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The Adjustment Bureau [DVD] [2011]

Matt Damon , Emily Blunt , George Nolfi    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Anthony Mackie, John Slattery
  • Directors: George Nolfi
  • Writers: George Nolfi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Icelandic
  • Dubbed: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2011
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (175 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GAMOIW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,390 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Do we control our destiny, or do unseen forces manipulate us? Matt Damon stars in the thriller The Adjustment Bureau as a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him and realizes he wants something else. To get it, he must pursue the only woman he’s ever loved across, under and through the streets of modern-day New York.

On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris (Damon) meets beautiful contemporary ballet dancer Elise Sellas (Emily Blunt)—a woman like none he’s ever known. But just as he realizes he’s falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart.

David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself—the men of The Adjustment Bureau—who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path…or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

The Adjustment Bureau is written for the screen and directed by George Nolfi (writer of Ocean’s Twelve, co-writer of The Bourne Ultimatum). It is based on a short story by Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report and Blade Runner).

Special Features:
  • Leaping Through New York
  • Becoming Elise
  • Destined To Be
  • Deleted and Extended Scenes
  • Feature Commentary

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The Adjustment Bureau [DVD] [2011] [DVD] (2011) Matt Damon; Emily Blunt

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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars According to the script 3 July 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Based on a short story by Philip K. Dick, The Adjustment Bureau is an entertaining sci-fi romantic thriller. It examines the lengths that someone will go to in order to determine the course of their life when fate seemingly dictates otherwise.

Matt Damon plays a New York congressman in the process of contesting an election to become a senator. His plans are thrown off course when he meets a beautiful dancer, played by Emily Blunt. However, while he is keen to embrace his new-found happiness, there are others who are not so elated at this state of affairs. The eponymous Bureau is omnipresent and will stop at nothing to ensure that everything stays tickety-boo.

All the little things that annoy you - the spilled drink, the missed phone call, the lost key - may seem to be minor inconveniences but they are all part of a wider picture, keeping you 'on track'. In fact, anything in life that makes your blood pressure soar is actually there to get you to stop, chill out and go through your daily routine in a spirit of blithe contentment. It's all part of the plan so just accept that there's nothing you can do to change it. Or is there?

In a case of reality imitating art, writer-director George Nolfi's screenplay is a text-book example. The running time of 1 hour and 45 minutes contains a taut three acts that keep the narrative moving at a brisk pace, ensuring everything happens when it should. The film never outstays its welcome and by the end, definitely gives you something to think about. Matt Damon has quietly become a dependable leading man, ably assisted here not just by Emily Blunt but also Mad Men's John Slattery and the ever-watchable Terence Stamp providing the conflict.

For those who need to know, the Blu-ray contains alternate Latin American Spanish and Canadian French soundtracks and subtitles. The bonus features are brief but do include deleted scenes and a commentary by George Nolfi.
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78 of 89 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The plan 5 Mar 2011
By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
A slow but very well acted, well made, intriguing and original romantic sci fi thriller, and how often do you see one of those? It's based on a short story by Phillip K. Dick, and while it's not in the same league as Blade Runner, it's at least as enjoyable as Total Recall and Minority Report. Matt Damon and Emily Blunt are on excellent form as the lovers who weren't supposed to meet and Terrance Stamp is very sinister as part of the mysterious adjustment bureau who make sure that everything happens according to plan. You're never quite sure who the mysterious bureau are and that's part of this movie's appeal. They describe themselves as more than human and possess powers and can use any door to transport themselves anywhere they wish and claim to have been watching over the human race since time began and they report to a mysterious chairman who decides fate all according to a grand plan.
The slow pace may put off some, but stick with it and you'll be rewarded with a very enjoyable film.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cause & effect 14 Jun 2011
By J. Morris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Matt Damon (Green Zone) plays Congressman David Norris, a young & rapidly-rising star in the world of politics. His life is pretty mono-directional until he meets Elise (Emily Blunt - The Devil Wears Prada), a girl who he falls completely in love with from the moment he sees her - the feeling is mutual & the two chalk it up to destiny. But when the unpredictable Elise pushes David off-schedule and 'off-plan', David stumbles upon the people behind the scenes responsible for his meteoric rise - The Adjustment Bureau.

