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Joaquin Phoenix walks the line as Johnny Cash in this biopic about the famous country singer. The script focuses on the pitfalls and pinnacles of the performer's career, including his turbulent temper, battle with addictions and relationship with June Carter (Reese Witherspoon).
Why Is Walk the Line Rated PG-13?
Walk the Line is rated PG-13 for some language, thematic material and depiction of drug dependency.
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Throughout his life, Johnny is subject to the violent and critical outbursts of his disapproving father who blames his son for much of his own heartbreak. As a man, Johnny deals with life’s disappointments in much the same manner, throwing items and destroying property. His own young daughters witness a marital argument between their parents that turns physical. Often relying on profanities to express themselves, many of the characters also depend on alcohol and illegal drugs chased down by alcohol to deal with the endless road trips and the challenges of rising stardom. Although June helps rescue Johnny from his addictions, their relationship (and his on-tour infidelities) contribute to the demise of his first marriage.
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Canadian Home Video Rating: PG
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Walk the Line releases to DVD as a single disc (wide or full screen versions) or a two-disc Collector’s Edition. The first option provides a commentary by co-writer and director James Mangold, ten deleted scenes (with optional commentary by James Mangold) and the original theatrical trailer. If you spring the extra dollars for the Collector’s Edition, you get all that plus three extended music videos (starring Phoenix and Witherspoon singing Rock and Roll Ruby, Jackson, and Cocaine Blues), as well as three featurettes: Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny & June, The Man in Black: the Making-of Walk the Line and Folsom, Cash & The Comeback. Both choices come with audio tracks recorded in English (Dolby Digital 5.1and DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround) and Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.1 Surround), with subtitles in English and Spanish.
Blu-ray Notes: Walk The Line
Release Date: 2 February 2010
Walk The Line releases on Blu-ray Disc with the following bonus materials:
- Directors Commentary by James Mangold
- More Man in Black: 10 Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Director James Mangold
- Extended Musical Sequences: Rock and Roll Ruby (Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash, Reese Witherspoon as June Carter) and Cocaine Blues (Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash)
-Feaaturettes: Folsom - Cash and the Comeback, Celebrating the Man in Black: The Making of Walk the Line and Ring of Fire: The Passion of Johnny and June.