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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (99 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004C9MCJ2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,292 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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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24 of 26 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 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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As someone who watches 'Catfish: The TV Show' I was interested to see this as it's Nev's story.It's gripping, thought provoking and at times disturbing. It's also very sad, it shows how manipulative these 'Catfish' can be and the damage that can be done through their deceit.

Many people meet online now (often successfully - I know of married couples who are very happy) but pretending to be someone you're not is never going to end well. A lot of people have self esteem issues, and spending time online may be attractive to those who are isolated yet lack confidence to mix in the 'real' world. It's too easy to forget that the online world is not a real one, in that people can very easily not be what they what seem. Perhaps todays image conscious, photoshop obsessed society doesn't help with this and contributes to encouraging people to pretend they look like models when they don't. But the sad, often forgotten reality is no one looks like that, even models and celebrities look different without their make up, hair extensions and airbrushing. I guess the problem is pretending to be someone you're not is that once you've established that identity, it can't be easy to back track.

I'm always struck by the kindness and humanity shown by Nev and Max in the TV show, and how they try to see both sides. Seeing this film has helped me appreciate that so much more. How Nev's story turned out was pretty shocking, but how he responded shows what an amazing person he is.

A fascinating docu-drama, not really a thriller, but it's gripping and makes you think.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kiz on 8 Feb 2014
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I watched this yesterday, it just shows you what the reality can be if you talk to people online. It's truly an amazing film and I want to watch it again I'm glad that I can.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roger on 24 Jan 2014
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This DVD is really worth watching !! Must be seen this was a present for my daughter she loves the tv show
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. Whitehead TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 May 2011
Format: DVD
In 2007, a photographer in New York City, Nev Schulman, was surprised to receive a parcel in the post containing a painting. It was a painting of a picture of his that had been published in The New York Sun some weeks earlier, and the artist was apparently only eight years old. Intrigued, Schulman began corresponding with Abby, the artist, online under her mother Angela's supervision. His brother Ariel and friend Henry, amateur film-makers, smell a potential good story here and begin filming Nev's interactions with Abby's family by phone and computer. Nev also comes into contact with Abby's family members via Facebook, particularly her 19-year-old sister Megan, whom he starts 'Internet dating'. Since the family live many hundreds of miles away in Michigan, the chances of meeting them soon do not appear to be likely.

Whilst working on a project in Colorado, the trio start to find holes in the story presented to them. Megan, who sings and plays guitar and piano, sends Nev some songs she's recorded, but he finds that they are recordings of songs from YouTube. Googling reveals no mention of Abby's artistic skills in local media. Nev becomes concerned over being scammed, and they decide to detour to Michigan on the way home to learn the truth.

Catfish is an interesting film that was released last year after proving a storm at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It then triggered a significant wave of controversy, though we'll come to that in a moment. It's easy to see why the film has been praised: it's a zeitgeist-capturing movie about people who forge relationships online where the details presented by the parties involved may be exaggerated or indeed fabricated altogether.
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