Hancock (Blu-ray)

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A hard-living superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife of the public relations professional who's trying to repair his image.


Studio Sony
SKU 209194100
UPC 043396279001
UPC 14 00043396279001
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/21/2010
Rating UR
Los Angeles, California
Love Triangle
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Peter Berg (THE KINGDOM, FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS) directs this story of a reluctant superhero, John Hancock (Will Smith). Like the best superheroes, Hancock can fly, is bulletproof, and has insurmountable strength. He uses these gifts to fight crime in Los Angeles and save people in distress, Unfortunately, he also is a drunk who leaves a trail of costly destruction behind during his lifesaving pursuits, and his constant sarcasm fails to win him friends. But after Hancock randomly saves his life, public relations executive Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman) decides to give him a makeover and help the superhero change his image so that the police and citizens of Los Angeles will realize how much they need their seemingly inappropriate hero. All the while, Ray's wife, Mary (Charlize Theron)--who seems to simultaneously have a strange connection and aversion to Hancock--worries that her do-gooder husband will end up disappointed by Hancock's antics.^The special effects are quite impressive, as Hancock flies through Los Angeles crashing into buildings, bursting through freeway signs, and flipping automobiles around as if they were wet noodles. Smith evokes a depth and warmth in Hancock; even when he's unpleasant and anti-social, it's clear that there is more to him. Bateman is well cast as a man who really does want to change the world for the better. And Theron is quite touching in her role as a wife to Ray, a mother to Aaron, and ultimately a savior to Hancock. Be forewarned that this rather lighthearted film takes a rather sudden dark turn about three-quarters of the way through, and gunplay and fight scenes abound.
New York Times "[T]his superhero story comes with some bite....HANCOCK makes for one unexpectedly satisfying and kinky addition to Hollywood's superhero chronicles." 07/02/2008
Total Film 3 stars out of 5 -- "Smith, Theron an Bateman all sparkler, and the backhanded dialogue edges thrillingly close to ballsy comic-book satire..." 11/01/2008 p.136
Empire 3 stars out of 5 -- "Peter Berg's oddball flick is amusing when it's a parody....Strong performances save the day..." 01/01/2009 p.185
Hollywood Reporter "Will Smith's powers are even more extraordinary than those of a caped crusader....The movie is a good showcase for him -- and for co-stars Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman." 06/24/2008
Peter Berg
Charlize Theron
Will Smith
Jason Bateman
Cast & Crew
Charlize Theron - Star
Will Smith - Star
Eddie Marsan - Star
Jason Bateman - Star
Vy Vincent Ngo - Screenwriter
James Lassiter - Producer
John Dykstra - Visual Effects Designer
John Powell - Composer
Akiva Goldsman - Producer
Vince Gilligan - Screenwriter
Tobias Schliessler - Director of Photography
Richard Saperstein - Executive Producer
Ian Bryce - Executive Producer
Will Smith - Producer
Michael Mann - Producer
Jon Mostow - Executive Producer
Peter Berg - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
Catalog ID 27900
UPC 00043396279001
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 102 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Indonesian, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Chinese
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Portuguese Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed, Thai Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Hancock is a hodgepodge of intriguing ideas that, if developed further or presented as more than throw-ins to a confused production, might have made for a unique superhero film. The resulting movie, however, shows all the signs of studio interference and never establishes a clear identity or tone. To the extent that Hancock works, it's largely because of Will Smith, whose performance is stronger than what this otherwise scattershot production deserves. Hancock is sometimes funny, sometimes clever, and occasionally involving, but it's never brilliant and its edge is compromised by the neutering that accompanies the teen-friendly PG-13 rating...Despite all the flaws and the frustrating sense that the movie could have offered a lot more than it actually does, Hancock is nevertheless a moderately enjoyable experience. It's a glass half-full/half-empty sort of thing. So far, this summer has seen a superior superhero movie (Iron Man), a solid one (The Incredible Hulk), and now this. Hancock is the worst of the three, but it's nowhere near the bottom of the genre. It works a lot better as a comedy/satire than as an action/adventure story, but its inability to emphasize the former elements over the latter hamstrings its appeal. An uncertainty about identity becomes not only the hero's problem, but the movie's as well.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I have been waiting for this for years: a superhero movie where the actions of the superheroes have consequences in the real world. They always leave a wake of crashed cars, bursting fire hydrants, exploding gas stations and toppling bridges behind them and never go back to clean up. But John Hancock, the hero of "Hancock," doesn't get away with anything..."Hancock," the latest star showcase for Will Smith, has him playing a SkidRow drunk with superpowers and a super hangover. He does well, but there are always consequences, like when he saves a man whose car is about to be struck by a train, but causes a train wreck. What he needs is a good PR man. Luckily, the man whose life he saved is exactly that. He's Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, the adoptive father in "Juno"), and Ray has a brainstorm: He'll repay Hancock by giving him a complete image makeover. If this sounds like a slapstick comedy, strangely enough, it isn't. The movie has a lot of laughs, but Smith avoids playing Hancock as a goofball and shapes him as serious, thoughtful and depressed..."Hancock" is a lot of fun, if perhaps a little top-heavy with stuff being destroyed. Smith makes the character more subtle than he has to be, more filled with self-doubt, more willing to learn. Jason Bateman is persuasive and helpful on the PR front, and it turns out Charlize Theron has a great deal to feel odd and penetrating about.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 8
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Subtitled, Dubbed, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Smith,Will
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Connie Ogle, Miami Herald The real hit of the movie is the hilarious Bateman.
Manohla Dargis, The New York Times Touching and odd, laden with genuine twists and grounded by three appealing lead performances.
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone Bateman doesn't make a false move, and a stellar Charlize Theron springs her own bolts from the blue as Ray's wife. As for Smith, he's on fire.
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...the most adult of the new wave of superhero dramas.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A rollicking tale of rehabilitation and redemption, rife with cool special effects, Hancock is smart and surprisingly raunchy.

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