Lovely Bones(Blu-ray)

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From Academy Award winning director Peter Jackson (King Kong, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) comes the extraordinary story about one girl's life, and everything that came after. When 14-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan, Atonement) was murdered, she left her unfinished life behind. But now from her place in a strange but beautiful in-between world, she must help her father (Mark Wahlberg, Max Payne) catch her killer (Stanley Tucci, Julie & Julia) and protect her family before she can finally move on. Filled with thrilling suspense, hope and the redeeming power of love.

Specifications

Studio Paramount
SKU 214558923
UPC 097360739244
UPC 14 00097360739244
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 8/12/2014
Keywords
Based On A Novel
Family Interaction
Heaven
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) is just experiencing the pangs of first love when she's viciously murdered by her neighbor Mr. Harvey (Stanley Tucci), a predatory wolf in J.C. Penney clothing. As her family slowly begins drifting apart while struggling to make sense of their loss, Susie bravely attempts to find her footing in the hereafter. Meanwhile, down on earth, Mr. Harvey is feeling confident that he's covered his tracks well enough to get away with the crime, and begins honing in on his next victim -- Susie's younger sister, Lindsey (Rose McIver), who's beginning to suspect that he's not the harmless suburbanite he portrays himself to be. Director Peter Jackson reteams with KING KONG and LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy co-screenwriters Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh to adapt Alice Sebold's bestselling novel for the big screen.
Reviews
Box Office "Jackson brings the written word to startling, striking life." 10/01/2009 ,4.5 stars out of 5 -- "Peter Jackson returns to the engrossing and poetic imagery that earned him his name more than a decade ago." 11/29/2009
Variety "With reddish hair, brilliantly alive eyes and a seemingly irrepressible impulse for movement and activity, Ronan represents a heavenly creature indeed..." 11/24/2009
Rolling Stone 3 stars out of 4 -- "[With] the remarkable performance of Ronan....She and Tucci -- magnificent as a man of uncontrollable impulses -- help Jackson cut a path to a humanity that supersedes life and death." 12/24/2009
Los Angeles Times "One element of the film that is consistently involving is the dreamscape look of the in-between world where Susie spends her time watching her murderer scheme, her sister Lindsey grow up and her parents fall apart.." 12/11/2009
Wall Street Journal "[W]ith several superb performances....Mr. Jackson, and his cinematographer, Andrew Lesnie, capture some lovely moments..." 12/11/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "It deals with loss, grief, rage, familial breakdown and love....It's also energetic and entertaining..." 11/24/2009
Empire 4 stars out of 5 -- "[Saoirse Ronan] is emerging as a Jodie Foster for the noughties, making Susie spirited, smart, intense and adorable." 02/12/2010
Directors
Peter Jackson
Actors
Susan Sarandon
Rachel Weisz
Saoirse Ronan
Mark Wahlberg
Cast & Crew
Susan Sarandon - Star
Rachel Weisz - Star
Michael Imperioli - Star
Stanley Tucci - Star
Saoirse Ronan - Star
Mark Wahlberg - Star
Alice Sebold - Source Writer
Jim Wilson - Executive Producer
Brian Eno - Composer
Steven Spielberg - Executive Producer
Ken Kamins - Executive Producer
Fran Walsh - Screenwriter
Tessa Ross - Executive Producer
Fran Walsh - Producer
Aimee Peyronnet - Producer
Peter Jackson - Producer
Carolynne Cunningham - Producer
Philippa Boyens - Screenwriter
Peter Jackson - Screenwriter
Peter Jackson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2009
UPC 00097360739244
Number of Discs 2
Running Time 1302 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Oscar (2010) Stanley Tucci, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role
Golden Globe (2010) Stanley Tucci, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Screen Actors Guild (2010) Stanley Tucci, Nominee, Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Reviews
ReviewSource Time Magazine
