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Being John Malkovich [DVD] [2000]

John Cusack , Cameron Diaz , Spike Jonze    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Catherine Keener, John Malkovich, Ned Bellamy
  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Writers: Charlie Kaufman
  • Producers: Charlie Kaufman, Michael Kuhn, Michael Stipe, Sandy Stern, Steve Golin
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch
  • Dubbed: German
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Sep 2000
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004U8OC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,536 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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While too many films suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that you'll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film. Even if it ultimately serves little purpose beyond the thrill of comedic invention, this demented romance is gloriously entertaining, spilling over with ideas that tickle the brain and even touch the heart. That's to be expected in a movie that dares to ponder the existential dilemma of a forlorn puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a metaphysical portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich.

The puppeteer takes a job working as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a Manhattan office building; this idea alone might serve as the comedic basis for an entire film, but Jonze and Kaufman are just getting started. Add a devious co-worker (Catherine Keener), Cusack's dowdy wife (a barely recognisable Cameron Diaz), and a business scheme to capitalise on the thrill of being John Malkovich, and you've got a movie that just gets crazier as it plays by its own outrageous rules. Malkovich himself is the film's pièce de résistance, playing on his own persona with obvious delight and--when he enters his own brain via the portal--appearing with multiple versions of himself in a tour-de-force use of digital trickery. Does it add up to much? Not really. But for 112 liberating minutes, Being John Malkovich is a wild place to visit. --Jeff Shannon

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While too many movies suffer the fate of creative bankruptcy, Being John Malkovich is a refreshing study in contrast, so bracingly original that youll want to send director Spike Jonze and screenwriter Charlie Kaufman a thank-you note for restoring your faith in the enchantment of film. Even if it ultimately serves little purpose beyond the thrill of comedic invention, this demented romance is gloriously entertaining, spilling over with ideas that tickle the brain and even touch the heart. Thats to be expected in a movie that dares to ponder the existential dilemma of a forlorn puppeteer (John Cusack) who discovers a metaphysical portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich. The puppeteers working as a file clerk on the seventh-and-a-half floor of a Manhattan office building; this idea alone might serve as the comedic basis for an entire film, but Jonze and Kaufman are just getting started. Add a devious coworker (Catherine Keener), Cusacks dowdy wife (a barely recognizable Cameron Diaz), and a business scheme to capitalize on the thrill of being John Malkovich, and youve got a movie that just gets crazier as it plays by its own outrageous rules. Malkovich himself is the films pièce de résistance, riffing on his own persona with obvious delight and--when he enters his own brain via the portal--appearing with multiple versions of himself in a tour-de-force use of digital trickery. Does it add up to much? Not really. But for 112 liberating minutes, Being John Malkovich is a wild place to visit. --Jeff Shannon

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray Review 4 Nov 2011
By alek
Format:Blu-ray
THE FILM

The film itself is brilliant, there's no doubt about it. Original, funny, thought-provoking. The direction from Spike Jonze is flawless, as is Charlie Kaufman's script.
It's all been said before and there's not much point in repeating it, so I'll just say: it's a must-see.

THE DISC

Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the Blu-Ray.
As is often the case with Universal's catalogue titles, quite a lot of Edge Enhancement has been applied to the film.
Because of this, there are noticeable (and distracting) halos around objects, which give the film a slightly digital and artificial look.
It also appears that DNR was used where it was not necessarily needed but it's not as obvious the EE.
Other than that, the transfer looks reasonably good, especially considering the film's murky colour palette.
On a more positive note, the DTS-HD MA soundtrack is solid and immersing.

While this release looks better than its DVD counterpart, it could have been more than just that without the unnecessary tinkering with the original film print.

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Available audio tracks: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, French, Italian, German, Spanish DTS 5.1

Available subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Cantonese, Dutch, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, Portuguese, Traditional Mandarin
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly original with a slight hint of madness 22 April 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
The concept of the film is a strange and wonderful one. After watching it for the first time a few weeks ago, I didn't know what to expect when I first removed the packaging and placed it in the DVD player. After watching the film, I was genuinely entertained and quite confused at the same time, Its very rare to have that combo within one film but, somehow, Being John Malkovich did it perfectly. The cast worked well together, with some surprisingly good performances from Cameron Diaz and John Malkovich himself.

The film, without giving too much away for the people who haven't watched it, follows the life of a puppeteer Craig Schwartz (played by John Cusacks) who ends up getting a new job at the Lester Corporation on Floor 7½ where he discovers a hidden door that leads into the mind of John Malkovich. If you reading this, then yes the film is crazier than it sounds! I would strongly recommend this film to anyone. It is funny, weird, disturbing, slightly wrong in some areas and all in all a great watch.

