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The Truman Show [DVD] [1998]

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, Lynn Pleshette, Richard Luke Rothschild
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, German, Czech
  • Subtitles: Hungarian, Polish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 17 April 2000
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (166 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TL7A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,595 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Every second of every day, from the moment he was born, Truman Burbank has been the unwitting star of THE TRUMAN SHOW. The picture -perfect town of Seahaven, which he calls home, is actually a gigantic soundstage. Truman's friends, family and everyone he meets a re actors. He lives every moment under the unblinking gaze of thousands of hidden TV cameras. But discovering the truth is only th e beginning. He still must reckon with the god-like powers behind the scenes of the most popular and longest-running documentary-so ap opera in history.

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The whole world is watching--literally--every time Truman Burbank makes the slightest move. Unbeknownst to him, in this hauntingly funny film by Peter Weir, his entire life has been an unending soap opera for consumption by the rest of the world. And everyone he knows--including his mother, his wife, and his best friend--is really an actor, paid to be part of his life. In this intriguing and surprisingly touching 1998 film, writer Andrew Niccol (screenwriter for Gattaca) imagines an ultimate kind of celebrity, then sees it brought to life with comic intensity and emotional honesty by Jim Carrey in what may be the performance of his career. Carrey has exceptional support from Laura Linney and Ed Harris, but it's his show, in a portrayal that demonstrates just what kind of range Carrey is capable of. -- Marshall Fine, Amazon.com

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 10 July 2014
Format: DVD
I must admit I find it rather odd that Peter Weir's 1998 film (written by New Zealander Andrew Niccol) has been criticised for not being 'funny enough' since, as far as I can deduce, that was one of its 'least' objectives. Indeed, the current Wiki entry for the film describes it (in typical 'mish-mash' fashion) as a `satirical social science-fiction comedy drama' (oh, for the need to pigeon-hole!). Instead, I still find the film's tale of Jim Carrey's 'insurance salesman' Truman Burbank, trapped in Ed Harris' 'god-like' Christof's reality TV set, one of the most perceptive takes on a whole host of current (and pertinent) social issues, including (of course) the impact of reality TV (interestingly, Big Brother was not to hit UK TV screens until two years after Weir's film was made), the alienating and entrapping effect of western consumer society, the all-pervading power of corporatism, paranoid schizophrenia, totalitarian regimes, indoctrination and 'the surveillance society' and (ironically) even the potentially manipulative effects of cinema. In effect, The Truman Show is like a (satirical) amalgam of reality TV shows like Big Brother and the 1960s TV show The Prisoner, and has been highly influential on subsequent film and TV drama, notably Charlie Brooker's recent (and frequently brilliant) series of TV dramas, Black Mirror.

For me, therefore, the principal strength of Weir's film lies in its central concept. That said, however, Weir has done a great job in its (potentially tricky) transference to the big screen. The 'groundhog day'-like nature of the idyllic Seahaven setting is brilliantly done, shot through the claustrophobic, 'circular prism' of cinematographer Peter Biziou's camera.
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Jun. 2009
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE "BLU RAY" VERSION OF THE FILM***

Watching Peter Weir's 1998 film in 2009 is a weird and wonderful trip - if not a slightly disconcerting one at times.

First - it's as masterful and brilliant as you remember it - a very clever unfolding story about a man whose life is permanent Candid Camera for the entire planet - living in an artificially created world with literally everyone around him being an actor. Then there's the stunning and believable performances of a perfectly picked cast (Carey, Linney and Harris all shine). And second - with the appalling Big Brother polluting our airwaves night after night - "The Truman Show" is not just relevant eleven years later - it seems to have actually predicted our television future...

But back to the BLU RAY - the first thing you notice is the picture, which is a mixture of beautiful clarity one moment running alongside very steady DVD quality the next. Clarity highlights would include - - Noah Emmerich's sea of freckles as he's interviewed in the opening credits - he plays Marlon who is supposedly Truman's best friend - always turning up with a "Brewsky" whenever there's a problem (they actually cake and paste Noah's face with make up to cover up his freckles in later shots). There are the pearls on Sylvia's wrist in the library when Truman and her finally talk, the "How Does It All End?" button on her cardigan - stunning clarity. There's Truman digging the garden in his horrible orange pants as his wife stops on her bicycle for a little product-placement (played superbly by Laura Linney)...
"Look Truman! Chef's Pal! It's a Grater, Dicer and Peeler all in one!"
"Wow!
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45 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Gary Hilton on 5 April 2006
Format: DVD
Ok....if you are reading this review for the Special "Collectors" edition of the TRUMAN SHOW then I am going to assume that you are already familiar with the film itself and are more curious about the extras on this DVD.
Well, in one word; 'Disappointing'. The original film was a bare bones DVD release with literally nothing in the way of added features, and this updated version goes some way to addressing this imbalance, but overall it doesn't bring that much to the party and still feels lacking.
Excatly what you get is this;
TV spots & Teaser trailer (hardly worth watching trailers when you own the actual film itself is there?)
Photo Galleries (ho-hum)
A 2 part documnetary about the making of. (sounds promising but actually dull as ditchwater)
and a Visual effects feature (again, not very gripping)
the best feature are the deleted scenes which are actually quite lengthy and are genuinely intriguing but hardly going to stand repeated viewing.
Sadly, there is NO directors or cast commentary which I would have thought would be the main attraction for a "Special Collector's Edition" ?
I have rated this 5 stars because the film itself is so outstanding, but if you are asking "Is it worth updating my old basic copy for this new one?" I would have to say "NO". Don't get me wrong, if you still don't own this wonderful film then this is THE edition to get, but when you consider that you can still pick up the original version for around a fiver then I cannot advise you to spend more than double that for this release, Sorry.
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