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  • Actors: Elijah Wood
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Jan. 2013
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000CQO3QE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,316 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Glen Ramirez on 27 May 2006
Format: DVD
This was truly a hidden gem! Visually stunning, a beautiful touching story and some wonderful acting. Ukranian born Eugene Hutz was an excellent choice to play Alex, the "tour guide" of this movie. 33 year-old Hutz's only prior film credits were a movie "short" and a documentary in 2004 (he is better known as the singer, lyricist and visionary of the acclaimed gypsy punk rock band 'Gogol Bordello'). This comedy/drama will keep you fascinated for the entire 105 minutes. The deleted scenes are also very enjoyable but would have been a bit "overboard" on the comedic side. Elijah Wood is very good as the solemn, google-eyed American who embarks on this journey through the beautiful Ukranian country side along with Alex, Alex's Grandfather & their dog "Sammy Davis Jr. Jr.". As U.S. critics "Ebert & Roeper" reported on this movie, "Two Thumbs Up" (Roger Ebert gave it 3.5 out of 4 stars).

This movie begins in goofiness and ends in silence and memory. One of the best movies of the past year.
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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Dec. 2005
Format: DVD
On very rare occasions, it's a good idea not to follow the book.
Jonathan Safran Foer's cult novel "Everything Is Illuminated" has a wild chronology, and the journey is sprinkled with magical realism and countless flashbacks to minor characters. It COULD be crammed into a film, but it would not be a very accessible one. In fact, it might be almost unwatchable.
Enter actor Liev Schreiber, who chopped out much of the backstory and focused on the "road movie in the Ukraine" storyline. No, it's not like the book. But taken on its own, "Everything Is Illuminated" is a a striking, humorous and poignant film. Schreiber should be proud.
Jonathan (Elijah Wood) has a funny fixation about remembering the past, which includes putting life souvenirs in plastic baggies and taping them to the wall. So his curiosity is piqued when his grandmother tells him of Augustina, a woman who rescued his grandfather during World War II. With only a ring and a photo to guide him, Jonathan travels to the Ukraine to find Augustine.
He's met at the station by Alex (Eugene Hutz), a hip-hop tour guide who speaks his own peculiar dialect, Alex's weird, melancholy grandad (Stephen Samudovsky), and grandad's "seeing eye b*tch." As they search the Ukraine for Augustine, if she is still alive, Jonathan begins to learn about the ways the past infringes on the present -- and a bit about himself as well.
Schreiber apparently decided to adapt "Everything Is Illuminated" when he began to chronicle his own family history, and discovered that it was strikingly similar to Foer's novel. For a beloved cult novel, editing and reshaping is a risky business.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2006
Format: DVD
On the rarest of occasions, a movie comes along that reminds us all that cinema, in its purest form, is an art form, a means to express truth and beauty in the most affecting of ways. Everything is Illuminated is one of these rare films. It truly is, as has already been said, a metaphysical journey, one that takes the viewer all the way to the very heart of humanity, evoking both its darkest and lightest aspects along the way.

As much as I loved this film, I have no doubts whatsoever that some viewers will find it exceedingly boring. This is a slow, introspective film that unwinds itself slowly onto the viewer's psyche, replete with long dramatic pauses and what I would call deep internal acting. In other words, a close-up on a character's face can sometimes be more revealing than an extended piece of dialogue. I imagine that some will also leave the film feeling as if everything wasn't quite illuminated for them. It would have been a mistake for the scriptwriter to come right out and explain the meaning of everything, though. True illumination can only come from within. In addition to that, the emotional reverberations set off by this story would have been stilled by a direct disclosure of its secrets, thereby robbing the film of its greatest strength.

Everything is Illuminated could have been less quirky, though - I'll give you that one. In a way, though, the quirkiness only makes the film more memorable and endearing. Early on, in particular, it's hard to tell if Elijah Wood's acting is brilliant or awful, as his character is essentially a human automaton with an immovably emotionless face. Attired in his somber suit of black, he doesn't exactly fit in with the rural Ukrainian population.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Yorkshire Lass on 6 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
I rented this film because I'd heard some good things about it, not really expecting much. I found extremely moving at times - I was in tears for the last 30 minutes or so (it is after all about a Jewish man going to the Ukraine and trying to find the woman who saved the life of his grandfather from the Nazis).

So don't rent this expecting to see just another quirky indie flick, its much more than that - watch this film with an open mind. This film is funny, sad and heartwarming at the same time. It is well acted and well cast and some of the scenery is breathtaking. I would not hesitate to recommend this film to those who wish to find a little illumination in their own lives.

I am now going to buy a copy of this to keep in my own collection.
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