Boogie Nights (1997) DVD9
A film about the porn industry may seem shocking or offensive to some, but Paul Thomas Anderson's Boogie Nights is more than merely an expose on the exploits of porn. Boogie Nights is a colorful, emotional drama about the halcyon days of the industry and the real people within it.

The year is 1977. Nightclubs pulsate with the sounds of disco music, and men think tight pants and platform shoes are a killer combination. In a California club, 17-year-old dishwasher Eddie Adams (Mark Wahlberg) dreams of joining this instant-thrill nirvana. He gets his chance when Jack Horner (Burt Reynolds) makes him an offer he can’t refuse: to be a star. He's talking about porno flicks, and he hears that Eddie is amply endowed for his line of business.

When Eddie joins Jack's production group, he becomes part of a bizarre but rather wonderful family, with Horner as the patriarch, porno actress Amber Waves (Julianne Moore) as the surrogate mother and Rollergirl (Heather Graham) as the sort-of sister. Changing his name to Dirk Diggby, Eddie becomes a rapid success. But the rise to fame has its costs, and soon Dirk finds himself sliding down the slippery slope of sex, drugs and violence...

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Heather Graham, Burt Reynolds, Julianne Moore, Don Cheadle, Luis Guzman, John C. Reilly
Country: USA
Genre: Drama

BD50 | 1080p VC-1 | 02:35:35 | 34.8 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English, German, Spanish


Commentary by Director Paul Thomas Anderson
P.T. Anderson begins by admitting how indebted he is to director commentaries, which taught him a lot about how to rip off movies. And he's not ashamed to point out his influences, ranging from 1970s porno to Scorsese and Truffaut. This track is sometimes dry, and sometimes quiet, but it really is intelligent and wildly informative. A great listen.

Commentary by P.T. Anderson and Cast Members Mark Wahlberg, John C. Reilly, Don Cheadle, Julianne Moore, William H. Macy, and Heather Graham
If P.T.'s solo track is the smart and quiet one, this one is wilder, looser, and by the sound of things, slightly booze-fueled at times. Anderson invited the actors over to his home, individually or in pairs, recorded some off-the-cuff Q&A, and then patched it together later.

The John C. Reilly Files (SD, 15:10 total)
In these outtakes and longer cuts of existing scenes, everybody's favorite Step Brother gets to let loose a little and have some fun improvising. Three scenes are included: "Swim Trunks," "Waiting for Todd," and "Mixing with Nick."

Deleted Scenes (SD, 29:28)
There's a wealth of deleted material here—ten clips total—from relatively short cuts to long improvisatory scenes where director Paul Thomas Anderson simply let the camera roll. Anderson also supplies optional commentary for each of the scenes, explaining their contexts and the reasons why they were cut.

Music Video: "Try" by Michael Penn (SD, 3:11)
P.T. Anderson directed this impressive single-shot music video, which is "set in the longest hallway in North America," according to Anderson's optional commentary.

Theatrical Trailer (SD, 2:24)

DVD9 | PAL 16:9 | 02:29:07 | 7.55 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English, Russian
Subtitle: Russian, Ukrainian