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Sideways [WS] [DVD] [2004]

  • SKU: 7069842
  • Release Date: 04/05/2005
  • Rating: R
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.

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (49 out of 50)

    Special Features

    • Full-length audio commentary by Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church
    • Seven deleted scenes
    • Behind-the-scenes featurette
    • Theatrical trailer
    • Closed Captioned


    Directed by Alexander Payne, Sideways follows Miles (Paul Giamatti), who is distressed about his lack of success as a novelist, and Jack (Thomas Haden Church), an equally unsuccessful actor with a rapidly approaching wedding. In a last-ditch effort to sow their wild oats, Jack and Miles take off on a final road trip to California's wine country the week prior to Jack's wedding. Both men have goals for the vacation -- Miles wants to turn Jack on to the art of wine tasting, while Jack is concerned with exploiting his last days as a bachelor -- but when the two men come across two fascinating women (Virginia Madsen and Sandra Oh), the duo is forced to examine their morality, and if maturity isn't such a depressing prospect -- at least, for one of them. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Paul Giamatti
      Paul Giamatti - Miles Raymond
    • Thomas Haden Church
      Thomas Haden Church - Jack Lapate
    • Virginia Madsen
      Virginia Madsen - Maya
    • Sandra Oh
      Sandra Oh - Stephanie
    • Marylouise Burke
      Marylouise Burke - Miles' Mother

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 50 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jack + Miles + Wine = Classic

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      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.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the prize jewels of my video collection!


      Sideways manages to be simultaneously the best buddy AND romantic movie I have ever viewed, and I have viewed it many times. Paul Giamatti and Thomas Haden Church have pitch-perfect chemistry as said buddies Miles and Jack, who are old roommates from college traveling from LA up to Wine Country to celebrate before Jack gets married. Sandra Oh and Virginia Madsen come into the story as Stephanie and Maya and thus starts the romance, or premarital lust in the case of Jack and Steph. Miles and Maya are already acquainted from Miles' lone trips up to the wineries but begin to explore something deeper and more satisfying. All in all, Sideways is a fantastic and original movie that is well worth owning. Buy it now!

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    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      drama buddy movie

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      Slower paced drama. Paul Giamatti is going to take his college buddy on a California wine country taste and restaurant travel trip before his buddy Thomas Haden Church gets married. Giamatti is still depressed after his divorce from his former wife. Interested but if you like your movies with more pace. probably not for you. Interesting different locations you would not normally see in a movie.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      best movie ever made


      this is by far, one of if not thee best movie ive ever seen. everything about it, from the writing, to the amazing soundtrack to the acting is superb! if you have yet to check out this movie, you need to do so. especially if you love wine (or if you are even into wine a little bit) you will love this movie. its hilarious while at the same time heart breaking. it will be hard for a movie to surpass this one on all the level it hits. watch this film!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Pretty sad for entertainment


      Slowest moving movie I've seen in a long time. Couldn't keep with it. The whole plot was disgusting. Believe it or not, there are more things to life than having you know "what" (this would not even allow me to put the 3-letter word in here, but I'm sure you know). I had heard it was boring and that's the truth. The only reason we got it was because we were out in Solvang and wanted to check it it will be in the trash can.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Sideways is one of the best comedies of all time!

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      This film has some of the best acting in a comedy. The whole cast is great and the plot is superb! Having this film on Blu-ray makes it even better even though it's not the best transfer. But despite that, this film deserved its Golden Globe for best picture in a comedy and Alexander Payne's directing is excellent. I highly recommend this film and the Blu-ray is a bargain!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love this movie!!!


      I have seen this movie a dozen times and it never gets old. If you have not seen it yet, you have to check it out. Paul Giamatti is the main character and you don't know if you should laugh at him or cry. Thomas Haden Church plays his long time friend that is getting married and I think everyone has had a friend like him at some point....they are as different as night and day!!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wine, Relationships, and Life. Sideways Delivers

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      Sideways focuses on a man named Miles who is a middle school teacher, a failed author, is in a mid-life crisis. He goes with his best friend to Wine Country for a week to celebrate his friend's marriage as a week-long bachelor party. It's a well written movie and Paul Giamatti delivers a fantastic performance as the depressing Miles.

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