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The Master [DVD] [2012]

  • SKU: 7791077
  • Release Date: 02/26/2013
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    94% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (15 out of 16)

    Special Features


    • Back: Beyond
    • Outtakes
    • Additional Scenes
    • Music by Johnny Greenwood
    • Unguided Message
    • 8 Minute Short
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Teasers
    • Trailers

    Synopsis


    The Master
    Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master stars Joaquin Phoenix as a psychologically damaged war veteran who finds himself working for Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), a charismatic figure building his own religion. As the alcoholic, self-destructive former soldier becomes more deeply involved with the leader of this cult-like organization, his natural instincts keep him from embracing his new position as strongly as others in the group would hope. The Master screened at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Joaquin Phoenix
      Joaquin Phoenix - Freddie Quell
    • Philip Seymour Hoffman
      Philip Seymour Hoffman - Lancaster Dodd
    • Amy Adams
      Amy Adams - Peggy Dodd
    • Laura Dern
      Laura Dern - Helen Sullivan
    • Jesse Plemons
      Jesse Plemons - Val Dodd



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.6 out of 5 stars with 16 reviews

    94%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another P.T. Anderson Masterpiece

      Posted
      nightgoat72
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      P.T. Anderson once again proves that he is the best filmmaker working today, and maybe the best to ever live. This an absolute masterwork of cinema on every level. The performances, which have been rightly lauded, are stellar, particularly Joaquin Phoenix, who becomes so lost in the role that his entire physicality changes. The 65mm cinematography is beyond gorgeous, and really enhances the immaculately accurate period detail. And the film itself, as I said, is a masterwork; this an intense, emotional, darkly funny examination of the battle between man's id and ego (Phoenix's Quell being the former, Philip Seymour Hoffman's Dodd being the latter) that effortlessly careens from powerful, visceral exchanges of dialogue to inquisitive, carefully executed sequences of conflict and questioning to moments of almost outrageous humor - sometimes in the same scene. The Blu-ray itself is magnificent as well. The picture quality is perhaps the best I've ever seen; nothing else really displays the full capability of the Blu-ray format like 65mm or 70mm photography. The color and clarity of the images really bowled me over. It's also beautifully packaged with reversible artwork and a postcard, and has some interesting features including deleted scenes and, perhaps most interestingly, the John Huston-directed WWII documentary "Let There Be Light," which PTA has cited as a major influence on this film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another P.T. Anderson Masterpiece

      Posted
      nightgoat72
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      P.T. Anderson once again proves that he is the best filmmaker working today, and maybe the best to ever live. This an absolute masterwork of cinema on every level. The performances, which have been rightly lauded, are stellar, particularly Joaquin Phoenix, who becomes so lost in the role that his entire physicality changes. The 65mm cinematography is beyond gorgeous, and really enhances the immaculately accurate period detail. And the film itself, as I said, is a masterwork; this an intense, emotional, darkly funny examination of the battle between man's id and ego (Phoenix's Quell being the former, Philip Seymour Hoffman's Dodd being the latter) that effortlessly careens from powerful, visceral exchanges of dialogue to inquisitive, carefully executed sequences of conflict and questioning to moments of almost outrageous humor - sometimes in the same scene. The Blu-ray itself is magnificent as well. The picture quality is perhaps the best I've ever seen; nothing else really displays the full capability of the Blu-ray format like 65mm or 70mm photography. The color and clarity of the images really bowled me over. It's also beautifully packaged with reversible artwork and a postcard, and has some interesting features including deleted scenes and, perhaps most interestingly, the John Huston-directed WWII documentary "Let There Be Light," which PTA has cited as a major influence on this film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of the best pictures of the year.

      Posted
      Oubreezy11
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      Paul Thomas Anderson's, "The Master", is one of the best movies of the year. While it doesn't provide a clear cut answer at its conclusion, it leaves the viewer to answer moral questions of religion, self existence, and "what truly is real in our heads and what is make believe?" Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman give Oscar-worthy performances with their portrayal of this odd cult in the 1950's. While the movie does have mild religious undertones and similarities to Scientology ideology; the movie primarily focuses on the relationship between these two men, it does not divulge deeply into the implications of "The Cause". The true beauty of the film is found in interpretation. It isn't the normal Hollywood blockbuster, but a film that should be viewed as an art form and Anderson showing an overview to his ideas. The relationship shared between Phoenix and Hoffman is astounding and both men and extremely talented actors. Not to mention the 70mm conversion to blu-ray is absolutely stunning! There are multiple ocean scenes in the film and picture quality is unlike anything I've seen from the digital age. Why it wasn't nominated for Best Picture, yet had a nomination in all three major individual categories? Beyond me. Go see it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Master: a film to either chew on or spit out

      Posted
      dmm32552
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      Do not blind buy this film. It is not nearly as accessible as Anderson's last film, 2007's "There Will Be Blood" and it's ending is about as maddening to most as the conclusion to the Coen Brothers' "A Serious Man" #though much less ominous#. It's a film founded upon brilliant performances and exchanges between Phoenix and Hoffman. Phoenix has never better, but this type of acting is par for the course in Hoffman's world. You'll get right away that Phoenix plays a post-WWII drifter with some PTSD issues and a lot of regret. You'll similarly get that he wanders into the world of a religious cult led by Hoffman and quickly becomes his protege. You will see how the men feed off one another and how Phoenix struggles with his newfound lot in life. What is difficult is to prescribe meaning to anything that occurs in the last hour or so. What does it all mean? What does Anderson want to tell us? It is nothing that he is willing to hit us over the head with, which is why this film will take patience and repeat viewings to appreciate. Some will endure, most will not. The BD features an on-disc bonus featurette that is a vintage documentary shot by the great John Huston on the subject of WWII war vets with PTSD. Not to be missed!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      The Master has great acting performances

      Posted
      Se7en082
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      This movie is about a man trying to find himself. After the war, he is broken. He has no direction in life until he meets a person who has created his own little cult. This is the first time he feels like he belongs somewhere. He has a family, friends. Will he change? Can a man truly change what he is? Find out by watching The Master.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another trip into the mind of P.T. Anderson

      Posted
      TheManWhoLaughs
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      The Master is a complicated film. It's also quite polarizing, and many viewers will leave with more questions than answers. But I think Anderson wanted it this way, and I was fine with that. The film is philosophically-minded, so the ambiguities are purposeful and are meant to sink in long after you've finished the film.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Less is more

      Posted
      Buzz3333
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      You're really not supposed to understand what the characters conversations actually mean or why they do what they do, the best way to enjoy this beautiful film is to just know that some very unhinged, not so normal characters interact with one another and see what happens next.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Another fantastic PTA film

      Posted
      Anonymous
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      If you're a fan of Paul Thomas Anderson, then you're undoubtedly going to love this film. It may not be for everyone, though. PTA expands on his already amazing cinematography that we saw with There Will Be Blood and we get more amazing performances out of Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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