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Bellflower (Blu-ray)


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  • Actors: Evan Glodell, Jessie Wiseman, Tyler Dawson
  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Video Service Corp
  • Release Date: Nov. 22 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005KC4LPI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,344 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Corbsco on Oct. 1 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Great movie oneof the best micro budget films ever mader. Really cool DVD case came in perfect condition pretty fast shipping too... All hail Mother Medusa
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By Dan M on Jan. 25 2012
Format: Blu-ray
The packaging art for the blu-ray was more than above average which makes you feel less guilty about spending all that money on a movie. The movie itself is solid but a little convoluted. Oh yah, and that's a great effin' car!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Kills it! Nov. 16 2011
By Evelyn Waugh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
An abridged version of my review:
Bellflower is badass.

But to go into further detail for those who need more convincing, this film swallows you into a separate existence of envious invention. Shot on a homemade camera, it follows two dudes as they build homemade flame throwers to attach to their reconstructed apocalyptic car, aptly named Medusa. The cinematography is mind blowing, with hazes of golden yellow lurking in most scenes, which perfectly compliments the amount of fire and explosions. In all honesty it's a real bummer that more people haven't seen this, as I fully plan on forcing it onto my friends. The cars, the flames, the soundtrack (!!!!), the painful demise of a relationship, everything about this film is tangible and personal. Initially I wanted to see this because I am a lame girl and I thought it would be an edgy, indie romance sort of vibe, and I liked the homemade aspects of its production. Instead I found out that I want a flame thrower. And a car with a secret whiskey spout for mid-ride pick me ups. But instead I just got the movie on dvd.
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By Douglas A. Wood - Published on Amazon.com
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Easy to miss the point to this movie. Beautifully shot, with themes that everyone can identify with. You will see yourself in the characters of this move. You will see how simple and complex it all is. An amazing and brilliant movie that I highly recommend.
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My new favorite movie!!! May 31 2013
By Drew Marvick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
BELLFLOWER is a beautifully shot twisted dark love story that has the perfect mix of cars, flame throwers, and blood! I can't wait for the their next film.
There is more than one kind of apocalypse July 21 2014
By Paul Donovan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Nine Things About the Movie "Bellflower" [USA, 2011]

1. I usually find romantic dramas to be predictable and boring. But this movie is a rare exception.

2. It’s about two best friends, Aiden and Woodrow, who moved to California together to make their lives different. They spend their spare time (which they have a lot of) fantasizing about what they would do during the apocalypse. They build “Mad Max”-inspired cars and flamethrowers as their hobby.

3. Woodrow falls in love with a girl named Milly, and Aiden starts spending time with a girl named Courtney. They embark on their respective relationships, which are realistic and heartfelt. But halfway through the movie, things go bad. There is cheating, car accidents, brain damage, and betrayal.

4. The last half hour of the movie splits into two different timelines, and it is up to you to decide which one is the real one and which one is imaginary.

5. The movie works largely because of the two lead actors. Tyler Dawson plays Aiden and Evan Glodell plays Woodrow (Glodell also wrote and directed the movie). It’s one of the best portrayals of adult male best friends I’ve ever seen. They perfectly illustrate the young adult male psyche dealing with love, friendship, and the realization that idealism rusts away, that changing where you live doesn't change who you are.

6.The cinematography by Joel Hodge is very unique. Beautiful macro shots combine with dirty lenses and grungy perspectives to give the film a look I’ve never seen before. It was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Cinematography.

7. No matter which version of the timeline you believe, if you watch all the way through the credits you may get confused again.

