Inherent Vice

Inherent Vice

Blu-ray Disc - 2015
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Private eye Doc Sportello's ex-old lady shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin.
Publisher: Burbank, California :, Warner Home Video,, 2015.
Edition: Blu-ray
Copyright Date: ©2014
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (Blu Ray) (148 min.) :,sound, colour ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, video, surround, DHT-HD master audio 5.1, rda
1.85:1 widescreen, rda
Blu-ray, NTSC, rda
video file, Blu-ray, region A, rda

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expojim
Jul 01, 2020

Love the book. Love the movie. And love the soundtrack.
Doc carries on the torch of the morally conscious L.A. Private Eye that was previously held by Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer/Harper. Great to see PT Anderson's noble and entertaining attempt. Equals The Big Sleep in best adaptation of a shamus novel. Each scene deliveries (regardless of "seamless" plot) and tells a narrative of "longing" and "searching" of things and people. T

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Nursebob
Sep 02, 2019

Classic film noir gets a psychedelic make-over in Paul Thomas Anderson’s faithful adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s novel, a ridiculously serpentine, drug-tinged whodunnit set in Los Angeles, 1970. With a plot so convoluted it’s almost a satire unto itself, Anderson’s 2.5 hour comedy/drama epic certainly holds its ground alongside such Neo Noir mainstays as Altman’s "The Long Goodbye" and Penn’s "Night Moves", although it relies more on nostalgia triggers and flashes of dry humour than actual sense. Phoenix is perfect as he trips and tokes while trying to connect too many dots (think Sam Spade reincarnated as the Dude from "Big Lebowski" ) and Brolin puts his dad’s rugged good looks to the test as Phoenix's hard-fisted LAPD nemesis, an odd mixture of macho alpha and henpecked family man with a curious appetite for frozen chocolate-covered bananas. However, it’s the crackling dialogue, retro background tunes, and Oscar-nominated costume design (oh those 70s!) which manage to smooth out the film’s overstretched storyline making Anderson’s evocation of southern California’s palm-studded counterculture all the more believable. Owen Wilson co-stars as a stoned informant with Martin Short as a horny coke-snorting dentist, Reese Witherspoon as Sportello’s uptight D.A. girlfriend, and Benicio del Toro as his rumpled lawyer. Probably best viewed when one is not so…ahem…"straight".

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Shuken_1989
May 19, 2019

Movie was an absolute blast. Paul Thomas Anderson keeps the script and the feel of the movie fairly close to the original novel by Thomas Pynchon. The movie does a great job of capturing the books hectic and trippy feel. I was enthralled from start to finish. Joaquin Phoenix also does a great job of capturing the main character, Larry "Doc" Sportello's essence from the books. I would suggest watching the movie more than once, you catch a lot the second and third times around.

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D061145902
Apr 24, 2019

This movie is a terrible waste of time. Phoenix plays a guy who is gross beyond words. He looks like a character from Planet of the apes. The scene where Reese is kissing him made me vomit just a little. Pass on this one.

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MovieConisuer
Feb 22, 2019

The final scene with Josh Brolin is so weird, but so awesome. I love this movie. So many great lines. It reminded me of the big lebowski, but it was deeper and better overall.

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andreajesse
Sep 30, 2018

I found the story hard to follow mostly because of the rapid speech of the characters. People just don't talk that way and it often comes off muffled. I guess director Paul Thomas Anderson wanted to include all the clever dialogue and at 2.5 hours long, he just couldn't allow people to talk normally and let the movie get any longer. The narration helps some for those trying to follow the plot. That said, it is beautiful to look at with saturated color that helps capture the time (1970). Music by Neil Young is a real plus. Innumerable stars appear throughout the film in cameo roles (fun!). Joaquin Phoenix is brilliant, as always. If he and the others were able to speak at a normal rate, this could have been an excellent (if very long) film.

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BenjaminBraddock
Jul 13, 2018

Nauseatingly boring. No reason for it to be 2.5 hours long.

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Waluconis
Jan 12, 2017

This is a film which continues a literary arc, that of Thomas Pynchon's. It is kind of embarrassing when someone scores this film low because it does not fulfill Hollywood formulas. The film manages to flow in and capture a path that only Pynchon's spinning narratives can do. Sorry, his works just do not run by the clock. I never thought his novels could be portrayed in a film, but this film does that. And it is very break-up laughing funny. (If you do not find humor in it, maybe you better stay away) - but still the film earns FIVE stars. It also portrays an in-many-ways unique past era, that many want to push off the cultural table.

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sertaoprincess
Jan 05, 2017

great soundtrack. initially there was a lot of concern about how well the jumbo of the book could be transferred to the screen. the answer is: not well. it is a rather slow, meandering movie....probably because it is in the world of its main character, a slow learning self-claimed private investigator, who can't exist without being drugged up.

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samuelolee1
Nov 18, 2016

A great film by a great director. 5 stars.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2015

Nice collection of quotes from IMdB:
Sortilège: [narrating] Well Mornin' Sam, like a bad luck planet in today's horoscope, here's the old hippie-hating mad dog himself in the flesh: Lieutenant Detective Christian F. "Bigfoot" Bjornsen. SAG member, John Wayne walk, flat top of Flintstone proportions and that evil, little shit-twinkle in his eye that says Civil Rights Violations.
Sortilège: [Narrating] Inherent vice in a maritime insurance policy is anything that you can't avoid. Eggs break, chocolate melts, glass shatters, and Doc wondered what that meant when it applied to ex old ladies.

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2015

Doc Sportello: [in regards to Puck Beaverton] Is that a swastika on that man's face? Dr. Threeply: No, it isn't. That's an ancient Hindu symbol meaning "all is well". It brings good fortune, luck and well-being!
Sortilège: [Opening Lines] She came along the alley and up the back steps the way she always used to. Doc hadn't seen her for over a year. Nobody had. Back then it was always sandals, bottom half of a flower-print bikini, faded Country Joe & the Fish t-shirt. Tonight she was all in flatland gear, hair a lot shorter than he remembered, looking just like she swore she'd never look

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jimg2000
Jun 09, 2015

Sortilège: Back when she could go weeks without anything more complicated than a pout! Now she was laying some heavy combination of face ingredients on him that he couldn't read at all.
Sortilège: [Narrating] Was it possible that at every gathering, concert, peace rally, love-in, be-in, freak-in, here up north, back east, where ever, some dark crews had been busy all along reclaiming the music, the resistance to power, the sexual desire from epic to everyday? All they could sweep up for the ancient forces of greed and fear? Gee he thought... I don't know
Sortilège: [referring to the police station] On principle he tried to spend as little time around the glass house as possible. All this strange alternative cop history and cop politics, cop dynasties, cop heroes and evil doers, saintly cops and psycho cops, cops too stupid to live and cops too smart for their own good, insulated by secret loyalties and codes of silence from the world they'd all been given the control

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expojim
Dec 26, 2020

expojim thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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