titles have been from 2K upscales. If you can pick it up for a low price, Live By Night comes recommended from this film buff.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Movie was really great. I don't know where all of

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      jedi10master
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      Movie was really great. I don't know where all of the complaints are stemming from unless people are going into the film hating Affleck. He does a decent job in this movie and it's much better than most everything else I've seen him in... including Argo (the Oscar winner) Someone else mentioned The Town and while it is better, it's a different type of film and is up there with Heat (DeNiro & Pacino) IMO. Live By Night is way better than other movies I've bought this year, regrettably I might add, like Suicide Squad, Manchester By the Sea, Jack Reacher, Independence Day, etc... I mean seriously, movies this year have been pretty terrible and this one ain't that

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Next Installment of Ben Affleck

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      Boosterfan25
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      This movie got a lot of grief in reviews from people who felt disappointed after getting hit movies like The Town and Argo from director Ben Affleck. I think Live By Night is a fantastically shot period piece, but does slog a little bit in the second act. I would say if you're a big fan of gangster films, then you will like this film. There are some great special features that make this blu ray worth adding to your collection that includes actor/writer/director commentary by Ben Affleck, character studies on the men and women of Live By Night, deleted scenes, and a feature on the writer of the original book.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great looking film misses the mark

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      Tikiman
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      I'm not entirely sure if it's Affleck's direction or screenwriting that didn't quite hit the mark on this film, or if Dennis Lehane's book was too sprawling to be condensed into a viable drama. While this movie looks great (production design, costumes, etc.) it lacks a kind of connectivity that an audience needs, even if the main character is a gangster. I love period crime dramas and enjoyed looking at this movie more than watching it. I would recommend this only for the visuals.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good movie

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      Texasmom
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      I like action movies. I was surprised that this movie bombed at the box office. I liked the plot, the actors, (Zoe Saldana, Ben Affleck, Sienna Miller, Elle Fanning). If you are into gangster movies, I think you would enjoy this movie.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great "Hollywood" cinema, preteen story-telling

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      bqaggie
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      The film has some great, grandiose visuals. There's certainly enough period-era eye candy to go around, but it fails miserably on a likable and interesting story. It's muddled, slow and uninspired. Affleck is actually a rather good director, from The Town & Argo, but here, he just falls flat.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      5 Star!!!

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      Harmsie
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      Ben Affleck, love him or hate him, gives an outstanding performance in Live By Night! The costume and scenery throughout only enhance the enjoyment of this film. Zoe Saldana is an outstanding & beautiful actress at her finest here. Drama. Romance, Gangster style movie is a must see!!

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