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The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button [Blu-ray] [2009] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, Cantonese Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Italian, Korean, Norwegian
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 8 Jun. 2009
  • Run Time: 166 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PO5N6G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,830 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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"I was born under unusual circumstances". And so begins The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, adapted from the 1920s story by F. Scott Fitzgerald about a man who is born in his eighties and ages backwards: a man, like any of us, who is unable to stop time. We follow his story, set in New Orleans from the end of World War I in 1918, into the 21st century, following his journey that is as unusual as any mans life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Taraji P. Henson, Tilda Swinton, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, Benjamin Button is a grand tale of a not-so-ordinary man and the people and places he discovers along the way, the loves he finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.

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The Oscars may have ultimately snubbed The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button, outside of prizes for its extraordinary make-up, visual effects and art direction, but there’s a terrific film here that’s set to stand the test of time. Perhaps it’s one that deserved a few more golden statues too. It’s a curious tale certainly. It follows the title character, as he’s born old, and as he ages, his body gets younger. As the film progresses, he crosses with Cate Blanchett’s Daisy over the course of their respective lives, as their paths continually emotionally intertwine.

Based on the story by F Scott Fitzgerald, the film version of The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button owes much to its director, David Fincher. This feels every inch a labour of love project, and a technically astounding one at that, with every frame packed with detail. Furthermore, it’s impossible to see the joins between the computer work and the real life characters, and that means the focus can be fully on the absorbing story. If you can forgive the slightly clumsy wraparound to it, this is a wonderfully told tale, boasting some terrific acting performances and sumptuous direction.

It looks glorious in high definition too, boasting one of the finest 1080p transfers seen to date. It inevitably puts the special effects work under scrutiny, but the film passes the test effortlessly. The end result is a terrific piece of cinema, that looks and sounds simply outstanding. The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button is a Blu-ray very much worth owning, and is the kind of tale that’s set to be enjoyed for generations to come. --Jon Foster

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This is a brilliant film, very well made - the ageing back and foward of characters is expertly done, the storyline grips you throughout; its romantic and very moving - touches on all sorts of emotional dramas. Great acting and character portrayal. A very different film but it makes you think and is emotionally upsetting and uplifting at the same time. Its a travel through time with a quirky twist but very realistic human responses. Enjoy!
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(THE FILM)
Adapted from the classic 1920's story by F. Scott Fitzgerald The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button stars Brad Pitt as Benjamin Button - a man born in his eighties who ages backwards! The film follows Benjamin's story, set in New Orleans, from the end of World War I in 1918, into the twenty-first century, following his journey that is as unusual as any man's life can be. Directed by David Fincher and starring Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett with Tilda Swinton, Taraji P. Henson, Jason Flemyng, Elias Koteas and Julia Ormond, "Benjamin Button," is a time traveler's tale of the people and places he bumps into along the way, the loves he loses and finds, the joys of life and the sadness of death, and what lasts beyond time.
WHAT CAN I SAY?
David Fincher does an incredible job of directing the film while Brad Pitt carries the film on his shoulders, playing Benjamin Button. The film is like a fairytale,it has its magical moments and very funny and touching scenes. Pitt is excellent, Cate Blanchett gives a firm performance as Buttons' love interest Daisy. For me however the greatest performance is from Taraji P Henson who plays Queenie,Benjamins' mother so to speak.
The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button IS An Astonishing Rarity THAT'S ?
makes you think about life,
love, your own mortality,
things you have done in your life,
things you haven`t done yet,
all the things you want to do
and regretting the opportunities you passed up.
Its a roller coater of emotions
It is an extremely graceful depiction of life, love, and the things we lose
Even with a story as fictional as Benjamin Button's,
the message rings true.
that is Life can only be understood backward. It must be lived forward.
this film is Something beyond magical..
IT IS SIMPLY OUTSTANDING..
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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. Director David Fincher and co-writers Eric Roth and Robin Swicord might well have followed Mr. Fitzgerald's lead and made their movie shorter, because the film's running time is nearly 3 hours. And that is really a long time to expect an audience to sit still...at least for this particular film, with its straightforward premise: A child is born as a very old man. The story progresses and the man progresses to lose a year every year. He grows younger with time. That's the magic which makes this enchanting tale unique...and, well, magical. (but still too long!!)

Initially, a blind man is commissioned to create a clock to hang in New Orleans' train station. Embittered by news of his son's death in WWI, and by all deaths in all wars, he creates a clock which runs backwards, so that the young lives lost might be restored.

Meanwhile, Daisy, an elderly women, (Kate Blanchett, made-up to look old and ugly...is this possible?), is on her deathbed in a New Orleans' hospital. As Hurricane Katrina rages outside her window, she asks her daughter, (Julia Ormond), to read from a secret diary. Through her diary, the dying woman tells the story of one Benjamin Button and how his life intersected with her's.

While a New Orleans' crowd celebrates the end of WWI, a young mother dies giving birth to a son. When the infant's father sees him for the first time, his misery at the loss of his wife is overshadowed by his horror as he glimpses his child. The baby boy looks like a monster. In fact, the tiny infant has the wizened face and body of a man in his late eighties. Mr. Button, the Dad, leaves his son on the steps of an old-age home where Queenie, (Taraji P.
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David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is beautifully filmed and filled with excellent performances, but the script is unable to carry it to the heights it was clearly aiming for.

Throughout I was reminded of Forrest Gump, and some quick research after revealed that it was indeed penned by the same writer. We have the story of an outsider who lives an extraordinary life told through flashbacks and narration, and both films seemed to hit many of the same beats.

What makes it a different story from Forrest Gump - and all other films - is that its main character ages in reverse. However, I was left with the question of how much difference this gimmick actually made. Benjamin Button is born physically as an old man and then regresses into childhood, but to all intents and purposes he goes through the same stages of life that we all do. Take away the central gimmick and very little changes (except there wouldn't be any scenes that approach creepy). What you're left with is a fairly bog standard story elevated by the director and actors.
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