39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better...but still not good enough
Ok....if you are reading this review for the Special "Collectors" edition of the TRUMAN SHOW then I am going to assume that you are already familiar with the film itself and are more curious about the extras on this DVD.
Well, in one word; 'Disappointing'. The original film was a bare bones DVD release with literally nothing in the way of added features, and...
Published on 5 April 2006 by Gary Hilton
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Paramount should have done less & more !
Bought it recently, i were confident when looking at other members review.. but when watching it i feel it was very strange.
The master hasn't been cleaned, there is lots of "black/white debris" that pop up in the movie (too many for 1998 movie !)
Paramount abused DNR & Edge enhancement. There is no grain at all except on all white colors and it's a bad...
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Cinematico Love
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39 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Better...but still not good enough,
This review is from: Truman Show - Sce [DVD] (DVD)Ok....if you are reading this review for the Special "Collectors" edition of the TRUMAN SHOW then I am going to assume that you are already familiar with the film itself and are more curious about the extras on this DVD.
Well, in one word; 'Disappointing'. The original film was a bare bones DVD release with literally nothing in the way of added features, and this updated version goes some way to addressing this imbalance, but overall it doesn't bring that much to the party and still feels lacking.
Excatly what you get is this;
I have rated this 5 stars because the film itself is so outstanding, but if you are asking "Is it worth updating my old basic copy for this new one?" I would have to say "NO". Don't get me wrong, if you still don't own this wonderful film then this is THE edition to get, but when you consider that you can still pick up the original version for around a fiver then I cannot advise you to spend more than double that for this release, Sorry.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "...Easy On The Fog...Go To Button Cam Three...Fade Up Music...",
This review is from: The Truman Show [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE "BLU RAY" VERSION OF THE FILM***
Watching Peter Weir's 1998 film in 2009 is a weird and wonderful trip - if not a slightly disconcerting one at times.
First - it's as masterful and brilliant as you remember it - a very clever unfolding story about a man whose life is permanent Candid Camera for the entire planet - living in an artificially created world with literally everyone around him being an actor. Then there's the stunning and believable performances of a perfectly picked cast (Carey, Linney and Harris all shine). And second - with the appalling Big Brother polluting our airwaves night after night - "The Truman Show" is not just relevant eleven years later - it seems to have actually predicted our television future...
But back to the BLU RAY - the first thing you notice is the picture, which is a mixture of beautiful clarity one moment running alongside very steady DVD quality the next. Clarity highlights would include - - Noah Emmerich's sea of freckles as he's interviewed in the opening credits - he plays Marlon who is supposedly Truman's best friend - always turning up with a "Brewsky" whenever there's a problem (they actually cake and paste Noah's face with make up to cover up his freckles in later shots). There are the pearls on Sylvia's wrist in the library when Truman and her finally talk, the "How Does It All End?" button on her cardigan - stunning clarity. There's Truman digging the garden in his horrible orange pants as his wife stops on her bicycle for a little product-placement (played superbly by Laura Linney)...
"Look Truman! Chef's Pal! It's a Grater, Dicer and Peeler all in one!"
You also notice the actors who went on to be huge stars, Paul Giamatti as Christof's technical sidekick, Peter Krause from Six Feet Under and Dirty Sexy Money as one of the suits in Truman's office and of course the ethereal beauty of Natasha McElhone who has eyes clinically proven to be deeper than the Pacific Ocean.
Harry Shearer is in there too doing a fantastic turn as the appeasing interviewer Mike Michaelson. There's the crass reintroduction of Truman's dead father, which is being choreographed live by manipulative experts in the overhanging control room (quote above). But the trump card is the last minute cast appointment of Ed Harris as the show's all-powerful creator - the aptly named Christof. Harris is simply magnificent (nominated for an Oscar) all serene and quietly spoken one moment - but dictatorial the next when his little money-making baby and power trip start to get challenged by an unexpectedly spunky Truman - a man Christof's personally trained to be scared of certain things so he won't ever leave Seahaven...
The two extras are the same as the Special Edition DVD - so a little disappointing there. But that's minor compared to how good the whole film looks on BLU RAY and especially how amazingly well it still stands up - a modern day masterpiece. And the scenes where Truman stops the bus in defiance and where he battles the storm on his boat trying to break free brought tears to my eyes - fabulous stuff.
