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The Social Network (2-Disc Collector's Edition) [DVD] [2011]

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  • Actors: Jesse Eisenberg, Justin Timberlake, Rooney Mara, Rashida Jones, Malese Jow
  • Directors: David Fincher
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Arabic, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (255 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NE4S9O
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,813 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A drama based on the creation of the social-networking website, Facebook. Directed by David Fincher (Fight Club; The Curious Case of Benjamin Button).

Special features

Disc 1:

  • Audio Commentary with Director David Fincher
  • Audio Commentary with Writer Aaron Sorkin, Jesse Eisenberg, Andrew Garfield, Justin Timberlake, Armie Hammer and Josh Pence

Disc 2:

  • How Did They Ever Make a Movie of Facebook? - Four-Part Feature-Length Documentary on the Making of the Film, from the Script to the Screenplay to Casting to Production
  • Featurette: Angus Wall, Kirk Baxter and Ren Klyce on Post - Editors Angus Wall and Kirk Baxter and Sound Designer Ren Klyce Discuss Editing the Film and the Different Layers They Created Using Different Takes, Angles and Sound Effects
  • Featurette: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross and David Fincher on the Score - David Fincher, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross Discuss the Process of Creating the Score
  • Featurette: Jeff Cronenweth and David Fincher on the Visuals - David Fincher and DP Jeff Cornenweth Discuss Creating the Look for the Film
  • Featurette: Swarmatron - Atticus Rose Explains the Swarmatron Sound Machine Used to Create Parts of the Score
  • Featurette: In the Hall of the Mountain King: Music Exploration - Multi-Angle Music Exploration which Allows Viewers to Watch the Same Scene Four Different Ways with Different Layers of Music
  • Ruby Skye VIP Room: Multi-Angle Scene Breakdown

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They all laughed at college nerd Mark Zuckerberg, whose idea for a social-networking site made him a billionaire. And they all laughed at the idea of a Facebook movie--except writer Aaron Sorkin and director David Fincher, merely two of the more extravagantly talented filmmakers around. Sorkin and Fincher's breathless picture, The Social Network, is a fast and witty creation myth about how Facebook grew from Zuckerberg's insecure geek-at-Harvard days into a phenomenon with 500 million users. Sorkin frames the movie around two lawsuits aimed at the lofty but brilliant Zuckerberg (deftly played by Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg): a claim that he stole the idea from Ivy League classmates, and a suit by his original, now slighted, business partner (Andrew Garfield). The movie follows a familiar rise-and-fall pattern, with temptation in the form of a sunny California Beelzebub (an expert Justin Timberlake as former Napster founder Sean Parker) and an increasingly tangled legal mess. Emphasizing the legal morass gives Sorkin and Fincher a chance to explore how unsocial this social-networking business can be, although the irony seems a little facile. More damagingly, the film steers away from the prickly figure of Zuckerberg in the latter stages--and yet Zuckerberg presents the most intriguing personality in the movie, even if the movie takes pains to make us understand his shortcomings. Fincher's command of pacing and his eye for the clean spaces of Aughts-era America are bracing, and he can't resist the technical trickery involved in turning actor Armie Hammer into privileged Harvard twins (Hammer is letter-perfect). Even with its flaws, The Social Network is a galloping piece of entertainment, a smart ride with smart people… who sometimes do dumb things. --Robert Horton

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Like many people, I was actively resistant to the idea of watching a movie telling the story of Facebook. Smarmy frat-house brats high-fiving as they hunch around a computer screen with a few "brewskis" - becoming billionaires en route - sounded like a recipe for the most teeth-grindingly awful movie ever: Porky's for Dorks, if you will. I went reluctantly.

Thank God I did though. I should have had more faith in David Fincher - he's a smart enough film maker to realise that this movie would only ever work if it focused on the genuinely extraordinary, which in this case means the birth of a new way of interacting, and the personalities that brought it into existence. This would be more than enough material to make an interesting film, but Aaron (West Wing) Sorkin's script also brings in issues of class, the generational divide, intelligence, money and the new economy. What results is a riveting, fast-paced film about the excitement of new ideas, the intoxicating rush of the succesful dot com, and the almighty high of billions of dollars, all channelled through something which all of us are familiar with and can relate to. Nothing less, then, than that rarest of beasts, a film which successfully addresses The Times In Which We Live.

The film's (already famous) opening scene shows Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) being dumped by his girlfriend, and from this we immediately learn several key things - Zuckerberg is possessed of an unapologetic, almost Asperger's-level intelligence; and he is terrible at human interaction.
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The concept didn't sound that appealing if truth be told. A bunch of anally obsessed aspring Harvard final club boys in a completely male-centric environment playing around with HTML, computer code and all sorts of internet website mysterie. All of which then degenerates in a maelstrom of bitter litigation and lawsuits despite the fact that none cared about money and intellectual property? Furthermore it points to yet another example that the internet has the ability to spread ideas to a frenzied peak like no other invention in history giving massive exposure to those guys who were once the great underachievers in the American university system previously obsessed with jocks, sport and wealth. The film the "Social Network" is nevertheless a complete triumph and the pairing of director David Fincher (Fight Club) and the West Wing's wonderful screenwriter Aaron Sorkin takes this drama out of the dorm and on to the big screen with an assuredness that makes easily it one of 2010's best films.

The plot revolves around Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and the other Harvard University students who were the brainchild's of "The Facebook" the social networking website now claiming nearly half a billion members. Zuckerberg narcissistic portrayal by Eisenberg is superb and has the word Oscar stamped all over it. He captures all the arrogance, autism, ambition and alienation which led this genius programmer to start by crashing Harvard's entire IT system to eventually constructing the ubiquitous Facebook created according to the film as an angry response to being dumped by a girl. The "true" story centres on the fact that Zuckerberg's programming skills attract the attention of the Winklevoss twins (Armie Hammer and Josh Pence), who are the sons of a very wealthy business consultancy founder Dr.
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I saw this at the cinema and whilst it is an intriguing look into the birth of a global phenomenon that has caused us all to waste a lot of our precious time, it is just not an amazing film; but it is good.
The plot is essentially based around greed - everyone is trying to get a piece of the very big pie that was cooked up in various college kitchens; but the head chef (Zuckerberg) doesn't want to share the pie with anyone; even though his best friend paid for all of the ingredients.
Zuckerberg is undoubtedly the brains and passion behind "facebook" and he naturally deserves the lion's share of the profits generated by his hard work and imagination; but he is rather cold and dismissive of the role that others played and this makes it difficult to like him; he is very awkward which is typified in the opening scene in which his girlfriend quickly becomes his ex-girlfriend after Zuckerberg showcases his patronising charms. This rejection from his girlfriend fans the flames of Zuckerberg's creative computer geek-wizardry and he - like all great artists - uses his hurt to create something masterful. Whilst you feel for him to some extent, there isn't enough to like about him to enjoy his ride despite the exciting moments where he comes up with classic "facebook" features such as "relationship status" and "the wall".
Other characters are more engaging, especially Zuckerberg's best friend, Eduardo Saverin - played by the increasingly impressive Andrew Garfield; in fact all the performances are great including Justin Timberlake's rock 'n' roll portrayal of "napster" nerd, Sean Parker.
The film is good, but nothing amazing happens, the heart is not touched, it is hardly inspiring, none of the characters' inner journeys are fantastic enough to evoke empathy.
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