8. The movie shows that some apocalypses really do happen. But they are not global, they are personal.

9. This movie is a beautiful emo-hipster tragedy, and is further proof that some great movies never make it to your local pop culture movie theater.
5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Not at all what it was marketed to be--much better than that. Feb. 15 2012
By Robert Beveridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
<strong>Bellflower</strong> (Evan Glodell, 2011)

I grant you, I have not yet seen many films made in 2011 (nine, according to my spreadsheet) and most of those have ranged from the aggressively mediocre to the outrageously awful (if you value your sanity, avoid <em>2012: Zombie Apocalypse</em> at all costs), and so I probably have no business opining on the best, worst, or anything else of 2011. And yet I will still tell you: when the dust settles, say five years from now when I have fifty or sixty movies made in 2011 under my belt, <em>Bellflower</em>, if it is not still perched atop my Best of 2011 list, is pretty much guarantted to still be somewhere in the top three. It's that good. Which is not to say it doesn't have its flaws, but it's still that good.

Plot: two slackers, Woodrow (director Glodell in his first feature appearance) and Aiden (Tyler Dawson, also in his first feature appearance), are obsessed with <em>The Road Warrior</em>, spending their days building flamethrowers and drawing concept art for their version of Medusa, Mel Gibson's car in the film. Life is going along just peachy unil Woodrow meets Milly (Jessie Wiseman in her first screen appearance), an outgoing, vivacious woman who he finds himself in a relationship with very quickly. This is the beginning of the strain on Woodrow and Aiden's friendship; the story, which develops an episodic feel later on, details the way the relationships between Woodrow, Aiden, and Milly's circle of friends change as the events that start from Woodrow and Milly's impulsive decision to drive to Texas on their first date escalate.

First off: this fim was criminally mismarketed as a sci-fi feature. One could conceivably call it fantasy, if you turn your head and squint right, but what it really is is a romantic drama with a kind of gritty realism that stems from Glodell's being realistic about his minuscule budget and embracing it in order to make his film look as polished and professional as possible. Second: these characters exist. That is the film's strongest point; you can look at at least one of these characters and say "I know that person" without any of the leaps or elisions necessary with most films given the two-dimensionality of most Hollywood characters (and the emotional shortcuts used to build them, as I've detailed in numerous previous reviews). The soundtrack is perfect, the cinematography is almost perfect (Glodell and Dawson hand-built the cameras used in the making of the movie, so had complete control over the film's look, and they knew what they were doing), Glodell's script is fantastic for about eighty of the movie's one hundred seven minutes.

Then comes the movie's biggest downfall: there's a series of what may or may not be fantasy or dream sequences, in some cases possibly nestled inside one another. It's a very, very difficult technique to pull off, and I'm not sure I've ever seen it successfully done in a movie; the closest media analogue I can come to what I think Glodell was trying to do in the last half-hour of this film is Catherynne Valente's novel <em>In the Night Garden</em>, with its stories-inside-stories-inside-stories structure. Glodell doesn't quite have enough of a handle on it, though it's impossible to say whether it's his inexperience as a filmmaker, his script, continuity issues, or any number of other factors contributed to the problems here. On the up side, it does keep people talking about the film, because they're wondering what the hell was going on there. On the downside, they're still talking about it, in the main, because they hated the last half-hour so much. I didn't; it seemed to me that if you paid enough attention you could work out which parts were Woodrow's revenge fantasies/wishes for things to go back to the way they were at the beginning of the story (that is, after all, the meaning of the opening scene, which gives us a reverse montage of key scenes from the movie) and which parts really happened--if any of them did. But you do have to pay attention, kind of in the same way you do in the final montage of <em>Poetry</em>. And if you had told me before I watched <em>Bellflower</em>, when I thought pretty much the same as everyone else about it, that I would be comparing it to <em>Poetry</em> with a straight face in my review, I'd have probably laughed at you... but at heart, the two of them are very much of a piece.

In short, a micro-budget film that doesn't come off feeling like a microbudget film. I expect great things from a lot of folks involved in this movie (especially Jessie Wiseman, whose performance is fearless, brazen, and occasionally heartbreaking). A lot of people ended up hating it because they thought they were getting something they didn't. Don't be that guy. Go into this movie with no expectations and be wowed by it. ****

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