"You can't get any away further away before you start coming back..." Truman says to Marlon about Fiji where his longed-for love Sylvia is.
It's slightly disconcerting to find a movie character spouting such wisdom, because in 2009, our entire world feels like one big screwed up reality show that can only end badly...
What a film! And a triumph on Blu Ray - recommended.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars £2.70 to make two young boys happy - bargain,
That's a long-winded way of saying "How bloody great that you can go online, find the film, order it and have it delivered and make two kids happy - all for £2.70". Absolute bargain.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Classic!!!!,
This review is from: Truman Show - Sce [DVD] (DVD)'The Truman Show' is a very entertaining and superbly made Motion Picture. This film has an energy all its own and momentum that never lets up.
It has many moments of absolute brilliance and pure comedy.
Peter Weir, a very talented Director, never lets his film slip into sentimentality, as possibly an American Director like Spielberg would have and in doing so keeps this picture well grounded in genuine emotion.
Jim Carrey's performance is probably his finest so far. His performance is so engaging, convincing and very moving.
Of course certain liberties are taken with continuity and logic to further the story, so what, it works! The final scene with the security guards is probably the best ending to any modern Motion Picture I can remember.
A last word about the wonderful use of music in this film. The use of Chopin's Piano Concerto No.1 by Arthur Rubinstein is a masterstroke! The use of the "Powaqqatsi" Soundtrack by Philip Glass to relay Truman's confusion also works brilliantly.
This film is a modern classic.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly memorable and moving film,
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This review is from: The Truman Show [VHS]  (VHS Tape)"The Truman Show" is a great film about a man brought up in an artificial world created specifically for a TV audience. Everyone around him is an extra or a character on the set, including his wife and his best friend. The story has echoes of the tale of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, created by a vengeful God. Ok, it might be stretching a metaphor too far, but Truman is initially given the truth about his state by a disgruntled female extra whom he subsequently falls in love with. The process of disillusionment is gradual. The final denoument is brilliant, with Truman asking a disembodied voice the penultimate and ultimate questions of life," Who are you?" "I am the Creator...of a TV show" answers Christof (Ed Harris at his best); "Then, who am I?" "You are the Star". Given the choice between the uncertainty of the outside and the security of his controlled environment, Truman chooses life as a human being. The film also manages to encapsulate the dilemma faced by parents and their growing children, particularly in strongly hierarchical families. This one should have won Oscars.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting film, where you also have to think....,
This film certainly has many aspects that one has to think about; on the one hand it shows the enormous power of today's media (just think of all the reality-shows on TV) and on the other hand it shows that a person has to accept the reality he or she lives in. It provokes thoughts in the viewer, about whether our world may not be real, and that there could be an external force controlling all our actions and watching what we do on a reality TV show.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was anything real?,
This review is from: The Truman Show [Blu-ray]  [Region Free] (Blu-ray)If you've ever wondered if anyone's watching you, it becomes bizarrely realistic when an unbelievably original idea comes to life, in this beautifully presented film. It's almost spooky as we watch reality TV go further and further wondering if one day the out of control media will pay huge sums of money to take complete control of one person's life. Is this film a disturbing view of a possible future reality? We can only contemplate.
A brilliant part of the film is where we see all the characters come out of their characters as they search for Truman on set. They're not as caring towards Truman as they appear to be. Noticing when adverts are being slipped in live on air by the actors in front of Truman is enjoyable to mull over.
We get to see the show from the point where things start to become more and more unbelievable as ridiculous tings happen such as a light falling in front of Truman, having fallen out of the sky. It's immediately explained to him by the radio. Wes see him become more and more suspicious of the way he can't get out of the town, the way he sees strange things all the time and how the people he knows show him an item while looking and talking in a different direction.
Jim Carrey is wonderful as Truman Burbank. Previous to this role we hadn't had an opportunity to get a glimpse of how brilliant Carrey can be in a serious role. Indeed he does bring a bit of Carreyness to the role in the scenes where he looks at himself in the mirror but the scenes where we see his affection toward the mystery female from his past and his building passion to leave his dull town, show how Carrey is truly worthy of the title role.
