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  • Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Meryl Streep, Jane Alexander, Justin Henry, Howard Duff
  • Directors: Robert Benton
  • Writers: Robert Benton, Avery Corman
  • Producers: Richard Fischoff, Stanley R. Jaffe
  • Format: PAL, Anamorphic, Widescreen, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: 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: Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 16 April 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XLXTS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,893 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ted Kramer (Dustin Hoffman) is an art director for an ad agency. His wife (Meryl Streep) walks out on him, leaving Ted to care for their son. The additional strain causes Ted to lose his job, although he gradually creates a strong relationship with his boy. When his wife re-appears, demanding custody of the child, Ted decides to fight and is forced to hire an expensive attorney. The film won five Oscars, including Best Picture, Best Director for Robert Benton, Best Actor for Dustin Hoffman, Best Supporting Actor for Justin Henry and Best Supporting Actress for Meryl Streep.

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Winner of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Actor, and Screenplay, Kramer vs. Kramer remains as powerfully moving today as it was when released in 1979, simply because its drama will remain relevant for couples of any generation. Adapted by director Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, this is perhaps the finest, most evenly balanced film ever made about the failure of marriage and the tumultuous shift of parental roles. It begins when Joanna Kramer (Meryl Streep) bluntly informs her husband Ted (Dustin Hoffman) that she's leaving him, just as his advertising career is advancing and demanding most of his waking hours. Self-involvement is just one of the film's underlying themes, along with the search for identity that prompts Joanna to leave Ted with their first-grade son (Justin Henry), who now finds himself living with a workaholic parent he barely knows. Juggling his domestic challenge with professional deadlines, Ted is further pressured when his wife files for custody of their son. This legal battle forms the dramatic spine of the film, but its power is derived from Benton's flawlessly observant script and the superlative performances of his entire cast. Because Benton refuses to assign blame and deals fairly with both sides of a devastating dilemma, the film arrives at equal levels of pain, growth, and integrity under emotionally stressful circumstances. That gives virtually every scene the unmistakable ring of truth--a quality of dramatic honestly that makes Kramer vs. Kramer not merely a classic tearjerker, but one of the finest American dramas of its decade. --Jeff Shannon, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Lines on 10 Jan. 2010
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Kramer vs. Kramer has shown itself to have a lasting impact and quality that a lot of films don't possess. The nature of it's topic is still relevant today, and it makes for good viewing every time. I highly and heartily recommend it.

As for the upgrade to Blu-ray, it's quite impressive. The soundtrack is a little more fresh, but it's the difference in video quality that'll suck you in. The DVD version is completely watchable, but this print is absolutely pristine. There isn't a scratch or flicker in it, and it has the 'right amount' of grain for a film of it's age; it's kept the atmosphere that a lot of recent films lack. The film's mostly pale palette appears to have found a new life.

You'll notice the difference.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 19 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
Fantastically thought-provoking film. Incredibly moving acting by Streep, Hoffman (as always) and by the little chap who plays the son. The court scene is an emotional rollercoaster as your alliances shift from Ted to Joanne and back again. Such a beautifully crafted film. An absolute must see. The ending will stay with you long after the film had finished. A classic.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Artmanvic on 9 Aug. 2002
Format: DVD
From the first scene the well-crafted story grips you, and throughout the movie the virtuoso acting and superior direction are dizzying. This is a powerful film which explores the personal and social consequences of a family break-down. It broke new ground at the time of the original release, focusing as it does on a careerist father left to cope with his young son after his wife deserts them. It is quite astonishing how relevant it all still seems; Hoffman's Ted Kramer starkly defines the work that ultimately has to go into fatherhood, family and friendship. The ending is surprising and provokes deep emotions that stay with you long after you've put the disc back in the box.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 30 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
An excellent portrait of family dysfunction, I can imagine this hit a nerve with audiences for its frank take on a condition that was, unfortunately, affecting them in increasing numbers, in the late seventies: of course I am talking about divorce.

Nonetheless, it's an uneven film, not in terms of quality, but balance; the film truly belongs to Dustin Hoffman's performance of Ted Kramer, who takes centre stage as Meryl Streep's Joanna Kramer, disappears for large portions of the film. Only a few instances of Ted's short temper fuel any sort of backlash against an otherwise endearing paternal figure, while the audience is given far less cause to sympathize with Joanna, whose reasons for leaving Ted (and more importantly, her son) are never really explored.

It's the strange transfigurations of Ted's life that make Kramer vs. Kramer such an interesting study, such as when a court-ordered deadline forces him into the office of an executive, in the waning hours before the Christmas holiday, to practically beg for a job for which he is overqualified, this was probably my favourite bit of the film and it really made me smile.

While there's no reason Ted's story alone should not be the focus, the film's title suggests a war waged with equal ammunition by two wronged parties, and Kramer vs. Kramer is not such a film.

But the actors' perfect performances, and the way the script lays bare the despair and emotional warfare of an increasingly common and normalized legal process certainly makes me see why this film is considered a classic.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By SUK7 on 9 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
This is a oustanding piece of acting from Dustin and Meryl plus the little boy. A really moving drama with some really original scenes. Very true to life with funny and very sad moments. As it deals with a marriage break up it is something that will relate to many people and is very touching.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By pipnuts on 1 July 2013
Format: DVD
This is a claustrophobic examination of events surrounding the break-up of a family through divorce, and is possibly the first film to accurately and adequately describe the role or position of a child in the divorce. The acting of all three lead actors is a tour de force, and it is clear why Justin Henry became the youngest person ever to be nominated (at the time) for an Oscar. He was eight years old.

I saw this film at the time when my parents were getting divorced. I was about six years old, and it showed me I wasn't alone.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 28 Jan. 2012
Format: DVD
A wonderful, beautifully acted film about the meanings of love,
friendship, and above all parenthood. This is the film where Robert
Benton's complex humanism really comes to full flower.

In a situation that almost demands taking sides - a sudden divorce
leading to an unprepared father taking over childcare only to be
challenged for custody when the mother returns 18 months later - Benton
manages to make everyone a complex human being, with strengths and
weaknesses, trying their best to do the right thing in a painful, messy
situation.

Hoffman, who has been brilliant so many times playing characters far
from himself is perhaps the most moving he's ever been playing a
character that director Benton described as really, honestly playing
himself - perhaps the hardest character of all. Streep takes a woman
who could have easily come off as the villain of the piece, and makes
you understand her actions - - even abandoning her little boy. Jane
Alexander is wonderful and subtle as the slowly developing friend
Hoffman makes as a single father, and young Justin Henry is utterly
real in a way few child actors are as the 7 year old stuck in the
middle. It's also beautifully, if understatedly shot by Nestor
Almendros.

It's flaws are minor. Some of the supporting roles, while played by
terrific character actors, are a bit more one note and characturish
than they need be. And some of the courtroom theatrics feel just a tiny
bit... well, theatrical.
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