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Winter's Bone [Blu-ray]

Jennifer Lawrence , Kevin Breznahan , Debra Granik    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Breznahan, Dale Dickey, Garrett Dillahunt, John Hawkes
  • Directors: Debra Granik
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Aug 2012
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0097FLYOA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,633 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Debra Granik directs this tense drama based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell, set in the poverty-stricken backwoods of the Ozarks. Jennifer Lawrence stars as 17-year-old Ree Dolly, who is forced to take care of her little brother and sister, as well as her catatonic mother, after she discovers that her father, who has been running a crystal meth laboratory, has been arrested and has put the family home up as collateral for bail. Now, if he fails to attend the court hearing, the family will lose its home. Risking her own life and fiercely protecting her mother and younger siblings, Ree sets out to track down her father and piece together the truth behind his disappearance.

Synopsis

17 year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) embarks on a mission to find her father after he uses their family house as a way of securing his bail and disappears without a trace. Faced with the possibility of losing her home and being turned out into the Ozark woods, Ree challenges her outlaw kin s code of silence and risks her life to save her family. She hacks through the lies, evasions and threats offered by her relatives and begins to piece together the truth. Winner of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival's Grand Jury Prize and Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, WINTER'S BONE is directed by Debra Granik (DOWN TO THE BONE) and adapted for the screen by Granik and Anne Rosellini. Based on the best-selling novel by Daniel Woodrel

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110 of 114 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing glimpse into another world 23 Nov 2010
By PJ Rankine TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with the other reviewer who described this as one of the best films of the year but sadly it will only reach a limited audience. This is a fascinating and disturbing glimpse into the world of 'poor white trash' in Missouri. Ree Dolly is a 17yr old girl who cares for her mother and two younger siblings whilst her absent father is off cooking crystal meth. They are dirt poor and live on the charity of their neighbours and what they can hunt but they are also proud. Ree will not let her brother ask for help saying they will only accept what should be freely offered. Her errant father appears to skip bail and she has to find him before the bail bondsman takes their shack and they are all left homeless. This is a world where blood is still thicker than water but that doesn't mean your relatives are unwilling to spill it. Ree battles against a wall of silence and eventually brutality in her search where it appears no one will help her. Yes this film is bleak and at times can be brutal and yet through it all glimpses of human kindness and caring still shine through. The generally unknown cast do a fantastic job and leading lady 20 year old Jennifer Lawrence will struggle to better her superb performance in this film. This is a film to watchand absorb and then feel grateful for your comfortable life. It is also a film to tell your friends about.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cold Comfort 23 Oct 2010
Format:DVD
For me this is the movie of the year so far. It's quite a simple story, which I wont spoil for you now, but it is richly drawn and full of menace and suspense. Although the subject matter is often horrific and unsettling, it is always suggested than rather smeared all over the screen, makings it's impact more real. The acting is excellent throughout, with the characters being as convincing and they are frightening.

The heroine of the movie inspires admiration and affection, and even raises a few laughs despite her perilous predicament. Although the film portrays a landscape of desperation and desolation, it is ultimately satisfying and uplifting.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jennifer Lawrence is sensational! 8 Jan 2011
Format:DVD
Winter's Bone is a 2010 film. It explores the interrelated themes of close and distant family ties, the power and speed of gossip, patriarchy, self-sufficiency, and rural poverty in the Ozark people (in Missouri) as they are impacted by the pervasive underworld of illegal crystal meth labs. For me, the film underscores an increasing problem in America: the growth of an increasingly larger underclass of deprived people with little hope of advancing themselves. The debris of wrecked lives is everywhere here, with decrepit houses and yards filled with dead cars, broken appliances, old farm equipment and other junk.

17-year-old Ree Dolly (up and coming Jennifer Lawrence) is the sole responsible "adult" in her family - with a younger brother and sister and an incapacitated mother. She finds herself forced to track her fugitive father, a longtime crystal meth maker, through the most hardcore of the local criminal network after she learns that he has put their home up as his bail bond. Ree and her family will literally be cast into the wilderness if she can't find her father dead or alive. Jennifer Lawrence (20 in real life) radiates presence and strength well beyond her years here.

