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Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 40 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Picking Cotton

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Having essentially retired from active moviemaking, famed director Francis Coppola has taken to tinkering with some of his movie canon. He recently gave us a "Final Cut" to "Apocalypse Now" (that was actually a trimming of "Redux," which in itself was a director's cut of his theatrical release) and now he gives us an "Encore" to "The Cotton Club," an ambitious period musical drama about the famed Harlem nightclub in the 1930s, which stars Richard Gere in one of his best performances as a white jazz musician involved in an interracial relationship. There's a great supporting cast around him (Diane Lane, Nicolas Cage, Lonette McKee, and the great Gregory Hines) and the production quality (cinematography, set design, costumes, sound) is lavish. This new disc is actually a director's cut remastering of the theatrical release, which Coppola was long rumored to have been unhappy with. Some musical numbers have been extended, and character relationships explored with more detail. This new disc doesn't give us all the other versions of the film that the new Apocalypse blu ray package did, which is a shame. I suppose we'll have to wait for the "Second Encore" for that, when and if there is one.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic new presentation

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Disclaimer: this review will contain a few spoilers that are necessary to convince you it's worth the purchase. Been awhile since I've seen this film; but, I've watched it so many times in the past, it was easy to see where new footage was added and what was taken out. This film is a must-own simply for the extended/alternate scenes with the late, great Gregory Hines AND his real-life estranged brother Maurice alone!!! But, when you add in additional performances of Lonette McKee and a surprise appearance by Jackee (227), it truly heightens up the appeal of purchase. The restoration truly gives this film a new look: colors are exquisitely vivid, blacks truly pop (lots of fine lines in the suits/tuxes), and facial details aplenty (I've noticed quite a bit of dimples, beauty marks, etc. that I don't remember seeing before). Definitely recommended!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    At last the revisioned classic is available!

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    Owned for less than 1 week when reviewed.

    So glad that this classic period piece is available for purchase. F.F.C. brings us his original vision of his attempt at a Gangster/Musical. I remember owning the theatrical version on vhs tape. This bluray stands head and shoulders above that studio hack job. Amazing performances by the late Gregory Hines and Fred Gywnne. Lonnette McKee gives a star-making turn that was lost in all the controversy surrounding the pictures production. The high definition picture and sound looks amazing on my 4k and 7.2 surround setup. Extras include the director along with Maurice Hines, ( Gregory's brother) and James Remar discussing the making of the film. A must have collectable.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    This Version is incredible

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    I had the Cotton Club on DVD but The Cotton Club Encore is the finest version of the film ever. Coppola has been able to expand the film with 40 minutes that add so much to the enjoyment of the movie. The Cotton Club Encore is breathtaking on Blu Ray but also the whole film is a more fleshed out edition of now a great film that is on several levels. Its a gangster film, a jazz extravaganza and a star filled period piece of the 1920 1930s as well as a story of the Real Cotton Club. There are also an introduction by Coppola and a question and answer talk about the film. The Cotton Club Encore is now a wonderful film to enjoy over and over again for its many levels

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Cotton Club: Encore

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    Jazz, race relations, and bootleggers burn up the screen in Francis Ford Coppola's newly restored and greatly improved The Cotton Club Encore. With restored plot lines and important character moments, a beautiful mess of a film finds its soul. Lionsgate delivers The Cotton Club Encore to Blu-ray in a two-disc Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD set. The A/V presentation is beautiful material highlighting the beautiful visual styling. Bonus features are sadly on the light side. If you only remember the original 1984 cut, it's time to give The Cotton Club Encore a chance to impress you. Highly Recommended.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    The original theatrical version of The Cotton Club was a mess, but it was never a boring mess... But Encore is simply a better film, transforming a collection of moments into a strikingly concise whole.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Finally, a Blu-Ray release...

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    While the Cotton Club may have it's detractors, to me it was a great film. The casting was excellent and the story was good, about crime in the 30s with "Dutch" Schulz trying to get rid of his romantic rival Dixie Dwyer. The story revolves around the Cotton Club, a night club which featured black entertainers. While it is good that the film was released on Blu-Ray, the transfer leaves a bit to be desired. Individual scenes are sharp and clear but scenes at night and in the Cotton Club are soft in comparison.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A look back in time!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    The Cotton Club Encore, is a look back in time to what life in the 20’s and 30’s was like. This movie is somewhat historical, in the way it depicts some of the known characters of this era. This was a time when entertainment was staged not so much on a large stage, but in a relativity small room, close to the performers, something which is rarely done today. The Tap Dancing scenes, featuring Gregory and Maurice Hines were especially outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    An amazing film

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    An amazing film. Cool, jazzy, and featuring wall to wall talent. This encore edition. Expands on the original theatrical release in all the best ways. Screened this film for a group of my movie nerd friends and everyone loved it. I'd give the film 8/10.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome

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    Owned for 1 year when reviewed.

    This was my favorite movie growing up but it was butchered by the production company. Francis jumped to the rescue with his true vision and to be honest it awesome love the flow so much more.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Gangster dancing and romance

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    Owned for 2 weeks when reviewed.

    Great movie! Done 84 there are a lot up comers that where not well known. To name one Larry fishburne,yes before the name change. There are so many more. Set around the cotton club and gangster's the music is jazz and Gregory Hines tap dancing the whole way thru. Loved it!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A great looking Blu Ray

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    Owned for 2 months when reviewed.

    Finally. The Cotton Club the way it was meant to be seen. This recent re-edit by Francis Ford Coppola was well worth the blind buy and the Blu Ray also looks and sounds great. The Cotton Club is now the realized film that we never saw in the 1980's.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    A gem!!

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    An entertaining but so-so film from the great Francis Coppola gets a fantastic revision. It’s longer and feels shorter. The pacing is better, the music numbers are slightly changed or played through as show-worthy. I recommend.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    1920's New York City

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    This is a time piece movie set in 1920's N.Y.C.,Harlem around the Cotton Club. It emulates the racism of the time and displays the organised crime figures of the day.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Movie

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    Owned for 3 weeks when reviewed.

    A true restoration, it has previously excised or truncated material which wisely re-balances the film more toward the Cotton Club performers, and less the tired gangster element.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Overall, this is a pretty good movie, that’s . . .

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Overall, this is a pretty good movie, that’s worth the price as well as your time to buy, etc. you most likely will not be disappointed with this one!! … ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Better with age

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    Owned for 1 month when reviewed.

    This movie has grown better with age. The music and performances are top notch - especially the Hines Brithers and Fred Gwynn

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome restoration!

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    I've always been a fan of this underappreciated Francis Ford Coppola movie. It's great to see it finally restored to his original vision!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Movie

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    Owned for 5 months when reviewed.

    This is a great classic movie of all the actors in it we’re great watch it over and over again

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great picture

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    Owned for 1 week when reviewed.

    Cotton Club lets you experience what it was like in the late 20's and 30's. This edition has very good picture quality.

    I would recommend this to a friend