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    Added on: 12/11/2000 23:28
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    Cider House Rules, The (US)

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    A story about how far we must travel to find the place where we belong
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 125 mins
    Retail Price: $32.99
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    Honored with two Academy Awards, Best Supporting Actor Michael Caine and Best Adapted Screenplay, John Irving, The Cider House Rules tells a compelling and heartwarming story about how far a young man must travel to find the place where he truly belongs!

    Homer Wells (Tobey Maguire: Pleasantville, The Ice Storm, Wonder Boys) has lived nearly his entire life within the walls of St. Cloud`s Orphanage in rural Maine. Though groomed by its proprietor, Dr. Larch (Caine), to be his successor, Homer nonetheless feels the need to strike out on his own and experience the world outside. Then, while working at an apple orchard, Homer falls for the beautiful Candy (Charlize Theron: Reindeer Games, The Devil`s Advocate) and learns some powerfully indelible lessons about life, love and home!

    Based on John Irving`s best-selling American classic and featuring a sensational all-star cast including Delroy Lindo and newcomer Erykah Badu, this entertaining motion picture earned raves from critics and moviegoers everywhere!

    Special Features:
    Interactive Menus
    Scene Access
    Feature Commentary Track with Director Lasse Hallstrom, Screenwriter John Irving and Producer Richard N. Gladstein
    Deleted Scenes
    The Cider House Rules: The Making Of An American Classic
    Cast and Crew Bios
    TV Spots
    Theatrical Trailer

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.0 English
    Dolby Digital 5.0 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Lasse Hallström

    Written By:

    Michael Caine
    Paul Rudd
    Delroy Lindo
    Charlize Theron
    Tobey Maguire

    Casting By:
    Suzanne Smith
    Billy Hopkins
    Kerry Barden

    Soundtrack By:
    Rachel Portman

    Music From:
    Max Steiner

    Director of Photography:
    Oliver Stapleton

    Lisa Zeno Churgin

    Costume Designer:
    Renee Ehrlich Kalfus

    Production Designer:
    David Gropman

    Lila Yacoub
    Michele Platt
    Leslie Holleran
    Richard N. Gladstein
    Alan C. Blomquist

    Executive Producer:
    Harvey Weinstein
    Bob Weinstein
    Meryl Poster
    Bobby Cohen

    Buena Vista

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    A sentimental and graceful movie.
    Michael Caine and Tobey Maguire are really brilliant in their roles.
    The video transfer is ok. While this is a 4:3 version of the movie (it`s been a while since I`ve seen a rather new movie in 4:3 format), the picture quality is satisfying. However, I`ve noticed quite a few compression marks on several scenes (and not necessarily dark scenes). Do note, that I am reviewing a special region 2 version of the movie only available in Israel. The imperfect transfer is probably due to this reason.
    The DD 5.0 soundtrack is very good. While there are no effects in this movie, the surrounds help in creating a very cosy atmosphere, especially in the orphanage. The music of this movie is (as can be expected) very sentimental but is never "too much". A great soundtrack.
    The menus are all static.
    The extras include a rather dull behind the scenes look, which is mostly a re-cap of some key points of the story. Too bad there`s not anything (significant) else (there`s no commentary in this region 2 version).
    Bottom line - despite the sometimes less than perfect presentation of the movie, it`s a must see (at least for "the princes of Maine and the kings of New England").
    posted by Zvi Josef on 13/11/2000 19:24
    9 / 10
    I found myself just sitting still for a few minutes after seeing this one. It`s a great drama, Lasse Halmstöms best one if you ask me.
    posted by NiM on 14/10/2002 17:09
    8 / 10
    A slow moving but astounding movie with a brilliant theme and breathtaking scenery. The movie is an adaptation of a novel of the same name by John Irving. The film follows the coming of age of Homer Wells, played brilliantly by Toby Maguire, who explores life outside the orphanage where he has spent all his life. Dr Larch, played by Michael Caine in an oscar winning role, is sad to see Homer go as he himself has raised Homer like a son and wanted him to take over at the orphanage.

    The all round cast is excellent and there are a lot of great stars who perform exceptionally well including Charlize Theron, Delroy Lindo and young stars Kieran Culkin and Erik Per Sullivan (Dewey from malcolm in the middle), who both play orphans.

    The visuals are very good. There are some minor specks of dirt but nothing really that spoils the viewing. The picture is usually sharp and the autumn like colours of Maine are captured very well.

    The sound is very sharp and clear. There is nothing really special about the sound apart from the sweeping theme that is greatly brought out of all the speakers.

    The extras are plentiful. There is a making of documentary that features many of the cast and crew members. There is an audio commentary and some deleted scenes and some promo material.
    A great movie that will definetly become a classic.
    A must see movie
    Goodnight you princes of Maine, you kings of New England
    posted by dicanio on 5/2/2003 20:57