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Extraordinary Measures [Blu-ray] [2010] [US Import]

Brendan Fraser , Keri Russell , Tom Vaughan    Blu-ray
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Keri Russell, Harrison Ford, Meredith Droeger, Diego Velazquez
  • Directors: Tom Vaughan
  • Writers: Geeta Anand, Robert Nelson Jacobs
  • Producers: Harrison Ford, Carla Santos Shamberg, Jordana Glick-Franzheim, Josh Rothstein, Karen Willaman
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 18 May 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZG97JM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 115,867 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Imagine Harrison Ford as a rogue scientist exploring not ancient artifacts of lost arks, but biochemical research to help cure rare diseases. In Extraordinary Measures, Ford manages to keep some of that wry rebellious Indiana Jones energy as he plays Dr. Robert Stonehill, a fringe researcher whose findings just might help keep alive the two children of John Crowley, played with heart and sobriety by Brendan Fraser. Extraordinary Measures is based on a true story, one chronicled in the gripping book The Cure: How a Father Raised $100 Million--and Bucked the Medical Establishment--in a Quest to Save His Children, by Wall Street Journal reporter Geeta Anand. The cast is excellent, with Ford tamping down his occasional urge to vamp for the camera, and Fraser grounded in his first true adult role. The supporting cast is also strong, including Keri Russell as Crowley's frantic wife, facing the near-certain death of both of her children; Dee Wallace, Jared Harris, and Courtney B. Vance also appear as strong supporting characters. Director Tom Vaughan switches gears from his wildly successful romp What Happens in Vegas to turn in a crisply paced and suspenseful family drama. As Crowley and Dr. Stonehill team up to raise money to support Stonehill's research, Crowley says, "Who's going to be half as motivated as the dad who's trying to save his own kids?" Extraordinary Measures brings to mind similar dramas like Lorenzo's Oil, but its heart and drive are unique to the story of the Crowleys, a very special family indeed. --A.T. Hurley

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth the watch 30 May 2010
By bernie VINE VOICE
An up-and-coming young businessman John (Brendan Fraser) and his wife Eileen (Keri Russell) find that their children are diagnosed with the genetic disease for which there is no known medical care at this time. After an exhausting search for a cure, John sees the promising work of Dr. Robert Stone Hill (Harrison Ford) and does whatever it takes to help Stone Hill complete his dream of a unique approach to a cure and in the process to cure John's children.

The story in itself based on a true story is quite intriguing and will hold your attention. However, an added plus is the realization that Brendan Fraser can actually act and does not have to be a "Dudley Do-right." Of course, Harrison Ford can act to but in this case, he pretty much plays himself again.

I have only seen the Blu-Ray version so I cannot compare it to others. I can say that the DVD extras are worth watching. They include the real people and the real story to compare the film with.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra Extraordinary 15 Aug 2010
Truly extraordinary.... The script... as it originates from a real life story.... the transition from real life to reel life is extraordinary too .. with powerhouse performer Harrison ford as Dr. Robert Stonehill.. Brendon Fraser as the desperate ,Loving dad.. Keri Russel as the supportive mom.. & the adorable kids..have performed so well that it seemed more real than reel .. The Disease..POMPE... deterioration of muscular functions due to the inability of the body to absorb sugar..which prevents all body functions & restricts lifespan to about 9 years in infants...Extraordinary diseases need Extraordinary measures.. as they say in the movie ... who else could be more motivated than a desperate father trying to save his is the story that tells you Love & faith can make you achieve things that seem ever so impossible... Enjoyable fare....
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a beautiful movie 5 Aug 2010
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can't help it - i love these movies about searches for cures to rare conditions: intrepid and courageous parents, the human refusal to give up even when everything is hopeless - and so on... yeah, sure, one could pick holes in this movie, if picking holes is what makes you feel good; but what makes ME feel good is a movie, any movie, about the indomitability of the human spirit, and optimism and courage prevailing over cynicism and despair. this movie may present the process of scientific discovery rather telescopically, but after all - it is a movie and time is limited. it tackled the matter of big business pharmaceuticals and their dollar-focussed, obsessively secretive procedures rather well, i thought.

as the icing on the cake, it had Harrison Ford as the crabby, brilliant, irascible, eccentric scientist - what more could a girl want? i enjoyed it enormously.
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this is truly an inspiring film about one mans struggle to find a cure for two of his children with a genetic disease that would cause their death by age nine, this film touches the heart in fact reaches right down and drags your heart onto you sleeve so you are cheering for him and is wonderful kids to find a cure in time for them, this is a true story and i would love to meet this man and shake him by the hand because the cure wouldnt just save his kids but thousands of others every year

pompe is a form of muscular dystrophy that kills children before or at age nine, its a slow steady deterotion the child losing more and more function until they cannot move and eventually die from heart failure

the fater john discovers a research doctor who has a theory on treatment, dr robert stonehill, harrison ford, who has a theory on a treatment that may help but dosnt have the funding to develop it, he and john join forces with john struggling to raise money to fund the research all the time with the imminent deaths of his own children hanging over him

im not going to tell you any more because i dont want to spoil the film for you but its truly a wonderful film and the fact its a true story only makes it more inspiring
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5.0 out of 5 stars recommend 18 Mar 2014
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This is a story that would find it's way to anyones heart and could happen to any family at any time
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4.0 out of 5 stars FRASER IN A SERIOUS ROLE 8 Oct 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
How can you not get emotional about parents crying to save the lives of their children in wheel chairs with drippy music playing in the background? If you aren't burnt out by after-school specials, then this movie is for you. Fraser delivers in a serious role. The movie uses the special relationship a father has with his daughter in order to move him to seek out a cure for Pompe. His son, who also has the illness, is marginalized in this film. Fraser, as en executive seeks out the help of anti-establishment Deadhead Dr. Stonehill, (loosely based on the real life Dr. Canfield) who has the best research on the subject. In real life Dr. Canfield had founded his own company and Fraser (Crowley) left his job to go work at this smaller firm, but that doesn't make good drama, as kids dying in wheel chairs isn't enough of an emotional roller coaster ride for us. The movie shifts gears and focuses on the internal conflicts at the research center which likewise didn't exist. In reality I got more choked up when Darth Vader died.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thank you 5 Sep 2013
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I loved this DVD. It is wonderful and hits spot. I will all was order from this source. I am glad to do that.

Jeanette Webber
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