The Squid and the Whale (Special Edition)

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The Squid and the Whale (Special Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2005
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - French
    • Subtitles - English - Close Captioned
    • Subtitles - French - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes: Featurette
    • Interviews: Noah Baumbach - Director
    • Audio Commentary: Noah Baumbach - Director

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Performer: , &
Directed by
Music by &
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Entertainment Reviews:

Premiere - 10/01/2005
"Baumbach has crafted this tale out of real love....[He] tells the story with great fluidity....It's a breakthrough work and one of the year's most powerful pictures."
New York Times - 10/05/2005
"[B]oth sharply comical and piercingly sad....The film's tableau of domestic absurdity is likely to tickle, and also to lacerate, anyone who has either raised a child or been one."
Rolling Stone - 10/20/2005
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "All the performances are flawless....Without jerking tears or reducing the acid content of his wit, Baumbach's humane movie gets under your skin."
Film Comment - 09/01/2005
"Filled with a tremendous compassion for his young protagonists, Baumbach has created a profoundly moving story of boys to men."
USA Today - 10/14/2005
"[I]t is poignant and focused on familial struggle....The young actors' performances are particularly haunting."
Los Angeles Times - 10/16/2005
"[A] painfully funny, semiautobiographical coming-of-age story....Baumbach is exceptionally attuned to the indignities of the situation, and what makes his movie as funny as it is sad is that its brutal honesty emanates from a deep well of empathy and understanding."
Entertainment Weekly - 10/21/2005
"THE SQUID AND THE WHALE becomes its own realistic display of family entropy, as cautionary as it is educational." -- Grade: A-
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2006
"The evocation of the period is note-perfect, with a choice of original music likely to trigger jolts of recognition in viewers..."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 03/01/2006
"Never maudlin or overly precious, this comedy/drama is sharp, smart and short."
Uncut - 05/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his charming film swims a complex channel between comedy and melodrama....A great white middle-class film. A truly great one."
Ultimate DVD - 08/01/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "[A] quirky take on familial breakdown....The performances are excellent."
Total Film - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "SQUID gets its strength from daring to face messy reality head-on."
Wall Street Journal - 04/23/2010
"Mr. Daniels gave one of the best performances of his career, a tour de force of emotional turmoil, intellectual constipation and egomania."

Plot Keywords:

1980s | Divorce | Family (General) | Infidelity | Theatrical Release
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  • Sales Rank: 23,318
  • UPC: 043396134942
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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