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The Descendants (DVD + Digital Copy)

George Clooney , Shailene Woodley , Alexander Payne    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges, Robert Forster
  • Directors: Alexander Payne
  • Format: Letterboxed, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Dubbed: French, Italian
  • 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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2012
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00518JUKW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,768 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Only Oscar-winning writer-director Alexander Payne (Sideways) would think to cast the famously handsome George Clooney as a dishevelled dad in his outstanding adaptation of Kaui Hart Hemmings's tragicomic novel. Clooney dials down the glamour to play Matt King, a Hawaii real-estate attorney with a propensity for unflattering shirts and ill-fitting trousers. When Matt's wife, Elizabeth, ends up in a coma after a water-skiing accident, Matt must learn to balance the parenting of his resentful daughters, Scottie (Amara Miller) and Alexandra (Shailene Woodley, The Secret Life of the American Teenager), with the sale of a pristine plot of Kauai land that stands to make the King cousins, including scruffy Hugh (Beau Bridges), a fortune. As Elizabeth's condition worsens, Matt contacts friends and relatives, like her fiercely protective father (Robert Forster), so that they'll have the chance to say goodbye. In the process, he finds out she was having an affair with realtor Brian Speer (Matthew Lillard, effectively cast against type), so he and the girls, including Alex's hilariously mellow friend, Sid (Nick Krause), go on an island-hopping trip, ostensibly to add Brian to the mix, but Matt really wants to find out what his wife saw in the guy. His journey from naiveté to knowledge brings out Clooney's soulful side, creating a believably flawed, deeply sympathetic figure. If Payne leans too heavily on the slack-key soundtrack, his love for his characters, including Judy Greer as Matt's female counterpart, results in his most emotionally satisfying movie to date. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, intelligent film 3 Nov 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I didn't know what to expect with this film, but the newspaper reviews were good, and I like George Clooney, so I took a chance, and I wasn't disappointed.

It's a slightly off-beat film/story, with interseting characters (who develop nicely - and in at least one case, surprisingly - as the film progresses), and Clooney is very good. I never know what to expect with Clooney, but this is one of his better films - the lead role could have been overacted quite easily, but Clooney does it just right.

Both my wife and I liked it, which is unusual, as we have quite different tastes. If you like intelligent films, try it, you won't be disappointed.

NB: Only 4 stars in no way suggests anything wrong with the film, I just like to reserve 5 stars for really good films.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasant, sweet-natured and wry 12 Aug 2012
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This pleasant movie is made interesting by George Clooney's performance as a Hawaiian lawyer who, as head of a family trust, is considering a plan to sell a perfect, unspoiled part of the state to a big developer. Just about all his cousins want the deal; they'll get a lot of money. But his wife has an accident and now is on life support. He has to learn how to be a parent to his young daughters. And then to learn to live knowing that his wife was sleeping around with a real estate agent and had plans to divorce him.

Not much on the politics of family financial tugging but a lot on one family learning how to live with each other. Clooney keeps it from becoming a daytime soap serial. The self-discovery portions (there's a lot of them) are mostly wry and often affecting. No big-time movie star aura from Clooney and he's not afraid to make his character (and himself) look a bit silly at times.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite sweet really 8 July 2012
Format:DVD
George Clooney puts his heart on the line in this one, as a land baron who's forced to stop concentrating on his work when his wife suffers a critical accident, leaving her in a coma in the hospital. Therefore George must look after his two daughters, both who are going through various stages of adolescence.

It's good to see someone normally as suave as Mr Clooney, looking pretty out of his depth with two young girls and he pulls it off well. Despite having plenty of adult themes running through it - death, adultery, family in-fighting - it's actually quite a nice film with a decent message about family values.

