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Catfish [DVD]


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  • Directors: Henry Joost
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 10 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MCJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,589 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman are young New York media types who document their lives as a matter of course. So when photographer Yaniv, Ariel’s brother with whom they share office space, receives an email from Abby, an 8-year-old Michigan girl, seeking permission to paint one of his photographs, their recordings suddenly get a lot more interesting. As abby’s paintings start to arrive thick and fast, Yaniv strikes up a Facebook and phone relationship not just with Abby but also her mom and her older sister Megan. Soon Yaniv and Megan are flirting like mad but a troubling discovery arouses his suspicions and he sets off to Michigan - with the filmmakers in tow.

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Jan. 2011
Format: DVD
Catfish is a 'documentary' about Yaniv 'Nev' Schulman, a young, budding New-York photographer. Three months after one of Yaniv's photos is published in the New York Sun he receives a package from Michigan-based, 8-year old, child-prodigy Abby Pierce containing a painting of his photo. Taken aback by the quality of the work and generosity of the artist, he befriends Abby via Facebook in a completely innocent and benign way as they exchange photos and canvas.

Always on the lookout for interesting subject material, Yaniv's brother Ariel decides to document their electronic relationship as it progresses as Yaniv talks to Abby's mom Angela, her half-sister Megan and a few other friends in her life. Yaniv falls for Megan hard after an extended online relationship and is desperate to finally meet her. Alarm bells begin to ring after Megan becomes evasive and certain things she has told him do not tie-up. Yaniv decides to confront Megan by showing up at her house unannounced with extremely interesting results...

Putting the controversy aside about whether Catfish is real or staged, it's an amazing story nonetheless which I won't ruin for you by disclosing the plot. I was captivated for the full 86 minutes as the tale is told through shots of Yaniv's Googlemaps, Facebook messages, text back-and-forths and phone calls. It's edgy and well filmed, despite the majority being shot on handy-cams and I honestly felt involved enough with the story to understand what was going through Yaniv's head as his brother and friend ask him for his POV on what's going down.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This is a film which is able to combine bad photography and annoying Internet social networking. Nev Schulman (Nev Schulman) is being filmed as the topic of someone filming someone. And we know it is real because they start off with a close up of him eating. He meets a family from upstate Michigan on-line (he lives in NYC) and they hit it off really well as they communicate on Facebook, text, and he breaks down and makes a few phone calls. The 8 year old girl paints, the older daughter records music, and mom is a hottie too.

Driving back from Colorado, and congrats to all of you that make it this far into the film, they decide to detour to Michigan to meet the people who he has had an on-line relationship. All is not what it seems. And while there is a twist, rest assure the boredom doesn't end. At this point the movie would have been better if the family wore fake looking rubber masks and were cannibals.

When a DVD cover must use single words cut out of a review to promote itself, that generally means they couldn't use the whole statement without making themselves look bad. Intrigue? Suspense? Provocative? Give me a break.

Parental Guide: No f-bombs sex, or nudity. Adult sex talk.
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By BrownPolar on 23 Jan. 2015
Format: DVD
This absorbing and highly entertaining, little gem of a film is a great achievement for two important reasons.

Firstly, it is convincing proof for any budding filmmaker that, if you have the right idea and the determination, a successful film can be made with minimum resources. While low-budget films like ‘Clerks’ have already proved this in the past, ‘Catfish’ amply demonstrates the possibility that a couple of creative people can now make a feature film just at home with a few video cameras and a laptop, at least as a complete video storyboard. If the raw product is as compelling enough as what ‘Catfish’ has been in its first cut, getting a distributor behind would be much easier than pitching a storyline or a script to a studio and hoping for a miracle. Hundreds, if not thousands, of astonishing videos are now uploaded daily on filmmakers’ video sites like Vimeo by creative young talents who ooze with great potential. I believe that a great, cinema renaissance is just around the corner, when this budding talent gets to realise their true potential, and that the online multimedia revolution, which is shaping up rapidly now, will give these young people the platform that has been denied so far by the studio establishment.

Secondly, ‘Catfish’ is a wake up call to the millions of social media addicts who tend to forget that appearances in the virtual world, that is the web, can be so much more deceptive than those in real life. People lie and can be devious in the real world, but once behind a computer screen, almost everyone feels safe enough to appear as ‘awesome’ as possible, sometimes creating a persona that is an altar ego of a naturally flawed personality. Such deceptions can be just innocent in most cases, but they can lead to abuse and violence in extreme instances.
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Format: DVD
I could (and often do) watch this film over and over and over again. There's probably not much to be said that hasn't already been said, but for those of you who like to see just how complicated, weird, deceitful, clever, stupid and bizarre some people can be in the pursuit of love, then this film is most definitely your boy. It will possibly be unsurpassed as a documentary of someone's slow motion car crash of a love life, and is most surely a lesson to us all in one way or another. My only gripe is that the extras on this could have included the mini-show of Nev meeting Megan, but you can always youtube that. BUT only after you've seen the whole film first. Don't miss this!!
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