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The Artist [Blu-ray]

Release Date: 
06/26/2012
Rated: 
MPAA: PG-13
Star Rating: 
5 out of 10

Do not adjust your volume. Unless you like cranking ol’ timey music.


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The Pitch: As Hollywood transitions from silent movies to ones that have talking a famous actor’s career crumbles (Jean Dujardin) while an aspiring actress becomes the new sensation (Bérénice Bejo). Oh, and they like each other.


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What It Really Is: An experimental movie that’s been hyped beyond belief. The actors are good, the story is easy to follow and the gimmick is clever, but we’d sooner pick Cowboys & Aliens as best picture of last year. Why? Because it had cowboys AND aliens. That’s like squishing two perfect genres together with mixed results. Jeez. What part don’t you get?


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The Dog Steals The Movie: Remove the scene-stealing Jack Russell Terrier (Uggie) and the few cheery tap dance numbers and this would be the most boring movie ever made. Aspiring filmmakers take note: If you want to win all the Academy Awards just get a well trained dog and teach your actors a tap dance number. Then make room on the mantle for stupid statues. THE END!


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Maxim.com Ready-Made Press Blurb: “It’ll leave you speechless!” --Maxim.com


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Does Blu-ray Make a Difference? HA. It’s shot in black and white, purposefully aged and there’s no talking. This is the anti-home theater movie.


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Special Features: “The Artist: The Making of an American Romance,” Q&A with the Filmmakers and Cast, “Hollywood as a Character: The Locations of The Artist,” “The Artisans Behind The Artist,” blooper reel, UltraViolet digital copy of the movie.


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Who’s It For: Old people (no, older...older still...); people who like to talk during movies without disrupting anyone; latin teachers

Studio: Sony