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Behind the Candelabra

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Overall 8
8.0

Behind the Candelabra

upcomingdiscs.com
20 September 2013
  • Excerpt: Even though director Steven Soderbergh ( Traffic, Ocean’s 11, Magic Mike ) has an Oscar under his belt and numerous box office hits, the road to getting Behind the Candelabra was a difficult one.  Originally Soderbergh had planned for the film to play in theaters, but every studio was afraid of the project believing it to be “too gay”.
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Overall 6
6.0
Audio 8
8.0
Extras 4
4.0

Behind the Candelabra Blu-ray Review

DoBlu
19 September 2013
  • Excerpt: HBO delves into the private life of flamboyant entertainer Liberace (Michael Douglas) through a well-produced but ultimately lifeless biopic. No expense was spared in this big-budget adaptation of the memoir from Liberace’s one-time lover, Scott Thorson. Steven Soderbergh directs the film, guiding Michael Douglas and Matt Damon through awkward kissing scenes between the two stars and their two characters’ turbulent romance.
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Overall 8
8.0
Movie overall 8
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Extras 3
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Behind the Candelabra Blu-ray Review

blu-ray.com
14 September 2013
  • Conclusion: Throughout Behind the Candelabra , Liberace refers to his early days playing piano in "saloons". If the material exists to make one with authenticity, it would be interesting to see a bio-pic about those early days, exploring the drive of the young piano prodigy who decided to make his fortune as a popular entertainer and how he created the elaborate public persona that made him universally beloved when, from the standpoint of today, it was so obviously a drag act (or,...
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Overall 6
6.0

Behind the Candelabra

High-Def Digest
11 September 2013
  • Conclusion: 'Behind the Candelabra' offers an intimate peek into superstar pianist Liberace's personal life and his turbulent affair with a younger man. Through their story, director Steven Soderbergh shines a particularly glittering light on a fascinating real-life figure, while simultaneously examining interesting concepts dealing with love, jealousy, excess, and fame.
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Overall 7
7.0

Behind the Candelabra

DVDizzy
9 September 2013
  • Conclusion: One suspects and hopes that Behind the Candelabra is not the last we've seen of Steven Soderbergh the director. This HBO movie is a decent outlet for his talents and proves to be a relatively compelling and entertaining look at Liberace's messy, secret off-stage excesses.
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Overall 10
9.5
Actors overall 10
9.6
Audio 10
9.5
Extras 4
4.0

Behind the Candelabra (Blu-ray)

DVD Verdict
4 September 2013
  • Excerpt: It seems so simple and economical at first: there's a great deal with an essential package—Internet! Phone! Cable—and you're getting better reception for network and local channels than you'd get with an antenna. Then, for just a few dollars more, you have a whole other tier of cable channels. And for just a few bucks above that, another tier. And another. And then, finally, the prized premium channels like Showtime and HBO.
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Overall 7
7.2
Content 8
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Audio 7
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Extras 5
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Behind the Candelabra

DVD Talk
1 September 2013
  • Conclusion: Behind the Candelabra works as both an insight into Liberace's life as well as a simply unconventional love story. Michael Douglas and Matt Damon's performances are certainly memorable, and the production values are several notches above most other made for cable movies. Again, I can't vouch for its historical accuracy, but in the end it's extremely entertaining.
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Overall 8
8.0
Audio 8
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Behind the Candelabra

BluRay Authority
29 August 2013
  • Excerpt: There aren’t too many certainties in the world of showbiz, but I’d have to imagine that if you take two Oscar-winning performers in Michael Douglas and Matt Damon, add in an Oscar-winning Director like Steven Soderbergh and you wouldn’t have much trouble getting your movie picked up by a studio.  I, of course, would be wrong.  That’s exactly what happened with Behind the Candelabra until HBO saw it for what it was worth and decided to show it on the air.
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Cannes Film Review: 'Behind the Candelabra'

Variety
21 May 2013
  • Summary: Set to unspool Stateside on HBO, 'Behind the Candelabra' is the most bigscreen-worthy film Steven Soderbergh has made since 'Che.
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Overall 8
8.0

Behind the Candelabra

Flicks
31 March 2014
  • Summary: Banished to HBO in its native America for being “too gay”, Steven Soderbergh’s Liberace tell-all is actually scrupulously careful not to offend anyone: like Boogie Nights making nice. More Based on the memoirs of Scott Thorson, the late pianist’s embittered ex-lover from 1977-1982, it’s a relatively sunny affair, swept along by charismatic performances from Damon and Douglas, two of Hollywood’s most reliable screen stars, plus familiar faces such as Dan Aykroyd and Scott...
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