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Cloverfield [DVD] [2008] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Mike Vogel , Jessica Lucas , Matt Reeves    DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Mike Vogel, Jessica Lucas, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller, Michael Stahl-David
  • Directors: Matt Reeves
  • Writers: Drew Goddard
  • Producers: Bryan Burk, David Baronoff, Guy Riedel, J.J. Abrams, Sherryl Clark
  • Format: AC-3, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 22 April 2008
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (367 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014Z4OQG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,086 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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One of the first things a viewer notices about Cloverfield is that it doesn't play by ordinary storytelling rules, making this intriguing horror film as much a novelty as an event. Told from the vertiginous point-of-view of a camcorder-wielding group of friends, Cloverfield begins like a television soap opera about young Manhattanites coping with changes in their personal lives. Rob (Michael Stahl-David) is leaving New York to take an executive job at a company in Japan. At his goodbye party in a crowded loft, Rob’s brother Jason (Mike Vogel) hands a camcorder to best friend Hud (T.J. Miller), who proceeds to tape the proceedings over old footage of Rob’s ex-girlfriend, Beth (Odette Yustman)--images shot during happy times in their ex-relationship. Naturally, Beth shows up at the party with a new beau, bumming Rob out completely. Just before one's eyes glaze over from all this heartbreaking stuff (captured by Hud, who's something of a doofus, in laughably shaky camerawork), the unexpected happens: New York is suddenly under attack from a Godzilla-like monster stomping through midtown and destroying everything and everybody in sight. Rob and company hit the streets, but rather than run with other evacuees, they head toward the center of the storm so that Rob can rescue an injured Beth. There are casualties along the way, but the journey into fear is fascinating and immediate if emotionally remote--a consequence of seeing these proceedings through the singular, subjective perspective of a camcorder and of a story that intentionally leaves major questions unanswered: Who or what is this monster? Where did it come from? The lack of a backstory, and spare views of the marauding creature, are clever ways by producer J.J. Abrams and director Matt Reeves to keep an audience focused exclusively on what’s on the screen. But it also makes Cloverfield curiously uninvolving. Ultimately, Cloverfield, with its spectacular effects brilliantly woven into a home-video look, is a celebration of infinite possibilities in this age of accessible, digital media. -Tom Keogh

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Stahl-David/Vogel/Caplain ~ Cloverfield

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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A 5 star movie with 3 star extras. 6 Aug 2008
By i wrote this TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Like the Matrix 10 years ago Cloverfield has set a new standard for action cinema. Movie snobs often dismiss genre movies like this one as low brow. But the genius of Cloverfield is it's structure; the whole movie is an exercise in keeping an audience on the edge of their seats and it works. Every time it looks like things couldn't possibly get worse they do, then just when things look like they've calmed down a tad the next shock hits. None of which sounds that impressive, until you see just how well it's done here.

Although there's nothing oscar worthy from the cast the films is buoyed along by some convincing performances and humor in particular is played just right: it's funny but not so funny that you relax. The story pulls surprisingly few punches and even seems a little daring for a big budget action movie, culminating in a conclusion that stayed with me long after the movie finished; it's often I've said that about a film of this type. Best of all there is more to Cloverfield then just digital effects and screaming. The main characters find themselves caught between an apparently unstoppable natural force and a military or authoritarian presence that is potentially just as deadly (it's not clear which is responsible for the climatic scene under the bridge). As such the story is a fitting parable for the modern mindset of the average person in the west at this time in history: little people caught between corporate hunger, rising and falling political empires, wars they don't understand, apparently uncatchable enemies who wage war in urban areas and of course the environmental holocaust Hollywood has worked so hard to prophecy. The end result reminded me of the sense of powerless desperation that came from watching 'An Inconvenient Truth' for the first time.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars MONSTROUS. 8 Jun 2008
By Paul M VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Having waited for this movie to be released on dvd, i am pleased to say how impressive Cloverfield actually is.A genuinely original monster movie [ if somewhat disturbing, bearing in mind its obvious use of the terrible events of 9 / 11 as a not so subtle reference point ].It is a tense, intellegent and deliberately downbeat film that cleverly disguises its big budget effects through nifty single shot,or out of alignment camera work.This gives Cloverfield the real sense of putting the viewer right into the thick of the action,in a way that few recent movies have matched.

With some brilliantly tense set pieces [and the occasional flaw],Cloverfield is terrific entertainment,and one of the few movies in recent years to justify its build up.

