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Road (2009)

Director: John Hillcoat     Starring: Viggo Mortensen
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Format: DVD
Sku: 214870221
UPC: 043396347632
UPC 14: 00043396347632
Rating: Game Rating Code
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In A Moment The World Changed Forever.
An epic post-apocalyptic tale of the survival of a father and his young son as they journey across a barren america that was destroyed by a mysterious cataclysm.

"While the film is not as resonant as the novel, it is an honorable adaptation, capturing the essence of the bond between father and son.  Claudia Puig, USA Today
"It is compellingly enervating and a marvel in the filmmaking process.  Elias Savada, Film Threat

Editor's Note
After the Oscar-winning success of the adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN, another of the author's works arrives on screen. Viggo Mortensen stars in THE ROAD, a thriller that is set in a bare, post-apocalyptic America, where a father and son struggle to survive. Director John Hillcoat previously teamed with star Guy Pearce on the critically acclaimed Western THE PROPOSITION.

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Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/3/2012
Video Play Time Running Time: 111 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2009
Video UPC UPC: 00043396347632
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.35:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Charlize Theron
Video Cast Info Kodi McPhee
Video Cast Info Guy Pearce
Video Cast Info Viggo Mortensen
Video Cast Info Robert Duvall
Video Cast Info Nick Wechsler - Producer
Video Cast Info Cormac McCarthy - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Nick Cave - Composer
Video Cast Info Warren Ellis - Composer
Video Cast Info Christopher Kennedy - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Jon Gregory - Editor
Video Cast Info Paula Mae Schwartz - Producer
Video Cast Info Steve Schwartz - Producer
Video Cast Info Margot Wilson - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Javier Aguirresarobe - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Joe Penhall - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info John Hillcoat - Director

Professional Reviews

Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n emotionally intense, riveting and overwhelmingly powerful look at a man and his young son traveling a long road while trying to survive in a post-apocalyptic world." 09/04/2009

Rolling Stone
"[D]irector John Hiillcoat has found exactly the right actor in Mortensen to convey abiding faith among the ruins." 09/17/2009

Entertainment Weekly
"[S]pookily convincing...Viggo Mortensen, as a man wandering the wasteland with his young son, has a tremulous woundedness." 10/02/2009

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Hillcoat -- through the artistry of Mortensen and Smit-McPhee -- carries the fire of our shared humanity and lets it burn bright and true." 11/26/2009

USA Today
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "At the heart of this bleak story are two astounding performances. Viggo Mortensen is superb....[and Smit-McPhee's] sweet voice and innocence are ideally suited to the role." 11/27/2009

Wall Street Journal
"The theme of unswerving love is strong. The spectacle of a blasted planed holds a fateful attraction." 11/27/2009

A.V. Club
"[D]irector John Hillcoat and cinematographer Javier Aguirresarobe supply some arresting images of an earth that's literally dying, shrouded in ash and littered with the artifacts of an unthinkable human tragedy." 11/24/2009

New York Times
"The most arresting aspect of THE ROAD is just how fully the filmmakers have realized this bleak, blighted landscape of a modern society reduced to savagery." 11/27/2009

Chicago Sun-Times
3 .5 stars out of 4 -- "The external events of the novel have been boldly solved, and this is an awesome production." 11/27/2009

Uncut
5 stars out of 5 -- "The performances by Viggo Mortensen and Kodi Smit-McPhee are acutely credible, with the boy avoiding all the pitfalls of child actors." 01/11/2010

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The] tender moments between father and son ache with emotion, and resonate as strongly as any of Hillcoat's de-saturated visions of despair and terror." 01/01/2010

Total Film
"John Hillcoat's film showcases intense performances from its leads as they struggle to preserve their humanity..." 05/24/2010

Chicago Sun-Times 9 of 10
The Road evokes the images and the characters of Cormac McCarthy's novel. It is powerful, but for me lacks the same core of emotional feeling. I'm not sure this is any fault of the filmmakers. The novel itself would not be successful if it were limited to its characters and images. Its effect comes above all through McCarthy's prose. It is the same with all of McCarthy's work, but especially this one, because his dialogue is so restrained, less baroque than usual...The story is straightforward: America has been devastated. Habitations have been destroyed or abandoned, vegetation is dying, crops have failed, the infrastructure of civilization has disappeared. This has happened in such recent memory that even The Boy, so young, was born into a healthy world. No reason is given for this destruction, perhaps because no reason would be adequate. McCarthy evokes the general apprehension of post-9/11. The Boy and The Man make their way toward the sea, perhaps for no better reason than that sea has always been the direction of hope in this country...Flashback scenes star Charlize Theron as the wife and mother of the two in earlier, sunnier days. These sequences show the marriage as failing, and these memories haunt The Man. I'm not sure what relevance this subplot has to the film as a whole; a marriage happy or sad -- isn't it much the same in this new world? It has a lot of relevance, however, to The Man and The Boy. In times of utter devastation, memories are what we cling to...Hillcoat's earlier film, The Proposition (2005), written by Nick Cave, seems almost McCarthy-like. Something in McCarthy's work draws Hillcoat to it, and you must be a brave director to let that happen. Writing this, I realize few audience members can be expected to have read The Road, even though it was a selection of Oprah's Book Club. Fewer still will have read McCarthy's other works...I've been saying for years that a film critic must review the film before him, and not how "faithful" the film is to the book -- as if we're married to the book, and somehow screen adaptation is adultery. I realize my own fault is in being so very familiar with Cormac McCarthy. That may affect my ability to view any film adaptation of his work afresh. When I know a novel is bring filmed, I make it a point to not read the book. Yet I am grateful for having read McCarthy's. - Roger Ebert

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