It is brilliantly original with a slight hint of madness!!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Daring - Imaginative - Complex 23 Feb 2004
By Nick
Format:DVD
This film was one that i was reluctant to watch, it looked very dark and quite complex. It was dark and it was complex, but it was very entertaining, witty and moving in places. I found myself really feeling the characters emotions. Its a great story that is well executed by the cinematic techniques, the acting and the imaginative set (floor 7 1/2). Ok its not for everyone, but i recommend you rent it first so you can make up your mind, give it a chance.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A must see! 16 April 2006
Format:DVD
Written by Charlie Kaufman, this film is a true original. Being John Malkovich follows a small group of people who discover a portal that leads into the mind of John Malkovich, where people can see through Malkovich's eyes for 15 minutes before being dumped by the New Jersey turnpike. They set up a business charging people for the experience - and that's when the film starts to get really weird... This is a must-see.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre but Entertaining 16 Jan 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Being John Malkovich" is an enjoyable, surreal and thought provoking film. John Cusack plays a failed puppeteer who takes a job as a filing clerk on the seriously low-ceilinged 7 1/2th floor of a large office block. Cusack uncovers a small door in his office which acts as a portal into the brain of actor John Malkovich and enables him to further his puppeteering ambitions. He ,and his "kooky" wife played by Cameron Diaz (I didnt realise it was her until the final credits) , both end up getting the hots for one of Cusack's new female colleagues (Catherine Keener) and their marriage disintegrates as John Malkovich's brain , or , more accurately, soul, becomes a marital battleground after the pair of them enter the portal to experience the joy of sex with Malkovich's new girlfriend , amm, Catherine Keener. It is a weird concept and the film is certainly original as well as humourous. However is the premise of the film really that ridiculous ? Is it not theoretically possible for a technologically advanced civilisation , from another dimension/universe perhaps, to enter our Minds and live our lives , if not for us , then alongside us ? The physical tunnel in the film is of course a symbol of a metaphysical gateway into our consciousness which is perhaps not as far fetched as it may seem.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful 9 Jun 2014
Format:DVD
Why did this get so much hype? It was awful! Boring, transparent and completely over-rated. If you have half a brain don't be sucked in by all the good reviews. So disappointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A weird masterpiece! 7 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
I admitted it before and Im not ashamed of it still: I always had a massive crush on John Malkovich. He is acting so brilliantly, so intelligently and he shown it all in this epic movie. When Cusack`s character went into him I actually "believed" it and was able to separate the two and see him acting as John Cusack!! How brilliant is that?? BTW John Cusack`s acting something I also always found amazing and very enjoyable! Wish I could see him in new movies...! Also Cameron Diaz was good as always, not brilliant but a strong performance. Some things did not make any sence but I guess I can swallow those little complaints. Overall it was a weird, rare, amazing movie which will make you think!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as advertised
The disc (sold as new) arrived promptly, but I was dismayed to find the disc had scratches, fingerprints and various debris on it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Jim
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
As much as I like john Malcovicthis was a disappointment. The story line [which is really interresting] is not well served by the many actors involved in this movie
Published 12 months ago by christine o
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT IMPRESSED AT ALL
Oh god such a boring movie that i keep wondering how some people can like it.Im big fan of Malkovich himself,but this movie really dissapointed me.
Published 18 months ago by margaret
4.0 out of 5 stars Weird but oh sooooo good
Didn't know what to expect when I first saw this film, my friend had brought it round to a DVD watching night and insisted it was a great film. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Morlock5K
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
A superb story!! If you buy this you will not be disappointed. One of the best films in a long time!!
Published on 12 Jun 2012 by SLASH
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful movie by Charlie Kaufman
Very original. You never know what's going to happen next. Wonderful actors (even John Malkovitch, who can be annoying). Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2012 by Marie France
5.0 out of 5 stars Ademas esta en castellano
Laberinto surrealista, poema visual, comedia ácida y mordaz, drama sobre la incomprensión, etc. Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Blu-ray Castellano
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, thought-provoking movie!
Hard to not like this film, and even if you don't, you will be entertained. Ever want to be someone else?
Published on 8 Oct 2011 by Thierry Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars Must-see, not must-buy
Enjoyable and finely-tuned, this comedy about entering the life of John Malkovich via a secret portal, surely is something entirely fresh and unseen. Read more
Published on 14 Jan 2011 by J. S. Yamada
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