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Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives [Blu-ray]

Thanapat Saisaymar , Jenjira Pongpas , Apichatpong Weerasethakul    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Thanapat Saisaymar, Jenjira Pongpas, Sakda Kaewbuadee, Natthakarn Aphaiwonk, Geerasak Kulhong
  • Directors: Apichatpong Weerasethakul
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Thai
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: New Wave
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Mar 2011
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004GP0O42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 17,578 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave the birthplace of his first life..

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United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region A/B/C DVD: LANGUAGES: Bengali ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), Bengali ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Cast/Crew Interview(s), Deleted Scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: Suffering from acute kidney failure, Uncle Boonmee has chosen to spend his final days surrounded by his loved ones in the countryside. Surprisingly, the ghost of his deceased wife appears to care for him, and his long lost son returns home in a non-human form. Contemplating the reasons for his illness, Boonmee treks through the jungle with his family to a mysterious hilltop cave - the birthplace of his first life... SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Cannes Film Festival, ...Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010) ( Loong Boonmee raleuk chat ) ( Lung Bunmi Raluek Chat (Oncle Boonmee) ) (Blu-Ray)

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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A delicate study of death, and Thailand 10 Feb 2011
By Rowena Hoseason HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
`Uncle Boonmee' is a curious collage of art cinema which demonstrates the distance between mainstream Hollywood movies and the everyday culture of the Far East. We first saw it at an arts centre and it was obviously unrewarding for a significant segment of the audience who exited stage left after half an hour. The pacing is languid in the extreme while much of the meaning is obliquely obscure. Yet overall the experience of watching `Uncle Boonmee' was a positive one - it may be mysterious and wilfully weird, but it was also intriguing and delicately involving.

Part of the reason for our confusion is that this is the final part of a series of short films and video installations from northern Thailand, near the border with communist Laos. These examine the history of the area in the 1960s when a Communist uprising in Thailand was aggressively suppressed by the Thai authorities. So it's hardly surprising that many of the underlying themes to `Uncle Boonmee' will leave the casual viewer somewhat bewildered.
However, the film's main theme of impending death and possibly being reunited with loved ones in the hereafter is universal and needed no translation or explanation. Boonmee is a successful hill farmer, dying of kidney failure. In his final days his missing family return to nurse him - or perhaps to guide him on his final journey. The appearance of the spirit of his dead wife at the dinner table is handled with delightful matter-of-factness. `You must be hungry' says his dead wife's living sister... and after a shocked moment, the group settles back down to eat. It's as if the boundary between life and death becomes permeable as one of us approaches it, and Boonmee's love for his wife has tethered her spirit to the mortal coil.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Eastern Wisdom 12 Jan 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Proceed with caution. 2010's Palme d'Or winner is a mystifying, unfathomable meditation on the twilight period between the conclusion of life and the beginning of death. Without ever quickening its snail's pace, it presents a series of intriguing tableaux in which the eponymous uncle quietly ends his days surrounded by his nearest and dearest. But the idiosyncracies of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's style won't be to everyone's taste. His story features ghosts, taciturn monkey-men and a sex scene between a woman and a catfish. (Yes, you read that right.) It refuses to meet the audience's need for answers and explanations, resolutely staying away from any Occidental notions of how a narrative ought to work. Having said that, I can't deny that I found it quite compelling... but don't ask me to explain what it's about.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strange and beautiful 8 April 2011
Format:DVD
*Uncle Boonmee* may be diminished more than most films on DVD - it's a languid and mesmeric piece that really demands the total immersion you get from a cinema. Even so, there are some exquisite scenes here, and enough to suggest that the Palme d'Or was deserved (albeit in a less than classic year).

Having seen this soon after Werner Herzog's stunning film about the Chauvet cave paintings, I was reminded of the anthropologist's key distinctions between Paleolithic and modern man - their senses of fluidity between human and animal beings, and of permeability between the living and the spirit world. It's made quite clear by this film that these distinctions only hold in the contemporary West. The director conjures the world of his own Thai childhood (as well as of the monk whose book inspired the film), where the spirits of the dead are all around, and where human and beast co-exist to the point of mergence.

For all this strangeness, though, the humanity of the film is what gives it power. It's beautifully acted by a cast of naturals, and the scene between the dying Boonmee and the ghost of his wife is as resonantly tender as anything I have seen in cinema.

The interview with Weerasethakul on this DVD is well worth watching after you have seen the feature. It sheds fascinating light on his motivations and decisions without dispelling the film's entrancing oddness.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Painfully slow but occasionally beautiful 14 Aug 2012
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
If nothing else, Uncle Boonmee graphically illustrates the cultural differences between East and West.

Set in a society where spirits and reincarnation are accepted realities, Uncle Boonmee tells the tale of a terminally ill man preparing for death by interacting and making his peace with the spirit world. It is one of the most ponderous and meditative films I've ever seen, with lots of almost static shots and long silent pauses. In fact, I was on the verge of pressing the fast-forward button on a few occasions, when the next scenario opened into something quite profound and beautiful. In particular, the princess and the catfish section and Boonmee leading the others to the depths of a primordial cave, where blind albino fish swim in a tiny pool and where he believed he was first born, were memorable and haunting. Several other scenes though I simply did not get. Amongst the wtf moments were the static shots of the militia with the man in the unconvincing gorilla suit and the seemingly pointless scene of the young monk taking a shower.

Furthermore, I didn't really get any satisfying sense of closure by the ending, which just kinda peters out. Extras on the Blu-ray include an interview with the director, which sheds some (but not much) light on his motivation and intentions behind this movie.

So there we have it; an occasionally beautiful and profound film, but which may be simply too alien and impenetrable for most Western viewers. If you're open minded though, Boonmee is certainly worth a look and I have no regrets in spending a couple of hours in its sometimes mesmerising but sometimes baffling and frustrating company.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A mysterious film, with socking images in it. ...
A mysterious film, with socking images in it. No everyone's cup of tea.
Published 28 days ago by LUIS GARCIA GARCIA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives
Just finished watching 'Uncle Boonmee who can recall his past lives'. What a film! What a sumptuous photography! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kaysher
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
Arrived promptly. Good condition. I don't actually like the film myself but the person I bought it for loves it and thinks it is a very well made film.
Published 4 months ago by rosec
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Boomii
A strange and haunting film: I shall know what i think about it in some six months time, it needs a lot of thinking about
Published 14 months ago by Ronald J. Hall
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Enjoyed this superb film,beautiful and stunning cinematography,i would heartily recommend it to my friends..Very moving and absolutely loved it...9 out of 10..
Published 17 months ago by Graham Henry
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't believe the hype.
Very much 'the emperors new clothes'. High profile reviewers are hamstrung because of a need to promote new world cinema, but this is truly awful, pointless film making. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Louise Ball
1.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre......
I only give this film 1 star...Why? In my opinion. The most Bizarre,boring complicated film I have ever watched. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Mrs B
1.0 out of 5 stars Emporer's New Clothes. Hooey.
What an awful mess. Beautiful scenery, amazing cinematography available (not used) and brilliant locations. The director has massive funding opportunities. And what does he do? Read more
Published on 18 July 2012 by catasha
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, hypnotic, magic realism
I love the way this film switches from the very realistic to the utterly fantastic. The themes of life and death are dealt with in a contemplative way that is both sweet and sad. Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2012 by memo952
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