Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray)

Directed By: David Fincher Starring: Cate Blanchett Brad Pitt

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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 man's 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, The Curious Case of 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.


Studio Paramount
SKU 210893893
UPC 097361430744
UPC 14 00097361430744
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 5/31/2011
Rating Rating
20th Century
Character Study
Love Story
Period Piece
Personal Triumph
Physically Impaired
Theatrical Release
World War II
Editors Note
Note At once epic in scope and intimate in detail, David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is certainly the director's most emotional film to date (though FIGHT CLUB and SEVEN don't offer much in the way of competition). Loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story, this romantic drama tells the tale of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt), born in 1918 in New Orleans as a baby with wrinkles, cataracts, and arthritis. Benjamin will age backwards, getting younger as he watches those around him growing older. Included in that group are his adoptive mother, Queenie (Taraji P. Henson), and Daisy (Cate Blanchett), the love of his life whom he meets when she is just a little girl and he is an old man. They age in reverse, but despite Benjamin's globe-trotting adventures, their lives repeatedly intersect.^The script from Oscar winner Eric Roth bears more than a few hallmarks in common with his earlier work on FORREST GUMP: both adaptations cross decades and continents. But BENJAMIN's script or even the fine acting aren't its most impressive accomplishment; the technology--both CGI and makeup--used to make Benjamin and Daisy age are remarkable, and makes the film entirely believable, but they're certainly aided by fine performances from both Pitt and Blanchett. The triumph of technology only serves to underscore the beauty of this film and of the love story at its heart.
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "The movie looks amazing....The technical wizardry sweeps you away....[Fincher's] astutely restrained direction fuses ferocity and feeling and creates a world you want to get lost in." 01/08/2008 p.118
USA Today 3 stars out of 4 -- "Set in a visually stunning realm of heightened reality....BUTTON is never dull, and the conclusion is graceful and poignant." 12/26/2008
New York Times "[A] triumph of technique....Mr. Fincher has added a dimension of delicacy and grace to digital filmmaking." 12/26/2008
Premiere 4 stars out of 4 -- "Pitt and Blanchett are outstanding. Fincher's meticulous attention to detail is unerring..." 12/24/2008
Box Office 4 stars out of 5 -- "Pitt's performance is amazingly unadorned and natural..."
Entertainment Weekly "[A]n extravagantly ambitious movie....The movie has been in the works for years, pored over by Fincher like a favorite fairy tale from his childhood." -- Grade: A- 01/01/2009
Empire 5 stars out of 5 -- "That the trick never feels tricksy is partly down to Pitt's gentle, sympathetic performance....A film for the ages..." 02/01/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n epic of rare scope and scale....Bold and brilliant..." 02/01/2009
Hollywood Reporter "[A]n epic tale that contemplates the wonders of life -- of birth and death and, most of all, love....Superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date..." 11/24/2008
David Fincher
Cate Blanchett
Brad Pitt
Cast & Crew
Tilda Swinton - Star
Jason Flemyng - Star
Julia Ormond - Star
Elias Koteas - Star
Cate Blanchett - Star
Taraji P. Henson - Star
Brad Pitt - Star
Elle Fanning - Star
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Source Writer
Frank Marshall - Producer
Alexandre Desplat - Composer
Ceán Chaffin - Producer
Eric Roth - Screenwriter
Claudio Miranda - Director of Photography
Kathleen Kennedy - Producer
David Fincher - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 143074
UPC 00097361430744
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 165 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Oscar (2009) Brad Pitt, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role,David Fincher, Nominee, Best Achievement in Directing,Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo, Winner, Best Achievement in Art Direction,Eric Barba, et. al., Winner, Best Achievement in Visual Effects,Eric Roth, Robin Swicord, Nominee, Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material Previously Produced or Published,Greg Cannom, Winner, Best Achievement in Makeup,Kathleen Kennedy, et. al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Taraji P. Henson, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role
British Academy Awards (2009) Donald Graham Burt, Victor J. Zolfo, Winner, Best Production Design,Eric Barba, et. al., Winner, Best Special Visual Effects,Jean Ann Black, Colleen Callaghan, Winner, Best Make Up & Hair
Image Award (2009) Taraji P. Henson, Winner, Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review The premise underlying The Curious Case of Benjamin Button might sound more appropriate for a science fiction tale than a meditative drama. Indeed, the concept of a man aging backward has formed the basis for more than one sci-fi tinged story - from novels to an animated Star Trek episode - but the source material for this film is a 1922 short written by acclaimed novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald. The original "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" functions as little more than an inspiration for this movie, which takes the idea and the name and follows a divergent path from the one mapped out by Fitzgerald. David Fincher's film is its own entity and, despite some minor flaws, it is undeniably engrossing and one of the more intriguing and emotionally resonant features of the 2008 holiday season...Although the movie is presented as a series of vignettes, its full impact is not felt until the whole is absorbed. Even the 2005 scenes with Caroline by her mother's bedside feed into what Fincher and Roth are saying about chaos theory, fate, and the sometimes unforgiving jolts imparted by change. In the end, Benjamin's reverse-aging is just a filter that allows us to gain a slightly skewed perception about the process of living and, perhaps by looking through that glass darkly, a better understanding of human nature. Is that too much for a mainstream movie to achieve? Perhaps, and I'm not sure The Curious Case of Benjamin Button takes us as far down that path as it might hope to. But there's no denying the film's power of compulsion and the sense that, when it's all over, it means something. Most viewers will be entertained and moved, and some will find their intellect aroused. The source material may be F. Scott Fitzgerald, but The Curious Case of Benjamin Button has come a long way from where it started 86 years ago.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is a splendidly made film based on a profoundly mistaken premise. It tells the story of a man who is old when he is born and an infant when he dies. All those around him, everyone he knows and loves, grow older in the usual way, and he passes them on the way down. As I watched the film, I became consumed by a conviction that this was simply wrong...Let me paraphrase the oldest story I know: In the beginning, there was nothing, and then God said, "Let there be light." Everything comes after the beginning, and we all seem to share this awareness of the direction of time's arrow. There is a famous line by e.e. cummings that might seem to apply to Benjamin Button: and down he forgot as up he grew. But no, it involves the process of forgetting our youth as we grow older...The movie's premise devalues any relationship, makes futile any friendship or romance, and spits, not into the face of destiny, but backward into the maw of time. It even undermines the charm of compound interest. In the film, Benjamin (Brad Pitt) as an older man is enchanted by a younger girl (Cate Blanchett)...I said the film is well-made, and so it is. The actors are the best: Taraji P. Henson, Julia Ormond, Elias Koteas, Tilda Swinton. Given the resources and talent here, quite a movie might have resulted. But it's so hard to care about this story. There is no lesson to be learned. No catharsis is possible. In Fitzgerald's version, even Benjamin himself fails to comprehend his fate. He's born as a man with a waist-length beard who can read the encyclopedia, but in childhood, plays with toys and throws temper tantrums, has to be spanked and then disappears into a wordless reverie. "Benjamin" rejects these logical consequences because, I suspect, an audience wouldn't sit still for them...I can't imagine many people wanting to see the movie twice.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
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Jenni Miller, Premiere ...Pitt and Blanchett are outstanding. Fincher's meticulous attention to detail is unerring, down to the light fixtures.
Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter Superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun Brad Pitt's sensitive performance helps make Benjamin Button a timeless masterpiece.
Rex Reed, The New York Observer A movie that must be experienced. A monumental achievement.
William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...Fincher gives the film a power and unity that make nearly three hours go by in a flash...

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