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Be Kind Rewind (Blu-ray)

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Newline Be Kind Rewind (Blu-ray)Experience the antics of two outcasts, Jack Black ("School Of Rock") andMos Def ("The Italian Job"), as they attempt to save a local video store in this outrageous and offbeat comedy from Academy Award(R) winning writer/director Michel Gondry ("Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind"). Amateur filmmaker Mike (Mos Def) must find a way to save the business after his magnetized friend, Jerry (Jack Black) erases every movie in the store. Using an outdated video camera andtheir own special effects, the two embark on an adventure to remake all the movies, from "Ghostbusters" to "Driving Miss Daisy", turning the two townmisfits into local celebrities.


Studio New Line
SKU 207990857
UPC 794043123252
UPC 14 00794043123252
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/17/2008
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Name Black,Jack
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ReviewSource ReelViews
Review Despite some solid laughs and a feel-good ending, Michael Gondry's Be Kind Rewind exists far from the mainstream and its appeal will be limited to those who embrace the kind of awkward quirkiness that defines the production. This comedy/fantasy/drama constantly reinvents itself as it progresses, skipping gleefully across genres, discarding subplots and plot threads, and occasionally turning nonsensical. It's a hodgepodge of tones and styles but, given a chance, it may grow on a viewer. It's not always easy going, however. For every genuine, hard-earned laugh there are at least two missed chances for something more outrageous, and what starts out as a zany Jack Black physical comedy ends up as a heartfelt homage to independent filmmaking. Predictable this isn't, but that can be seen as both an asset and a detriment...It takes a while for Gondry to get where he's going, but Be Kind Rewind eventually puts aside its romantic misfire, its half-hearted arguments against gentrification, and its comic book silliness about Magnet Man, and settles into an ode to low-budget filmmaking...But, to be honest, the whole thing is kind of a mess, although not an uninteresting one. Be Kind Rewind hits and misses with equal abandon. It frustrates even as it entertains, and that's not always the most satisfying or enjoyable of mixtures.
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Michel Gondry's "Be Kind Rewind" is whimsy with a capital W. No, it's WHIMSY in all caps. Make that all-caps italic boldface. Oh, never mind. I'm getting too whimsical. Maybe Gondry does, too. You'll have to decide for yourself. This is a movie that takes place in no possible world, which may be a shame, if not for the movie, then for possible worlds...Co-starring as their female leads in these movies is the fetching Alma (Melonie Diaz), who has the sexiest smile since Rosario Dawson. The re-enactments are not very skillful, to put it mildly, but they have the advantage, as Mike argues, of not taking up all your time because they're as short as 20 minutes. They explain that they import their versions from Sweden, which is why they call them "sweded." You can see the works of Mike and Jerry on the Web, by the way, which might be about two-thirds as good as seeing the whole movie. One of the perhaps inevitable consequences of re-enacting movies is that the exercise brings out all the latent manic excess within Jack Black, who when he is trying that hard reminds me of a dog I know named McQ Junior, who gets so excited when you come over, you have to go to the dry cleaners after every visit...I felt positive and genial while watching it, but I didn't break out in paroxysms of laughter. It's the kind of amusing film you can wait to see on DVD.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 7
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Black,Jack
Label Turner Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
A.O. Scott, The New York Times Altogether wonderful.
Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post ...playful, cerebral, wildly imaginative...
Keith Phipps, The Onion A.V. Club ...visual wit, game performances, and overflowing humanity...
Lou Lumenick, New York Post A love letter to the technology and movies of the 1980s as well as celebrating the DIY ethos of the YouTube generation.
Michael Bonner, Uncut ...a geeky celebration of the power of no-budget inventiveness...a lot of fun...
Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer ...[forms] a unique chemistry that bubbles with strange and unexpected flavors.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer A charmingly off-the-wall little tale.

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