The Great Gatsby [Special Edition] [2 Discs] [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2013]

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Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (626 out of 667)

Special Features


  • The greatness of Gatsby
  • "Within and without" with Tobey Maguire
  • The swinging sounds of Gatsby
  • The jazz age
  • Razzle dazzle: the fashion of the '20s
  • Fitzgerald's visual poetry
  • Gatsby revealed
  • Deleted scenes
  • 1926 The Great Gatsby trailer

Synopsis


The Great Gatsby
An aspiring writer falls under the spell of an aloof millionaire with designs for the young scribe's unhappily married cousin in director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's celebrated novel. It's the spring of 1922, and wide-eyed Midwesterner Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) has just moved to New York City in pursuit of the American Dream. Settling into a home next door to wealthy Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Carraway grows increasingly fascinated by the elaborate parties held at his new neighbor's estate. Meanwhile, across the bay, Carraway's cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) flounders in her marriage to philandering aristocrat Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). Inspired by the debauchery on display at Gatsby's wild parties and the lives of the wealthy elite, Carraway begins putting pen to paper as it gradually becomes clear that his cousin and the millionaire share a complicated romantic past that remains unresolved. Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, and Elizabeth Debicki co-star. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Leonardo DiCaprio
    Leonardo DiCaprio - Jay Gatsby
  • Tobey Maguire
    Tobey Maguire - Nick Carraway
  • Carey Mulligan
    Carey Mulligan - Daisy Buchanan
  • Isla Fisher
    Isla Fisher - Myrtle Wilson
  • Joel Edgerton
    Joel Edgerton - Tom Buchanan



Overall customer rating

4.5
94%
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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Chilling depiction of the excess of the 20's

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    kenn
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    As a fan of the book as well as of DeCaprio's, this is undeniably the Gatsby adaptation I've been waiting for. First, the set: Much attention is paid to small but important details, such as the glowing green light at the dock and the faded oculist's sign. The splendor of Gatsby's mansion is recreated exquisitely, and the "valley of ashes" doesn't disappoint in its ghastly wasteland. Second, Luhrmann doesn't depart from the story too much, though I think there was a lot more discourse between Gatsby and Daisy than I remember reading in the book. He may have changed some of the dialogue, but he does stay unflinchingly true to the spirit of the book and its morals, which I think is vastly more important. Third, the casting was perfect, and probably the most telling detail about Luhrmann's good judgment in making this film- DeCaprio is the embodiment of Gatsby--the smile, the charm, the mannerisms are all what one reading the book would expect him to be like. Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway was also a great pick -- he has the 'outsider' qualities required for the role of the narrator. Debicki as Jordan Baker was also very well-cast; she had the aloof coolness and the slightly-bored gaze I pictured when I read the novel. Daisy, by far, was the most crucial casting in my opinion, because if played too obnoxiously and over-the-top, the whole story falls flat. However, Carey Mulligan makes her flighty and airy but also lets her show real emotion. In a way, though her character does horrible things in the movie, you can't help but feel that she isn't completely devoid of thought/emotion. And of course, her husband Tom, makes the antagonist as a macho-man whose emotions occasionally seep through to the surface. Honestly, with all the good things this movie had going for it, the anachronistic music surprisingly didn't bother me one bit. It was also clever how jazz motifs were mixed in with hip-hop and rap beats, somehow making the sound swirl into an unidentifiable, chaotic experience. Overall, this was a phenomenal adaptation and definitely a must for any Gatsby fan.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent film, and yes, supplementary to readers.

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    Chimuel
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    Though this is supposed to be a product rating and not a movie review, I wanted to comment on Matthew's review titled "Old Sport." as a separate review because commenting on his post would merit less views, and I don't like misconceptions. So yeah, rap probably wasn't the music Fitzgerald had in mind for Jay Gatsby's parties, but that doesn't mean that kids in school studying the novel this movie is based on won't find this movie helpful. In fact, it might be more helpful than any movie adaptation made before it, for this reason: it is largely contemporary. I think it sticks to the story quite well. It is only told differently - that is, it doesn't attempt to stiffly adhere to some notion of antiquity. It tells the story in a way people today, and probably especially those the adolescent age of students studying the book in school, will understand. Maybe jazz in the 20's evoked a feeling different from what it evokes now. And so the soundtrack used in the film expresses what the novel means (while still playing along with the Jazz Age theme, entertainingly) - lavish, badass partying, scandalous forbidden love, intense hope, for example - and isn't that what's important? I think watching this movie will enhance the understanding of anyone who reads the novel. Otherwise, whether you are studying the novel, reading it for pleasure, or not reading it at all, this is a great movie worth watching. Superb acting, gorgeous costumes for each body that appears, music that makes an impact, and brilliant retelling of a timeless story. Gorgeous.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Experiencing "The Great Gatsby" for the first time

