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Adaptation [DVD] [2003]

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper
  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English, Latin
  • Subtitles: Hindi, Italian, English
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • 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: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 4 Aug. 2003
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087JHV
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,124 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Cooper), NewYorker journalist Susan Orlean (Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The OrchidThief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION, the year's most talked about movie, is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy.

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By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 28 Feb. 2006
Format: DVD
In ADAPTATION, the audience views sequences from alternating storylines, one from the present and one 3-years past, until both converge at the film's conclusion.
In the "past", New York journalist Susan Orlean (Meryl Streep) is researching a story, eventually to become the book "The Orchid Thief", about John Laroche (Chris Cooper), whose passion is collecting endangered species of orchids to serve as nursery stock. Actually, he poaches them from protected nature preserves in the south Florida swamps. But, since he has Native Americans indigenous to the region doing the picking, his operation is legally untouchable under an arcane interpretation of the law.
In the "present", Nicolas Cage plays the dual roles of Charlie Kaufman and his identical twin Donald. Charlie is the accomplished screenwriter adapting "The Orchid Thief" to the Silver Screen. Donald also wants to be a screenwriter, and is in the process of authoring his first script. Charlie is handicapped by a severe lack of self esteem, which is exacerbated by his inability to find the muse for his current assignment as well a his failure to establish a relationship with a woman. It doesn't help that he shares a roof with Donald, his complete opposite. Donald is self-assured, successful with the ladies, and positively gushing with creative juices as he writes his initial screenplay.
Without the use of any special make-up tricks, each of the Kaufman twins is instantly recognizable by the viewer. Cage manages this differentiation with an acting performance worthy of an Oscar nomination. Charlie's gloom is consistently marked by the downturned corners of his mouth and a general hangdog look. He's Major Downer personified.
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From the reviews posted here, it would seem there is no middle ground reaction to this film. Like marmite you either love it or hate it. I loved it- it is one of my favourite films of all time, and one that I could watch again and again.

It is off beat, quirky, breaks all the rules of storytelling in film, and yet has so many layers it challenges the viewer to keep up.

If you favour off beat non-mainstream film and enjoyed 'Being John Machovich, Im sure you to will find it an awe inspiring experience. If you are more into mainstream hollywood blockbusters, I would probably steer clear.
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"Adaptation" is an overwhelmingly brilliant and ingenious film that forces you to think and pay attention to every little detail in order to get the joke. This is not one of those movies where you can just sit down and enjoy, this is one that you really have to focus on and be prepared to be caught off guard. From the same people who brought you "Being John Malkovitch" comes this stunningly amazing and original film that forces you to use your brain.
The movie is about Charlie Kaufman, a screenwriter who has agreed to adapt the book "The Orchid Thief" by Susan Orlean into a screenplay. He wants to make a movie that is true to itself and that isn't filled with sex, drugs, car chases, murder, and so on. However, he is having a lot of trouble trying to make it work for a screenplay and is experiencing some serious writer's block. It eventually gets to the point where the script he is writing is no longer about the book "The Orchid Thief," but is now about him trying to adapt the book into a movie and what has transpired to get himself there. That is ONLY a fraction of the movie. The rest I will not divulge because there are a lot of subtle surprises and twists.
I was in absolute awe when the ending credits started to roll. I wanted to applaud, I wanted to yell, and I wanted to shout. My mouth was on the floor by the time it was all said and done, and it stayed in my head for the rest of the night. This is a superb movie that toyed with all of us from start to finish. And what was great was that half of the audience did not like it because they didn't "get it." For once, I "got it" and nobody else in that theatre did. It's usually the opposite with me, which was why I was so amazed. The subtleness and the cleverness that prevailed in this film was really a sight to see.
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Not everyone will like Adaptation. There is hardly a story line, many things don't make sense, and apart from the ending there is little action. This is a film that you need to focus on from start to finish. But if you take the trouble, you will find reward - this is one of the most intelligent and extraordinary films ever made.
For me, Adaptation is Kaufman's best film, even ahead of Eternal Sunshine. Though Sunshine is easier to follow and touches the heart as well as the mind, Adaptation is the true masterpiece. It is perhaps like the drawings of MC Escher (the impossible figures) or the music of Rachmaninov (2nd piano concert). Perhaps the works of these artists do not strike you as beautiful at first glance, but it leaves you with amazement - how did they do it? For Kaufman to come up with this idea, and then create a story that actually works - true genius. With most films, you may think "I'd be able to write that if I'd have the time". Only Kaufman could write this film - for us mortals it's even hard to explain what the film is about. Here's my attempt ...
Adaptation is about a screenwriter (Charlie Kaufman - the real writer), who is experiencing a writers block. He is trying to adapt a book, but keeps getting stuck, and starts over again. Every time he has an idea how to make the story work, the film suddenly moves in that direction. Whenever people give him advise, he follows this advise and the film changes again.
So the 1st story in the film is about Kaufman writing a screenplay, and the 2nd story is the story that he is writing - about a female journalist who writes a story about orchids, and gets to know an eccentric orchid expert. Anything that happens to Kaufman in the 1st story has an effect on the way the 2nd story is told.
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