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Up in the Air [Blu-ray] [2009] [US Import]


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  • Actors: George Clooney, Vera Farmiga, Anna Kendrick, Jason Bateman, Amy Morton
  • Directors: Jason Reitman
  • Writers: Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner, Walter Kirn
  • Producers: Ali Bell, Daniel Dubiecki, Helen Estabrook, Ivan Reitman
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Mar 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00337KMAA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 257,877 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Up in the Air transforms some painful subjects into smart, sly comedy--with just enough of the pain underneath to give it some weight. Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) spends most of his days traveling around the country and firing people; he's hired by bosses who don't have the nerve to do their layoffs themselves. His life of constant flight suits him--he wants no attachments. But two things suddenly threaten his vacuum-sealed world: his company decides to do layoffs via video conference so they don't have to pay for travel, and Bingham meets a woman named Alex (Vera Farmiga, The Departed), who seems to be the female version of him… and of course, he starts to fall in love. Writer-director Jason Reitman is building a career from funny but thoughtful movies about compromised people--a pregnant teen in Juno, a cigarette-company executive in Thank You for Smoking. George Clooney has a gift for playing smart men who aren't quite as smart as they think they are (Michael Clayton, Out of Sight). The combination is perfect: Bingham is charming and sympathetic but clearly missing something, and Up in the Air captures that absence with clarity and compassion. The outstanding supporting cast includes Anna Kendrick (Rocket Science), Jason Bateman (Arrested Development), Danny McBride (Pineapple Express), Melanie Lynskey (Away We Go), and others, each small part pitched exactly right.--Bret Fetzer

Special Features The Up In The Air Blu-ray includes the following extras, all in high definition:

  • Commentary by writer/director Jason Reitman, director of photography Eric Steelberg and first assistant director Jason blumenfield
  • Shadowplay: Before The Story
  • Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Jason Reitman:
  • > To Know Me is To Fly With Me
    > Real People Firing and Irate Employee
    > Thumper and Extended Boat Scene
    > Omaha Montage
    > Spacesuit
    > Do You Live At The Hilton?
    > Nosey Neighbour
    > Natalie In Restroom
    > Natalie Vid-Chats
    > Angry Ryan Checks In
    > Goalquest Invite
    > Maynard Finch Commercial/Kara Calls Ryan
    > Barely Squeaking By / Natalie Calls
  • Trailers
  • "Help Yourself" music video by Sad Brad Smith
  • Storyboards
  • American Airlines Prank

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy TOP 100 REVIEWER on 10 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
I looked up dark comedy in the dictionary and it had "Up in the Air" by it. There isn't much plot to the movie, yet it keeps moving. It makes a statement about following your dreams, family, and goals as Clooney's words somehow always come back to haunt him. I had to laugh at loud when Sam Elliot came back to talk to Clooney about joining the 10 million mile club. Shades of "The Big Lebowski." I kept expecting him to call George "dude" and tell him he was his father. The movie is bittersweet at times and sad at others, although not a tear jerker. I was confused about his occupation. He is paid to come into an industry and tell the workers they are laid off. Doesn't HR fire people? Do they really hire an outside company to do that? The irony of a man who fires people for a living speaking at a conference called "Goalquest" is a bit Orwellian. The best line in the movie was during a firing that he allowed his young assistant to do. She got into trouble, so Clooney the master ax man, steps in and says, "Do you know why kids love ball players?" The old man says "Because the make a lot of money and have sex with beautiful women." Clooney responds, "No, that is why we love them. The reason why kids love them is because they followed their dream." He then convinces the man he can be a hero to grand kids by leaving this job and following his dream.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By U. Schulte on 24 Jun 2012
Format: DVD
This is not a comedy, this is not light hearted entertainment! The trailer,I have seen, is creating a completely wrong impression. The funny bits (mainly in the beginning) will be most appreciated by frequent travellers. From own experience they are not only funny but real.
The plot of the film is a bit weak and not very convincing. The environment shown along the personal story line is - at least for a European- disturbing and I would have hoped it would make people reflect on a culture where firing by video link can be conveyed as a real option.
Watch this film carefully and it is quite revealing about parts of US corporate culture.
If you are looking for a funny movie do not go for it, if you are looking for a socially critical relevant movie do not go for it. If you want both mixed together with some well known actors and you get it for a bargain price - then you can do a lot worse.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Aug 2010
Format: DVD
In what I thought was one of the best films of 2009, George Clooney plays Ryan Bingham, a corporate downsizer who travels the country firing employees whose bosses are too cowardly to terminate in person. He has a sideline as a motivational speaker, extolling the virtues of a lifestyle free of relationship or dependency, but his real interest is the accumulation of frequent flyer miles (one of the delights of the story is the contrast between his fierce adherence to the airline's loyalty scheme and the way in which he's rewarding the loyalty of the people he's seeing every day).

The part is written so well, and Clooney is such a good actor, that you start out feeling that Bingham's life is one worthy of emulation (there's a classic early scene - set to a soundtrack item called "Security Ballet" - in which he manages to make the debilitating and degrading process of going through airport security appear cool, poised and sexy). Having drawn you in to the story so completely, you're then reminded of the flaws in his choices through his encounters with the youthful, optimistic Natalie, the bold, mysterious Alex and his semi-estranged family. Ryan's not a bad man, just a mistaken one - and the way in which we stay with him as his initial dedication to an attachment-free life is shaken is proof of Clooney's sympathetic portrayal of this unpromising character. This is a great film: funny, engaging and subtly beguiling, centred on a terrifically stylish performance by Clooney and able support from Vera Farmiga's Alex and Anna Kendrick's Natalie.
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Josh Ling on 26 Jun 2010
Format: DVD
Basically, here's the deal. Before you rent a film, watch the trailer first or read up on some reviews. Then you wont 'be forced' to come onto websites such as this and rate it 1/5 stars, because you were expecting some sort of epic action-drama.

It's thoughtful, provocative and one of my favorite films of all time. But it's not fast, and there's literally no action. I'm just saying, don't rate it based on what it's not. Whatever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PatF on 12 Feb 2011
Format: DVD
All the characters played their part in this film but George Clooney stood out.
Focussed, clinical,calculating, good at his job he is taken unawares by a chance encounter.
This coincides with a family celebration and his steely, self-centredness begins to crack. Is he missing something? Is his life as fulfilling as he had thought? Is there room in his life for close relationships?
I will not spoil the ending but it is not plain sailing and there is a surprising twist at the end. The acting is excellent. All the nuances are there on his face.

Up In The Air [DVD] [2009]
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MM on 10 May 2011
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I was very surprised by this film. George Clooney is fantastic in it and the film is much more insightful than one would expect. It's a very good potrait of the life of a businessman on the road, although taken to the extreme. Good take on life of a 40 something single man who does not believe in convential life.
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