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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
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UPC: 013132137391
UPC 14: 00013132137391
Sales Rank: 5218
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No Goats. No Glory.
In this comedic look at real life events that are almost too bizarre to believe, reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) discovers an experimental top-secret wing of the U.S. military called The New Earth Army, trained to change the ways wars are fought through New Age psychic power. In search of his next big story, Wilton tracks down Lyn Cassady (Academy Award winner George Clooney), a shadowy figure who claims to be a member of this legion of "Warrior Monks" with unparalleled psychic powers who can read the enemy's thoughts, pass through walls, and even kill a goat simply by staring at it. Marshall Fine of the Huffington Post states "Grant Heslov's wild comedy is a delicious and funny trip through the powers of the mind -- and the powers of suggestion." Inspired by Jon Ronson's non-fiction bestseller of the same name, this is an eye-opening and hilarious story of the government's attempts to harness soldiers' paranormal abilities in order to combat its enemies. Also stars Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges.

"George Clooney dazzles and Jeff Bridges shines in a scattershot but often hilarious military farce.  Damon Wise, Empire.com
"A superbly written loony-tunes satire, played by a tony cast at the top of its game.  Derek Elley, Variety
"An often highly amusing comedy in the vein of Catch 22 and Dr Strangelove, this lively satire looks destined for future cult status. Great soundtrack, too.  Mark Salisbury, Premiere

Editor's Note
Loosely adapted from a nonfiction book by Jon Ronson, Grant Heslov's directorial debut THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS begins as heartbroken reporter Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) heads off to imbed himself with troops as the Iraq War starts, but Wilton can't get himself into the country until he chances upon Lyn Cassady (George Clooney). It turns out Lyn spent decades as part of the New Earth Army -- a platoon of men, led by Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), who lived a new-age lifestyle in an attempt to cultivate extrasensory perception that would allow the U.S. army to win wars nonviolently. Bill now has a secret mission in Iraq, and allows Bob to come along. As the duo gets into a series of misadventures, Lyn shares with Bob the colorful history of the New Earth Army and chronicles the nefarious machinations of Larry Hooper (Kevin Spacey), whose jealousy of Lyn's remarkable skill brought an end to the group.

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Video Mfg Name Studio: Starz/sphe
Video Release Date Release Date: 3/23/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 94 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00013132137391
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

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Expert Review The Men Who Stare at Goats - Blu-Ray DVD Review
By: Emm Blogcritics.org Reviews
Published on: 6/30/2010 1:03 PM
The Men Who Stare at Goats was meant to be the hilarious film that blew the lid off a top secret wing of the US military that harnessed paranormal abilities in the fight against its enemies. There was no way that an all-star cast of Ewan McGregor, George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, and Jeff Bridges could go wrong and the ensemble cast should have ensured first class comedy for the discerning movie fan. It is no surprise then that I had high expectations of the film and was really looking forward to seeing it but I have to say that The Men Who Stare at Goats just didn’t work for me at all....read the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Ewan McGregor
Video Cast Info Stephen Lang
Video Cast Info Jeff Bridges
Video Cast Info George Clooney
Video Cast Info Kevin Spacey
Video Cast Info Kevin Wiggins - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Steve Witting - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Robert Patrick - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Robert Curtis-Brown - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Kevin Geer - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Chris Maher - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Glen Morshower - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Wiley M. Pickett - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Stephen Root - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Mark Mangini - Sound
Video Cast Info Mark Mangini - Sound Re-Recording
Video Cast Info David J. Webb - Assistant Director
Video Cast Info Robert Elswit - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Lee Gibson - Stunt Coordinator
Video Cast Info Rolfe Kent - Composer
Video Cast Info Matthew Iadarola - Sound Re-Recording
Video Cast Info Marcia Calosio - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Linda Cohen - Music Director
Video Cast Info Charlene Olson - Post-Production Supervisor
Video Cast Info Monica Monserrate - Set Decorator
Video Cast Info Jay Wejebe - Makeup Designer
Video Cast Info Peter Straughan - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Craig Barnett - Special Effects
Video Cast Info Barbara A. Hall - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Ellen Gordon - Production Manager/UPM
Video Cast Info Jon Ronson - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Nick Offerman - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Tim Griffin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Diego Serrano - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Terry Serpico - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Matt Newton - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Brad Grunberg - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Rebecca Mader - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Curley - Co-Star
Video Cast Info McCaleb Burnett - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Hrach Titizian - Co-Star
Video Cast Info William Sterchi - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Sean Phillips - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Morse Bicknell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Waleed F. Zuaiter - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jacob Browne - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Todd Latourrette - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Elsa Villafane - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Fawad Masood Siddiqui - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Samuel Gates - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Minh Tu Van - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Shafik N. Bahou - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Drew Seltzer - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Donn Lamkin - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Michael David Aragon - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Regi Huc - Co-Star
Video Cast Info J.J. Raschel - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Aaron Shiver - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Jaime Margarida - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Hunter Bell - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Edward Holley - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Christopher Robinson - Co-Star
Video Cast Info Grant Heslov - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
4.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]hough Ronson's book and Heslov's film are hilarious, they both recognize the power of truth, and that's something to take with us out of the multiplex." 09/11/2009

