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- Rated: PG-13
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 49 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: June 16, 2009
- Originally Released: 2008
- Label: 20Th Century Fox
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.39
- Dolby Surround 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, Spanish - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes (4)
- Audio Commentary: Director Randall Miller and Stars Jody Savin, Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Chris Pine, J. Todd Harris, Bill Pullman, Eliza Dushku
- "An Underdog's Journey: The Making of BOTTLE SHOCK"
- "Chateau Montelena: One Winery's Search for Excellence"
- Forced Trailers: AUSTRALIA, MARLEY AND ME, NOBEL SON, THE SECRET LIFE OF BEES
- Trailer Farm: Theatrical Trailer
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Bill Pullman, Freddy Rodriguez, Chris Pine & Alan Rickman|
|Performer:||Dennis Farina, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford & Miguel Sandoval|
|Directed by||Randall Miller|
|Edited by||Randall Miller & Dan O'Brien|
|Screenwriting by||Jody Savin, Randall Miller & Ross Schwartz|
|Composition by||Mark Adler|
|Story by||Ross Schwartz, Lannette Pabon, Jody Savin & Randall Miller|
|Produced by||J. Todd Harris, Jody Savin, Randall Miller, Brenda Lhormer & Marc Lhormer|
|Director of Photography:||Michael Ozier|
Rating: 4/5 -- [A] film that acknowledges the passion, dedication and commitment of those owner/growers who keep our wine cellars, cupboards and fridges stocked and, to that end, it's worth a tipple. Full Review
Rickman adds a welcome astringency. Full Review
Rating: 3.5/5 -- It's not in the same league as Sideways but it has a fragrant sense of the beauty of wine and winemaking, not just the drinking. Full Review
Sydney Morning Herald
Rating: C -- Unfortunately, Miller can't decide whether he's doing a relationship movie or one about the intrigue of world-class winemaking. Mingling the two left me with a somewhat sour aftertaste. Full Review
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Rating: 3.5/5 -- Rickman is priceless as the self-parodying wine snob, stealing every scene he is in by continually pulling the rug from under himself. Full Review
The Age (Australia)
3 stars out of 4 -- The performances, particularly those of Pine, Rodriguez and Pullman, are excellent....BOTTLE SHOCK is a watchable crowd-pleaser with an intriguing story to tell.
Rating: 4/5 -- Bottle Shock is... utterly charming.
Looking for a way to boost his failing Parisian wine shop, a snobbish Brit named Steven Spurrier (Alan Rickman) heads to California's Napa Valley, preparing for a tasting contest he has set up, pitting his favorite French wines against up-and-coming vintages from California. He assumes that a victory by the French wines will spur people to flock to his store, but he is surprised to find that the California wines are not quite as awful as he had imagined. He is especially intrigued by a Chardonnay made by Jim Barrett (Bill Pullman) and his son, Bo (Chris Pine), at Chateau Montelena, but Jim is a perfectionist who never thinks his wine is ready and does not want to be involved in the contest, believing it will be a circus and an excuse to embarrass the California wineries. He has a tense relationship with his son, an easygoing surfer dude who seems more interested in the summer intern, Sam (Rachael Taylor), than working in the family business. Meanwhile, the rest of the Napa Valley vintners are excited about participating in the contest, including Gustavo (Freddy Rodriguez), one of Jim's best employees, who is making his own wine on the side with Garcia (Miguel Sandoval). As Spurrier gets closer to deciding which California wines will be selected for the contest, friendships and families threaten to tear apart and love blossoms. Based on a true story--Jim and Bo Barrett served as consultants on the film--BOTTLE SHOCK is a tasty treat, cowritten by husband-and-wife team Randall Miller and Jody Savin (with Ross Schwartz); Miller also serves as one of the editors and producers. Pullman is outstanding as the former corporate suit trying to live out his dream; the cast also includes Bradley Whitford and Eliza Dushku in small but important roles. The period soundtrack features several Doobie Brothers songs as well as 1970s tunes by America, Bad Company, and Foghat.
Description by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment:
1976. Napa Valley. One small American winery and its workers are about to show the French that the world's finest wines will now come from the other red, white and blue. Based on an inspiring true story and starring Alan Rickman (Love, Actually), Bill Pullman (Nobel Son), Chris Pine (Smokin' Aces) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers), Bottle Shock is an "intelligent, affectionate, beautifully acted movie" (The Hollywood Reporter) that pours out the laughs.
For connoisseur Steven Spurrier (Rickman), there's no finer art than French wine, despite rumors that the new California wine country holds the future of the vine. Positive the small Napa wineries are no match for established French vintages, Spurrier challenges the Americans to a blind tasting. But when he finds the valley full of ambitious - and talented - novice vintners like Jim Barrett (Pullman) and his son Bo (Pine), he realizes his publicity stunt may change the history of wine forever.
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