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Extraordinary Measures [DVD] [2010]


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  • Actors: Brendan Fraser, Harrison Ford, Keri Russell
  • Directors: Tom Vaughan
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Jun. 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033AGIZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,628 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Fate and determination push idealistic father, John Crowley (Brendan Fraser, The Mummy) into joining forces with reclusive medical researcher, Dr. Robert Stonehill (Academy Award® nominee Harrison Ford, Best Actor in a leading role, Witness, 1985). Together, this unlikely pair face impossible odds as they battle the entire medical establishment and time itself to find a cure before it’s too late. Also starring Golden Globe® winner Kerri Russell, Extraordinary Measures is a true story of the power of love and faith against impossible odds. Inspired by the book “The Cure” by Pulitzer Prize Winning Writer Greeta Anand.

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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 By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 May 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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 By M. Dalal on 15 Aug. 2010
Format: DVD
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 kids..it 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 By The Cosmic Whelk on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By vera on 15 Feb. 2011
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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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I have never hated a film so violently as I have with this pile if excrement. Harrison ford should be ashamed of himself for associating himself with it. I've never seen Brendan Fraser in anything good, and I still haven't. I hated every second of it. The story is supposedly true, though half of the truth wasn't in the film. I thought I was going to have a stroke from sheer frustration. None of the characters were likeable, or believable. Every scene was either ludicrous, or weighed down with medical jargon that no one could possibly understand unless you were a doctor. It doesn't deserve one star.
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