Whiplash [Includes Digital Copy] [UltraViolet] [DVD] [2014]

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (1234 out of 1252)

    Special Features


    • Commentary with Writer/Director Damien Chazelle and J.K. Simmons
    • An evening at the Toronto International Film Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons and Damien Chazelle

    Synopsis


    Whiplash
    A talented young jazz drummer experiences a trial by fire when he's recruited by a ferocious instructor, whose unyielding search for perfection could destroy both of them. Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) has been watching his father fail for most of his life. Determined to make a name for himself no matter what it takes, he enrolls in a prestigious East Coast music conservatory, and his talent quickly catches the attention of Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an esteemed music teacher notorious for his caustic approach in the classroom. The leader of the school's top jazz ensemble, Fletcher promptly transfers Neyman into his band, giving the ambitious young drummer a shot at true greatness. He may achieve it, too, if Fletcher's methods don't drive him to madness first. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Miles Teller
      Miles Teller - Andrew Neyman
    • J.K. Simmons
      J.K. Simmons - Terence Fletcher
    • Melissa Benoist
      Melissa Benoist - Nicole
    • Paul Reiser
      Paul Reiser - Jim
    • Austin Stowell
      Austin Stowell - Ryan



    Customer rating

    4.8
    99%
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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A powerful film that you'll never forget

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      Excellent
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      "Whiplash", an independent film shot in 19 days, was one of the genuine pleasures of 2014 in film, telling the story of a promising young jazz drummer named Andrew at a prestigious music conservatory in New York being driven to manic ambition by a sadistic conductor/instructor named Terrence Fletcher. But it's so much more than a Faustian morality drama in functioning as a metaphor for the choice of reaching for the highest fame and success or being happy with the simple joys of life. It stars J.K. Simmons who reminds me of the great George C. Scott in that his performance here as a sadistic college band instructor is almost as intense in displaying unleashed machismo as Scott did playing General Patton. At this writing, the 2015 Oscars haven't been given out yet, but Simmons couldn't lose the Oscar if he dropped his pants on Hollywood Boulevard. Writer/director Damien Chazelle drew from his own experiences in High School (hopefully exaggerated!) to make a film that virtually assaults the viewer as if he were a punching bag continuously being pummeled by an enraged boxer. After an almost unbearable nine-minute drumming climax, the viewer will probably stagger out into the street, then spend days getting over the experience. By pushing the envelope almost to the unendurable, Chazelle has carved a cinematic masterpiece.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      One of 2014's Best Films Presented Perfectly

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      MitchA20
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      Those who watch Whiplash anticipating an inspirational mentor/student story will be surprised at best, terrified at worst, for it is a film about the fraught line between "hard work" and "obsession" in pursuit of a dream. Supported by two fantastic performances in Teller and Simmons, the film's energy grows more manic and more tense over its runtime, only calming down when necessary for the film's simple-but-perfectly-told story, culminating in the most intense 20 minutes of just about any movie from the year. The video is crisp and beautiful, as is the audio (necessary for a movie so structured around music), and the collection of extras present on-disc is fascinating and enjoyable, most notably a commentary featuring J.K. Simmons, whose performance won him his first Oscar at this year's ceremony, a brief overlook of the history of jazz drumming, and the original short that inspired the film. Tense, exciting, and unrestrained, Whiplash is one of the best films of 2014, and its debut on Blu-ray does not disappoint.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Are You Kidding Me?

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      HomeTheaterGuy
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      This truly is a work of fiction and bad fiction at that! Having been a music teacher for 35 years, I can tell you that NO ONE that I have ever known teaches like this. The model portrayed by J. K. Simmons of the "autocratic" teacher-bully died ages ago. In fact, this guy would (and should) have been arrested for the tactics he pulled. I was so disturbed by it all that I had to keep reminding myself that it was just a movie. How this piece of shlock garnered such high ratings is a mystery to me. OK, I'll grant you that the acting is very good and the sound track certainly acceptable, but the basic premise of the movie is just nuts. What this movie might serve to demonstrate is how NOT to teach anybody anything especially the ennobling art of music! In fact, If I were a young music student and saw this movie, I would be packing my bags for a different career or, at least, a different teacher / mentor.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Examination of over-the-top Psychological Abuse

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      JohnInSF
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      I found plenty to enjoy in the depictions of how music is made. We are reminded that good Jazz is NOT always simply the result of talented players interacting in a jam session, but rather a carefully coordinated and crafted collaboration. The core of the film's story shows the effects of a music college's teacher imposing emotional and psychological abuse on his students and one percussion student in particular. The viewer is invited to decide if this teacher is blind to his inhumane treatment of his students or is simply a sadist. While that central story is being told, one may find that the high quality of the music resulting from his methods poses a difficult question: is the pursuit of perfection in one's art worth driving others or being driven so very hard? For some fascinating interviews with top-notch drummers, don't miss the bonus material (at least what I found on the Bluray edition).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      My Choice for Best Picture this year!

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      cwjaws
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      Whiplash is a pulsing, driving, rushing not dragging film about mans drive for greatness and the depths to which you must go to achieve it. This film made me sit in the theater with my pulse racing for 10 minutes after the film ended. The story is about a young musician under the baton of a brutal music director. This isn't a story about Jazz music even though it's the driving force that hooks you in and drags you thrashing to its conclusion. No this movie is about greatness! It asks every single person in the audience what are you will to risk to be great? Is it worth the risk? Can you go too far? Doesn't matter whether you're a musician, teacher, athlete, doctor, plumber or electrician. To be "great" in life takes hard work and only if you are willing to sacrifice will you reach your goal. It's an exhilarating, exhausting ride in all the best ways!

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      shining comlexity

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      JOHNNYANGEL2010
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      Whiplash is a beautifully complex movie that might admittedly scare some away considering both what appears to be a fairly trite, routine story of a student-teacher relationship and an examination of an unhealthy obsession and an unhealthy teaching tool. But the movie absolutely shines as a dark and wonderfully complex examination of the human condition, punctuated by two of the most outstanding performances of the year, including an Oscar-nominated effort from J.K. Simmons who deserves to walk away with the award. Sony's Blu-ray release of Whiplash is outstanding. High quality picture, amazing sound, and a nice compliment of extras make this one of the best of the young 2015 release schedule and practically a shoo-in for a spot on the end-of-year top ten list. Whiplash earns my highest recommendation.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Movie Favorite Adding to Collection

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      LiquidJel
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      I've seen the movie Whiplash a few times since it was released. I didn't see it at the theater, but waited to view it once it was on disc. JK Simmons puts on a phenomenal performance in this movie, and the movie also opened my eyes to Miles Teller. The story line is simple and easy to follow, but overall entertaining. I found myself struggling with the main character (Teller), and hating JK Simmons' character. I've found myself watching the movie over again, when it plays on one of the premium movie channels, and finally decided to purchase a copy when Best Buy had it for a great price for the steel book version...

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Excellent movie

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      Nthenic
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      image This was a really good movie. This was a story that showed what some people would do just to get "there". Whether it's severing friendships, sacrificing your body and sleep through strenuous practice or losing your dignity through embarrassment, some will do anything to get where they want to be and to be noticed by the right people for their own progression. This was a movie about a young boy desiring to become a recognized drummer at almost any cost. Miles Teller does an excellent job and J.K. Simmons as well being an absolute jerk! The music in this is not only enjoyable but electrifying and I recommend not only this movie but the soundtrack as well. The language in this is really rough but definitely worth the watch for not just music lovers but for general audiences too.

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