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The Tree of Life [DVD]

Brad Pitt , Sean Penn , Terrence Malick    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, Jessica Chastain, Hunter McCracken, Laramie Eppler
  • Directors: Terrence Malick
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 139 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (154 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004Z0XUDK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,604 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The long front lawns of summer afternoons, the flicker of sunlight as it sprays through tree branches, the volcanic surge of the Earth's interior as the planet heaves itself into being--you certainly can't say Terrence Malick lacks for visual expressiveness. The Tree of Life is Malick's long-cherished project, a film that centres on a family in 1950s Waco, Texas, yet also reaches for cosmic significance in the creation of the universe itself. The Texas memories belong to Jack (Sean Penn), a modern man seemingly ground down by the soulless glass-and-metal corporate world that surrounds him. We learn early in the film of a family loss that happened at a later time, but the flashbacks concern only the dark Eden of Jack's childhood: his games with his two younger brothers, his frustrated, bullying father (Brad Pitt), his one-dimensionally radiant mother (Jessica Chastain). None of which unfolds in anything like a conventional narrative, but in a series of disconnected scenes that conjure, with poetry and specificity, a particular childhood realm. The contributions of cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki and production designer Jack Fisk cannot be underestimated in that regard, and it should be noted that Brad Pitt contributes his best performance: strong yet haunted.

And how does the Big Bang material (especially a long, trippy sequence in the film's first hour) tie into this material? Yes, well, the answer to that question will determine whether you find Malick's film a profound exploration of existence or crazy-ambitious failure full of beautiful things. Malick's sincerity is winning (and so is his exceptional touch with the child actors), yet many of the movie's touches are simultaneously gaseous (amongst the bits of whispered narration is the war between nature and grace, roles assigned to mother and father) and all-too-literal (a dinosaur retreats from nearly killing a fellow creature--the first moments of species kindness, or anthropomorphic poppycock?). The Tree of Life premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and won the Palme d'Or there after receiving boos at its press screening. The debate continues, unabated, from that point. --Robert Horton

Product Description

The impressionistic story of a Texas family in the 1950s. The film follows the life journey of the eldest son, Jack, through the innocence of childhood to his disillusioned adult years as he tries to reconcile a complicated relationship with his father (Brad Pitt). Jack (played as an adult by Sean Penn) finds himself a lost soul in the modern world, seeking answers to the origins and meaning of life while questioning the existence of faith. 

“A captivating, unmissable experience” *****--Total Film
“Brad Pitt gives the strongest performance of his career”--The Telegraph
“Awe-inspiring” *****--The Independent
“A masterpiece” *****--The Guardian
“Magnificent” *****--The Times

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THE PATH OF GRACE OR NATURE? 6 Aug 2013
By The Movie Guy TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
The Tree of Life ironically deals with the topic of death. The film tells you to turn up the sound so you can hear all the first person narration. When their son dies at the age of 19 parents cope with the loss and question their faith, but not severely question their faith that would alter their life style. After the characters are introduced, we still see Sean Penn doesn't own a comb. The film digresses into a Discovery Channel special which condenses the modern version of creation of 14.7 billion years into about 12 minutes. I felt like we had passed into the monolith.

We now start all over with the birth of the children. Hey, we already know one dies. There are things that are whispered. These are meant to be ideas or questions for God. Brad Pitt metaphorically represents the "tough love" God who prepares us for life's journey without us realizing it. Hence we have the macrocosm and microcosm in our tale. One could assume that the microcosm of our life is reflective of our theological views, we carve out a tough love God based upon our tough love "Father". At one point in the movie Brad Pitt insists his son call him "Father" and never "Dad." Having lived in the south, that is a no-no. "Father" is reserved for the heavenly Father. That is a hint of the symbolism. A sermon stresses the book of Job and asks, "Is the scheme of life a fraud?"

