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Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, Ntsc
Languages: English (Original Language), English (Subtitled), French (Subtitled), Spanish (Subtitled), French (Dubbed)
Rating: R (Restricted)
Running Time: 134 minutes
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
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Dimensions (in): 7.1 x 5.4 x 0.6
Release Date: April 4, 2006
Theatrical Release Date: December 16, 2005
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A sad, melancholy ache pervades Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee's haunting, moving film that, like his other movies, explores societal constraints and the passions that lurk underneath. This time, however, instead of taking on ancient China, 19th-century England, or '70s suburbia, Lee uses the tableau of the American West in the early '60s to show how two lovers are bound by their expected roles, how they rebel against them, and the repercussions for each of doing so--but the romance here is between two men. Ennis Del Mar (Heath Ledger) and Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal) are two itinerant ranchers looking for work in Wyoming when they meet and embark on a summer sheepherding job in the shadow of titular Brokeback Mountain. The taciturn Ennis, uncommunicative in the extreme, finds himself opening up around the gregarious Jack, and the two form a bond that surprisingly catches fire one cold night out in the wilderness. Separating at the end of the summer, each goes on to marry and have children, but a reunion years later proves that, if anything, their passion for each other has grown significantly. And while Jack harbors dreams of a life together, the tight-lipped Ennis is unable to bring himself to even consider something so revolutionary.
Its open, unforced depiction of love between two men made Brokeback an instant cultural touchstone, for both good and bad, as it was tagged derisively as the "gay cowboy movie," but also heralded as a breakthrough for mainstream cinema. Amidst all the hoopla of various agendas, though, was a quiet, heartbreaking love story that was both of its time and universal--it was the quintessential tale of star-crossed lovers, but grounded in an ever-changing America that promised both hope and despair. Adapted by Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana from Annie Proulx's short story, the movie echoes the sparse bleakness of McMurtry's The Last Picture Show with its fading of the once-glorious West; but with Lee at the helm, it also resembles The Ice Storm, as it showed the ripple effects of a singular event over a number of people. As always, Lee's work with actors is unparalleled, as he elicits graceful, nuanced performances from Michelle Williams and Anne Hathaway as the wives affected overtly and subliminally by their husbands' affair, and Gyllenhaal brings surprising dimensions to a character that could have easily just been a puppy dog of a boy. It's Ledger, however, who's the breakthrough in the film, and his portrait of an emotionally repressed man both undone and liberated by his feelings is mesmerizing and devastating. Spare in style but rich with emotion, Brokeback Mountain earns its place as a classic modern love story. --Mark Englehart
Brokeback Mountain is a sweeping epic that explores the lives of two young men, a ranch hand and a rodeo cowboy, who meet in the summer of 1963 and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection. The complications, joys and heartbreak they experience provide a testament to the endurance and power of love. Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhaal deliver emotionally charged, remarkably moving performances in "a movie that is destined to become one of the great classics of our time" (Clay Smith, The Insider).
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BBM Fullscreen Edition (vs. Widescreen) June 27, 2006
2 out of 2 found this review helpful
I always thought that "fullscreen" was like you see on TV, where they would take the widescreen movie and cut off the right and left sides. But that's not the case, at least with this movie. I never knew there were fuller shots than what you see at the movie theater. In the fullscreen version, you may get left and right sides cut off, but you get more on the top and bottom. More than what you saw at the theater. This fullscreen version is really nice for some of the more intimate segments in this movie, where the sweeping vistas aren't the main thing of interest. Highly recommend that you have both versions, if you're a Brokeaholic.
BM was beautiful June 26, 2006
11 out of 13 found this review helpful
I bought a new compaq 2630 for viewing movies...BM was perfect for this project. Wide screen worked very well. No drop outs, full sound and excellent color..
JS in Dallas
This Headline Eschews Tawdry Innuendo June 23, 2006
25 out of 28 found this review helpful
Brokeback Mountain has certainly given rise to a wave of homophobic jokes, reflecting a national nervousness about the subject, especially when applied to that most archetypically male American activity, cowboy life. Ironically, there should be no surprise whatever that male-dominated societal enclaves like the military, the priesthood, and the State Department are rife with homosexuality, no matter how secretive or repressed. But this is not even the point of Brokeback Mountain, which is not a "gay cowboy movie" any more than Jaws is a fishing movie.
Brokeback Mountain is a love story, specifically a story of forbidden love, and the horrifying emotional toll such a situation takes. As with Legends Of The Fall, the real hero is Wyoming, Ang Lee has given us a loving, idyllic vision of the American West that seems to glow with purity and splendor. (Let's protect it!) Texas does not get off quite so easily, few people know better than writer Larry McMurty how god-awful flat, dry, and just plain miserable it is. As to Annie Proulx, (just can't bear to add that affected E. in front of her name), whose story provided the foundation for the film, what can one say except that - wherever you find humanity's saddest qualities, darkest despair, and most senselessly cruel and violent tendencies, there you will find Ms. Proulx! That's the spirit, Annie!
Ledger's performance is haunting; his hurt seems to rise off him like steam. Gyllenhaal, a terrific actor with a name that's hard to spell, is also outstanding, although his western twang does seem suspect at times. Great supporting work by the wives. Michelle Williams, as Alma Del Mar, is every bit as injured and silent as her husband, trapped and very sympathetic. Anne Hathaway, as the Texas heavy equipment Princess, is perfection; there is a toughness to her that's very believable.
The hype surrounding Brokeback Mountain was unfortunate, but inevitable. Viewers who are able to put their homophobia in park for a couple of hours will discover a masterfully crafted film about two individual human beings attempting to find love in a world exquisitely designed to deny them access to it. No matter what part of town you're from, that's always a heartbreaker.
FANTASTIC movie June 21, 2006
27 out of 29 found this review helpful
Forget all that you've heard about this movie as the "gay cowboy" film...if you have a problem with that (in which case, there are other issues at play with you that I won't go into), never fear. The only strikingly "gay" scenes in the movie are done with early on and they are done with sensitivity and grace.
Rather, you should think of this film as a simple, if heartbreaking story, of unrealized love. Featuring absolutely stunning cinematic scenery and incredibly subtle performances by the cast, this is a love story for the ages. Among the best movies of the last decade - it is impossible to watch this movie and not be moved by the sheer grief and passion simmering beneath the two rough-hewed main characters.
Light-years beyond the hype June 21, 2006
19 out of 21 found this review helpful
I went into this movie thinking that I would hate it, from all of the pop-culture movie critics, but as a movie goes, Brokeback Mountain is wholly englightening. Ang Lee's masterful craftmenship of the movie engage the viewers so much in the story that people are not aware that it was only from a short story. Overall, Brokeback Mountain proved to be a deep, and emotional movie that hollywood needs but lacks.