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Genre: Drama
Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciaran Hinds, Kevin J. O'Connor, Dillion Freasier
Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2007



- Making Of



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai/Trad Chinese/Bahasa/Malay/Korean
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 38 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Scorpio East




Daniel Plainview and son are independent oil men, looking for prospects in California at the turn of the 20th century. They are challenged by a young preacher, Eli Sunday whose own ambition is matched by Plainview's. Their battle forms the center of a scary, darkly comic historical journey into an abyss of madness.


This reviewer is a huge fan of director Paul Thomas Anderson’s quirky but affecting works. Who can forget Dirk Diggler and his huge “staff” in Boogie Nights (1997)? Who can forget the strangely touching scene of frogs falling from the sky in Magnolia (1999)? And who would have thought that Adam Sandler can actually do serious drama so well in Punch Drunk Love (2002)? So when the Oscar nominated filmmaker’s new film came along, this reviewer was all excited about what bag of tricks the visionary director had in store.

Truth be told, the plot doesn’t exactly excite him too much: The film tells the story of Daniel Plainview, an oil businessman who is, to put it tamely, competitive in every sense. Set in the early 20th century, we follow him as his story of family relations, greed and ravenous, religion and faith, and not forgetting black, black oil, plays out in a whopping 158 minutes.

Adapted from Upton Sinclair’s (1878-1968) bleak novel “Oil!” written in 1927, this story isn’t anything like the director’s previous self written screenplays. And we can assure you that the movie isn’t anything like his previous works either. It doesn’t matter if you are not a fan of his quirkily moving films, because this one will blow you away, no matter what kind of movie fan you are. The picture is so epically well made; it resembles nothing you have ever seen before.

First, there is this masterpiece feel to the film, given its setting. The filmmakers have creatively and imaginatively created an era that we have only read and heard about. You see the whole historical journey envisioned on screen, and you can only gape in awe at the dark and sweeping cinematography, which won Robert Elswit (Good Night, and Good Luck) an Oscar.

Then, there is the mind blowing performance by Oscar winner Daniel Day Lewis, who plays the protagonist whose mad ambition is something you can only imagine. His unforgettable portrayal of the daunting and enigmatically comical Daniel Plainview will definitely go down movie history as one of the most successful roles ever. His commanding and potent performance has won him countless Best Actor trophies during the awards season earlier this year, including a second Oscar for the film. Also, you’ll be left speechless by supporting actor Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine). Who would have thought that this 24 year old young man could turn in such a sinisterly disturbing performance as a staunch Christian activist? The chemistry between the two comes to a forcefully compelling finale which takes place at the bowling alley. Let’s just say straws and milkshakes will never sound the same to you again.

And it takes a promising up and coming like Thomas Anderson to put this together. You have to watch it to believe it.


For a masterpiece like this, we were really expecting much more from this Code 3 DVD. There is only one feature here: 15 Minutes – Pics, research, Etc, where we get, well, a 15 minute montage of archival pictures, quotes and footages that provided inspirations for the movie. It’s nice to see the black and white images interspersed with the colored ones though.


The visuals are nicely transferred onto the disc, and it does justice to the award winning cinematography. There are English and Thai 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks to choose from.



Review by John Li


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This review is made possible with the kind support from Scorpio East


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