Not for everyone. I was very bored until I figured out what they were attempting to do. I think the beauty of the film is that different people can grasp a different meaning from it. It doesn't spell it out. My review is one take.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cautious love 6 Sep 2013
By jerkwad
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have a cautious love for this film. An oddity in some ways, seeking to place the story of one family and their regrets in the context of the beginning of existence and the eventual end of the world. Majestically shot, superbly acted, but perhaps Malick could have placed the very important dialogue (of which there is not that much in the whole film) a bit higher in the mix. Subtitles helped me out here in a way that people who saw the film in the cinema weren't blessed with. With great art comes the risk of great pretentiousness and this is certainly a film that walks the tightrope between the two.Which side of the tightrope you fall off and land in will be very much about who, and how reflective you are.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My most viewed film of all time 1 April 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The difference between Art and Entertainment is that Art demands something of the viewer. This is a very demanding film and many have refused the demand. For those who do respond it rewards with a new narrative style, visual beauty, and profound (and challenging) theological insight into the value and cost of human life. I have shown this movie 14 times to friends and still cannot take my eyes from the screen.
Chastain glows and Pitt gives his best ever performance, achingly true,
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Going back to our roots 12 May 2012
By Adam VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
I took a chance on this film after hearing various bewildered critical responses from cinema goers and critics. At issue seemed to be the sprawling cosmic imagery, intercutting scenes of family drama, with sequences involving dinosaurs being singled out for especial derision.
Still, intrigued, I rented this, and I am incredibly glad that I did.
The film is long and sprawling, and you are put in the mind frame for the human wrestling the transcendent straightaway, with a quote from the Book of Job, the voice of God, no less;
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the world..."
The film unfolds at a searching, meditative pace, but we go straight to intense human drama, with the O'Brien family receiving news of the death of a son. The action then rewinds, through the mind's eye of Sean Penn's middle aged architect reflecting on his boyhood with this family, and the character of the mother (Jessica Christian) reflecting on the twin paths of 'Grace' and 'Nature.'
The interplay between the sons and the parents in the America of their day (50's Texas) is the human drama of the film. The mother is all gentleness and grace, but with steel too. The father (an impressive Brad Pitt), authoritarian and wounded, is scarred into an oppressive attitude to his boys by what he sees as the merciless, Darwinian struggle of life.
The Sean Penn character, as a boy, grows and rebels, increasingly testing his father. There are also landmark events that further underscore the frightening side of life. The drowning of a boyhood friend is a particularly chilling and effective example of this, with the grotesque suddenness and splintering horror of it breaking in when least expected to a carefree community event.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tree Of Life - A critical misjudgement 2 Sep 2011
By Victor HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Given the awards that this film has won, and the glowing reviews that I read everywhere, I was expecting a masterpiece of cinematography with a complex and moving central message told with a unique style. I jumped at the chance to go and see it in the cinema and really wish that I hadn't.

To give credit where it is due, the film is in places visually absolutely stunning. The cinematography is indeed superb and worth of praise. The main problem for me was the film's message. Malick doesn't really have a lot to say, and takes an awfully long time to say it. The central story around which Malick hangs his message is that of a young boy growing up in mid fifties America, and his relationship with his bullying father and angelic mother. At some point the boy's brother dies, and we see images of his 1950's youth mixed with present day images of him still coming to terms with his childhood. All this is shown in a fractured timeframe with little logical order. Interspersed with all of this are images of the creation of the universe and earth, the evolution of life and images of a possible god like entity. The ending is just downright odd, with some sort of mystic beach perhaps supposed to represent heaven. I didn't understand that part, but by then had completely lost interest in the film.

The film meanders along for a few hours with lots of nice pictures. The stories could be interesting but ultimately don't really lead anywhere. The characters are generally completely 2 dimensional and completely unengaging, thus losing any emotional impact that the film might have had. There are lots of philosophical ramblings which appear to be asking `is there a god?' and showing us the insignificance of our place in the universe.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea, and not the type ...
Not my cup of tea, and not the type of movie I expected from brad pitt. It sent me to sleep!
Published 9 days ago by Jacqui - Alsager
1.0 out of 5 stars I love beautiful nature shots but not in a film
I thought this film was dreadful. I love beautiful nature shots but not in a film....keep that for blue chip natural history! Very dull. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Travelling Badger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
A really strange but fascinating film.
Published 1 month ago by jacq
2.0 out of 5 stars Obscure
This film is bizarre and obscure, not unusual for Sean Penn, but it was a bit too far down the random road for me..
Published 1 month ago by Kimberley J Griffin
1.0 out of 5 stars Was this film directed by Carson Clay ?
......you know Carson Clay, the fictitious infamous director of deep and meaningful, pretentious drivel as seen in Mr Beans Holiday. Boring, boring, boring a million times boring. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars no stars complete rubbish (to me)
I am a keen movie watcher but gave up watching this after just 15mins, i kept waiting for the usuall script "20 years later" and the story to begin but no this storyline... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sheena B.
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful thing
If someone gave me the option of forcing my genitals into a blender and then dressing the wound with wasps, salt and vinegar or watching this film again it would be close run... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Blind Rat
1.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Boring
Gave up watching it after 30mins, Storyline not clear to begin with and just not captivating enough to hold my interest, enough said!
Published 4 months ago by Melissa
2.0 out of 5 stars hard to follow
photography was great, but story was hard to follow. Could not understand what all the creation stuff was needed for. Did not add to the story at all.
Published 4 months ago by Michael Riches
4.0 out of 5 stars Cut It Out!
As other reviewers have stated, I too heard remarks of bewilderment regarding this film, and being someone who likes unusual films, I took a punt on it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by pipnuts
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