Fight Club (DVD)
Dispatched in 25 to 35 working days
- R 60
Tired of his dead end, white collar existence, a confused young man and his devious friend create a new club whose members relieve their frustrations by beating each other to a pulp.
- Movies & TV
- 1 Mar 2003
- Region 2
- English SDH
- Sound Format
- 5.1 Dolby Digital
- Aspect Ratio
- 20th Century Fox
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- 133 min
- Age Restriction
- 16 V L
- Supply Source
- South Africa
- Fight Club
- Release Year
- Running Time
- 139 min
- Dramas / Action / Based On A Novel / Black Comedy / Essential Cinema / Satire / Theatrical Release / Violence
- Official Website
- FIGHT CLUB is narrated by a lonely, unfulfilled young man (Edward Norton) who finds his only comfort in feigning terminal illness and attending disease support groups. Hopping from group to group, he encounters another pretender, or "tourist," the morose Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter), who immediately gets under his skin. However, while returning from a business trip, he meets a more intriguing character--the subversive Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt). They become fast friends, bonding over a mutual disgust for corporate consumer-culture hypocrisy. Eventually, the two start Fight Club, which convenes in a bar basement where angry men get to vent their frustrations in brutal, bare-knuckle bouts. Fight Club soon becomes the men's only real priority; when the club starts a cross-country expansion, things start getting really crazy.
Like Tyler Durden himself, director David Fincher's FIGHT CLUB, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is startlingly aggressive and gleefully mischievous as it skewers the superficiality of American pop culture. Outstanding performances by Norton and Pitt are supported by a razor-sharp script and an arsenal of stunning visual effects that include computer animation and sleight-of-hand editing. One of the most unique films of the late 20th century, FIGHT CLUB is a pitch-black comedy of striking intensity.
- Theatrical release: October 15, 1999.
FIGHT CLUB premiered at the CMJ Film Festival on September 21, 1999.
Filmed in Los Angeles, California.
Director David Fincher shot over 1,500 reels of film, which is over three times the usual amount of footage used for most feature-length films.
The house on Paper Street was specifically designed for the film and built from the ground up in a deserted industrial zone.
Edward Norton's character is actually unnamed, but is sometimes referred to as "Jack," which comes from a medical book he reads in the Paper Street house. In the book, internal body organs speak as characters, saying things like "I am Jack's colon." As the movie progresses, the narrator makes up his own statements such as "I am Jack's raging bile duct."
Subliminal images are present throughout the film. Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt) flashes onto the screen in four split-second appearances before actually encountering Edward Norton's character. Tyler also briefly appears in a television ad (for an upscale restaurant) that "Jack" watches from his hotel room. Later, Tyler is shown splicing pornographic footage into family films while working in a projection booth. At the end of the film, there's a quick shot of one of these images.
Brad Pitt removed the cap from his chipped front tooth for certain scenes.
Visual effects supervisor Kevin Scott Mack (who designed the elaborate title sequence) appears as a terrified passenger in the scene where the narrator imagines his plane ripping apart in a mid-air collision.
In the house on Paper Street, there's an issue of Movieline magazine with Drew Barrymore on the cover. Barrymore costarred with Norton in Woody Allen's EVERYONE SAYS I LOVE YOU.
In addition to the Dust Brothers' score, the film also features the songs "Goin' Out West" by Tom Waits and "Where Is My Mind?" by the Pixies.
The Online Film Critics Society named FIGHT CLUB Best DVD, Best DVD Special Features, and Best DVD Commentary; Entertainment Weekly named it the second best DVD of 2000.
- Cast & Crew
- David Fincher
- Edward Norton / Brad Pitt / Richmond Arquette / Helena Bonham-Carter / Zach Grenier / Jared Leto / Meat Loaf
- Jim Uhls
- Dust Brothers
- Director of Photography
- Jeff Cronenweth
- Jim Haygood
- Production Designer
- Alex McDowell
- Costume Designer
- Michael Kaplan
- Movie Critics
- Chicago Sun-Times
- "...The movie is visceral and hard-edged, with levels of irony and commentary above and below the action..."— Roger Ebert (15 Oct 1999, p.31)
- Film Comment
- "...Stunning, mordantly funny, formally dazzling..."— Gavin Smith (1 Sep 1999, p.58-68)
- Rolling Stone
- "...The film's bold, bruising humor leaves marks on a wide range of hot-button issues....FIGHT CLUB pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing in the face of an abyss..."— Peter Travers (28 Oct 1999, p.113-4)
- Sight and Sound
- "...Dazzling entertainment..."— Charles Whitehouse (1 Jan 1970, p.45-6)
- Total Film
- "...FIGHT CLUB is bold, intelligent and thrillingly innovative..." -- 5 out of 5 stars— Dan Jolin (1 Jun 2000, p.98)
- USA Today
- "...Packed with sizzling cinematics, including (no surprise here) another brilliant Edward Norton performance..."— Mike Clark (15 Oct 1999, p.2E)
- "...[A] bold, inventive, sustained adrenaline rush of a movie....Rarely has a film been so keyed into its time..."— David Rooney (1 Jan 1970, p.47)