Total Film
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he script by Peter Straughan keeps the gags coming." 10/30/2009

A.V. Club
"Clooney's sincere line deliveries and crack screwball timing never fail to amuse." -- Grade: B- 11/05/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "All of the actors play without winks and spins....The movie is funny." 11/04/2009

New York Times
"[A] likable, lightweight, absurdist comedy....Mr. Clooney has shed his cool cat skin to embrace his inner clown." 11/06/2009

Los Angeles Times
"[W]orth watching because it provides a showcase for a group of actors who really appreciate this kind of farcical comedy." 11/06/2009

USA Today
"Based loosely on Jon Ronson's weirdly funny book of the same name, the film has some of the farcical appeal and subversive wit of DR. STRANGELOVE." 11/05/2009

Variety
"It benefits from the dense but pacey screenplay by Brit playwright Peter Straughan..." 11/05/2009

Washington Post
"Few cinematic pleasures are as sublime as George Clooney in full Clark Gable mode, as he is for much of the comedy THE MEN WHO STARE AT GOATS." 11/06/2009

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 4 -- "Just go with the comic flow, wrapped in striking light and shadow by wizard cinematographer Robert Elswit." 11/12/2009

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
Bear with me here. Imagine Ghostbusters is based on a true story. Imagine the Dude from The Big Lebowski as a real-life U.S. Army general. All factual, right? That's what The Men Who Stare at Goats sort of wants us to believe. I think I sort of do -- to a small degree, sort of. "More of this is true than you would believe," the movie announces in an opening title. I'm waiting for the review of this one in Skeptic magazine...We begin with a newspaperman named Wilton (Ewan McGregor) from Ann Arbor. That's a poignant note, because Ann Arbor recently lost its daily newspaper. He interviews a goof who tells him he was a member of the New Earth Army, a super-secret Army team of paranormals who were being trained as stealth weapons. In theory, they could spy at a distance, kill by the power of their sight alone and penetrate enemy lines in spirit, not in body...Wilton hungers to hunt where the headlines are. In 2002, he flies to Kuwait, hoping to cross into the war zone. He runs into a legendary guy he heard about from the crackpot back home. This is Lyn Cassady (George Clooney), said to be the best of the New Earth trainees. Wilton pumps him and learns of an acidhead Vietnam veteran named Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), who sold the Army the notion of fighting men who could transcend physical limitations. We see Django in flashbacks; Bridges essentially plays him as the Dude in The Big Lebowski. Members of the Church of Lebowski will be able to enjoy this film as apocrypha...Kevin Spacey, who has been absorbed in London theatrical adventures, comes back in a good role as Hooper, who hates everything that Cassady stands for, whatever that is. All of the actors play without winks and spins, unless you consider Lebowskism itself a wink and spin. And we're faced with the fact that the movie is based on the 2004 book by Jon Ronson, a writer for the Guardian, who wrote it humorously but (he said) truthfully about an Army experiment. It was this real program, he says, that inspired playing the Barney the Dinosaur theme as a torture technique...It actually doesn't matter if the book is truthful. It doesn't claim the paranormal powers are real. Ronson simply says some officials thought they might be -- and that if they were, we had to get there first. The movie is funny either way...But figure this out. The book inspired a BBC-TV series which interviewed the real Ret. Gen. Albert Stubblebine III, who explains on camera exactly how men could walk through walls. He may be correct. Judge for yourself. - Roger Ebert

ReelViews 7 of 10
Welcome to George Clooney season. Those who find the actor, who has been described by some as a modern day Cary Grant, engaging will have reason to smile as Hollywood begins its annual push toward the Oscars. Clooney will bring his winning personality and high-wattage smile to no fewer than three productions with Academy Award aspirations. Fantastic Mr. Fox and Up in the Air are yet a short distance down the road, but The Men Who Stare at Goats has arrived. Not only does it have the strangest title of the three late 2009 Clooney vehicles, but the storyline is also probably the most bizarre...The Men Who Stare at Goats opens with the following caption: "More of this is true than you would believe." But isn't truth always said to be stranger than fiction? We are introduced to Ann Arbor journalist Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor), who is looking for the story of his life; he wants to impress his wife, who has unceremoniously dumped him. His quest leads him to Kuwait, where he hopes to become embedded with a group of troops entering Iraq. There he meets Lyn Cassady (Clooney), an ex-Special Ops military officer who claims to have been part of the "New Earth Army," a covert group of "psychic spies" who use their "Jedi mind powers" to influence others. Cassady agrees to take Wilton with him on a mission across the border. Along the way, he tells him about the New Earth Army's history and its commanding officer, Bill Django (Jeff Bridges), who ran a very different kind of unit...The Men Who Stare at Goats is enjoyable to watch "in the moment," but it doesn't leave a powerful or lasting impact, at least insofar as the comedic elements are concerned. (Re-watching it a second time after initially seeing it a month earlier at the Toronto Film Festival, I was surprised how fresh the humor was - mainly because I didn't remember most of the jokes.) As entertaining as the production is, however, the fact that it contains a kernel of truth reminds us of one damning truth: This is the kind of thing that American tax dollars are being spent on. The Men Who Stare at Goats is a comedy, and I laughed quite a few times while watching it, but that sobering reality almost makes me want to cry. - James Berardinelli

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