High Fidelity

High Fidelity

John Cusack
Director: Stephen Frears Cast: John Cusack
John Cusack
, Iben Hjejle
Iben Hjejle
, Jack Black
Jack Black
Stephen Frears

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Considering that High Fidelity is largely about a guy talking to the camera, it doesn't seem like the kind of film that needs a DVD version. That is, until you see it. The clutter and disarray of Rob's bohemian world jumps from the letterbox screen in sharp detail, making it possible to read most of the stickers and posters that cover nearly every inch of wall and counter space. High Fidelity is also all about the omnipresent music, which has been beautifully rendered in Dolby Digital. Since the music and the dialogue are often coming through separate channels (especially in the record store scenes), one can appreciate the former without straining to hear the latter. In terms of bonus features, there are nine deleted scenes -- some good, some bad, most cut for pacing reasons. One of these is an uncredited cameo by Beverly D'Angelo in a scene based on an old gag with a new twist. There are also five short clips of interviews with Stephen Frears and John Cusack, who discusses the film as its co-writer and co-producer rather than as its star. Closed-captioning, Spanish subtitles, and a theatrical trailer complete the extras. This DVD won't blow anybody away, but it's definitely worthwhile for fans of the movie and its music.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/19/2000
UPC: 0717951009944
Original Release: 2000
Rating: R
Source: Touchstone / Disney
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:54:00

Special Features

Conversations with writer/producer John Cusack and director Stephen Frears; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Spanish subtitles; 5.1 surround; Widescreen [1.85:1] enhanced for 16x9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cusack Rob Gordon
Iben Hjejle Laura
Jack Black Barry
Todd Louiso Dick
Lisa Bonet Marie DeSalle
Joan Cusack Liz
Sara Gilbert Anaugh
Joelle Carter Penny
Catherine Zeta-Jones Charlie
Chris Rehmann Vince
Tim Robbins Ian
Bruce Springsteen himself
Lili Taylor Sarah
Natasha Gregson Wagner Caroline
Ben Carr Justin
Drake Bell Actor

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Mick Audsley Editor
Tim Bevan Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Laura Cunningham-Bauer Costumes/Costume Designer
John Cusack Producer,Screenwriter
Therese DePrez Production Designer
Steve Pink Screenwriter
Scott Rosenberg Screenwriter
Howard Shore Score Composer
Rudd Simmons Producer
Victoria Thomas Casting
Jeffrey Wetzel Asst. Director

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Opening Credits/Music and Misery [1:29]
2. Top Five Breakups [4:42]
3. Championship Vinyl [4:18]
4. Charlie [3:39]
5. "I Just Called to Say I Love You" [3:25]
6. Number Four [5:15]
7. Marie [3:25]
8. Changes [1:55]
9. Snobs [2:04]
10. A Discovery [5:25]
11. Back Story [5:36]
12. The Boss' Advice [2:58]
13. Visiting the Past [4:22]
14. Customers [2:37]
15. A Ride Home [5:15]
16. Sleeping Around [6:19]
17. Misery [4:35]
18. A Return Call [2:05]
19. Encounters [2:21]
20. The Party [2:54]
21. Love [2:45]
22. Top Five [3:37]
23. Musical Visionaries [2:05]
24. Bad News [6:57]
25. Together Again [4:38]
26. Temptation [3:51]
27. Turning Point [4:10]
28. Barry Jive and the Uptown Five [3:36]
29. Laura's Tape/End Credits [7:01]

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High Fidelity 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
RaphaelM More than 1 year ago
Ordered, paid and didn't received, not even a refund...dissapointed.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
This was good to okay. Liked Sara Gilbert, Jack Black and Lili Taylor in the movie. Even Cusack was good in this. Good movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
(Note: The one star here isn't fair to any other one star movie...this film isn't WORTH a star...trouble is, BN doesn't allow for a 'brick' the way Rolling Stone does.) This is one of the most miserable movies I¿ve ever had the misfortune to endure. It should be a great film, it has all the ingredients, but it isn¿t. Except for the fact that I forced myself to survive the whole thing, I¿d call it intolerable. Stay with me here, this is important¿the movie as a piece of film craft is well made, has a spiffy cast (including John Cusack and Jack Black), a great premise, and completely unrealized potential. ¿High Fidelity¿ could have been a lot of things; unfortunately it is none of them. Generally speaking, it isn¿t exactly funny (except when Black is on the screen). It¿s loaded with all kinds of ¿sensitive¿ internal dialogue¿you know, the stuff that makes men cringe but women generally love¿but that business doesn¿t work either, because the main character who delivers that dialogue (played by John Cusack) is a thoroughly awful human being who elicits no sympathy except the kind we feel for a rabid dog. There are elements of comedy, farce, romantic melodrama, Woody-Allen-style introspection, drama, little bits and pieces of everything, but the movie never seems to resolve itself as any one thing, so it never quite satisfies. Worse, the film carries on after its one possible decent conclusion. I¿d love to say that the main problem with the movie is just a lack of focus, but in the end, the film is just awful. ¿High Fidelity¿ is exactly the kind of movie its main actors generally portray: if it were a human, it would be a slacker.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
... to fully appreciate this movie, one would have had to read the book. the novel carried over into a script more than successfully. it's really very rare that books translate over into film as well as this one did. for starters, it's pertinent to the story line in the hornby's novel that the setting takes place in the UK. when i read that the movie setting was in the US, in chicago, i thought it was going to throw off the air of the story, but i was actually able to relate to the story more. I was surprised! & by the way, yes, it is an emotional movie, but it is one of those rare romances that take place from the perspective of the male mind. it was rather refreshing. I would recommend reading the book, as well, if you plan on seeing this movie or if you have already seen it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is great. As an adaptation of a novel, it hits the tone and conversation of the book dead-on. Reviewer Bob must not have read the book, or his opinion of the story development and dialogue would be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You simply have to spend time with this movie. It is thought-provoking, funny, timely, and intelligent. The feature stars are an incredible cast (it's fun to see Joan and John Cusack, brother and sister in real life, in the film together as friends and enemies). The sound track is worth the price of admission alone. The final song by Jack Black 'Let's Get it On', done Karaoke-style, really surprises. What more can I say?
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