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Uncle Buck [DVD]

John Candy , Macaulay Culkin , John Hughes    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: John Candy, Macaulay Culkin, Jean Louisa Kelly, Gaby Hoffmann, Amy Madigan
  • Directors: John Hughes
  • Writers: John Hughes
  • Producers: John Hughes, Ramey E. Ward, Tom Jacobson, William H. Brown
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish, Danish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Finnish, Czech, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • 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: Columbia Tristar
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2001
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000050GQ5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,916 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



John Candy has one of his finest opportunities in this film by John Hughes (The Breakfast Club) about a perpetual screw-up (Candy) who gets his act together enough to watch over his brother's kids effectively. The late actor scores big points resurrecting elements of his more decadent persona from SCTV days, but he also has some persuasively touching, sentimental moments. Hughes's direction is not as focused as it was only a few years before, but there's no mistaking his touch. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, production notes, biographies, Dolby sound, optional Spanish and French soundtracks. --Tom Keogh

Product Description

John Candy plays the jobless, happy-go-lucky slob of an uncle who is asked to babysit his niece and nephew (Gaby Hoffman and Macaulay Culkin) at short notice. His hidden flair for childcare soon emerges, even as his relationship with long-suffering girlfriend Chanice (Amy Madigan) takes a turn for the worse. John 'Home Alone' Hughes directs.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncle Buck - Vintage John Candy 1 Sep 2003
Actually, I found this movie to be an excellent family show, with a great cast and although not necessarily original, an entertaining story line.
The trials and tribulations of raising a couple of young children are well portrayed. McCauley Calkin and Abby Hoffman both display youthful exuberance, and are also well served for future roles - you definitely get a sense of the idea behind the "Home Alone" series when Amy Maggadan is "interviewed" through the mail slot by a fast emerging young star. The older sister, Jean Louisa Kelly, is not only great at depicting the 15 year old Tia, and while not essential to the role, her dreamy and sometimes sad eyes are simply to die for.
John Candy is at his best. In fact, if we were to remember him for any of his long list of outstanding work, the wave and smile at the close of the film, immediately before the roll up of the credits is about the most fitting farewell to one of Canada's best ever film and stage performers. While Uncle Buck is not his final work, that look of "Ain't this Great, eh!" makes him look peaceful and at ease with life. I will always remember him this way.
In all the movie is just a pleasure to watch, and I would give it 4 and 1/2 stars.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Jay
Candy's best performance ever. As hard as it is to pick a favorite role that John Candy ever portrayed, I'd have to say it was Uncle Buck. Although this wasn't the only title he and Culkin ever shared, it was the only film the two ever shared any time on screen together.

Basic plot: Candy's sister-in-law's father has just had a heart attack in the middle of the night and the two parents rush trying to find someone to watch the kids for them while they hop the next flight to go see her father. In a desperate last resort, they call the husband's brother. Buck. Of course, the concerned uncle comes to the rescue and takes the task with no complaint. However, the oldest of the children doesn't care for her bumbling uncle, and the discipline and protection he places upon her, while her parents are away.

Just watch the scene where Candy tries to use the kiddies toilet...absolutely hilarious.

A great heart-warming comedy that will make you laugh and possibly even cry at times. A classic, and certainly a triumph that wouldn't have happened without John Candy. Hollywood truly lost a great actor.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 'Buck Melanoma, Moley Russell's Wart' 20 Feb 2011
By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE
John Candy is Buck Russell, a character very similar to Del Griffith from Planes, Trains & Automobiles. It's not surprising since John Hughes is the writer, producer and director of both films. Buck is a simple man with simple pleasures. He likes his freedom, his leisure time, and his bowling. He has a girlfriend who desperately wants him to grow up but...he can't be bothered.

But when Buck is called to the wintry, affluent suburbs to look after his brother's kids for a couple of weeks (much to his sister-in-law's horror) he learns what it's like to be a responsible adult and does surprisingly well with his extended babysitting chore (in his own unique way).

Uncle Buck was Candy's fourth (of five) collaboration with Hughes and the role is clearly tailor-made for him. He may be a slob, and the underdog, but he's the kind of relative you'll all wish you had. The comedy is underplayed and quiet, and the drama involving without being overbearing. It's all just easy-going entertainment that's perfect for brightening up a dull afternoon, and yet another reminder that Hollywood lost someone very special in March 1994.

The Blu Ray looks great in 1080p 1.85:1 widescreen, but Universal have given us a lossy, DVD quality Dolby 2.0 soundtrack. This is unacceptable. Consumers buy Blu Rays for HD picture AND sound! There are no features other than Universal U-Control.

It's insane to think that the BBFC originally rated this 15, when the MPAA gave it a PG rating.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not John's best film yet still a great movie 29 May 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
I've watched this film a million times and it is still very funny. This is yet another one of John Hughes' films that as well as being ridiculously funny also has a bit of heart and sentiment to it which is shown in the development of Buck's relationship with his oldest niece. Planes, Trains and Automobiles is funnier but this is also very splendid. If you've not seen it you should take time to do so as it is very funny.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Need a babysitter?... Uncle Buck's your man!!! 13 Jun 2005
A truely great comedy film of all time! Can it get any better with John Candy as the hugely entertaining bachelor babysitter, Uncle Buck?!
From the witty one-liners by Candy to unforgettable moments: from the car backfiring to Uncle Buck's visit to the school, this film will have you in stitches from start to finish!!!
A fantastic film to see when you need cheering up or when you want a bit of comedy!
Highly recommended!!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining, poor picture quality 29 Aug 2012
By Petri
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
The movie itself is funny and entertaining, with the always funny and brilliant late John Candy. However, the picture quality is nowhere near where it should be on a bluray disk. Compared to another John Candy classic, Planes, Trains and Automobiles, this bluray pales in picture quality comparison.
Another annoyance is the British-English-speaking animated guy that pops up before the movie and thanks you profoundly for purchasing a bluray movie. I hate this dumb animated guy beyond measure, and he seems to inhabit so many of the movies in my bluray library. I hate the thought of having to watch him over and over again over the years as I watch my movies. Owning and watching a bluray movie should be a seamless experience of inserting the movie into the player and starting watching it without delay. After all, I did pay for it, so give me user satisfaction! I should be deducting a star in my future reviews for every bluray movie where this guy or something similar appears.
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