Excerpt: The dark underworld of poker is something that’s not explored in movies, either in the past or the present. Something has happened, though, during the last few years that has brought poker into the limelight. ESPN broadcasts the “World Series of Poker” every year. “Celebrity Poker” is a show that we can tune into and watch on a regular basis. Poker, by true professionals, isn’t really gambling as it is more of a way of life.
Conclusion: Rounders holds up remarkably well all of these years later. The Blu-ray serves up a nice video and audio presentation with the special features being the only thing that bring the overall grade down. It’s not a deal breaker, though. Rounders is one of the best films about the dark side of Texas hold ‘em Poker ever made, and the brilliant cast is one of the contributing factors. Give it a spin.
Excerpt: For the record, I love playing poker—specifically Texas Hold'em—so it's only natural that this is one of my favorite movies. While I limit my gaming to tournaments and avoid cash games like the plague, I've witness many people who constantly chase the big score and get in way over their head and lose their entire bankroll.
Conclusion: 'Rounders' is a solid and interesting look at the intriguing, compelling, and sometimes dangerous world of poker. While the script doesn't always succeed, the talented cast ensures an entertaining ride. The video and audio quality are both great, but the supplements are a little lacking. Still, this is a strong disc that comes recommended.
Excerpt: The first DVD I ever watched was American History X . I knew nothing about the film, and considering his career until that point only included three credits I hope I can be forgiven for not having a clue who Edward Norton was. Watching American History X , I thought they'd gotten some reformed Neo-Nazi in the role, some guy trying to make up for the sins of his past by starring in a film about the evils or racism.
Conclusion: Rounders died a pretty quick death during its theatrical exhibition, but like so many films in the home video age, it's been acclaimed as a modern masterpiece by a coterie of fans who have helped make it into something of a cult sensation. Rounders is certainly no masterpiece (sorry about that, coterie of fans), but it's a surprisingly engaging and entertaining film that features early work from Damon and some fine supporting turns by Norton, Turturro and Landau.
Conclusion: Considering that in the U.S. the rights for Rounders are controlled by Miramax, I believe that it is rather easy to recommend this Canadian Blu-ray release courtesy of local distributors Alliance. The presentation is decent. The price tag is also quite attractive. RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: "Äntligen en film som bara handlar om poker", tänkte jag när jag först hörde talas om den här filmen. Jag tycker själv att poker är grymt skoj och såg mycket fram emot en trevlig stund i Matt Damon och Edward Nortons sällskap. Mina förhoppningar infriades delvis. Filmens största fördel är att den inte moraliserar över pokerspelandet.