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  • Actors: Paul Giamatti, Rosamund Pike, Jake Hoffman, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver
  • Directors: Richard J. Lewis
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 23 May 2011
  • Run Time: 132 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004G5Z0E6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,792 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Academy Award® nominated Barney’s Version is a warm and witty story documenting the extraordinary life of seemingly ordinary Barney Panofsky. With a stellar cast including a Golden Globe® winning performance from Paul Giamatti as Barney (Sideways, Cinderella Man), Dustin Hoffman (Meet The Fockers, I Heart Huckabees), Minnie Driver (The the Phantom of The Opera, Good Will Hunting) and Rosamund Pike (Made in Dagenham, An Education), Barney’s Version is set across two continents and spans three decades. Take a flashback journey through the different stages of Barney’s unusual life.

Barney’s Version begins in Rome where Barney meets and marries first wife Clara (Rachelle Lefevre; New Moon, Twilight) a fiery and flame-haired free spirit until he discovers her infidelity with one of his close friends. Encouraged by his father and close confidante (Hoffman), his second shot at marriage sees Barney wed a wealthy Jewish heiress (Driver) who barely notices him switch off whenever she talks. Ironically it is at their wedding Barney meets the third ‘Mrs’ P, Miriam (Pike) who turns out to be his true love and mother to his two children. At times a true romantic, performing acts of gallantry, generosity and goodwill, often when he least expects it; other times acting jealous and wallowing in self pity, Barney certainly lives a packed life, making him an unlikely and captivating hero. An emotional, heartfelt comedy portraying the depths one will go to for love; sometimes getting it right, other times getting it wildly wrong, Barney’s Version is a must see.

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The publication of a book accusing him of murder leads schlock television producer Barney Panofsky (Paul Giamatti) to reflect on his tumultuous life--from his troubled first marriage to his best friend sleeping with his second wife to his one true love… and how he destroyed the happiest time in his life. By turns comic and self-lacerating, Panofsky is a richly drawn character given vivid life by Giamatti, who's built a remarkable career on prickly people (Sideways, American Splendor, John Adams). Regrettably, the women in his life aren't as fully realized, but the strong performances from the actresses playing them (Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver, and Rosamund Pike) do a lot to make up for the thinness of how they're written. Rounding out the cast is Dustin Hoffman as Panofsky's father, a crude but vigorous ex-cop who loves his son unreservedly. Adapted from an award-winning Canadian book, Barney's Version feels, in the best sense, like a novel; small details and incidents build up to the picture of a man's life. The movie depicts that life without judgment, never manipulating the audience for cheap laughs or sentiment--and yet it is by turns wildly funny and achingly sad, largely due to Giamatti. He holds the viewer's attention effortlessly, quietly, never showboating his emotions or flaunting his intelligence. He's simply a superb actor, and this is a superb performance. --Bret Fetzer

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Sept. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Sounding not unlike a child's software program - "Barney's Version" is a terrible name for a film and nearly put me off renting this 'journey' movie - I'm glad it didn't.

Produced by Robert Lantos and Directed by Richard Lewis, the screenplay by Michael Konyves is adapted from Mordecai Richler's 1997 book of the same name. Across 30 eventful years, it tells the story of Barney Panofsky - a Monte Cristo smoking, whiskey guzzling chubby man living in Montreal. Barney is the TV Producing equivalent of "Gregory House" - irascible and loveable at the same time. Like his Dad Izzy Panofsky (a scene-stealing Dustin Hoffman) Barney tells it as it is - loves women impulsively - is headstrong in everything he does but has his heart in the right place. But he has a fatal flaw. It isn't that Barney is deliberately cruel or mean, he just keeps on making terrible mistakes over and over again (most of which are of his own making) and learns rather painfully as the years pass and happiness fades that the enemy is not others but 'himself'.

