Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Jeff Bridges, Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, Tom Hulce, John Turturro
Director: Peter Weir
Genres: Indie & Art House, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
When Max Klein (Jeff Bridges) finds himself facing imminent death as his plane hurls toward the ground, he finds inner calm and release from fear in his acceptance of his own unavoidable end. His panic erased, he helps oth... more »
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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO
Reviewed on 3/1/2012...
Why did Jeff Bridges NOT get the Acadamy Award for best actor for this role? He begins with his basic "Starman" persona but then becomes a true hero as he saves people who have been through a tragedy. Rosie Perez also shined as a mother who lost her baby in the same commercial airliner crash that changed Jeff's character, Max's life forever. This is a must see for all Jeff Bridges fans because I don't believe the film ever got the recognition it so well deserved!
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Trish D. from MARIETTA, GA
Reviewed on 7/30/2011...
This is another great movie with Jeff Bridges. This one caters to the "Your beliefs create your reality" crowd. Bridges is in a plane that is crashing, when he realizes he's not really scared of dying after all, and so was able to keep a clear head and ends up saving a bunch of people in the actual crash. After experimenting with some very risky behavior, he believes he is invicible, and while he communicates exceptionally well with the crash victims, he totally alienates his family with his attitude. He grows to believe he can't die, because he already died in the crash, when he surrendered to death and came out the other side. The acid test for him is eating strawberries, which have been a life threatning allergy to him. After the crash he eats them easily. He thinks perhaps he is not really alive now, that he died in the crash, and is just here to savor life. When a romantic relationship with a crash victim doesn't work out, this world is not so wonderful. He's lonely and wants his old life back. He doesn't know what to do. He goes home and tells his wife that he wants to live, that he wants his life back, and he wants her to save him. When he sees a fruit basket with strawberries, he grabs one and takes a bite, and promptly has a respiratory attack, stops breathing, and his wife administers CPR and saves him. Hug all around.
Really an exceptional movie about fear, death and living. This one takes you for a lovely ride - God bless Jeff Bridges and the characters he chooses.
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Great Movie - Horrible DVD (4:3)
GTVic | Victoria BC, Canada | 05/30/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a review of this DVD version of the film. I purchased this version because several people mentioned that the movie was filmed in 4:3 (approx) and that the 4:3 DVD contained nearly the full picture while the wide screen theatrical release was chopped on the top/bottom to simulate wide screen.
When you view the DVD it says it has been formatted to fit your TV screen.
I also purchased the German version from Amazon.de which is wide screen (16:9) and that version clearly shows more of the image. In the opening scene where the three farm workers are kneeling on the ground, you can clearly see that this DVD is a Pan/Scan version of what is shown on the German DVD. The German DVD also has an English audio track but it is PAL so it won't play on North American DVD players but there are ways around that if you have a multimedia device.
4 stars for the movie but 1 star for this DVD"
"We can't die because we've already died."
William Sommerwerck | Renton, WA USA | 04/03/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"How you react to this film will likely depend on whether you've gone through traumatic experiences.
Two years ago I bought a coyote hat for a friend who badly wanted one. Two weeks before I would have given it to him, he died. I haven't gotten over this, and probably never will. Six months ago, I went through an agonizing experience I'd brought on myself, and emerged from it no longer afraid of death.
This is what Max Klein experiences. Faced with imminent death, he suddenly sees its lack of power over us -- there is no /reason/ for or to our existence, or what happens to us -- and loses his fear. The transformation is so extreme and indescribable that he disconnects from the people around him, walking around with a bemused indifference to -- and occasional anger at -- what the rest of the world considers important, calling himself and another survivor "ghosts", because, in a sense, he has "passed through" death. I won't discuss the film more than this, because it's the kind of film each person will have a distinctly individual reaction to.
I have reservations, though. The ending is not well-motivated -- why Max eats the strawberry and reacts the way he does is not clear (at least to me, on first viewing). Worse, we don't see much of Max before his transformation. Though Jeff Bridges gives us, in a just a few seconds, the impression that Max's values are not much different from other people's, and that he hasn't given much thought about life and death, it would have been nice to see how much, and in what ways, he changed. But in the context of a film about our reaction to death and how that reaction informs our lives -- a film likely to rip out your heart -- these are minor points.
"Mythbusters" fans will find the scene in which Bridges demonstrates to Perez why she is /not/ responsible for her son's death very amusing, though it isn't intended to be. The TV series was several years in the future.
I say to all those "reviewers" who think the latest blockbuster is "the greatest film ever made", or who find dramas "boring" -- come back when you're 60, and beg forgiveness for your shallow opinions.
PS: This transfer is not widescreen, and is taken from a projection print. (There are occasional scratches and bits of dirt.) It's a film worth an HD transfer from the negative."
It's the reaction to the event, not the event, that tells th
Kathleen Kennedy | Tucson, AZ | 03/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This powerful movie shows the effects of a traumatic event--a survived plane crash and near death experience--on the survivors, their families, and the caregivers who try to help.
At the center is Jeff Bridges, a wonderful actor who brings depth and conviction to the role. He is a revelation. The all-star cast is just as strong: Isabella Rossellini, Rosie Perez, John Turturro, Tom Hulce, Benicio Torres. This story is about Bridges' journey back to his family and friends. Back to his life.
Unlike so many movies, there are no bad guys, just people trying to cope with a traumatic experience, according to their convictions, trying to do the best they can.
Maybe fear of death is what keeps us plugged into the machine, or maybe it's that when Bridges lost his fear of death he checked out. That's up to you to decide, and it's one of the strengths of this movie. Like the most important life-changing events, the plane crash is only the vehicle for change, not the change. It's the reactions to the events that define who we are and how we live our lives.
Beautifully crafted, highly recommended, and definitely one of my all-time favorites."