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Elf (2003)

Director: Jon Favreau     Starring: James Caan Will Ferrell
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40246756
UPC: 794043716829
UPC 14: 00794043716829
Rating: Game Rating Code
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This hilarious film tells the tale of a young orphan child who mistakenly crawls into santa's bag of gifts on christmas eve and is transported back to the north pole and raised as an elf. Years later buddy learns he's not really an elf and goes on a journey to new york city to find his true identity.

"...a film for kids and adults that's both sweet and sardonic  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece.  Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Editor's Note
Will Ferrell makes yet another memorable splash on the big screen in Jon Favreau's sweet and hilarious Christmas fable. Ferrell is Buddy, an innocent figure who was raised as an elf in the North Pole by his adoptive father, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart). When Buddy discovers that he's actually a human being, he heads to New York City to reunite with his biological father. The trouble is that his dad, Walter (James Caan), is a publishing executive who doesn't have time for anything other than work. Buddy moves in with Walter and his family, and proceeds to teach them a lesson or two about what being a family really means. Meanwhile, he also falls head over heels in love with the incredibly cute department store clerk, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). By the time Christmas Eve rolls around, the general lack of spirit in the air threatens to ground Santa for the big night. He must rely on Buddy's expertise and overall enthusiasm to ensure that Christmas will be saved once again. Favreau's film is family entertainment at its finest, featuring a performance by Ferrell that is at once innocent, tender, and laugh-out-loud funny. A stellar supporting cast--including Caan, Deschanel, Newhart, and Faizon Love--adds to the film's already overabundant charm.


Video Features DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Spanish

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: New Line
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/8/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 95 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 7168
Video UPC UPC: 00794043716829
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Standard  1.33:1 [4:3]

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Amy Sedarisw David
Video Cast Info Bob Newhart
Video Cast Info Edward Asner
Video Cast Info James Caan
Video Cast Info Mary Steenburgen
Video Cast Info Will Ferrell
Video Cast Info Zooey Deschanel
Video Cast Info Dan Lebental - Editor
Video Cast Info David Berenbaum - Writer
Video Cast Info Greg Gardiner - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info John Debney - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Jon Berg - Producer
Video Cast Info Jon Favreau - Director
Video Cast Info Todd Komarnicki - Producer


MTV Award (2004)
   Video Award Name Will Ferrell , Nominee, Best Comedic Performance

Professional Reviews

"...A disarming holiday comedy....The sweet-natured outsider fantasy neither skimps on nor overplays its sentimentality..." 10/27/2003 p.30

Los Angeles Times
"...ELF returns to the hip but warm-hearted spirit of SWINGERS....[With] sophisticated glee and a sense of innocent fun..." 11/07/2003 p.C1

New York Times
"...Mr. Favreau's direction has a relaxed, swinging rhythm..." 11/07/2003 p.E8

Entertainment Weekly
"...The disarming comedic tone -- silly and novel in its lack of cynicism -- is driven by the fearless, cheerful unself-consciousness of Will Ferrell..." 11/14/2003 p.94-5

Rolling Stone
"...There's a devil of comedy in Ferrell, and he lets it out to play..." 11/27/2003 p.103

Total Film
"...Ferrell and Favreau have engendered enough goodwill to allow for a finale that glows like winter coals. A gleeful, cracked fairytale..." 12/01/2003 p.103

Sight and Sound
"Will Ferrell's man-child in tights is a surprisingly affecting figure." 12/31/2003 p.42-3

Chicago Sun-Times
"This is one of those rare Christmas comedies that has a heart, a brain and a wicked sense of humor, and it charms the socks right off the mantelpiece." 11/07/2003 p.37

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 6 of 10
Elf is being hailed in some quarters as the next great Christmas classic. The people making such a p - James Berardinelli

Rolling Stone 7 of 10
OK, yuk. But Ferrell makes the damn thing work. Even though he can't get naked or use naughty words, - Peter Travers

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Ferrell,Will
Product attributeLabel:   Turner Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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