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Uncle Buck [DVD]

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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: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Portuguese, Danish, Finnish, Swedish, Norwegian, German, Dutch, Czech, Polish, Turkish, Hungarian, Bulgarian
  • Dubbed: German, French, Italian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Audio Description: None
  • 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: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 April 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000094TMC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 988 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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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

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Derek Lloyd on 1 Sep 2003
Format: DVD
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 on 9 May 2007
Format: DVD
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 By Inspector Gadget VINE VOICE on 20 Feb 2011
Format: Blu-ray
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 By A Customer on 29 May 2001
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 By Mr. C. Gore on 13 Jun 2005
Format: DVD
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DL Productions UK TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Dec 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
You know what it's like, you're invited somewhere cool and you've got no one to look after the little ones? All your friends are going, and you don't have someone to look after junior, so what do you do? Call a baby sitter? No, usually it's your brother, or sister, and this is what Uncle Buck is all about.

When a family member has a heart attack, Buck Russell (John Candy - Planes, Trains & Automobiles [1987], Brewster's Millions [1985]) has to look after the kids; Tia, a moody teen who really hates everyone except her lover Bug; little Maizy who's a dreamboat, and Miles (Macaulay Culkin - Home Alone [1990]) with his funny expressions, in the suburbs.

Buck isn't really that treasured by the family, he's considered the slow one, he's been on-and-off with his girlfriend Chanice and hasn't had a proper job in ages. He lives on big wins on the horses and doesn't really care about much else - some would say he's a slob.

We see Buck doing the usual crazy things which makes Tia cringe, insulting a teacher, and even cooking clothes, but at the bottom of his heart, he cares for the kids and doesn't want anything bad happening to them.

This is good family comedy, with John Hughes' humour coming out in every scene. John Candy is perfect in this - he's jovial attitude and his humour shine here like a beacon on film comedy.
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