Curious Case of Benjamin Button (Blu-ray)

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Brad Pitt and Cate Blanchett star in this fantasy drama based on a 1922 short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. The film tells the story of Benjamin Button (Pitt), a man born in unusual circumstances: he is born an old man and ages backwards before finally reaching babyhood. As his strange and often problematic life unfolds, he meets an assortment of interesting characters, including Daisy (Blanchett), granddaughter of one of the residents in the old people's home where Benjamin 'grows up', with whom he has a lifelong romance.

Product Details

Barcode
5051892004633
Department
Movies & TV
Released
8 Jun 2009
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Drama
Region
Region ABC
Language
English
Studio
Warner Bros. Home Ent.
Number of Discs
2
Extras
  • Interactive Menus
Runtime
166 min
Age Restriction
12
Supply Source
UK

Movie

Title
Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Release Year
2008
Running Time
166 min
Language
English
Categories
Dramas / 1920s / 1930s / 1940s / 1950s / 1960s / 1970s / 1980s / 1990s / 20th Century / Character Study / Children / Dancers / Death / Historical / Illness / Live-Action / Love Story / Nostalgic / Parents / Period Piece / Personal Triumph / Physically Impaired / Romance / Romances / Self-Discovery / Supernatural / Theatrical Release / World War II
US Box Office
$127.4 million
Official Website
http://www.BenjaminButton.com/
Ratings
IMDb
7.8
Rotten Tomatoes®
71% 80%
Metacritic
70
Synopsis
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.
Poster
Poster for Curious Case of Benjamin Button
Cast & Crew
Director
David Fincher
Star
Brad Pitt / Cate Blanchett / Elle Fanning / Jason Flemyng / Taraji P. Henson / Elias Koteas / Julia Ormond / Tilda Swinton
Screenwriter
Eric Roth
Source Writer
F. Scott Fitzgerald / Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald
Composer
Alexandre Desplat
Producer
Ceán Chaffin / Kathleen Kennedy / Frank Marshall
Director of Photography
Claudio Miranda
Movie Critics
Box Office
4 stars out of 5 -- "Pitt's performance is amazingly unadorned and natural..."
Mark Keizer (1 Jan 1970, )
Empire
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..."
Ian Freer (1 Feb 2009, )
Entertainment Weekly
"[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-
Lisa Schwarzbaum (1 Jan 2009, )
Hollywood Reporter
"[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..."
Kirk Honeycutt (24 Nov 2008, )
New York Times
"[A] triumph of technique....Mr. Fincher has added a dimension of delicacy and grace to digital filmmaking."
A. O. Scott (26 Dec 2008, )
Premiere
4 stars out of 4 -- "Pitt and Blanchett are outstanding. Fincher's meticulous attention to detail is unerring..."
Jenni Miller (24 Dec 2008, )
Rolling Stone
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."
Peter Travers (8 Jan 2008, p.118)
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A]n epic of rare scope and scale....Bold and brilliant..."
Jamie Graham (1 Feb 2009, )
USA Today
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."
Claudia Puig (26 Dec 2008, )

Awards

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