Review Jack Salmon (Mark Wahlberg) is a family man and a hobbyist; he adores his wife and kids, especially Susie (Saoirse Ronan), his eldest; he also loves to build miniature ships and deftly slip them into bottles. "If you start something," he tells Susie as he's completing one model, "you don't give up till you've finished it." He glances up, seemingly referring to the ship but staring right at Susie, and adds, "That is a thing of beauty."...At that sweet moment, Jack doesn't realize he won't have much longer to stare proudly at her. Across the pleasant suburban street in Norristown, Pa., another man, George Harvey (Stanley Tucci), is busy with his own hobbies. He has constructed a dollhouse, pristine and perfectly appointed but untenanted. And in a nearby cornfield, he's created an underground rec room, filled with comic books and figurines and Cokes -- a kind of clubhouse where he'd like to bring the local kids. One kid. Susie..."I was 14 years old when I was murdered, on Dec. 6, 1973," Susie narrates in this creepy, dreamy film of Alice Sebold's best seller, directed and co-written by The Lord of the Rings' Peter Jackson. The girl, who vanished late one afternoon and is presumed to have been kidnapped or killed, speaks to us from the in-between -- a mostly Edenic halfway house for the recently deceased, a bridge between life and a hoped-for heaven. It's a fantasyland of penguin topiary and gigantic ice-sculpture ships, where fields turn into soggy marshes and autumn becomes winter in a flash of fallen leaves. This engrossing, nearly enthralling movie straddles multiple worlds as well: Susie's bright innocence, Mr. Harvey's meticulous depravity and Jack's ferocious determination to sleuth his daughter's fate...The New Zealand director began his career with horror movies. His well-named debut feature Bad Taste had aliens seeking human flesh for their outer-space fast-food chain, and Braindead (a.k.a. Dead Alive) was a Sumatran-rat-plague movie about mother love gone spectacularly wrong. The Lovely Bones has elements of some of those mulchy horror films, and another, classic one -- this could be Psycho as told by the murdered Janet Leigh character. (Norman Bates had a hobby too: taxidermy.) Jackson also allows a strong echo of his 1994 Heavenly Creatures, a terrific, fact-based study of a girlhood crush that blossoms into murder, which pulled precocious performances from two teen beguilers, Melanie Lynskey and the pre-Titanic Kate Winslet. But essentially, the new film is a story of loving and mourning and loving some more. As Susie says of Mr. Harvey, "He didn't understand how much a father could love his child."...Tucci plays the killer not with a madman's sneers and cackles but with a quiet malevolence; he's never more ice-shivery than when he's pretending to be normal. Such a performance could have upset the movie's balance if Wahlberg hadn't provided the solid foundation of parental devotion. The center, of course, is Ronan,
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Richard Corliss
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Rolling Stone
Review Delicate business is being transacted as Peter Jackson, lord of the Rings fantasy, attunes himself to a family tragedy. The Lovely Bones, adapted from Alice Sebold's 2002 bestseller, concerns the rape and murder of Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan), a 14-year-old Pennsylvania girl. Her family -- dad (Mark Wahlberg), mom (Rachel Weisz), grandma (Susan Sarandon), sister (Rose McIver), brother (Christian Thomas Ashdale) -- is devastated. So is Susie, which brings Jackson and his Rings screenwriters Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens back to fantasy. Caught between death and heaven, Susie watches as her family tries to cope and the killer (an indelibly creepy Stanley Tucci) goes undetected...Jackson explored similar territory in 1994's shockingly good Heavenly Creatures. This time he stays within PG-13 parameters. The murder is unseen, the rape barely hinted at. The novel never flinched, the movie does. But Jackson, who builds jolting suspense when Susie's sister enters the killer's lair, is drawn to a spiritual dimension. He may oversaturate the Claritin-ad colors in Susie's in-between place, but he infuses the film with a sense that what lies beyond may have the power to heal. All this is conveyed in the remarkable performance of Ronan, an Oscar nominee for Atonement. She and Tucci -- magnificent as a man of uncontrollable impulses -- help Jackson cut a path to a humanity that supersedes life and death.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Peter Travers
ReviewRating 7
Features
Widescreen, Dolby Digital (5.1), English
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Ian Freer, Empire The Lovely Bones does a fantastic job with revered, complex source material.
Shawn Levy, Portland Oregonian ...soulful, respectful, masterful, horrifying, rending and emotionally true.
Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch The Lovely Bones is so skillfully orchestrated, from the chillingly methodical villainy to the thrillingly paced manhunt, we can accept that we're in the hands of a higher power.

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