The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray)

Starring: Brad Pitt & Cate Blanchett Director: David Fincher  Rated: PG-13: Parents Strongly Cautioned for Children Under 13
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  • Rated: PG-13
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Paramount Catalog
  • Note: Interviews with Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett
    • Audio Commentary featuring Academy Award nominated Director David Fincher
    • Footage revealing the innovative techniques behind the Academy Award Winning Visual Effects and Makeup
    • Step-by-step examination of the motion-capture process aging Brad Pitt
    • In-depth exploration of David Fincher's creative process on the set
    • Interview with acclaimed Composer Alexandre Desplat about the score
    • Featurettes on the film's Storyboards, Costumes, and Academy Award winning Art Direction
    • Stills galleries, including Costume Designs and candid become-the-scenes production photos
    • Plus: An essay by film critic Kent Jones
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English, French, Spanish
    • DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
    • Subtitles - English, French, Spanish

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Major Awards:

Academy Awards 2009 - Best Art Direction: Donald Graham Burt
Academy Awards 2009 - Best Makeup: Greg Cannom
Academy Awards 2009 - Best Visual Effects

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 01/08/2008
3 stars out of 4 -- "The movie looks amazing....The technical wizardry sweeps you away....[Fincher's] astutely restrained direction fuses ferocity and feeling and creates a world you want to get lost in."
USA Today - 12/26/2008
3 stars out of 4 -- "Set in a visually stunning realm of heightened reality....BUTTON is never dull, and the conclusion is graceful and poignant."
New York Times - 12/26/2008
"[A] triumph of technique....Mr. Fincher has added a dimension of delicacy and grace to digital filmmaking."
Premiere - 12/24/2008
4 stars out of 4 -- "Pitt and Blanchett are outstanding. Fincher's meticulous attention to detail is unerring..."
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4 stars out of 5 -- "Pitt's performance is amazingly unadorned and natural..."
Entertainment Weekly - 01/01/2009
"[A]n extravagantly ambitious movie....The movie has been in the works for years, pored over by Fincher like a favorite fairy tale from his childhood." -- Grade: A-
Empire - 02/01/2009
5 stars out of 5 -- "That the trick never feels tricksy is partly down to Pitt's gentle, sympathetic performance....A film for the ages..."
Total Film - 02/01/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n epic of rare scope and scale....Bold and brilliant..."
Hollywood Reporter - 11/24/2008
"[A]n epic tale that contemplates the wonders of life -- of birth and death and, most of all, love....Superbly made and winningly acted by Brad Pitt in his most impressive outing to date..."

Product Description:

At once epic in scope and intimate in detail, David Fincher's THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON is certainly the director's most emotional film to date (though FIGHT CLUB and SEVEN don't offer much in the way of competition). Loosely based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story, this romantic drama tells the tale of Benjamin Button (Brad Pitt), born in 1918 in New Orleans as a baby with wrinkles, cataracts, and arthritis. Benjamin will age backwards, getting younger as he watches those around him growing older. Included in that group are his adoptive mother, Queenie (Taraji P. Henson), and Daisy (Cate Blanchett), the love of his life whom he meets when she is just a little girl and he is an old man. They age in reverse, but despite Benjamin's globe-trotting adventures, their lives repeatedly intersect.

The script from Oscar winner Eric Roth bears more than a few hallmarks in common with his earlier work on FORREST GUMP: both adaptations cross decades and continents. But BENJAMIN's script or even the fine acting aren't its most impressive accomplishment; the technology--both CGI and makeup--used to make Benjamin and Daisy age are remarkable, and makes the film entirely believable, but they're certainly aided by fine performances from both Pitt and Blanchett. The triumph of technology only serves to underscore the beauty of this film and of the love story at its heart.

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