It begins in Rome in 1974 when we're introduced to his motley crew of dead-beat friends - there's Thomas Trabacchi as Leo Fasoli - an Italian artistic genius who has yet to find an appreciative audience, a black friend who does a terrible deed on Barney (he later forgives this) and his best-friend - Boogie. Young, cocky, handsome and fancy-free - Boogie is a full-on babe magnet (played beautifully by Scott Speedman) who can't seem to finish his brilliant first novel as he systematically hoovers up every narcotic he can get his sweaty hands on.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Marco Rossini TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 May 2014
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First of all, the casts are all brilliant, and each character is really convincing. The class distinction within the Jewish society in Canada/USA that this film shows is an intriguing part to look at too. Two of the main female characters are played by British actresses, i.e. Rosamund Pike and Mini Driver, both of whom I like very much, but I couldn't stop wondering why the production decided to choose the two British actresses who would have to mimic the Canadian/US accent instead of employing the North American actresses? Or maybe Pike and Driver could have appeared as British? Pike is one of the most elegant and well-educated actresses I can think of, but her American accent was not always so convincing, but apart from that she was very good in some subtle facial expressions or even a shot from her back was great, especially the scene she was older was very nice. Dustin Hoffman was probably the funniest and the best part of this film. I've never seen the father figure of the main character being so impressive and he has proved someone can make his presence felt so much even though he was a supporting part. However, overall, like many Hollywood movies, I found that loads of things happen very fast and sometimes it is difficult to follow the plot. The plot was a good one, but slightly depressing as well, because of the series of actions Barney, the main character, takes, and I must say I couldn't see many parts of this film that made me happy.

I wonder if you agree with me, but I've tried my best to review this without referring to the plot as I don't really want to spoil your joy of watching it.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 28 July 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This will not be to everyone's taste - it's not a blockbuster like the Adjustment Bureau. But it does not matter - what it does, it does beautifully on its own terms. It captures what few films can - a story of a life that resonates on so many levels. Is it a story about love - and following it wherever it leads because that is the most important thing for all of us, so hard to find and so easy to lose. Is it about how hard it is to know anyone else - and all the jumbles and misunderstandings that come from that - the muddles that make and break human lives. Is it about living, really living and dieing too and being able to count your friends on one hand. Maybe alittle of all three. The performances are extraordinary; maybe he isn'y so liekable - he's not a Tom Cruise cut out. But he's real, and you do care - and it makes you think about how precious life and love are - and we must not any of us waste a minute. If the film catches you at the right time it will make a difference, and, if not, it's one to store for later, because its time will surely come. Very special.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb. 2015
Format: DVD
I regard Paul Giamatti (star of this 2010 Canadian production, directed by Richard J Lewis) as one of the most outstanding actors to have emerged from Hollywood over the last decade or so. It’s particularly refreshing to see someone with Giamatti’s 'unglamorous’ looks (often a limiting factor, in terms of landing leading roles) being given 'star billing’ – even if the actor has (to some extent) been typecast into what are 'success-limited’ (or 'loser’, if you prefer), but ‘character-focused’, roles. Barney’s Version actually gives Giamatti his most expansive, near-epic, acting role (certainly that I’ve seen, anyway) as it charts the life, loves and career of the impulsive, un-PC, Jewish, ice hockey-obsessed and hopelessly romantic, Barney Panofsky. Giamatti’s character here bears more than a passing resemblance to his Miles in (the superior) Sideways – more overblown and less tactful, certainly, but still a complex, confused man, a sucker for romance and ‘suffering’ the influence of anarchic friends.

Running to 130 minutes, Lewis does a generally impressive job in maintaining the film’s pace and level of engagement, with plenty of funny moments (normally delivered by the acerbic and cynical Barney) as our titular 'hero’ moves from an 'artistic, bohemian’ life in Rome to a job back home in Canada in TV production (skilfully told in flashback). Along the way, in addition to Giamatti, there are impressive turns from Rosamund Pike as Miriam, the object of Barney’s persistent romantic obsession, Dustin Hoffman as Barney’s straight-talking, ex-cop, father, Izzy, Minnie Driver, as Barney’s wacky, 'little rich girl’ 2nd wife, and from Harvey Atkin as Barney’s 2nd father-in-law.
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