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Temple Grandin [DVD]


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  • Actors: Claire Danes, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Catherine O'Hara, Stephanie Faracy
  • Directors: Mick Jackson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: To be announced
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004HYGI0Q

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EU import. Region 2 PAL. Plays in English, Spanish, Hungarian and Polish with optional English, Spanish, Hungarian, Polish, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Norwegian, Romanian and Swedish subtitles. Cover contains foreign writings.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Sabex on 7 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I have never reviewed any product on amazon before, but I watched this film last night, and felt I had to. A fantastic portrayal of a truly fascinating and inspirational person - I will be recommending it to all of my friends and family. Clare Danes is fantastic, and from what I have seen of Temple Grandin in interviews - no one could of played the part better.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr P A McLaughlin on 25 April 2011
Format: DVD
Just got around to watching Temple Grandin, having recorded it a couple of weeks ago when it aired, and as soon as the credits rolled I came looking for a DVD of it. No R2 DVD as yet so instead I'm moved to write my first ever Amazon review.

I've always been a fan of Claire Danes, which is why I recorded it, but wasn't at all sure what to expect as this wouldn't usually be the type of subject matter I'd seek out. I certainly don't think I expected to be so utterly engrossed in what is a superb, funny, charming, moving and inspiring story. Danes excelled herself and I'm pleased she was justly rewarded with a Golden Globe.

If I had to criticise, I might say that the film glossed over the tougher moments of Temple's life and that I'm sure some obstacles were harder to overcome than was portrayed. But this film is about the triumph of Temple and not the trials of autism so the generally upbeat tone fits.

They'd better get that R2 version out before Christmas, I want to buy it for my Mum.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Bob Salter TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 April 2011
Format: DVD
It was appropriate that I should watch this film just after `World Autism Awareness Day' on April 2nd. This film brilliantly brings attention to a condition that was not even identified until 1943. It is a condition that has brought pain to so many families over the years. Most neurotypical people, which is everyone outside of the autistic spectrum have little understanding of the difficulties that sufferers and their families face. This film does much to bring attention to their plight. The film follows the life of Temple Grandin from a small child to her adult years. Diagnosed as autistic at four years old, we watch her struggle through her school years where she is bullied for being so different. Despite many setbacks Temple is able to triumph academically and goes on to even greater achievements with the help of a supportive mother. But each triumph comes at a cost and progress is never easy.

How refreshing it was to see such a well researched film. The intelligent way in which it incorporates the symptoms of autism into the film was particularly impressive. In one lovely scene Temple is watching the famous steamy love sequence in the film "From Here to Eternity" on her TV, but having no conception of love or relationships she promptly switches over to watch a documentary showing lions feeding on their prey. Much more interesting if you are autistic! A recurring theme is also the difficulty that Temple has in receiving something as simple as a cuddle. Her sensitivity to noise is also highlighted, which is common amongst autistic people. To illustrate the way Temple interprets everything in a literal way, we are given a number of flash images throughout the film. If you told her it was `raining cats and dogs' then that is what she would see.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By I. E. THOMAS on 25 Mar 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Everybody should see this inspirational film. As some people have pointed out it is only available as a Region 1 USA DVD. This is no problem. Nearly every DVD player can easily converted to play Region 1 Titles simply by tapping in a code number with the remote control. Try "dvd.reviewer.co.uk" for how to do it. If you have a Panasonic, Sony or Pioneer you will need a Special Remote Contral to unlock it - available from UK outfit "GenuineCopies.TV" at only a tenner. Amazon UK are doing the DVD at a very good price, so do it now !
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Nichols - TheBookMums.co.uk on 14 Jan 2012
Format: DVD
I saw Dr Grandin speaking at TED.com and she felt this film captured her early life extremely well. Always good to hear from "the horse's mouth". Very good performance from Clare Danes. Recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By a.diaz on 2 Nov 2014
Format: DVD
From the director of The Bodyguard comes an HBO biopic about the famous autist and meat industry pioneer of the same name. Born in a time where autism was grossly misunderstood and treatments shoddy, Grandin overcomes much adversity, both social and medical, to not only make it through the education system and graduate, but also help implement much more humane methods of slaughter for cattle in the US that draw on her means of comfort and self control.

Simply put, 'Grandin' may be among the best biopics I have ever seen, and certainly one of HBO's finest in a long line of TV movies. Right off the bat, Danes give a career best performance, completely vanishing into the title role, not only through some subtle prosthetics but also carefully adopting the mannerisms of real people with the disorder. Speaking as someone who has a history tied to the disorder and its effects, she was absolutely spot on. Yet, in spite of the character's very matter of fact ways, she still imbues Temple with both a strong drive and passion for her work, as well as a strange optimism. Supporting her are the rock solid likes of Julia Ormond as her hard working though understandably stressed mother, Catherine O'Hara as her sweet, and ultimately influential, aunt, and David Straitham as her high school science teacher, who recognises and helps Temple develop her talents.

Beyond them though, Mick Jackson imbues the film with plenty of stylish flourish, mainly in the surreal representation of Temple's super-literal thoughts, which lead to some of the film's biggest yet also sincerest laughs (like when someone talks to Temple about 'animal husbandry', and her mind pictures it literally).
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