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DVD Review: Brokeback Mountain

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The movie that shook up Hollywood is now out on DVD. Brokeback Mountain tells the story of two cowboys caught up in a secret bond. Even though time and distance keep them apart, they always share the memories of their time spent escaping to Brokeback Mountain to see each other over the years – until the tragic death of one of the cowboys separates the pair forever.

If you haven’t seen the movie, I suggest you hurry to the store and get a copy. This is one of those movies people will be talking about for years to come. Not only because of the controversial subject matter but also for its superb filmmaking. Ang Lee and his team did a wonderful job bringing Annie Proulx’s short story to life on the silver screen. This is the kind of movie that film students will study frame by frame, taking notes on the pacing.

The DVD offers the award-winning movie and a ton of special features and documentaries. The “Making Of Brokeback Mountain” looks at the sets and the cast and crew during filming. We are also given the Logo channel special, “On Being A Cowboy.” This documentary gets up close with stars Heath Ledger and Jake Gyllenhall as they discuss their prep work for the film. The DVD then goes on to show “Directing From The Heart,” which is an upclose look at Ang Leeand and his process for directing this film. In “From Script to Screen,” we are given interviews of Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana who where the main writers of the film. They discuss their process for taking a ten-page story and making it a feature length film.

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  • Nik

    A “ton” of special features? I love the movie, but the features on this edition are pretty minimal compared to what they could have had, no commentary, deleted scenes, etc… This is a case where pretty clearly a “special edition” of some kind will be on the way within a year.

  • I agree, and that’s basically what I said in my just-posted review, especially about the deleted scenes.

    Other than that I think greasy did a pretty good job.

  • mona

    This has to be one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It is truely a story that has to be told.And is long over due.