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Cloverfield (2 Disc Special Edition) [DVD]


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  • Actors: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Vogel, Odette Yustman, Jessica Lucas
  • Directors: Matt Reeves
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Danish, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Jun 2008
  • Run Time: 81 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (374 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015S0P7Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 40,313 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Revolves around a monster attack in New York as told from the point of view of a small group of people.

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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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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 6 Aug 2008
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 By Paul M VINE VOICE on 8 Jun 2008
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 By Edward Mills on 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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At last.. a film reflecting mankind's knowledge about extraterrestrial life in the universe (nil, so far). This film is a new and serious benchmark in this genre, raising many questions about ourselves (the human race) as a species, whilst portraying a disturbingly realistic interpretation of potential life that may or may not exist in this vast and unknown universe. Whilst new planets orbiting distant stars are being discovered on an almost daily basis it seems impossible to conceive what form of life (or intelligent life) may exist 'out there', Cloverfield brilliantly represents what may be just a normal day in the life of a particular (and successful) species.
Whilst the filming style is challenging to the viewer (almost nauseating at times) the underlying message given (almost immediately) could turn out to be an extremely important one for mankind, and one that may indeed shape our future. Overall the film very cleverly underlines our entire lack of knowledge regarding life in the universe (our orion arm of the milky way at the very least, consisting of an estimated 1.5 billion stars - a mere quarter of our own galaxy) and brazenly deviates from the traditionally human-sized lifeforms (such as alien, predator, war of the worlds etc). The subject is an entirely open book. Regarding future generations in particular this may turn out to be one of the most important films within the sci-fi genre made so far.. utterly superb.
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