American Beauty (Limited Edition Packaging, Awards Edition, Widescreen)

Starring: Kevin Spacey & Annette Bening Director: Sam Mendes  Rated: R: Restricted
American Beauty (Limited Edition Packaging,
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DVD Features:

  • 3+ hours of Bonus Features
  • American Beauty: Look Closer": a fascinating Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
  • Audio Commentary
  • Storyboards
  • Cast & Crew Biographies
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Production Notes and more!
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 2 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1999
  • Label: Dreamworks Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Single Side - Dual Layer
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • DTS Surround 5.1 - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Film-to-Script Comparison
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Sam Mendes - Director, Alan Ball - Writer
      2. Sam Mendes - Director, Conrad L. Hall - Cinematographer
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Production Notes
    • Biographies: Cast & Crew
    • Storyboards
  • DVD-ROM Features:
    • Chat Links

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Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"I rule!"
  - Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey)

Major Awards:

Academy Awards 1999 - Best Actor: Kevin Spacey
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Cinematography: Conrad L. Hall
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Director: Sam Mendes
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Original Screenplay: Alan Ball
Academy Awards 1999 - Best Picture

Entertainment Reviews:

Variety -
"...Consistently provocative and devilishly amusing....AMERICAN BEAUTY is a real American original..."
Rolling Stone - 01/20/2000
Ranked #1 in Rolling Stone's "Ten Best Movies of 1999" -- "...[A] justly celebrated look at what gets lost in life when we numb ourselves to feeling..."
Premiere - 06/01/2000
"...Sees beauty in our most common mistakes and failures. This is a masterpiece..." -- 5 out of 5 stars
Box Office - 11/01/1999
"...AMERICAN BEAUTY is that rare instance where all the elements of a movie -- story, setting, acting, shot construction -- come together to convey its message..."
USA Today - 09/15/1999
"...Spacey gives sardonic snap to every line he delivers....The movie is a beaut. It's as feeling as it is funny, a quality recent movies seemed to have lost..."
Los Angeles Times - 09/15/1999
"...Unsettling, unnerving, undefinable....BEAUTY is a blood-chilling dark comedy with unexpected moments of both fury and warmth, a strange, brooding and very accomplished film that sets us back on our heels from its opening frames..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 09/24/1999
"...Spacey, an actor who embodies intelligence in his eyes and voice, is the right choice for Lester Burnham..."

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...Look closer at the most talked about film of the year. Intelligent, provocative and wickedly funny, American Beauty has struck a chord with audiences around the world and become a defining achievement in cinematic history.

...Look closer at the most honored film of the year. Winner of 5 Academy Awards, American Beauty appeared on over 275 Top 10 lists and was named Best Picture of the Year by over 65 critics. In an extraordinary directorial debut, Sam Mendes (Directors Guild of America Award) teamed with screenwriter Alan Ball (Writers Guild of America Award) to capture unparalleled praise among critics and audiences alike.

...Look closer at the most acclaimed cast of the year led by brilliant performances from Kevin Spacey and Annette Bening as the indelible Lester and Carolyn Burnham, a seemingly ordinary couple in an anonymous suburban neighborhood whose marriage - and lives - are slowly unraveling. From beginning to startling end, American Beauty has been deemed a "flat-out masterpiece" (Rod Dreher, New York Post) that will entertain and challenge audiences to...look closer for years to come.

Product Description:

AMERICAN BEAUTY tells the story of Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey), a suburban father who snaps when he becomes disgusted with his stale, repetitive existence. Burnham lets us know in voice-over from the film's opening that this is the day he dies (using the SUNSET BOULEVARD flashback approach), a technique that adds an inevitable tension to the proceedings and keeps the story moving forward at all times. On a whim, Lester quits his job and begins a regression into young adulthood, lifting weights, smoking pot, doing nothing, and discovering the overflowing sexuality of his 16-year-old daughter's best friend, Angela (Mena Suvari). His wife, Carolyn (Annette Bening), has her own midlife crisis of sorts. A real estate agent, she experiences a youthful awakening when super-agent Buddy Kane (Peter Gallagher) seduces her repeatedly. Meanwhile, Jane (Thora Birch), the Burnhams' daughter, is pursued by Ricky (Wes Bentley), the mysterious boy next door who carries a video camera around with him at all times. When Ricky's militaristic father, Colonel Fitts (Chris Cooper), discovers something potentially horrifying on one of his tapes, and when Carolyn's rage for Lester's actions boils over, the time bomb finally explodes.

Plot Synopsis:

Lester Burnham (Kevin Spacey) is a gainfully employed suburban husband and father. Fed up with his boring, stagnant existence, he quits his job and decides to reinvent himself as a pot-smoking, responsibility-shirking teenager. What follows is at once cynical, hysterical, and, eventually, tragically uplifting. A flawless cast (Spacey, Bening, Birch, Suvari, Bentley, and especially Cooper) combines to deliver one of the decade's strongest ensemble performances in this multiple-Oscar-winning film. Director Sam Mendes, already a wunderkind in the world of British theater, proves that his talent isn't limited to the stage in his feature-length debut.


Production Notes:

  • AMERICAN BEAUTY composer Thomas Newman won a Grammy for Best Score Soundtrack Album for a Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media.

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  • Sales Rank: 70,551
  • UPC: 667068538229
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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