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The Family [Blu-ray]

Robert De Niro , Michelle Pfeiffer , Luc Besson    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo, Tommy Lee Jones
  • Directors: Luc Besson
  • Producers: Luc Besson, Ryan Kavanaugh, Virginie Silla
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Mar 2014
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00GNX7B5K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,427 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Crime comedy directed by Luc Besson and starring Robert De Niro and Michelle Pfeiffer. An ex-mafia boss is moved to rural France under the witness protection program after snitching on old friends back in the States. Given new identities as the 'Blake' family, Fred (De Niro), his wife Maggie (Pfeiffer) and their two children Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D'Leo) struggle to fit in to the French way of life and it isn't long before their old ways of dealing with trouble attract attention from mafiosos back home...

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gudanov for me 23 Nov 2013
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"The Family" is an excellent and entertaining gangster comedy about an aging mafioso "snitch" played by Robert De Niro who , along with his family, are relocated to Normandy,France under an FBI witness protection programme. The film boasts a very good cast and some fine acting. Michelle Pfeiffer plays De Niro's wife and Tommy Lee Jones his FBI handler. The two teenagers who play De Niro's children also put in star performances. One thing about the film I had qualms about was it's assumption that sadistic, brutal violence is somehow funny, but if you put that to one side this film does stand out from the crowd. It is witty and clever throughout and the viewer does care about this dysfunctional mafia family despite their criminal antics. The film is well paced, suspenseful and absorbing as mafia hitmen close in on the fugitives following the family's decision not to live a quiet, unobtrusive life among the French locals. One of the best films that I have seen this year.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars YOUR FAMILY IS AN INCARNATION OF EVIL 2 Dec 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Fred Blake / Giovanni Manzoni (Robert De Niro) and family are in the witness protection program. The mafia has a $20 million price tag on their heads. They have just moved into Normandy. Tommy Lee Jones is their FBI contact. The movie plays light Italian music to induce us into thinking it is a comedy. There are numerous humorous moments, but it is far from a knee slapper. The characters are stereotyped, as is the mafia, minus the token character named Fat Tony...they use Fat Willie instead.

The family has to endure the snobbish French, all the while desiring to smash their faces, which sometimes they do. The writing was lackluster and flat. As contradictory as this sounds, the film relies heavily on stereotypes, yet at the same time fails to exploit the stereotypes to create a smart comedy. If you are going to do one, you have to do the other.

The kids at school scene begins as if it is going to be a smart comedy, but then fizzles. The affection Belle (Dianna Agron) develops for her math tutor was a complete bore and waste of time. Both De Niro's character and his wife Michelle Pfeiffer were poorly utilized outside of a few scenes.

Makes for a decent rental. Wait for a price crash to own.

Parental Guide: F-bombs, brief sex scene, no nudity.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Family - what a family! 2 May 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Really enjoyed the film, the whole family providing good entertainment. Excellent acting. Would recommend the film to other members of our family and our friends.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'OLD HABIT'S ARE HARD TO LET GO' 2 April 2014
By rbmusicman TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Under the witness-protection program the 'Manzoni' family have been
re-located to 'Normandy' their names are of course changed, it is now
'Blake' the former mafia-boss 'Giovanni Manzoni' (now 'Fred Blake)
has stitched up his former 'Mafia' family.( He's broken the Mafia code)
'Agent' 'Robert Stansfield' (Tommy Lee Jones) try's to keep the family
in line, but old habit's die hard....which leads to many tongue-in-cheek
if but violent sequences.
The Kids 'Belle' and 'Warren' have to adjust to life in a ''normal'' college,
it doesn't take either long to muscle in on the action however.
'Frank's' wife 'Maggie' (Michell Pfeiffer) also has difficulty in fitting into a
run-of-the mill community, life style just won't be the same.
Of course 'Fred' (Robert De Niro) and his family are on the 'mafia' hit-list,
''The Family'' (Mafia) don't forget and are closing in on the 'Blake's new
surroundings after a 'Normandy' newspaper finds its way across the
'Atlantic' into the hands of the now imprisoned 'Mafia' boss.
'Fred' (Giovanni) has a whole lot more to worry about than the colour of
the tap-water.
The 'Blake' family now come face to face with 'MAFIA' hit-men in a life or
death showdown.
Some of the reviews I've read in the National's have been less than
complimentary about the movie, however...
The film does harbour many 'violent' sure to make you smile moments,
maybe not the fastest moving film you'll watch this year, however if like#
myself you like 'Robert De Niro' movies, it's worth a spin.
Special Features -
*Making of The Family.
*The Many Meanings of the Fu*%.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a masterpiece 16 Dec 2013
By ekb
Format:DVD
You might object to a film with a rating of 29% based on 119 reviews from leading critics being called `a masterpiece' but you would be wrong because `The Family' is one of the most entertaining action comedy films of the year with great performances from Robert De Niro and Tommy Lee Jones and when I say great performances I mean they pretty much play the same role they have played in every movie ever. However it's hard to object to Robert De Niro playing a gangster and Tommy Lee Jones playing a grumpy law man.

Some of the bad reviews go like this `Unfortunately, The Family suffers from an extreme case of advanced tonal disorder'; `It's horribly violent, the family are appalling, it's never believable and far too long'; `The collateral damage involving innocent bystanders is staggering.'; `A lumbering farce that takes an unpleasantly sadistic glee in violence, murder and intimidation.'; `Neither comedy nor drama, 'The Family' is a combination of both that sometimes works when it decides what it wants to be.'; `The Blakes are hardly sympathetic figures, so when their lives are threatened, I began to silently root for their demise' and finally my favourite comment `The film isn't worthy of De Niro's stature, in the gangster sub-genre or otherwise' - apparently this reviewer has not seen a Robert De Niro film in the last few years.

First of all if you dislike this film it's probably based on one the reasons given by leading critics in the second paragraph and to be honest not one comment is a bad reason to hate this film because the characters in the family are complete psychopaths who care about nothing but themselves.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Was expecting more
Disappointed with this film. It's as if it couldn't quite make up its mind what type of film it wanted to be. Read more
Published 2 days ago by sue
4.0 out of 5 stars Plenty to enjoy
You have to worry with modern De Niro films, but he seems to have gotten over his bad run where it felt like he would take any job offered. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Toby le Rhone
4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad film, its really carried by its cast
not a bad film, its really carried by its cast, if i'd seen it at the cinema would i have bought the dvd possibly not. Read more
Published 4 days ago by G W Hogg
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Funny. Worth a watch
Published 9 days ago by s
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a waste of your life
You wait for the point of this movie, only to find that the Mafia scum are just that. Just a waste of your life!!
Published 14 days ago by Lou
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Not one of Denero's best. Just doesn't seem to get started
Published 14 days ago by antscat
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Bit cheesy, predictable but a decent film
Published 16 days ago by mandalot
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good film quite funny but not as good as the advert for the film
Published 17 days ago by Diane Rive
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Drab
Published 18 days ago by IAN DORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Brilliant....great cast....super performances by the children....and of course the A lister parents...really enjoyable would really recommend
Published 19 days ago by Adam Clarkson
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