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Rating: 3.5 / 5.0 (526 votes)

Released: 2013-08-27

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The Great Gatsby (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet Combo Pack) by Warner Home Video

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Movie Details

Director
Baz Luhrmann
Studio
Warner Home Video
Runtime
142
Rated
PG-13 (Parental Guidance)
Binding
Blu-ray


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Description

The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin Daisy and her philandering, blue-blooded husband Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.

Actors

  • Leonardo DiCaprio
  • Tobey Maguire
  • Carey Mulligan
  • Joel Edgerton
  • Isla Fisher

Format

  • Blu-ray
  • NTSC
  • 3D
  • Widescreen
  • Multiple Formats

Editorial Review

F. Scott Fitzgerald, meet Baz Luhrmann: One of the finest novels of American literature gets the lavish treatment we expect from the director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet. Were it not for those party scenes at the millionaire's mansion, The Great Gatsby would seem to be far down the list of possible projects for the hyper Luhrmann, but hey–that Gatsby fellow did know how to throw a shindig. And indeed, the party scenes brim with flappers and champagne and fireworks, all stuff that Luhrmann knows how to pump up to maximum volume. He's shrewdly arranged his movie around the golden-hued presence of Leonardo DiCaprio, who occupies his Jazz Age suits as though he'd waited to wear them all his life. Yet in some essential way, and despite what appears to be a sincere reverence for the book (in many ways the movie's extremely faithful to the plot), Luhrmann is completely off-key in his delivery of this sad-edged saga: The quick cutting, the glossy digital backdrops, the heavy emphasis on Fitzgerald's subtle imagery, all combine to throttle the material rather than animate it. Some of the people on screen fare nicely, as Joel Edgerton gets the brutishness of upper-class Tom Buchanan, Elizabeth Debicki is a sly Jordan Baker, and Tobey Maguire makes sense as the observant narrator Nick Carraway. As Gatsby's romantic ideal, the unattainable Daisy, Carey Mulligan appears misplaced, but one can hardly blame the actress for getting lost amidst the glitz. There's just one person to blame for this gaudy extravaganza, and it's not F. Scott Fitzgerald. –Robert Horton

More Details

Binding
Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio
1.77:1
Disks
3
Language
English

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