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Elizabethtown [DVD] [2005] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Orlando Bloom , Kirsten Dunst , Cameron Crowe    DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill
  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Andy Fischer, Donald J. Lee Jr., Paula Wagner, Tom Cruise
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb 2006
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,012 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Elizabethtown has all of the elements of a great Cameron Crowe movie, but none of the Cameron Crowe vision that made Almost Famous work. It's mostly a series of sweet moments, each capped with the right song at the right time; in fact, the soundtrack is the real star of the movie, and the right song is all there is to piece together a film that is much less than the sum of its parts.

From the start of Elizabethtown, big contrasts are evoked: death and life, success and failure are side by side, so we're told. When the movie starts, Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) is experiencing failure and death in spades: the shoe he spent eight years designing for Mercury (a thinly-veiled copy of Nike) has been recalled, costing his company $972 million dollars. On the verge of a suicide attempt, he learns his father has died, and Drew flies to Kentucky to retrieve the body to Oregon for cremation. On the red-eye to Louisville he meets Claire Colburn (Kirsten Dunst), a perky flight attendant with a charming flair for cute lines ("I'm impossible to forget, but I’m hard to remember," she chirps). Once in Elizabethtown, Drew tries to plan a memorial while dealing with relatives who have their own agenda in addition to his manic family back in Oregon, all while facing the reality that in a few days he'll be known nationally as one of his industry's most legendary failures. Yet still he manages to connect with Claire on an all-night cell phone conversation--complete with the requisite watching of the sunrise--and to strike up a furtive romance.

So we now have death and life side by side. But despite these dramatic shifts, what sets up to be a roller coaster ride of a film flattens out to a milquetoast middle ground with no real life of its own. Drew Baylor has suffered two tragic personal losses in the course of one day, but you wouldn't know it from Bloom's lethargic performance. There's not much to Claire either. Her whole character is made up mostly of cutesy quotable lines and mysterious little smirks. In the end, Elizabethtown is a film that doesn't know what it wants to be, and unfortunately there's no payoff, other than a few memorable lines and a great soundtrack.--Dan Vancini

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by the cynics of this world! 22 April 2006
By Big.E
I can't believe EVERYONE has slagged this off! No, Orlando Bloom is not the world's most articulate actor. Yes, this may be a bit of a departure for Kirsten Dunst. No, it's probably not Cameron Crowe's best film. But it's far from the awful, eye-gouging dreariness that people seem to be trying to convince everyone it is.

Obviously, I'm a bit out-numbered here, so logic would dictate maybe you should rent it or borrow it before buying it. But it has got heart, and some genuinely comedic moments. It's basically about one guys journey from being virtually alienated from his family, living in a very emotionally shallow world, to finding himself and having a purpose in life.

Yes, the overall theme of it is a bit soppy, and if you thrive on thought-provoking, convention-questioning endings then you won't be satisfied. But if you want a warm, feelgood, redemption movie, (maybe "redemption" is a bit too dramatic, but you'll get what I mean), then please give it the time it deserves and take it for a spin.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ignore everyone's the truth... 12 April 2006
After just watching 'Elizabethtown' for the first time this evening, I thought I'd check it out on Amazon so I could get myself a copy. When I found it, I was shocked to read such negative reviews of it, and thus felt compelled to tell you a different point of view.
I thoroughly enjoyed this film. If you like Cameron Crowe's work on Almost Famous, then you can't help but love this. It captures a very similar mood and atmosphere and holds many of the key signature themes/references that make Crowe's work so magical. There are some truely wonderful moments in it and Kirsten Dunst is, as always, enchanting. She was a the typically beautiful and bewildering leading lady that Crowe seems to capture so well. Like a combination of Crowe's own creation Penny Lane, and Natalie Portman's character in Zach Braff's Garden State. Though not usually a fan of Orlando Bloom's work, I learnt to love him in this. The chemistry is perfect between them, although I sometimes wished it was Billy Crudup standing in his place.
The star of the movie however would have to be the soundtrack. Crowe is the soundtrack master, and this film is probably the best example of this. The final 20 minutes of the film (which is by far the best bit) is set to some of the best picked songs ever played in film. Even if the film doesn't tickle your fancy, try the is pure genius.
All in all, I was truely captured by this film, and would recommend it to anyone with a soul and a love of good guitar music.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Life's A Journey 12 Feb 2007
By Joanne
Forget the critiques of "Boy-Meets-Girl". Wasn't it Homer [...] who said that in literature, there are basically only ever 7 storylines ?.