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    MJW2185
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    I never got the chance to see The Great Gatsby while it was still in theaters, but as a fan of period pieces and actor Leonardo DiCaprio, I definitely wanted to check out the film once it came out on Blu-ray. I purchased the 3D combo pack from BestBuy.com and although I don't yet have a 3D TV, I was able to enjoy the film now in 2D and save the 3D viewing experience for later, once I have a new TV. The film itself is visually dazzling, and the eye candy alone is worth the purchase, but I found the plot to be a bit thing, especially for a story that is spread out over a long run time. I was able to watch the film in one sitting, but if not for the fact that I am a DiCaprio fan and for Baz Luhrman's unique visual, I am not sure that the film would have held my interest as intently. The picture quality of the Blu-ray is astonishing, and it's the kind of quality you'd show to Blu-ray skeptics who don't see what the big deal is compared to DVD. The sound quality was also very good and the film is full of surprising and interesting song choices. I haven't yet had a chance to watch the bonus features, but it appears, according to the case, that there are plenty of them to please fans of the film. All in all, The Great Gatsby is a good film that makes for a great viewing experience on Blu-ray!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Best Buy's Picture is Wrong

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    RebeccaB
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    Love this movie, so I ordered it with a bunch of other movies. I was looking at the photos as well as the descriptions and this one (like most of the others that I ordered) has a picture that shows a product containing Blu-Ray + DVD + UltraViolet, but when I received the item from Best Buy in the mail, this was only Blu-Ray. Others I ordered that showed Blu-Ray + DVD + UltraViolet in the photo (but omitted DVD in the description) came with all formats as shown in the picture. This item did not. It took Best Buy forever to get back to me when I contacted them. They pretended they were going to fix it and print a return slip in order to exchange it for the proper item, but several days later contacted me again and told me no, they couldn't do anything for me, that I should return it at a store and buy something different. Overall I am not so upset about the item as I am about how Best Buy handled the situation.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A Very Underrated Movie

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    omnichad
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    This is only the first Baz Luhrmann film I've seen. I'm surprised by all the negative or disinterested reviews this movie has had in the media. The slower pace is not an issue, and made it feel like a movie from the 50's, which brings us a little closer to the time period where the movie takes place. It also takes a little while to engross you in the era and get you into the 20's mindset. The movie is filled with a delicate balance between old and new. The result is that it makes the past feel like modern times for the viewer. Hearing the music, it's just incredible that it evokes the same mood and energy as the Jazz of the 20's. Even if you don't get anything else out of the movie, it's worth it to see the soundtrack in context. The story/plot/acting are good, but I just don't have nearly as much to say. And I don't want to take anything away from the review.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Don't believe the (anti) Hype! Great version!

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    Totally underrated, IMHO. Yes, the Redford/Farrow was a more serious, "scholarly" interpretation. This is a huge, gorgeous, Technicolor comic book rendering of the story that puts all writers to shame (since we know we can never top it)! Baz Luhrmann was born to bring Gatsby to life. He "gets out of the way" of the prose by not taking it (or himself) too seriously, and by doing so, the weight of the words speak for themselves. The "Rhapsody in Blue" sequence is nothing short of breathtaking. YES it's over the top -- exactly how Gatsby would have wanted it. Fitzgerald is smiling somewhere, I'm sure of it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    "The Great Gatsby.. Well he was.. uhh.. Great!"

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    JakeInLivnColor
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    Sorry, my Rodney Dangerfield is showing, but with this film, Gatsby was indeed, great. The performances were pretty good and the story pretty much followed the book, and Luhrmann always intrigues me as a filmmaker, but the choice to have Jay-Z do the music and filming this in 3D is extremely odd at best. Still, this film is really good with the DVD PQ and AQ decent, but the BluRay is where the movie truly shines. The extras are fairly plentiful if short, with some good making of featurettes, but Luhrmann should have provided a commentary, a lengthy making-of or at least a picture in picture track like WB's other films with Maximum Movie Mode. Still, the DVD and extras are decent enough for a price under $10.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    a solid adaptation

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    BadWobot
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    I enjoyed seeing the rich atmosphere cultivated by F. Scott Fitzgerald brought to life in such an animate way. I like all of the actors in this movie, but at times their performance could be a little indulgent and come across somewhat like a caricature. The music was an interesting choice. The film's score was beautiful, and while some of the songs written for the movie worked very well, many of them felt severely out of place. I thought it really detracted from establishing a sense of the period. It may have made the characters slightly more accessible to a contemporary audience, but I would have preferred the film's musical approach to be an incorporation of the music of the time into an orchestral score.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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