Kite Runner (Blu-ray)

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The best selling novel is now one of the most acclaimed movies of the year. As young boys, Amir and Hassan were inseparable friends, until one fateful act tore them apart. Years later, Amir will embark on a dangerous quest to right the wrongs of the past - and redeem himself in ways he never expected - by displaying the ultimate in courage and devotion to his friend. Directed by Marc Forster (Finding Neverland, Monster's Ball), "The Kite Runner allows us to believe that there may be justice in the world." (Richard Corliss, Time)


Studio Paramount
SKU 210664299
UPC 097361426945
UPC 14 00097361426945
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/31/2015
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Widescreen  2.35:1
British Academy Awards (2008) Alberto Iglesias, Nominee, Best Music,David Benioff, Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted,William Horberg, et. al., Nominee, Best Film Not in the English Language
Golden Globe (2008) Alberto Iglesias, Nominee, Best Original Score - Motion Picture,The Kite Runner, Nominee, Best Foreign Language Film
Oscar (2008) Alberto Iglesias, Nominee, Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures, Original Score
Review Practically no other nation's modern history has been so rife with grief and shattered expectations as that of Afghanistan. It's a fact utilized to maximum effect by Marc Foster in his adaptation of Khaled Hosseini's blockbuster novel, The Kite Runner...At his best, Forster can be a director of powerfully revelatory emotions, even in roughly constructed works like Monster's Ball. In The Kite Runner, those gifts are put to good use as Forster guides his fantastic cast (who have been little seen in Hollywood, except for Toub and Abdalla, who had brief roles in Crash and United 93, respectively) through some heavily emotional territory. But Hosseini's story is one that relies heavily on gimmicky turns in the action leading toward teary crescendos of the sort which Forster indulged in to excess in Finding Neverland. Now, it must be said that these kind of tear-stained climaxes are much more earned here than in that previous bauble of a film, given the film's weighty historical panorama. But for the evocative performances and the stunningly captured, severe beauty of the landscape (western China standing in for Afghanistan), by the end one feels tired and more than a little manipulated, like one of those kites malevolently jerking through the thin, cold air over Kabul.
Reviewer Chris Barsanti
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review When a movie is made based on a book that millions of people have read, the first question asked often pertains to the faithfulness of the resultant cinematic product to its written inspiration. In the case of The Kite Runner, director Marc Forster and screenwriter David Benioff have taken pains to provide the best screen representation possible of Khaled Hosseini's best-selling novel. Time constraints have forced some changes and contractions but, on the whole, it's hard to imagine a more effective and affecting adaptation. The Kite Runner touches the heart and the mind - something increasingly rare in any movie not made with the express intention of winning Oscars...Verisimilitude is a key attribute in The Kite Runner. While circumstances prevented filming from taking place in the country, Marc Forster utilized Chinese locations that are virtually indistinguishable from their Afghanistan counterparts. The Kite Runner establishes a distinct place and time, enveloping the viewer and drawing him (or her) in. The overall experience is immersive. At times brutal, at times touching, the movie stands out as one of the better "prestige" productions offered for cinematic consumption during the waning weeks of 2007.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
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Alissa Simon, Variety ...[a] poignant, intimate epic, which should attract a strong following among discerning audiences.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...a film of exhilarating, redemptive humanity, conveying an enduring sense of hope.
Claudia Puig, USA Today A compelling and uplifting tale that exposes the viewer to an unfamiliar, fascinating culture...
Dan Jolin, Empire An engaging melodrama whose less convincing plot points are superseded by some astonishingly affecting performances...
Jeffrey Lyons, NBC's Reel Talk Surely one of the greatest films you are ever going to see!
Richard Schickel, Time ...a confident and honorable movie -- and a gripping one.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times This is a magnificent film!

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