DVD REVIEW – The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
I love Brad Pitt and have enjoyed some of Cate Blanchett’s roles, but wasn’t sure what to expect from “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” I had heard some bad things about the movie but also heard some really good things about it. I wanted to find out for myself. The beginning was hard to watch (to see a baby or 80 year old man as deformed looking as he was), but I grew intrigued by his character and his “mama.”
The story is actually told by a young woman reading a diary to her dying mom. The diary belongs to a man named Benjamin Button. The young woman, Caroline, learns more about Benjamin Button then she ever knew before and helps her dying mom remember the man she once knew and loved.
Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt) is born as an 80 year old man. His mother dies in child birth and his father leaves him on someone’s doorstep, promising his dying mother he would keep him safe. This someone becomes his mother. She takes care of him along with the other elderly people in a home she works at. Instead of growing older on the outside, Benjamin Button gets younger on the outside, as his inner body grows older.
Throughout his life, he meets different people and makes new friends. He grows and learns to love himself as well as others. He meets his dad and helps his dad through his dying days. He falls in love with a girl he once knew (now a woman he can date). She helps him and is there for him until the end (even when he no longer remembers her). I don’t want to give away too much more about the story, but it is definitely a movie you want to see.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON two-disc and single-disc DVD are presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The two-disc Blu-ray is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles.
The two-disc Criterion Edition DVD and two-disc Criterion Blu-ray include the following special features:
– The Curious Birth of Benjamin Button—four-part documentary:
– Academy Award-nominated director David Fincher introduces the surprising beginnings of what would become an epic masterpiece including the casting of Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, the decision to change the location of the story to New Orleans and more.
– Follow the production from day one including the challenges of aging Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett, designing over five thousand costumes and creating the animatronic baby.
– Explore the incredible visual effects techniques created specifically for the film that allowed Brad Pitt to play the title character at virtually every age. Also includes a visit to the scoring stage with composer Alexandre Desplat.
– Walk the red carpet at the film’s premiere in New Orleans, with final thoughts from cast and crew.
– Audio Commentary by director David Fincher
There is also a single-disc DVD presentation that includes the feature film.
THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Pricing: $29.99 U.S./$36.99 Canada (Single-Disc DVD)
$39.99 U.S./$45.99 Canada (Two-Disc Criterion DVD)
$39.99 U.S./$45.99 Canada (Two-Disc Criterion Blu-ray)
Runtime: 165 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for brief war violence, sexual content, language and smoking
Canadian Rating: PG for mature theme and coarse language