Greatest (Blu-ray)

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Written and directed by Shana Feste, in her feature directorial debut, and starring Carey Mulligan in her first role since her Academy Award nominated performance in An Education, The Greatest tells the story of Allen and Grace Brewer (Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon respectively), a grief-stricken couple whose family has been pushed to the breaking point by the death of their older son, Bennett (Aaron Johnson), in a car crash.

When a young woman, Rose (Mulligan), shows up a few months later announcing that she is pregnant with Bennett's child, the Brewers are forced to take her in.? At first, Rose's presence threatens to tear the family even further apart but, eventually, her interaction with each of the Brewers proves to be the very thing that brings them back together.

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Studio E1
SKU 215402771
UPC 652405001498
UPC 14 00652405001498
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/13/2010
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ReviewSource New York Observer
Review Grief comes cloaked in as many forms as the tragedies that cause it. Almost all of them are on view in The Greatest, a somber, sensitively acted, intelligently penned and sincerely directed film about the untimely death of a much-admired young man, the profound impact it has on his family and the various ways the people who love him learn to express their mourning. The usual grumpy cynics will undoubtedly call it sentimental and manipulative. Ignore them. In spite of an unfortunate title that invites critical puns, The Greatest is cut from the same bolt of emotional genre fabric as the 1980 classic Ordinary People -- a rare bird among films because it is strong and filled with extraordinary human values that remain foreign to most hermetically sealed studio packages. The title refers to the boy who departs too soon, not to the movie itself, which may also depart too soon depending on box office grosses, but not because it's undeserving...Susan Sarandon has traveled this road before, especially in the sucrose melodrama Moonlight Mile, where she played the novelist mother of a murdered girl whose fianc? (Jake Gyllenhaal) moved in and mysteriously cured her writer's block when she embarked on a book about her dead daughter. ("Fuck the perfume, give me the warts!" she whooped in the final reel.) As a family drama about the death of a prodigal son, The Greatest falls, as I mentioned earlier, in the much more distinguished tradition of Robert Redford's Ordinary People. A debut effort carefully written and directed by Shana Feste, it offers a nuanced diagnosis of people in both their goodness and imperfection, with a touching screenplay that focuses on the actual things people do and say in survival mode. This is not the kind of personal movie Hollywood knows how to make very often, and God knows it is not the kind of movie Hollywood ever knows how to sell. (Already they're asking, "Does it have legs?") It's not Avatar, but in an equitable movie world, there should be something for everyone...One caveat: If it's true, as they say, that as one door closes, another door opens, I feel that perhaps in The Greatest too many doors open too fast in time to meet the deadline for a happy ending, but this is just a small hangnail amid the manicured strengths of a film of maturity and courage, one that kept me consistently engaged. Quite an accomplishment, really, for a new filmmaker on her first date with a camera.
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Reviewer Rex Reed
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Dolby Digital (5.1)
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Video Format Blu-Ray
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Claudia Puig, USA Today The Greatest raises compelling questions about how parents continue on after the death of a child.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Magazine Brosnan, on a roll with this film and The Ghost Writer, vividly etches the emotional fissures in a man coming apart. The Greatest takes a piece out of you.

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