The Adjustment Bureau control everyone's fate & destiny - attired like the fast-talkers from the 1930s; the trilby, stetson and pork-pie wearing guardians watch over the population ensuring they all follow 'the plan' but David's desire for Elise is not part of that plan and the folks at the bureau are none-too-happy about their romance and will alter David & Elise's reality to stop them being together. Will David's determination overcome fate, even if someone else is controlling that fate?

The Adjustment Bureau is a thought-provoking science-fiction romance movie. I appreciate that's a hell of a strap line but it's an age-old but great concept that the film wrestles with; are our fates predetermined or do we have the ability to change our destiny? The Bureau are the corporate take on Angels ("We've been called that before") with the foot soldiers doing the bidding of "The Chairman" (God).

Matt Damon plays a convincing New-Yorker who won't take 'no' for an answer whilst Emily Blunt provides an endearing performance of Elise, a ballet-focussed free-spirit.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting film 14 Jun 2012
Format:DVD
This is a very interesting film. It was not as I expected, and I think that is why it has not got very good reviews. It looks like most people were expecting it to be more bourne identity but it ended up being more made in heaven. If you are going to watch it, throw away any ideas that it is an action film and look at it as more of a romance / love story. Overall I really enjoyed it and found it very thought provoking. If you anjoy films that make you think, give it a go.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars metaphysical thriller 20 Oct 2011
By rob crawford TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This was not at all what I expected, i.e. a thriller about some group that was exerting control to some esoteric purpose. Instead, it is a kind of metaphysical thriller, where a talented young politician doesn't fit with the plan and fights very hard to go his own way. It is a nice twist on a totalitarianism that is adaptable and not all that bad in intent, however messy the details are.

On the positive side, the chemistry between Damon (an absolutely first rate actor) and Emily Blunt is amazingly believable. They are riveting on screen, genuinely moving, at least to me. This is one level of the film, a kind of love story against all odds - how can they make it work when everything conspires against them.

So, without playing the spoiler, Damon discovers that he is being "managed", indeed that he has a destiny. He is a remarkable young politician, somewhat rebellious but committed to changing things. He has always felt a certain emptiness, an emotional hole within himself that he is attempting to fill with the "people's love" as he climbs the political ladder. Then, he has a chance meeting with an extraordinary young woman, and enters an adventure that is as indescribable as it is complex and ultimately impossible to limn. He feels fulfilled, which violates the logic of his destiny. Any means will be employed to correct things.

This is a fun film experience, but I don't want to purchase the film, because once you figure out what is happening, you get and won't want to re-experience it. Recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars You have been Adjusted ...................
Fast paced, fun movie whihc does make you think a bit. Would be interested in the original Phiilp K Dick story (The Adjustment Team) as this has heavy religious overtones rather... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Graham Burgin
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good product, i like this, would recommend seller again.
Published 12 days ago by Kirloj
5.0 out of 5 stars Love love love this film
This is one of my absolute favourite films ever. It is the perfect balance of action and romance, Emily Blunt is perfect in it and the story is completely original and rather... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Harriet
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
love anything with matt damon have watched three times already very entertaining and can reccommend as a good all round family film
Published 2 months ago by elaine wragg
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't expect a love story
Unfortunately, although I'm a great fan of the leads in this film, I found it just a boring 'chase' film. Read more
Published 2 months ago by kangaroo
5.0 out of 5 stars Stealth Chick-flick
Awwww.... it's a proper fairy-tale romance.

Lovely story-telling and it's a great way of getting the missus to watch a bit of sci-fi. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ivan Bradley
4.0 out of 5 stars Shipment good for a good movie.
Good movie.Ideal to watch it together with your girlfriend/boyfriend.It's a nice love story. I don't like love stories though that's why 4/5 rating.Go for it!
Published 2 months ago by Manuel
5.0 out of 5 stars Love on the Run
Really enjoyed the film, I was not sure who the men in suits were in the beginning, both stars played their parts really well.
Nice to see a good romantic film.
Published 3 months ago by Catherine
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what expected
I am not really sure about this movie. I did not like it very much. Not much happening there. It is like a love story with different concept. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lucie
4.0 out of 5 stars Destiny calling?
Based on the Philip K Dick short story, the film does pose an original an idea. What if we are being guided or influenced all our lives... what if THEY are already among us? Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Adil-smith
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