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Garden State - Special Edition [2004] [Blu-ray]

Zach Braff , Kenneth Graymez , Lawrence Sher    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Zach Braff, Kenneth Graymez, George C. Wolfe, Austin Lusy, Gary Gilbert
  • Directors: Lawrence Sher
  • Producers: Gary Gilbert, Nick Drake, Pamela Abdy, Dan Halsted
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studio Canal
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Feb 2012
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006C12TJG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 34,275 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From Amazon.co.uk

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

Product Description

Bittersweet romantic comedy directed, written by and starring Zach Braff. Andre 'Large' Largeman (Braff) is an out-of-work actor, originally from New Jersey but now living in Los Angeles, where he continues to struggle to come to terms with his overbearing psychiatrist father (Ian Holm) despite the 3000 miles that separate them. Having recently come off the anti-depressants that have kept him emotionally numbed for years, he is doubly stunned to find himself back in his hometown after receiving news of his mother's death. The process of confronting his emotional demons and reconnecting with the past is somewhat eased by a chance meeting with Sam (Natalie Portman), a happy-go-lucky young woman who at first appears to be all that Large is not, but helps him open up to the possibilities - and positivities - of life.

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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
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Bit-part actor Andrew Largeman (Zac Braff) lies in his Los Angeles bed dreaming of an airplane crash. As all Hell breaks loose around New Jersey's Robert De Niro - he isn't panicking and crying like the other passengers. Instead he blankly looks up at an answerphone that's oddly materialized next to the flashing 'Fasten Your Seat Beat' sign. What's that about he wonders in a dopey stare? But then waking up - Andrew hears Gideon Largeman (Ian Holm as his psychiatrist father) crying on the same machine on the floor beside his bed. Dad is telling him that back in Jersey his paraplegic mother has slipped in a new bath and drowned. Time to come home...

Andrew now quits his crappy job in a Vietnamese Restaurant (where he dresses up with slit eyes and suffers obnoxious customers wanting bread and beer) - grabs a suitcase and is soon standing by a mahogany casket and an open grave. His mom's elderly Jewish sister Sylvia sings a horrendously out-of-tune version of "Three Times A Lady" by The Commodores by way of tribute. Medicated for years (at his Dad's suggestion) - Andrew stares intently at the coffin - but feels little. But then he recognizes two gravediggers sat waiting on a nearby earthmover. They're Mark and Dave - two 26-year old stoners he's not seen in nine years (Peter Sarsgaard and Alex Burn). They invite him to a party that night and needing escape - he agrees. Andrew gets stoned and makes out with girls he doesn't know - waking up in Mark's house the following morning with the word 'balls' written on his forehead. There he meets Mark's equally wasted family who surround themselves with Rizlas and bong glasses - his chain-smoking recovering addict Mum (Jean Smart) and his brother Tim (Jim Parsons of The Big Bang Theory) who dresses as a Medieval Knight for a living.
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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 3 months 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 8 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 8 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 10 months ago by Kai
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 12 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 13 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 13 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 14 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 14 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 14 months ago by Rainetta
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