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Garden State [DVD]

Zach Braff , Kenneth Graymez , Lawrence Sher    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Zach Braff, Kenneth Graymez, George C. Wolfe, Austin Lusy, Gary Gilbert
  • Directors: Lawrence Sher
  • Producers: Gary Gilbert, Nick Drake, Pamela Abdy, Dan Halsted
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Disney
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2005
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007XMLRU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,506 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Zach Braff (from the TV show Scrubs) stars in his writing/directing debut, Garden State--normally a doomed act of hubris, but Braff pulls it off with unassuming charm. An emotionally numb actor in L.A., Andrew (Braff) comes back to New Jersey after nine years away for his mother's funeral. Andrew avoids his bitter father (Ian Holm) and joins old friends (including the superb Peter Sarsgaard) in a round of parties. Along the way he meets a girl (Natalie Portman) with demons of her own; bit by bit the two offer each other a little healing. Plotwise, Garden State is familiar stuff, a cross between The Graduate and a Meg Ryan movie, but Braff has an eye for goofy but resonant visual images, an ear for lively dialogue, and a great cast. The result is surprisingly fresh and funny. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars and then you realise you're smiling... 21 July 2006
Format:DVD
This film suprised me. I went into it knowing very little about the story but thinking it may be interesting to see what Zach Braff had to offer behind the camera (usually a good way of seeing how their mind works). As a consequence of this I starting watching it with a blank mind and no pre-conceived ideas. In retrospect, I think this may have been what they were aiming for as I was in pretty much the same mental state as Andrew (Zach Braff) is in the film - a numb zone where the world seems to be going faster than him, he feels he is always one step behind but doesn't have the energy to get out of the rut. The fact that his psychiatrist father (Ian Holm, I am a big fan!) is the one who's been dosing him all through his childhood is a nice twist and adds an interesting, if slightly underused, subplot.

As the film progresses over the last couple of days before Andrew takes off for pastures new, he stops his meds and this is where the direction and acting come into their own. It would be too easy to ram that fact down the viewers throats, but the very gradual re-awakening of Andrews senses and the bizarre journey he takes to find a suprise present for him with his girlfriend (a very talented Natalie Portman - George Lucas, you should be ashamed) and old friend (an equally excellent Peter Sarsgaard), which include perfectly timed comic moments which you can recognize from your own experiences (the guy in the hardware store anyone?) are dealt with at a strolling pace. Sometimes this pace of enlightenment is difficult to get right, but as the film wends its way from one well shot scene to another, you realize that you've been sucked in on his mental and physical trip and that you are really enjoying the ride.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Garden State in Blu-ray! 20 Jan 2012
Format:Blu-ray
One of my favourite movies of all time, I saw this six times in the movie theatre. Granted, I worked at a cinema at the same time, I paid for it five times at different theatres. Sadly, my theatre only had it for less than a week in limited release- and I had to go elsewhere, taking different sets of friends to see it.

It is a movie about a 20-something character named Andrew Largeman, who has gone off to seek his hollywood invested dreams.
Due to the recent death of his mother, Andrew is called back home from California to attend her funeral.

Back story:

Andrew, known as "Largeman", is from a small town in New Jersey, which is better known as the Garden State. Since a young age, Andrew has been prescribed different medications to keep him happy or rather subdued from his father's point of view. His father being a psychiatrist was the one that put Andrew on the medications in the first place.

Out of anger, when a young Andrew has an episode in which he physically pushes his mother, she falls and smacks into a dishwasher, which then causes her to be wheelchair bound for the rest of her life.
Andrew's father has blamed him since, although it was an accident due to the latch of the dishwasher being faulty.

Coming home, Andrew decides to stop taking the meds and starts to awaken from a life of being numb and for once actually be in the present moment.
Along the way, he meets up with old friends from high school, goes to a party but still feel detached and distant to those around him. While awaiting his doctor appointment for recent headaches, Andrew meets Sam, a girl that will change his life from that point onward.

Sam is bad pathologically liar, as she always feels bad lying and will come back around to let people know.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Mark Barry HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
"Garden State" is a great little Indie movie - with the impossibly lovely Natalie Portman literally lifting men's hearts for a ten-mile radius...

I wish I could say the same for the picture quality on this BLU RAY reissue, which unfortunately is terribly lacklustre - good only - and rarely ever better than the DVD.

It's defaulted to 2.35:1 aspect - which means bars at the top and bottom of the screen - but if you stretch to Zoom or Full Mode - the picture deteriorates considerably. So no luck there either...

There are at least some half-decent extras though - two excellent and funny commentaries both of which involve Zach Braff (Writer, Lead Actor and Director) and Natalie Portman. There's a making-of, a Zach Braff featurette, outtakes and deleted scenes - all of which are very entertaining and show the affection the cast and crew had for the material. Audio is 5.1 DTS-HD and the lone subtitle is English for the Hard-Of-Hearing.

Zach Braff plays Andrew Largeman - an out-of-sorts actor who returns home to his psychiatrist Dad in small town America (a wonderfully understated Ian Holms) because his wife and Andrew's paraplegic mum has slipped and drowned in a bathtub. Medicated for years (at his Dad's suggestion) - Andrew stares intently at the coffin - but feels little. Then he recognises two old friends sat nearby (one of whom is literally a grave digger - an ever-so-slightly sinister Peter Sarsgaard) and starts to reconnect with his old college chums in the town he left 9 years back.

But they turn out to be a bunch of dudes locked into menial jobs by day and serious stoners by night.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Zach Braff at his best
Favourite movie of all time.
Movie form of an emotional rollecoaster.
I would really Encourage anyone to at least give it a try!
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably one of the best films you will ever see
The title says it all. Zack Braff at his best. Beautiful and thought provoking. I don't want to say anymore.
Published 5 months ago by Oly
4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive first feature
The first half hour of Zack Braff's debut as a writer and director establishes him as a filmmaker of immense talent, and I
hope he'll get to make more films soon. Read more
Published 5 months ago by K. Gordon
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT FILM
Amazing film at an amazing price. I love Zach Braff and this truly shows how much of a great actor he is.
Published 7 months ago by Kai Gardiner
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
What a brilliant film. Simple, understated and entertaining. If you love movies you'll love this film. I can't recommend it enough.
Published 10 months ago by Paul Graham
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational
Remarkable COndition and such a good price. Thank you ever so much! It was also a very interesting and thought provoking film
Published 10 months ago by Ben Cheatham
3.0 out of 5 stars Garden state review
It could have been a bit more lively as it seems to mostly have huge pieces of dialog followed by bigger pieces of dialog which seemed to make it seem like it went on for longer... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply a brilliant film
This is one of the best films I have ever seen; the acting is superb; the story line is interesting and different. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Orwell
2.0 out of 5 stars A pet project for Zach Braff, not a watchable film of any merit
I have to admit, I'm baffled as to why this has received such critical acclaim. I can't see anyone enjoying it besides Zach Braff; it's essentially his subtle soapbox about life,... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sawyer
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious to the extreme
I had such high hopes for this film - I thought it would be like lars and the real girl - a quirky comedy/drama, that sets itself apart from the rest with a clever script and... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rainetta
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