Carries all the same features as the 2007 special edition release DVD: A look at the making of The Truman Show, the visual effect; Deleted/Extended scenes and Outtakes, Photo galleries, trailers and TV spots. Dubbing in French and German is also available as well as English, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Norwegian, Swedish and Turkish subtitles. A very neat transfer, possibly not quite worth paying so much more then for the DVD however as Blu-ray takes hold of the home cinema market then it's definitely worth getting hold of at some point, 5 stars for the film, four stars for the release quality.
A must see for any film fanatic and anyone who enjoys originality, sincerity and hilarity, or any one of those things. A genuinely special film that will warm the heart and leave us all with a smile on our face, possibly through tears of joy, Truman will connect with us all he was real.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "We can't let him die in front of a live audience!", "...He was born in front of a live audience.",
This review is from: The Truman Show [DVD] (DVD)Have you ever had one of those philosophical daydreams where you wonder if your entire life is actually just a dream that you've had whilst in a coma, or what would happen if you looked down and realised you'd forgotten to your trousers on and not realised until just now (less philosophical I grant you), or if your entire life was being watched by millions on TV and you never new about it.
Well, that last one is brilliantly portrayed in The Truman Show.
There are some fantastic comedy moments, my favourite has to be when his wife is engaging in some obvious product placement and Truman is starting to find it a bit strange, helping to trigger his suspicions that things aren't quite what they seem.
His life is a daily repetition of the same routine, with everything synchronised to happen as scheduled. But when a studio light seemingly falls from the sky, a protester refers to him by name, and people seem to be keeping something from you, you can't help but feel that there's something of a conspiracy afoot.
Given the obsession with cheap and trashy reality TV over the last decade, it's hard to believe that this film wasn't made in the last year or so, but it actually predates the reality TV mania by a few years. When this film was made, reality TV was only just beginning to crawl blinking out of the darkness - ready to kill off genuine creative television and make pseudo-celebrities out of the shallow fame seekers. But as "Christof" (Ed Harris) the creator of The Truman Show (in the film, not the film itself!) says, there is nothing fake about Truman, although he lives in a fake world where everyone he knows are actors simply playing a part - Truman himself is absolutely genuine.
It's the honest nice-ness of the man which makes the audience want him to find genuine happiness, and get to the bottom of what is happening. The film shows clips of people at home watching Truman, it makes reference to key points in his life - all shared with the world. Truman is loved by the world like a family member; he has grown up with them, always there in the corner of the room at the flick of a switch.
The film is as compelling to watch as the Truman Show is to the audience in the film, it has great re-watch value too as you notice things you maybe never noticed before, and things which seemed innocuous initially become understood with the retrospective knowledge gained from seeing the film previously.
This "Special Collector's Edition" doesn't seem that special though, there is a "Making of" documentary, a feature on the visual effects, and extended scenes - stuff you come to expect on a standard release. A collector's addition, particularly a "special" one should have at least a commentary to listen to, and maybe a feature on how likely such a show is now that the world seems addicted to reality TV.
The film is fantastic and Jim Carey impresses as a character which breaks away from his usual manic role, the humour is contrasted well by the sad truth that a decent man has lived a lie all his life in order that the masses are entertained.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey's Finest Hour,
I am not a big Jim Carrey fan. Here, however, he gives an outstanding performance as the happy Truman who begins to realize something's not right. The story itself is part funny, part touching drama that draws you in and makes you root for Truman to learn the truth. I've watched the movie many times, and I always feel like cheering at the end. Along the way, it makes you think about our entertainment-obsessed culture in a different way.
The DVD is a bare bones offering. Beside the movie, it only offers the trailers. Still, the picture quality and sound are good.
Jim Carrey proves he can do drama quite well in this moving film. Anyone looking for a movie to entertain and lift their spirits should definitely check this one out. It's one of the best movies of the last few years.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie,
This review is from: The Truman Show [DVD] (DVD)One of my fave movies, can never get tired of watching it. I got this for my brother who is a Carrey fan but has never seen this movie, being more into his sillier stuff I wandered if he would like it, but he says it's great.
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The Truman Show [DVD] by Peter Weir (DVD - 2006)