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  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305750211
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 171,774 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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By Mr. R. Domar on 16 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Plot. Barrett is a new boy in school and gets picked on the first day there. He makes friends with a loner named Ryan. Ryan has some strange ideas and below the surface is deeply disturbed with violent tendencies.
This high school drama concentrates on the relationship between the 2 young men and how they cope with life. It's well written dialogue and there are believable situations. The subject of alienation in this movie is portrayed well. A low budget independent film that is dark, disturbing and depressing and nothing like the glossy tv teen shows of young people growing up.
Made in 1997 it doesn't feel dated and notable for having Kevin Smith as a producer.
Extras include a com, 3 intros, deleted. USA Release but plays Region zero.
Further extras are found in the easter eggs. Another commentary of a drunken nature can be found on special thanks page. Next Page, arrow up until you highlight PIZZA GUY. Click for a short feature then the com. Outtakes can be found by click on Color Bars.
I reveal the eggs because the fun commentary is what gives this production a 5 star rating. Also i've had the dvd for awhile and never even knew it existed.
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By TotalStuntman on 7 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
Wow, this instantly became my favorite View Askew movie of all time, One of the reasons is because Eion Bailey is fantastic in his role of Ryan, Although he's abit screwed up and hates everyone, he really is a likeable actor!

Robert DiPatri who plays Barret moves to a new town because he, and his mum (mom) can't bare to live in the house where his father died a few months ago, on his first day of school no one accepts him as a newcomer and results in him getting bullied by a douche, UNTIL Ryan steps up and gives him a beatdown, AFTER that Barret goes for a walk and is introduced properly to Ryan and they hit it off basically right away.

Loads of great scenes between Barret and Ryan, including the death of an old man who has private property!

Don't wanna give to much away, so the only thing i can give away is that this movie is one of my favorite movies ever, i could literally just sit down and watch it over and over, which is one thing i can hardly do with films!

Great Performances, Great Story, Great Everything, this is a MUST HAVE, money is no matter when it comes to this film, its worth every penny!

5 STAR!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
"I'm going to make the world a better place..." (4.5 stars) 11 July 2003
By Michael Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
"A Better Place" is a disturbing and unsettling look at teen violence. This is a film that is so raw and brutal that it literally shakes you when you're not expecting it. Be warned, this is not a film to watch if you're looking for something to enjoy. This is as harsh and intense as it gets.
The movie tells the story of Barret Michaelson; the new kid in town. The first day at his new school he is picked on by almost everybody. He makes friends with Ryan; an isolated loaner who doesn't particularly like people in general. As time passes by, Ryan drags Barret further and further into his worldview of hate and darkness. It isn't long before things become violent and dangerous, leading to an unbelievably shocking and cruel finale.
It's hard to believe that this movie came from View Askew. Who would've thought they could've come out with something so intense and dark? As disturbing and chilling it is, it's an honest movie. It's not a glamorous film, and it's not trying to be one. That's why it's so effective. It has a raw and brutal feel to it all, and that's what makes it so powerful.
I thought the movie was very well-written and directed. I kind of felt that it could've been longer and that Ryan's character could've been expanded more. But for the most part, it's a very good movie. It reminds me of "Bully," except "A Better Place" is much more "slice-of-life" resembling. It's effective because it doesn't feel like a movie, but more like something that is actually happening.
The DVD has some special features, such as commentary, deleted scenes and more. There are some really cool Easter Eggs if you can find them. (Look at some of the other reviews, and you will find them.)
"A Better Place" is a shocking and unrelenting film that is as honest as it is disturbing. Not too many movies like this are out there. It may be a low budget movie, but the overall product is nothing low, I assure you. Be warned, this is a very uneasy movie to watch. Be prepared.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Easter Eggs AKA Hidden Features 20 Jun. 2002
By DealHunter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
To acces these easter eggs, first watch the movie all the way through once (or just access the last chapter and watch the end credits), then go to the "special thanks" screen. On the second special thanks screen, you are now able to highlight a few of the names in the special thanks. Highlight "The Pizza Guy" and you will be taken to a hidden menu called "Loopholes" where you can access the trailer for the hysterical movie "Big Helium Dog" and a second audio commentary for A Better Place, this time with the members of the pervious commentary drunk out of their gords...fun stuff.
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Click on the color bars. Let them play for about 15-20 seconds and you will view a hidden montage of outtakes and deleted scenes.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
BRILLIANT! 28 Jan. 2002
By "pissgrease" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I borrowed this movie from a friend without ever hearing of the movie itself or of the director. Although low budget, "A Better Place" turned out to be the best movie I've seen in a very long time. Right off the bat I became drawn to the main character, trying to discover what was in store for him, as him and his mother moved to a new town after the death of his father. After a rough first day at school, Barret becomes friends with an introverted nihilist who has a strong hatred for humanity (Ryan). Barret is drawn (by Ryan) into an accidental manslaughter and the movie takes off snowballing to the amazing ending. The ending is amazing because it is very surprising and complicates most of the themes and the overall message of the movie. The film deals with a lot of philosophical issues like the problem of evil, the existence of God, morals, ethics, and especially free will vs. determinism. Overall, a very thought provoking, intelligent, well made piece. Highly recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A different "teenage" movie 18 Dec. 2001
By O. Diaz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Thoughtful and harrowing story about teenage alienation and its consequences. In pre-Columbine days, this story might have seemed a bit overblown, but now it rings with a truth that can't be denied. The actors put their best foot forward and the director handles the proceedings with assurance and style, despite the budget shortcomings. This disc did not play at all on my Toshiba player model SD-1200 (kept telling me "disc error" and failed to load), but my Apex AD-600A handled it perfectly.
A highly recommended independent gem.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
lets see Bruckheimer do this much w/ only $40,000 8 Sept. 2001
By Stephen Sanders - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
As a huge fan of all of Kevin Smith's movies, I cannot help but try to find something, anything, of his to enjoy and pass the time before his next pic. There is only so much material out there of his work, and after seeing all his movies, listened to all the commentary tracks, and read his comics, i couldn't help but try to find something more. So lo and behold, on [a] website I found a post about a newly released dvd directed by Vincent. I immediately ordered it, and wondered how he could possibly stack up against Smith's efforts. And the end result was that I was blown away by this movie. I watched it four times in the span of two days, including once with the commentary track. I even made my roommate watch it, and even though he doesn't particularly like indie films, he was equally impressed. This movie has restored my faith in good filmmaking, especially after an uneventful summer of movies. And now I can't wait for Vulgar and Drawing Flies to be finally released on dvd. If you are looking for a smart and edgy alternative to the big effects laden world of modern cinema, I can't think of A Better Place to look than this dark and disturbing movie. But I mean that in a good way.
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