The Master

(DVD - 2013 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Master

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A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Title: The master
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Anchor Bay Entertainment, c2013.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (138 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Special features: Back beyond : outtakes, additional scenes; music by Jonny Greenwood -- "Unguided message" : 8 minute short, behind the scenes -- teasers/trailers.
Summary: A striking portrait of drifters and seekers in post-World War II America, Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master unfolds the journey of a naval veteran who arrives home from war unsettled and uncertain of his future, until he is tantalized by The Cause and its charismatic leader.
Audience: MPAA rating R for sexual content, graphic nudity and language.
ISBN: 6314936861
Statement of Responsibility: the Weinstein Company presents a Joanne Sellar/Ghoulardi Film Company/Annapurna Pictures production ; produced by Joanne Sellar ... [et al.] ; written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson
Credits: Director of photography, Mihai Malaimare, Jr. ; editors, Leslie Jones, Peter McNulty ; music, Jonny Greenwood.
Performers: Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Laura Dern.
System Details: DVD; Region 1; letterbox widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; Dolby Digital 5.1.
Other Language: English dialogue; optional Spanish subtitles; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing (SDH).
Subject Headings: Post-traumatic stress disorder Drama. Cults Drama. Drifters Drama. World War, 1939-1945 Veterans Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Fiction films.
Feature films.
Topical Term: Post-traumatic stress disorder
World War, 1939-1945
Publisher No: WC59717
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Jul 10, 2014
  • eusebius rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Paul Anderson's films are always a chore to watch. Superb camerawork and fine music often have to accompany a silly, trite story as they do here. Joaquin Phoenix has the face of an anguished rat, and his character is never interesting. Rotgut booze is not a fascinating plot device. Hoffman saves the film; his performance is sly, ingratiating and often moving. Amy Adams does well with her sketchy role.

May 15, 2014
  • Janedith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Great acting. OK story.

May 08, 2014
  • MLhightower rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

movie had no sound

Apr 14, 2014
  • mozifox rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

Ok, so I picked up this movie because of a WBEZ interview that was conducted last year before PSH passed away. The interview peeked my interest, so I put a hold on it. Well, let me just say, wow what a disappointment. The movie is awful. It is not interesting. In fact, I couldn't wait for it to be over. I kept waiting for some sort of great revelation, but it just never comes.

As for PSH, I have never been impressed. He is described as one of the best character actors ever. To me, he is lazy. He chooses roles where he can be lazy. Never confuse his dialogue in a movie with great acting. His performance in The Master is truly horrendous, despite what his cult-like fans may say.

April 7, 2014...Hmmm.....not sure what to say about this movie. I'm not even going to pretend that I understood it at all. Didn't hate it......great acting......wonderful scenery.......a bit shocking in parts, (only because I wasn't expecting some things, and they just kind of came out of nowhere!) I guess after reading the back cover, it does a pretty good job of summing it all up. Don't watch this if your looking for a feel good movie. That it is not!

it seems like the movie chickened out on the scientology connection--not wanting to make the link directly. it's like they had to make the connection more remote to keep from getting sued or cursed.This seems to have resulted in a certain esoteric vagueness that subtracts from the film's coherence; and functions in the film as it does in the unnamed cult that inspired the film -- giving the film an exotic, intriguing secretiveness which generates interest in the plot like any good mystery.But as a component of this plot, the ambiguity is just as much a sham here as it is in any cult. it would be better to just say what you mean. there's just a man behind the curtain. the cult of Hollywood Celebrity is like any other cult. movies made within the hollywood context are part of that airbrushed mystique whether they want to be or not. Making a film with the Scientology content overt would make a great film; it's very dramatic -- stranger than fiction so it would make a good drama -- and its Hollywood connection is very accessible and could also be etched in the image to clarify what this dang movie was supposedly about. it's probably not possible to make a film overtly about scientology because they have a pretty well-oiled lawsuit apparatus.

Mar 05, 2014
  • uzuner rated this: 1.5 stars out of 5.

Yes, well-acted but esoteric. Another enigmatic role for Philip Seymour Hoffman. He seemed to relish those like in "Synekdoche". Joaquin Phoenix is superbly disturbing. I try to avoid these pointless movies.

Feb 20, 2014
  • Poodles rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Beautifully shot, well acted, but slow and odd. Not for everyone.

Jan 15, 2014
  • lcrayton2477 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed the movie. Great acting by Phoenix and Hoffman, I love the way they played off each others weaknesse and strengths. I dont know much about scientology but the writer definitely created many similarities with The Cause doctrine and matched the looks of L. Ron Hubbard and his son with Hoffman and that Friday Night Lights actor who played his son. Maybe thats why the movie didnt make a profit because a space age, scientific power took offense ;-) . But riddle me this, what happened to Phoenix face? Was that makeup and lighting or real life drinking and partying? He's a great actor when he wants to be, I cant wait to see his fuller, happier face in "Her".

Jan 08, 2014
  • daveb99 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I have to agree with eliasmerkins and library499... the quality of these actors is well known, and they do good work here. The story is slow and boring. Don't bother, too bad.

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Apr 14, 2014
  • mozifox rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

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Jul 06, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Brief nudity and a couple of sexual situations.


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Jul 23, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
― Albert Einstein

May 18, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Lancaster Dodd: "Free winds and no tyranny for you... Freddie... sailor of the seas... You pay no rent... free to go where you please... Then go... go to that landless latitude, and good luck. For if you figure a way to live, without serving a master... *any* master... then let the rest of us know, will you? For you'd be the first person in the history of the world."

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