Rent (Single Disc Version)

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Genre: Musical & Performing Arts
Director: Chris Columbus - American screenwriter/director
Theatrical Release: 2005
Rated: PG-13 (MPAA)
Length: 135 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

Director Christopher Columbus (MRS. DOUBTFIRE, HARRY POTTER AND THE SORCERER'S STONE) adapts the hit Broadway musical of the same name to the big screen in RENT. A modern spin on the opera LA BOHEME, RENT tells the story of eight friends dealing with life and love in Manhattan's Alphabet City in 1989. Wannabe filmmaker Mark (Anthony Rapp) and singer/songwriter Roger (Adam Pascal) are facing eviction at the hands of their former roommate and current landlord, Benny (Taye Diggs). Benny has married rich, moved out of the neighborhood, and wants to build a state-of-the-art studio where the local tent city stands. Their downstairs neighbor, vivacious Mimi (Rosario Dawson), who strips at a local club to feed her heroin habit, takes a shine to Roger, a self-imposed recluse and former junkie whose last girlfriend died of AIDS. Their friend, Collins (Jesse L. Martin), returns to town and quickly falls for Angel (Wilson Jermaine Heredia), a glamorous, gracious, HIV positive transvestite. Finally, there is Maureen (Idina Menzel), a spitfire and performance artist who is planning a protest against Benny's plans and has dumped Mark for cerebral Joanne (Tracie Thoms), a lawyer.<BR><BR>Over the course of a year, the friends face poverty, drug addiction, break-ups, reconciliations, eviction, and AIDS. Despite these challenges, they find support, hope, and acceptance in each other, all the while embracing the bohemian lifestyle that was so much a part of the Lower East Side. Newcomers Dawson and Thoms mix seamlessly with the original cast members, and Columbus introduces some interesting staging locations. With a concept, music, and lyrics by the late Jonathan Larson, RENT is an exuberant rock-&-roll musical with the underlying message that love can prevail despite all odds and that, ultimately, there really is no day but today.;

Language Usage   Original
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   Single Disc Version
Robert DeNiro - Oscar Winning Actor/Director/Producer
Mark Radcliff -
Anthony Rapp - Actor
Rosario Dawson - Actress
Chris Columbus - American screenwriter/director
Chris Columbus - American screenwriter/director
Michael Barnathan - Producer
Stephen Goldblatt -
Jane Rosenthal -
Taye Diggs - Actor
Jesse L. Martin - Star, LAW & ORDER
Idina Menzel - Actor, RENT (2005)
Tracie Thoms - RENT (2005)
Jonathan Larson - RENT playwright
Entertainment Weekly
12/02/2005
"[A] joyful surprise....[The director] has opened up the show, turning it into a far more varied and flowing entertainment." -- Grade: A-
New York Times
11/23/2005
"[The performers] bring the ardent conviction of young strivers to the material, which is just what it needs."
Rolling Stone
03/09/2006
"[The director] leaves the musical's tender heart intact."
Sight and Sound
04/01/2006
"[T]here's a relentless sincerity to RENT that's ultimately disarming....When the film succeeds, it does so because it manages to mine the emotional seams of painful premature death..."

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