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Format: DVD
Sku: 204090618
UPC: 025193251329
UPC 14: 00025193251329
Rating: Game Rating Code
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"In 20 Years, Women Are Infertile. No Children. No Future. No Hope. But All That Can Change in a Heartbeat."|The Year 2027: The Last Days of the Human Race. No Child Has Been Born for 18 Years. He Must Protect Our Only Hope.
In 2027, as humankind faces the likelihood of its own extinction, a disillusioned government agent agrees to help transport and protect a miraculously pregnant woman to a sanctuary at sea where her child's birth may help scientists to save the future of mankind.

"...the most deeply imagined and fully realized world to be seen on screen this year...bring[s] to mind names like Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick.  Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"...the movie of the millennium...random bursts of violence and terror.  Dana Stevens, Slate Magazine
"...a heartbreaking, bullet-strewn valentine to what keeps us human.  Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club
"...energy, intensity and excitement...a "Blade Runner" for the 21st century...  Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"...a work of art that deserves a space cleared for its angry, nervous beauty.  Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"...the most deeply imagined and fully realized world to be seen on screen this year...bring[s] to mind names like Orson Welles and Stanley Kubrick.  Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post

Editor's Note
CHILDREN OF MEN is not a popcorn movie. With its almost relentlessly bleak perspective on the future, Alfonso Cuarón's film doesn't make for pleasant viewing. But it's an exhilarating experience because the picture is an amazing dystopian drama that lacks all the typical trappings of the genre. Set uncomfortably close to the present, it paints a frighteningly realistic picture of the future. In 2027, every woman on earth is infertile. With the loss of the ability to have children, the world has also lost hope. Clive Owen (CLOSER) plays Theo, an Englishman attempting to make a life in a hellish world. His estranged wife (Julianne Moore) convinces him to help transport a young woman to safety. When Theo learns that the woman is pregnant, their journey takes on a significance--and a danger--he never imagined.

This is Cuarón's best film to date, a strong statement considering his wonderful HARRY POTTER AND THE PRISONER OF AZKABAN and Y TU MAMA TAMBIÉN. Filmed using a handheld camera, the action draws the audience close, making the horror that much more real. In addition to its remarkable car-chase scenes, the film features impressive acting. With his expressive face and voice, Owen gives a nuanced performance that ranks with the best of his career. As a reclusive hippie, Michael Caine shares a charming counterculture view of the crumbling world. Chiwetel Ejiofor (DIRTY PRETTY THINGS) brings gravitas to the role of a terrorist. Just when the film threatens to overwhelm with its sense of dread, small moments of comedy show through in Owen's wry sense of humor and Caine's perfect delivery. When the credits roll, CHILDREN OF MEN leaves the audience feeling shell-shocked, not only because of its brutal prophecy, but also because of its brilliance.

Features

Video Features DVD, Widescreen, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/9/2008
Video Play Time Running Time: 110 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 61032513
Video UPC UPC: 00025193251329
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Children of Men - DVD
By: Chris Beaumont Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 3/26/2007 7:18 PM
The best of 2006 arrives on DVD. It is time to see what you missed. Children of Men topped my best of 2006 list, and I am happy to report that it has successfully made the translation to the small screen with its impact intact. Alfonso Cuaron's film thrusts you into a dangerous and brutal world, yet brings hope for the future. This vision of the future is bleak and grim and there is a distinct feeling of hopelessness. Cuarón delivers a daring future world that takes you on a journey through the despair to the dawn of a new hope....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Chiwetel Ejiofor
Video Cast Info Clive Owen
Video Cast Info Julianne Moore
Video Cast Info Michael Caine
Video Cast Info Alex Rodriguez - Editor
Video Cast Info Alfonso Cuaron - Editor
Video Cast Info Alfonso Cuaron - Director
Video Cast Info Alfonso Cuaron, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Armyan Bernstein - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Emmanuel Lubezki - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Tavener - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Marc Abraham - Producer
Video Cast Info P.D. James - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Ray Chan, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Geoffrey Kirkland - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jim Clay - Production Designer

Awards


Winner (2007)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Geoffrey Kirkland, et. al., Best Production Design

Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Frazer Churchill, et. al., Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Oscar, Emmanuel Lubezki, Best Achievement in Cinematography
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alfonso Cuaron, Alex Rodriguez, Best Achievement in Editing
   Video Award Name Oscar, Alfonso Cuaron, et. al., Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

Winner (2006)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Emmanuel Lubezki, Outstanding Technical Contribution
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuaron, Laterna Magica Prize

Nominee (2006)
   Video Award Name Venice Film Festival, Alfonso Cuaron, Golden Lion Award

Oscar (2007)
   Video Award Name Alfonso Cuaron, Alex Rodriguez, Nominee, Best Achievement in Editing
   Video Award Name Alfonso Cuaron, et. al., Nominee, Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

British Academy Awards (2007)
Video Award Name Emmanuel Lubezki, Winner, Best Cinematography

Oscar (2007)
   Video Award Name Emmanuel Lubezki, Nominee, Best Achievement in Cinematography

British Academy Awards (2007)
   Video Award Name Frazer Churchill, et. al., Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
Video Award Name Geoffrey Kirkland, et. al., Winner, Best Production Design

Venice Film Festival (2006)
Video Award Name Alfonso Cuaron, Winner, Laterna Magica Prize
   Video Award Name Alfonso Cuaron, Nominee, Golden Lion Award
Video Award Name Emmanuel Lubezki, Winner, Outstanding Technical Contribution

Professional Reviews

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "It's a very finely made film, with Owen hinting at a humanity beneath the character's grubby cynicism and delivering one of his most consistent, impressive performances." 11/01/2006 p.49

Sight and Sound
"[T]he main pyrotechnics are saved for the semi-impressionist action climax....CHILDREN OF MEN's unrestrained energy is electrifying." 12/01/2006 p.50

Film Comment
Ranked #19 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

Uncut
4 stars out of 5 -- "CHILDREN OF MEN does what the best dystopic drama should do: it makes you look at the world around you and shudder." 02/01/2007 p.104

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "In the spellbinding CHILDREN OF MEN, his best film to date, Cuaron, 45, fills every frame with his passion and intellect. Here's a movie that grabs you hard, pops your eyes, provokes your mind and ultimately lifts your spirits." 01/25/2007 p.78

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "This is gut-pummelling and tense stuff, as Cuaron creates a world only a few steps removed from our own....CHILDREN OF MEN is guaranteed classic status." 03/01/2007 p.93

Entertainment Weekly
"Cuaron's long takes and snaking tracking shots are constantly intensifying the real-world nature of Owen's sci-fi odyssey." -- Grade: A 03/30/2007 p.57

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Cuaron turns the screws like an expert torturer -- CHILDREN OF MEN sets a new high bar for all-in-one tracking shot wonderment..." 03/01/2007 p.108

Ultimate DVD
5 stars out of 5 -- "Searingly committed to celluloid by Cuaron, CHILDREN OF MEN is a film that gets into your head....Stunning." 08/01/2007 p.83

ReelViews 8 of 10
Children of Men, Alfonso Cuaron's adaptation of the P.D. James novel, takes a look at England in an apocalyptic near-future, when standards of law and order have broken down and the country is ruled by a fascist dictator...Children of Men isn't interested in dissecting the reasons for the situation, but in exploring the societal ramifications of it...Often with movies that are adapted from books, it's easy to assess whether the cinematic version is superior or inferior to the written one. In the case of Children of Men, the divergence of material is so great that such a simple determination cannot be made. Cuaron's interpretation, inspired more than based on James' novel, takes on a life of its own...Although imperfect, it's engaging, thought-provoking stuff. - James Berardinelli

Reel.com 10 of 10
It is a future that looks pretty much like our present, with one big exception. In 2027, as envisioned first by British writer P.D. James in her novel Children of Men and now by director Alfonso Cuaron, there are no children. The end is near for humanity, but it did not take a nuclear war, global warming, or a terrorist campaign to manage the feat. It is a case of massive infertility: No woman has given birth in the world in over 18 years...People are staring not at a bleak future, but at no future at all. At least, that is where this gripping, dark, but ultimately hopeful thriller--one of the best films of the year--begins...Children of Men presents a provocative proposition, because it is not all that far-fetched in our age of environmental degradation and the potential it has to wreak havoc. The film is also that rare thing, one that entertains even as it leaves you thinking. - Pam Grady

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