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Brothers Mcmullen [Blu-ray] [US Import]

Edward Burns    Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Edward Burns
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Mar 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Edward Burns's debut film as an actor-director, The Brothers McMullen, makes a virtue of its limited budget in the same way John Sayles's The Return of the Secaucus 7 did in 1980. Stuck with limited technical means, Burns wisely puts his energies into a sophisticated story, knowing an audience couldn't care less about lighting problems if they're caught up in a terrific, character-driven movie with good actors. The tale concerns three adult brothers (Burns, Jack Mulcahy, Mike McGlone) whose complications in love and problems with commitment are rooted in their common experiences in a violent, loveless family. Burns has a hang- loose style that keeps the film from getting drunk on intense drama. He sets up the emotional backdrop and lets the characters' lives speak for themselves. Moreover, this is a filmmaker who enjoys life too much to spread any more misery; Burns delights as much in the things that aren't necessarily good for people--illicit lovers, castration anxiety, too much time with one's family, too much beer--as those things that are. The results are frequently very funny. --Tom Keogh

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb film that stands out from the rest. 11 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is the film that brought Edward Burns to everyone's attention and rightly so. If you want one of the standard glossy romantic films or a drama filled with special effects that seem to be the norm these days then this is not it. But if you want a film that is refreshingly different then this defintely the best. It is well written and well acted. It may not be big budget but I can't say I even noticed, I was too busy watching as the three brothers struggle to make sense of their confused lives and relationships. You'll laugh and relate as Ed Burns takes the ordinary things in life and injects reality and humour which is often missing from current films. This film is funny, charming, dramatic and touching. In a word. Fantastic.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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With this debut Film Ed Burns took hollywood by the scruff off the neck and showed them how to make a male romantic comedy. The struggle between the three brothers to make sense of their turbulent childhood is more confused as they try to make sense of their own lives and the repecussions their father has had on them. all of the characters give you something to like about them even the whiney patrick character. if you come from an irish upbringing this will strike a chord or two. Burns makes a superb debut film which is more remarkable as the budget was non existent, but the writing, directing and acting is all superb a worthy winner at the sundance film festival!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brillant film 31 Jan 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A great feel-good film about American Irish family. If you are a proud Irish you will love this film its great
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3.0 out of 5 stars Understandably Average. 17 April 2012
By Phil
I bought this film because it's a classic example of a low budget film that did really well.
You do get carried along with the characters and the plot moves pretty quickly.
Some good performances too, but it's a bit dated now. I wouldn't watch it again.
If you buy it, just keep in mind it was made for next to nothing.
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