It's not hilarious, but then it doesn't try to be. Just enjoy it for a gentle ride of good humour.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of good acting 8 Jun 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
It's a refreshing change to find a film that puts into words what many of us think about adulterous spouses, Matt Kings wife, Joanie, is in coma after a boating accident and as the film evolves we soon realise that she has been cheating on him and her true character becomes evident. She has grown up from being a spoilt child to become an even more spoilt wife and bad mother and her present predicament is akin to divine judgement. Matt soon realises that his relationship with his daughters needs to change and he sets about trying to repair the harm wreaked by his wife. We find that Joanie, through her selfishness has harmed the lives of those closest to her and ,to a certain extent, has become the architect of her own downfall. The film has plenty of amusing cynical points and is not afraid to be slightly controversial in its views, it shows that one persons greed and selfishness can have disastrous consequences.

Also an excellent novel that is only slightly different from the film in that it explains a little more about Sids' problems (Sid is the elder daughters' friend).
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paradise offers no King immunity from care 28 Feb 2012
By L. Power TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Director Alexander Payne has previously directed high quality movies such as Election [1999] [DVD]starring Reese Witherspoon, About Schmidt [DVD] [2003] starring Jack Nicholson, and Sideways [DVD] (Widescreen Edition) starring Paul Giamatti, nominated for five Oscars winning one.

Gregory Peck once said it's hard to make a good man look interesting.

You can probably imagine in a cinematic world peopled with antiheroes, flawed heroes, or unrealistic superheroes, how refreshing it might be, to encounter a good guy we can relate to, in situations that parallel those we might actually experience.

George Clooney plays Matt King, a lawyer, businessman, and hardworking mostly absent father of two girls. He happens to be wealthy because of his descent from the original landowners of Hawaii, the real Hawaiians, who own most of Hawaii. Sole trustee of the family's interests, and now because of succession rules faced with the situation of having to sell off thousands of acres of pristine land to resort developers. Despite his family wealth Doug leads a very modest life. He drives a metallic silver Honda Civic, a sensible car.

When his thrillseeking wife ends up in a coma following a powerboating accident, he is thrust into the unfamiliar role of looking after his two daughters each bringing their own challenges. The younger one has difficulties in school, the older one, well, she's a teenager.

We learn early in the movie that the wife had an affair, making a difficult situation even worse.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars great film.
This was a great film.. very deep, sad and at the same time, heart warming Lots of people were involved with this 'affair', and you can see the hurt people go through .. Read more
Published 4 days ago by diane bond
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow, but moving
I would have chosen four stars, but since amazon calls that "I liked it" I had to give it 5. It is a great film, but could be improved in a few places. Read more
Published 11 days ago by M. Earwicker
3.0 out of 5 stars Its missing something
Firstly I wasn't convinced by some of the acting, some fat could have been cut off and didn't see the purpose if the Sid character being there. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Niels Michael Wee
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Didn't finish watching, just dragged on and i decided i didn't care what happened to any of the characters. Life is just too short
Published 13 days ago by honey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
Very reasonable price for the DVD. George Clooney as his serious best with an engrossing story line & the pleasure of Hawaiian scenery. Great acting from his young co stars.
Published 16 days ago by Penelope
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful, gentle film, beautifully acted.
Clooney's authentic acting is a welcome: passionate, tender and real. The two girls are fantastic and so is everyone else in the cast. Read more
Published 24 days ago by mikhal Brandstatter
4.0 out of 5 stars Life's bits
Not a great film but then life is not great either. However, it seems an honest film. I enjoyed the truth in it. Life is not forever and nor are relationships. Read more
Published 26 days ago by D Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars I want to see his face....
There is a lot of disregard for this film and a lot for Clooney, and it really put me off wanting to see this film. Read more
Published 29 days ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Descendants" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues With The 'US'...
Despite the Blu Ray's clipcase blurb about being a "masterpiece" - I wanted to like "The Descendants" a lot more than I did. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling watch
Great acting by all. Subtle story with an interesting interplay of characters. George Clooney plays the emotionally torn Dad superbly.
Published 1 month ago by savstar
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