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Seeking A Friend For The End Of The World [DVD]

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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Adam Brody
  • Directors: Lorene Scafaria
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008CP2DXW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,410 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There are 21 days left until the end of the world. Meek salesman Dodge (Steve Carell – The 40 Year Old Virgin) has been suddenly deserted by his wife and now has no idea how to spend his last remaining days. When a riot breaks out around his building, Dodge escapes in the car of his extraverted neighbour Penny (Keira Knightley – Pirates of the Caribbean). Seizing the moment, they embark on a hilarious road trip to reunite with their loved ones – Dodge with his long lost high school sweetheart and Penny with her family. On the road together, the unlikely travelling companions’ respective personal journeys accelerate, and their outlooks – if not the world’s – brighten.

Bonus Features
  • Outtakes
  • A look inside Seeking a Friend for the End of the World
  • Music for the end of the world: What’s on your playlist?
  • Trailer

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Corey Newcombe on 29 Jan. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
An asteroid named "Matilda" is on a collision course towards Earth and in three weeks the world will come to an absolute end.

One man decides to spend his time searching for his long lost love from high school during the coming catastrophe...

The first thing one would imagine with an end of the world movie with Steve Carrell starring would be 'hilarious'.

Think again. Many say that this was a huge flop, look at the budget.

It's a kooky movie, just like Nick and Norahs Infinite Playlist, and the reason the film works is the subject matter and the realism of the two main characters.

Sure they both have traits, but be honest, would you really act 'normal' if the apocalypse was around the corner? The film is split into several chapters, starting off melancholic, then to panic, realisation, kooky and then back to realisation.

The groups or people we bump into depict the chapters. When we meet Cordroys group, this is the panic moment of the movie, and when we reach the diner, it's kooky.

It never really tears away from the kookiness throughout the film, and this benefits the grim subject matter.

Knightley and Carrell are great as the two leads, and the supporting cast are just as good.

The film really come into its own though when we meet Sheen and he acts everyone off the screen. The ten minutes he is in the film is the best part and it really hits the nail on the head of the whole films message.

Lifes too short.

A lovely movie, with a very sobering, but happy ending.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Lexibear65 on 27 Mar. 2013
Format: DVD
I wasn't sure what to expect when I began watching this film recently. Steve Carrel from the American Office and Date Night etc starring so I figured a comedic element of sorts and the very versatile and so demure Miss Knightley together with a splash of the ever excellent Martin Sheen and William Petersen albeit very briefly combine to make one of the best and hugely enjoyable bitter-sweet, black-comedy, tear-jerkers of all time. I honestly haven't had that "lump in my throat" sensation since Ghost (1990) and as other commenters have posted that this film cleverly steers away for the most part from the science and technical aspect of an end-of-the-world, asteroid-on-a-collision-path-with-earth scenario we feel we are amongst real people who we could all know and like who are themselves absolutely helpless in their potential doom and facing an impossible situation with no escape and the decisions good or bad for their final days on earth which they make we can only draw smiles and tears from. The fantastic soundtrack in this film really completes the package. If you don't watch another film in 2013 please see this one! 10/10
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Mr. T. Solley on 16 Oct. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
I originally thought that this was a comedy. There are one or two scenes which contain black comedy, but it's more about human feelings and the way we deal with other people in times of crisis.

The plot is that life as we known it is coming to an end. There is no escape, we are all going to die. How would you deal with it?

I won't spoil what is a brillant peice of cinema and by the end you truly relate to the characters as doom approaches.

Wonderful film. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rbmusicman/and/movie-fan' TOP 100 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
a 70 mile wide astroid is hurtling toward earth,attempts to alter it's
course has failed......just a few short weeks remain.
'dodge' and 'penny' who had only known each other a short time escape a
riot.
the two set out on a road trip to fulfil a need to be with someone important
to them as time runs out.
the mission for 'dodge' to meet up again with the love he'd lost when still
a young man.
'penny's' quest, to reunite with her parents and share her last moments with
them.
maybe the unlikely couple have allready found all they really need.
there are many moments that will allmost certainly bring a smile to your face.
there are also some poignant as time runs out.
(it's fair to say we survived many prophets of doom that read disaster into
the end of the 'mayan' calender,thankfully the day has past, and most of us
are still here )
an apocalyptic movie worthy of viewing
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bizmandan on 18 Feb. 2013
Format: Blu-ray
You have got to admit it, a Romantic Comedy set during a time of an imminent apocalypse is an interesting concept and perhaps one of the best mediums to explore the human condition. What we have in Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is a wonderfully sweet story about two people that are brought together by the circumstances of the end of days.

For such a bleak subject matter the film feels surprisingly light hearted and almost optimistic. Keira Knightly plays no small part in this with her sunny English charm and keep calm and carry on attitude. Steve Carrel plays his part as the straight man as well as ever. I think Carrel is one of the best straight men when he wants to be, second only to Jason Bateman.

The script is superb taking very little time with the set up of an asteroid hitting earth and getting straight on with some surprisingly dark comedy, but even when bodies are flying past the windows as people jump to their deaths rather than face their impending doom, the tone of the film is still kept pretty light. The script explores Carrels' characters quiet insecurities and humble misery with such a light breezy touch it all seems extremely endearing.

The cinematography is also light and sunny and breezy it seems very much like the town in The Truman Show, or Pleasantville after the residents become colourful. This really does act to give you a sense of optimism, a sense that the annihilation that the characters face isn't really that real, that something will happen at the last minute to save every ones lives. Whether that does happen or not is not for me to say as I do try and keep these reviews as spoiler free as possible.
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