Alexander Payne's Sideways arrives on DVD with a commentary track recorded by lead actors Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church that goes a long way toward revealing why the film works so well. The two have a genuine rapport with each other. While their comments do not add to anyone's understanding of the film, it is a light and breezy conversation full of self-effacing jibes and warm laughs. The film itself is presented in a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. Deleted scenes, a making-of-featurette, and the film's theatrical trailer round out his solid release from 20th Century Fox.
Full-length audio commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
This is a wonderful film about two guys heading off to the Napa Valley for wine and golf as a bachelor trip before a wedding the coming weekend. But this isn't Bachelor Party or The Hangover. This is a masterful film that manages to find humor while exploring some dark undertones in the relationship of its characters - especially the loneliness and lack of confidence in it's primary character. Wonderful acting performances by all the leads. If you appreciate good film, you need to see this movie if you haven't already.
Good off beat buddy road comedy movie. Alexander Payne writing and directing. Which entails quirky characters and some risky situations. Paul Giamatti(American Spendor type role) and Thomas Haden Church(wings) plays the complete quirky weird bad boy.
In 2004 a little road trip dramedy called Sideways created a surge in popularity for California Wine Country and gained an Oscar for best adapted screenplay. The acting across the board is tremendous and the dialogue is truly memorable and quotable. If you have not seen Sideways in HD you are in for a treat because it looks fantastic with lots of pop and saturated color bring all the vineyards to your living room. Plus the lossless soundtrack brings you closer to the music and dialogue so you can hear every zinger of a line delivered by either Miles, Jack, Maya, Stephanie, or anyone from this classic ensemble. Sideways, now, 14 years old, has definitely cemented itself as one of the finest road trip comedy dramas of all time. It has laughs, beautiful locations and music, and plenty of heart.
Truly one of my favorite films, which also turned me onto the wine scene. If you like buddy movies or smart drams infused with real l life humor, then this is your ticket to an astounding 2 hours. Amazing performances in a terrifically written and directed road movie.
Paul Giammati and Thomas Haden Church set out on a weekend trip from LA to Sonoma's wine country. Unfortunately for them, but fortunately for the audience, their wine tasting adventure goes "sideways" in a series of hilarious misadventures. Paul G. at his very nebbishly best is ably supported in this light fare by Church, Virginia Madsen, and Sandra Oh.
Excellent story punctuated by outstanding writing, acting, production values, and character development. Though the main focus is on (multiple) relationships, their dynamic portrayal, as well as frequent comic relief, allows the movie to progress seamlessly from scene to scene.