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The Butterfly Effect (2 Disc Limited Collectors Steelbook Edition) [2004] (Theatrical Version + Directors cut) (Region 2) (Import)


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  • Actors: Ashton Kutcher, Melora Walters, Amy Smart, Elden Henson, William Lee Scott
  • Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Director's Cut, DTS Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005EB6BL2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 398,064 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Audio: English. No English Subtitles. Theatrical version: 109 min. Directors version: 115 min. Features: Deleted Scenes, Alternate Endings, Directors Commentary, Storyboard Gallery, Special Visual Effects And More. Change One Thing. Change Everything. A young man struggling to get over disturbing memories from his childhood discovers that he is able to travel back in time and alter events in the past. However, every change he makes transforms his life and that to those around him, often to unexpected and disastrous consequences.

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Lord TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Jun 2007
Format: DVD
This is an extremely clever, moving and well acted film, and a good antidote to the type of film in which changing the past is made to appear relatively straightforward. But it packs a major sting in the tail and is not one to watch if you want to be cheered up.

The title "The Butterfly effect" is a reference to the behaviour of sensitive systems under chaos theory, and the film starts with the famous quote about how the flap of a butterfly's wings can cause a tornado on the other side of the world six months later. The film could almost have been subtitled "Or: The Law of Unintended Consequences."

The central character is Evan, a boy whose father and grandfather died in mental hospitals and who appears to have inherited a strange condition from them. Evan is portrayed brilliantly as a young adult by Ashton Kutcher, as a 7-year old by Logan Lerman, and as a teenager by John Patrick Amedori.

As a boy Evan has blackouts at times of extreme stress when he does things which can be very strange and scary, and then has no memory of them. To try to help with this, his mother (Melora Walters) encourages him to keep a daily journal.

Evan grows up to become a brilliant student, and then discovers than by reading his diaries and concentrating he can send his consciousness, including his adult memories, back to the time he was reading about. Then he realises that he can try to change the past.

After the suicide of his childhood friend Kayleigh (played as an adult by Amy Smart) Evan sends his mind back to a traumatic childhood event, which he correctly identifies as the start of the process which put Kayleigh on the path to despair and premature death.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "laurence2709" on 29 July 2004
Format: DVD
Despite mixed reviews prior to seeing this, I thought this film was an absolute gem. The cast were well introduced at the start and you were led thru the film with mysterious gaps which were filled later on, shocking the audience at times. Subject matter was occasionally difficult but this made it all the more believeable in our hero's responses. Anything that offers a temporal paradox allows the mind to fulfil the 'whatif' question. It gets you thinking but this movie was difficult to 2nd guess which in my view makes for a great and unpredictable film rather than one where I'm climbing the walls waiting for it to end so I can get on with my life. Enjoy!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By S. G. Mcphillips on 9 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
I have purchased this film and seen the original version in the cinema. Part of the DVD extras is a set of alternative ednings to this film, of which - the original ending isn't one of them!!! In the uk we saw a different cut of the film then our american counterparts... but alas this ending(and i might add the best of all the alternatives offered) is nowhere to be seen. It's a shame, as this is an outstanding film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By mister joe on 15 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
The Butterfly Effect most certainly caught me off guard,here i was replete with snobbish indifference{it stars Ashton Demi Kutcher} expecting some moronic supernatural bag of air but instead viewed a thematically profound,expertly written close to masterpiece movie.Gosh.
I am not going to pontificate about the meaning of the butterfly effect,i will leave that to the rather more elequoent reviewers.The conceit of this movie of one's place and actions in life is ingenious,exploring different ways in which events can transpire thus almost giving the viewer 3 films in one.Hey....i am always up for a bargain in these times of debt.
This is one of those rarities of a Hollwood movie with admirable motivations,a story that aims for the heart rather then the wallet.Definetly an example of a studio taking a risk,film makers being brave....
There is a real tangible emotional landscape to this movie,the actors are top notch veering physically,emotionally through different realities.Issue wise you have incest,abuse,regret,love,hate...beautifully poignant stuff that we go through as people.Stuff we live,stuff we suffer...you know stuff...baggage.
Butterfly Effect is pardon the cliche a rollercoaster of a movie and if you have not viewed it get in,ponder.
Beautiful,thought provoking mainstream cinema.
How often can you say that?
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "cynicaljon" on 20 Nov 2004
Format: DVD
I expected little of this film, only watching it out of a vague interest in its premise and was very pleasantly surprised. There is quite a lot of violence but it is a far from gory film in my eyes and it adds to, rather than detracts from the storyline. The use of violence is necessary to make the dramatic effects these events have on the character's lives plausible. It raises interesting questions about momentary events from our past which ultimely shape us and decide the entire course of our lives.
The many alternate realities 'Evan' (Ashton Kutcher) experiences are fascinating and the viewer is also completely drawn into the series of highly interesting twists. Whilst watching this film I could imagine no other reality than the one presented before me, there was little room for criticism which is why I am so surprised this film received some quite bad reviews elsewhere. Do not believe them, this film is a definite must-see. Other reviewers have commented on the depressing ending but I did not feel let down by it in any way and Evan's 'final solution' is the only one he could have reached. It is a very satisfying finish with none of the cliches of a traditional Hollywood ending.
This film is very Donnie Darko-esque, but although it deals with dark issues such as paedophilia it lacks the very depressing atmosphere of Donnie Darko. Without this heavy atmosphere it takes the transition from the possible horror movie (as some would call Donnie Darko) to a very rare find indeed-a film which does not depress but still evokes powerful emotions and deep thought. An excellent film.
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