Suspend your serious side for this movie and just enjoy the ride. I found the observation of characters (big town back to small town) intensely funny and accurate, coming from an urban area surrounded by rural small towns and villages. I realised the mortality of my parents, a key message in the film, tell them what you think of them before it's too late. And ok, Kirsten Dunst's character may focus on her glass being half-full rather than half-empty but my wife has done things for me such as a treasure trail for a Valentine's Day gift, (like the route trip planner in the book but on a smaller scale) etc and these are the sort of things that matter to me in a relationship and I'm sure that many blokes would agree.

Apart from the witty observations of characters in the movie, and I found so much to laugh or smile at in the film, the soundtrack is just out of this world, in it's variety and it's piecing together of the right emotions with the right clips. I have ordered both volumes on CD and I hope I will one day, drive this trip.

It's not action packed, it's not in your face, there's no special fx but if you want a feel-good movie that demands your concentration, this is one of the best and most enjoyable movies that I have seen.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Brilliance 12 Aug 2006
This film will make you sit back and think about life for the better, brilliant from start to finish. Orlando Bloom plays Drew Baylor who has lost his job, girlfriend and things can't get worse. He is about to end it all when he finds out his father has died and his family are relying on him to go his father's hometown, Elizabethtown to make the necessary arrangements. On the way he meets Claire (Kirsten Dunst)who projects a positive energy into Drew's life and things will never be the same. Kirsten Dunst lights up the screen and gives a excellent performance. Also there is a good supporting performance form Susan Sarandon. I recommend this film to anyone, watch it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tears-- who said blokes dont cry? 2 Aug 2006
this film brought a new sense of the meaning of life to me. For the future i have with my children, remembering the past with my parents. tears of joy, tears of sadness but a happy feeling in the end. I need a roadtrip!!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM! ONE THAT WILL BE REMEMBERED 3 Feb 2007
I have just watched this movie and came on to Amazon to see what others are saying about it. The sincerity of it is what touched me the most and there was plenty of story, it was a well paced movie with plenty of character development.

To be fair I started off with misgivings, I only watched the movie because I am an Orlando Bloom fan and I didn't know anything about the plotline. I am not a Kirsten Dunst fan and after watching her on screen during her first scene I was sure I was going to hate the movie. BUT, from the long phone scene onwards I was hooked. I'm even starting to become a fan of Kirsten Dunst now, she shone in this film.

You couldn't say that Orlando Bloom and Kirsten Dunst were made for their roles and that they made them their own, I am sure there are other actors out there who could have done equally good jobs, but they both turned in A* performances.

Sure it was predictable in the sense that he was always going to get the girl, don't the boy and girl always end up together?! But they got together in an unpredictable way and at first I thought this movie was going to break the mould.

You do have to suspend disbelief in some areas but you know what? Ultimately the main characters are so 'real' that you can really relate to them and it kind of gets you thinking that if it could happen to them it could happen to you too.

This is a great film, it's the sort of film where as the end credits started to roll I found myself sitting on the sofa smiling to myself, thinking how wonderful yet bittersweet life can be, and then I started planning a roadtrip!! (if you don't know what I mean by that, watch the movie!!!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old order
Excellent film. Delivery ok ( as far as I can remember). Amazon have produced each time I have ordered and I do recommend.
Published 4 months ago by Dafydd ap Gwilym
4.0 out of 5 stars better than is should be..
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great road trip movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars .
This is a really good film, I'd seen a small part of it on the tv and decided to buy the DVD. It's worth a watch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet
It's a sweet film about love and life. It takes a little bit of time to get in to the film but once you get into it it is well worth watching, definitely a film I will watch again... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bethany
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome film
This has been a long time favourite film of mine. Excellent feel good film with a soundtrack I love! Even the husband likes watching it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars very nice movie
I love this movie, it has a very inspiring and uplifting story, perfect to watch over and over again with an amazing soundtrack which is a must buy as well if you don't already own... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
surprisingly good. I had reasonable expectations of this but found the film quite delightful in the way it created an interesting storyline out of a low key start. Read more
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