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Harvie Krumpet [DVD] [2003]

Geoffrey Rush , Adam Elliot    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Geoffrey Rush
  • Directors: Adam Elliot
  • Format: PAL, Colour, HiFi Sound, Anamorphic
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Metrodome
  • DVD Release Date: 11 April 2005
  • Run Time: 23 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002ISGT2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Adam Elliot's animated short has scooped over 50 international awards including an Oscar for Best Animated Short Film at the 2004 Academy Awards. Narrated by Geoffrey Rush, the film tells the strange, sad life of Harvie Krumpet, an ordinary man in a retirement home who throughout his impoverished life has been cursed with terrible luck: from being born with Tourette's Syndrome, to getting struck by lightning; from having a testicle removed to developing Alzheimers - his troubles seem never-ending. Yet Harvie learns some important lessons in life, finding love, freedom, nudity - and ultimately, the true meaning of what it is to be human.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure artistry 20 May 2005
This is a delightful film... a biography of a man whose life is a succession of misfortunes yet who still manages to feel that life itself is a blessing, it's impossible not to warm to. Director Adam Elliot manages to tell this story from the heart, without a scrap of contrived sentimentality. He uses rough-hewn claymation models and minimalistic animation yet instils his characters with more warmth, reality and genuine humour than many a mega-budget feature.
Adam's other films, 'Uncle','Cousin' and 'Brother' also feature on this disc but it would be an injustice to think of them as bonus features or minor works in any way; they may have paved the way to Harvie Krumpet but they are every bit as good - both funny and touching.
It's unfortunate that the TV networks in this country seem to have lost interest in modern animation because in Adam Elliot's films both they and the wider public are missing a treat. He has a true artist's touch and I can't wait for his next film, whatever it might be.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Poor Harvie 26 Nov 2010
By MSG1969
As a huge fan of Mary and Max (one of my favourite films from 2009) I was intrigued to see the short film that preceded the feature. I wasn't disappointed - Harvie Krumpet is made with the same attention to detail, blackly humourus comedy and wonderful characterisation that made Mary & Max so good. I'm not surprised this won the Academy Award for best animated short. The additional material and examples of the filmmaker's early work adds even more depth and provides a great deal of information. There may only be 45 mins of material on the disc, but every single one is pure gold.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Harvie fantastic 7 Sep 2010
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This is an absolute must for ant aspiring animator. Funny but touching at the same time. The animation is not quite up to that of Ardman, but is still excellent and complements the styling and mood of the characters and of the story being told.GET THIS DVD and add it to your collection now!!! also look out for Mary and Max, Adam Elliot's follow up film from 2009; this looks excellent and i'm still trying to find a Pal DVD version.
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