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Meet Joe Black [Blu-ray] [1998]

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, Jake Weber, Jeffrey Tambor
  • Directors: Martin Brest
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Japanese, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Polish, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish, Mandarin Chinese, Thai, Turkish
  • Dubbed: French, Italian, Spanish, German, Japanese, Latin Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2011
  • Run Time: 173 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GCK6XO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,962 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Bill Parish (Anthony Hopkins) has it all – success, wealth and power. Days before his 65th birthday he receives a visit from a mysterious stranger, Joe Black (Brad Pitt), who soon reveals himself as Death. In exchange for extra time, Bill agrees to serve as Joe’s earthly guide, but will he regret his choice when Joe unexpectedly falls in love with Bill’s beautiful daughter Susan (Claire Forlani)?


Meet Joe Black seemed almost fated to fail when it was released in 1998, but this romantic fantasy--a remake of 1934's Death Takes a Holiday--deserves a chance at life after box-office death. Although many moviegoers were turned off by director Martin Brest's overindulgent three-hour running time, those who gear into its deliberate pace will find that Meet Joe Black offers ample reward for your attention.

Brad Pitt plays Death with a capital D, enjoying some time on Earth by inhabiting the body of a young man who'd been killed in a shockingly sudden pedestrian-auto impact. Before long, Death has ingratiated himself with a wealthy industrialist (Anthony Hopkins) and pursues romance with the man's beautiful daughter (newcomer Claire Forlani), whom he'd briefly encountered while still an earthbound human. Under the assumed identity of "Joe Black", he samples all the pleasures that corporeal life has to offer--power, romance, sex and such enticing pleasures as peanut butter by the spoonful.

But Death has a job to do, and Meet Joe Black addresses the heart-wrenching dilemma that arises when either father or daughter (the plot keeps us guessing) must confront his or her inevitable demise. The film takes its own sweet time to establish this emotional crisis and the love that binds Hopkins's semi-dysfunctional family so closely together. But if you've stuck with the story this far, you may find yourself surprisingly affected. And if Meet Joe Black has really won you over, you'll more than appreciate the care and affection that gives the film a depth and richness that so many critics chose to ignore. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars

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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Norman Cheeseworthy on 9 Dec. 2008
Format: DVD
I won't go into the details of what this film is about - its been summarised perfectly by the other reviews. I saw this at the cinema when it was first released, and found myself surrounded by people fidgeting, talking, and walking out. Granted, if you're not interested in something, then three hours is going to seem like an eternity, but I couldn't for the life of me understand why people were getting so bored. Watching this film, the time just flew by for me. I didn't once find myself looking at my watch - it was that engrossing.

The acting in this film is superb - especially by Hopkins. The soundtrack is also beautiful, and if you love the film I strongly urge you to buy that too, as it also plays a large part in the film's success.

This is one of my top 10 films, and in terms of its impact, its up there with the likes of Good Will Hunting and Brief Encounter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Mar. 2011
Format: Blu-ray

"Meet Joe Black" is the kind of film that elicits derision and affection in equal measure - well if it's one of your guilty pleasures - then you need to own it on BLU RAY.

I've had the now defunct HD-DVD format of Martin Brest's 1999 movie for a while now to have the film in High Definition - and this Blu Ray reissue uses the same menus. But it's the print-quality that will be the big draw here. With an aspect that fills the entire screen, the transfer is lush, detailed and a pleasure to look at practically all of the time. In short - "Meet Joe Black" is beautiful on Blu Ray...

Mixing the supernatural with romance could have been awkward and even 'silly' in places (it sometimes is - Pitt speaking jive in the hospital to a black woman who knows he's the Grim Reaper is cringing), yet Brest has achieved an assured beauty throughout. This is a nice film in so many ways. And possibly because of its themes of loss and how we live our lives, it manages real warmth and a rare intelligence. The growing attraction between Claire Forlani (as Susan Parrish) and Brad Pitt (as Joe Black) is nicely set up in a café at the beginning of the film and then played out against preparations for her father's 65th birthday in his mansion throughout the film (Death has taken over his body and is being shown around by a reluctant Hopkins). Thomas Newman's lovely score also adds a classy feel to the film too and is used when it's needed.
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51 of 55 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 15 Dec. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
Here's another cliche: breathtaking! I fell in love with this film and its characters. The central love story between Pitt & Forlani is just about the most moving I've seen. Joe's innocence as a fledgeling human being, and the effect he has on those around him, is incredibly touching and profound. And as for Anthony Hopkins! He gives such an intimate performance, you can almost read the characters thoughts. In an age with few healthy role models in the media, the characters in this movie, with their quiet dignity and their struggles towards integrity, provide so much to aspire to. I laughed, and cried and was touched many times by the wisdom in this film, but also by the quality of the performances. The scenes in which Joe converses in Pidgin-english with the old lady from "the islands" are stunning. Watch it if you are not a die-hard cynic - and don't forget your hankie!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert stirling TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Nov. 2013
Format: DVD
This is another terrific collaboration by two of the best actors in the world following the equally brilliant Legends of the Fall - Collectors Edition [DVD] [2000].

Yes,I rank Brad Pitt alongside Anthony Hopkins;I never dreampt I'd be saying that but in my view Pitt has matured over the years into a remarkable personality whose talent shines through almost every time.

In this production he plays Death,a visitor to those who are about to die.Here he takes a human form and befriends his victim(Hopkins)and ingratiates himself into Hopkin's family and thus the plot revolves around the interplay between Death and all those connected with the victim.

At 3 hours long it takes some effort to keep us interested but the film succeeds.Pitt and Hopkins build a beautiful relationship not only on-screen(Legends testifies to that)but it's Pitt who dominates screen time including the scenes with Hopkin's beautiful daughter played with quiet confidence by Claire Forlani.

The film may be considered overlong by some but time flew by for me while watching this because the plot has so many strands worth following.

Highly Recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HighDefDude on 26 Jan. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Most already told about the synopsis, nothing for me to add there !

Years ago, I saw half of it (which still is some 90 minutes..) at the BBC. That made me want to have the DVD more than I wanted to have
anything!! And although the DVD release has it's (technical) shortcommings, like exaggerated sharpness in sound, it still has very enjoyable quality.
But the wait of cource, was for this BluRay release! Does it live up to my expectations?

Well.. Let me tell you:

At first, you walk towards your soundsystem (or use the remote..) to 'pump up the volume', because the soundlevel seems quite low..
But wait for it.. In some movies, the sound is a very, very important part, and this movie is no different. And they did it right!
I have this High End sound system with electrostatic laudspeakers, I like good sound! And if you do too, that already is reason to buy this BluRay!
Have you set your volume? Now go to the last 15 minutes of the movie... A true feast for eyes and ears (and tears..)
I never found a fireworks sound recording on any DVD or BluRay that is of such dynamic, clean, and high def quality !! Be ware ! as this could damage
your laudspeakers! AND THAT'S NO JOKE! You need to have a high quality soundsystem to enjoy the full potential of this BluRay, otherwise, you're
definitely missing something!

The Image quality is superb as well! With great detail in color, and exellent quality of darker scenes. 'But...' Something that cannot be prevented
with older movies like this: The picture is not always sharp. Don't get me wrong here: I say this with BluRay standards in mind, it still is way, way better than the best DVD out there!

Highly, highly recommended !!

All the best from Holland..
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