EXTRAS,

The extras on the second disc are adequate, but an opportunity was missed to fully expand on the Cloverfield phenomenon.Where for example are the excellent "news" stories that previewed the film? These would have been most welcome and genuinely in keeping with the story, as would a documentary outlining the whole internet buzz surrounding the film.

What you do get are 5 minutes of deleted scenes[ of minimal consequence ], 2 alternative endings [ ditto],a "making of" documentary which oddly enough erodes some of the mystique surrounding the film.
By far the most interesting are the "in film" mini documentaries that are accessable via icons as the film progresses.However be warned they will unintentionally upset the flow of the movie if you decide to watch them as part of your viewing experience ["news" footage or other stuff relating to the plot may have been more useful in keeping with the spirit of the film].
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a monster movie, pure and simple. 6 Aug 2008
Format:Blu-ray
Many reviewers didn't love Cloverfield due to a lack of substance in the characters and others questioning why the guy didn't just drop the camera to begin with considering the situation. However, I can't help but feel when considering what sort of film we're witnessing, where is the harm in suspending one's belief system and allowing ourselves to believe and be absorbed? The hectic camera and the incredible special effects come together so well, I find it hard to believe that anyone could claim that Cloverfield, at the very least, isn't a ground breaking movie that pulls out all the stops. Cloverfield was never meant to be anything but a straight up monster film, and that's exactly what it is. Incredible from start to finish, and even better when watched in high definition.
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244 of 298 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marmite 9 April 2008
By P. R. Hughes VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
My two cents. I feel quite protective of this movie. Rant alert!

There are a lot of people who didn't like this film because they got sick from the handicam work. I can understand this - I'd be a bit cross if I paid for my ticket and then watched a jerky movie that made me feel sick. Fair enough. I was lucky, I didn't feel sick.

However, there are also a lot of people who are rubbishing this film for a lack of character development or plot subtlety. I find this baffling. Er... guess what? This isn't a Merchant Ivory film. It's a monster movie. The poster with the decapitated Statue of Liberty covered in claw marks was a bit of a clue. I don't recall any criticism of "Four Weddings and a Funeral" based on its lack of rampaging monsters, now why was that? Ah yes, it was because "Four Weddings" was a romcom, not a visceral monster movie. There aren't any finely detailed and lovingly developed character relationships in Cloverfield because about 50% of the screentime the characters are screaming, or running, and the other 50% they are screaming AND running. I also object to the people saying "they're just whiney New Yorkers, I wanted to see them die". What??? What a lovely perspective! They're not that "whiney" - in fact they're pretty damn brave (I think I'd probably have a bit of a moan if a monster was inconsiderate enought to destroy London when I was in the middle of it and kill all my friends) and I loved the conceit of the cutting between the live "Cloverfield" footage and the historical footage on the camera of the couple on their one perfect day out together - it certainly tugged at my heartstrings, and offered a great contrast with the carnage in the present.

Then there are people who are just saying that this film is "bad".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars "10/10 not to be missed"..........
........runs the trailer on the cover of the DVD. This film doesn't work on any level! Hints of The Blair Witch Project, characters that you simply cannot sympathise/empathise... Read more
Published 13 days ago by Chulsk
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 15 days ago by Tracie Chant
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
BRILLIANT FILM
Published 1 month ago by MRS annette lawrence
4.0 out of 5 stars Great
Many people will dislike this movie because of the shaky cam. However, I was very surprised at the amount of 1 star reviews. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin
5.0 out of 5 stars One mans quest to rescue the love of his life amidst some truly scary...
I did not buy cloverfield on blu ray from amazon.co.uk but I just finished rewatching it and I wanted to share my thoughts. Cloverfield is an epic film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by BigAl82
4.0 out of 5 stars As much as I love the movie
As much as I love the movie, the 2 disc special edition is pointless. I had hoped for some extra footage or something
Published 1 month ago by Christopher Sims
5.0 out of 5 stars Cloverfield movie magic!
One of the best movie releases going back 20 years! Very fine story, acting, effects etc etc. We could not of asked for anymore than what was given here except Super 8 of course! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lincoln
5.0 out of 5 stars i am very easily pleased, so if you are the kind of person who is...
personalty i love it alot this is a good horror/alien invasion film i strongly recommend it to anyone who likes eather of those kinds of film ; )
Published 4 months ago by jonny
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film - but someone can't count
No idea why it took me so long to get round to watching this, but it very much lived up to my expectations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Glyn Evans
3.0 out of 5 stars clover
a good film but hard for me to understand it I think it was about aliens but I could be wrong
Published 8 months ago by mad hat55
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