This film is gritty, stark and certainly not a date movie, but it is a compelling tale based pretty much on real life.

Recommended.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid 4 star, verging on 4.5 star film 2 May 2011
Format:DVD
Before writing this, I've just glanced at some of the other reviews. It appears that this is one of those 'love it or hate it' films. I definitely fall into the former camp. Yes, this film is bleak. Yes, the world it gives us a shot of is depressing, but boy is it well-filmed and atmospheric. The brooding sense of dread is captured right from the first scene, and it never disappears. The almost monochrome colours, the broken run down homes that the characters live in, the lightly playing banjos in the background are really compelling. So too is the story - the 17 year old Ree with two younger siblings and a disabled mother to look after who is about to lose her family home unless she can find her father - or his body. I thought that the actress who played Ree was absolutely excellent too.

This film reminded me in many ways of other movies filmed about closely bound, mistrustful communities. Frozen River is less depressing, but uses the same type of close camera work and brooding music. Another older one, perhaps spawned by the idea of films such as Deliverance was the creepy Southern Comfort, about a unit of National Guardsmen on an expedition through the Louisiana swamps.

Well worth watching in my opinion.

Ben Kane, author of The Forgotten Legion.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw Realism 2 Feb 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First of, I didn't read the novel, so the whole discussion whether the film is bad because the book is better is irrelevant to me. Secondly, this didn't feel as a thriller at all. I know one thing, however: I watched this film and was deeply impressed by the casting, the acting -- in particular the protagonist's performance -- , the dialogue, and last but not least, the sets. This film truly deserves an Oscar if only because of the set decoration. I was allowed a 100 minutes peek into a dark, depressing world in which a stubborn, unflinching teenager fights for some security in a hostile world, an experience so intense that afterward it felt as though I had really met these individuals, traveled down there during a cruel winter and witnessed the behavior and way of living of these rough people in the Ozarks. If a film can do that, making us forget reality and live with fictional characters, truly feel the atmosphere of a particular place, then I think it has accomplished something. A remarkable movie!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very dark and dreary lifestyle
This is the second time I've had this from LF as I had to send it back without watching as I was taking a payment holiday. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Chris
4.0 out of 5 stars true grit 2? But well worth seeing . . .
[In what follows I try to avoid "spoilers" and as a result don't give a very detailed account of the story. Trust me that the narrative lines are clear! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Stanley Crowe
5.0 out of 5 stars America beats itself up... Again
This is a beautifully shot and acted film about murky goings on in the backwoods of America. Every single character from the smallest cameo to the main protagonists, is convincing... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Book Mad
5.0 out of 5 stars making of a star
notable for remarkably performance by lawrence. maturity and weight to her that draws you in throughout film. pretty grim tale but highly watchable because of her
Published 5 months ago by Ewan Johnston
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment below
This feedback box is really really irritating. If I don't want to leave any written feedback, which i do not want to, i should not be forced to do so. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Bob Shea
5.0 out of 5 stars Good pic
Only able to watch the start of this film on TV so when I saw DVD for sale I took a chance. Excellent service fro seller.
Published 7 months ago by lola
3.0 out of 5 stars America shows its unattractive underbelly
Set in rural Missouri, 'Winter's Bone' shows the underbelly of American life seldom depicted in mainstream movies. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mike K
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound inaudible at times.
I was most disappointed with this, had the sound on maximum but most unclear. Found the story to be quite boring. I won't watch it again.
Published 10 months ago by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars BRAVO!
The plot is fairly simple. Ree Holly (Jennifer Lawrence) is at home taking care of her mother, who takes happy pills and is menatlly out of it. She also cares for her two siblings. Read more
Published 10 months ago by The Movie Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars winters bone
The best film I have seen for ages. I have watches it twice, My only criticism is that, like so many modern films, the actors do not enunciate clearly and have a tendency to... Read more
Published 10 months ago by target
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