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The Butterfly Effect (L'effet papillon) [Blu-ray]

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A young man struggling to get over disturbing memories from his childhood discovers that he is able to travel back in time and alter events in his past. However every change he makes transforms his life and that of those around him often to unexpected and disastrous consequences. Format Size: Widescreen. Runtime: 114 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Genre: Mystery. Subgenre: Sci-Fi. Release Year: 2004.


Despite box-office dominance during its opening weekend, The Butterfly Effect is better suited to guilty-pleasure viewing at home. When writer-directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (who penned Final Destination 2) aren't breaking their own haphazard rules of logic, they're filling this sordid thriller with enough unpleasantness to make eternal damnation seem like an attractive alternative. In a role-reversal from his That '70s Show persona, Ashton Kutcher plays a college-age psychology student who discovers, by re-reading his childhood journals, that he can revisit his past and alter traumatic events, hoping to improve their previously unfortunate outcomes. Instead, this foolhardy experiment in chaos theory (the titular "butterfly effect," popularized by Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park) results in a variety of nightmarish permutations, each having dire consequences for him and/or his friends. This intriguing premise is explored with a few interesting twists and turns, but with subplots involving child pornography, animal cruelty, and profanely violent children, it's a stretch to call it entertainment. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Butterfly Effect, Alliance blu-ray release March 13 2009
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My impressions of The Butterfly Effect, released on blu-ray by Alliance on January 27th, 2009 ***UPDATE AT BOTTOM OF REVIEW****

Video quality was pretty good. Some of the daytime outdoor scenes seemed pretty bright, a couple scenes looked a little bit soft, there was some video noise popping up a couple of times, but that's about it in the complaints department. Colours were nice, blacks were solid, depth and detail were pretty good.
4 outta 5

Audio was really nice. This one contains a 5.1 DTS HD-MA track. This track was phenomenal. I didn't really find anything wrong with this track. I'd say it was perfect. 5 outta 5

One thing I would have liked to have seen on this blu-ray disc would have been an audio commentary of some kind. But hey, for the small price, this feature-less release is still worth it.

This release of The Butterfly Effect is the director's cut.
1.78:1 aspect ratio
no special features
no subtitles
Region A

As of July 17th, 2012, The Butterfly Effect has been released by Warner Bros on blu-ray as well. That version contains both theatrical and director's cuts and special features. The packaging for both Alliance and Warner Bros. blu-ray rleases look almost similar. However, the Warner Bros. release has "The Director's Cut" labeled just below the title and at the bottom of the packaging it says "also includes the theatrical version" in smaller print.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A butterfly flaps its wings.... July 31 2006
Ashton Kutcher stars as Evan Treborn, a young man who throughout his childhood was plagued with 'blackouts'. No cause for these blank spots in his life was ever found in spite of extensive tests. His father suffered a similar problem and was institutionalised, Evan is afraid this will be his fate too. To try and make sense of what was going on he was encouraged to keep a daily journal. Although Evan had no memory of what happened during these episodes it was obvious from the behaviour of those around him that some horrific and traumatising events had happened.

When his mother decides to move the family to a different town the blackouts stop. Evan grows up and moves away to university. This is where the film takes a twist. Evan finds that reading his journals propels him into the past, to the events that scarred him and those he cared for, particularly his childhood sweetheart, Kayleigh. He realises that he can control this and even change the events. But like the saying 'when a butterfly flaps its wings a hurricane is felt on the other side of the world', Evan finds that for everything he changes, there is a knock on effect and it isn't necessarily good.

This is a dark and at times very disturbing film. The situations Evan faces are, at times, nightmarish. Ashton Kutcher, better known for lightweight comedic roles, shows he is capable of taking on more serious roles. His performance as the troubled young man is outstanding. The end, when it comes, is quite shocking yet somehow fitting. This is not a comfortable film to watch but is well worth seeing if you want something a little different.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Dec 12 2008
The Butterfly Effect follows the misadventures of four friends -- Evan, Kayleigh, Tommy, and Lenny -- at the ages of 7, 13 and 20. Having suffered mysterious blackouts as a child, college student Evan discovers that he can pop back into his mind at these critical moments by reading excerpts from his journals. Thus, he has a chance to undo the painful memories that have influenced each of their lives. But every time he tries to correct a wrong, the future of those around him is altered in ways he never imagined.

The fascinating premise behind this sci-fi thriller stems from the belief that the flutter of a butterfly's wing can cause a typhoon on the other side of the world. Chaos Theory therefore suggests that even the smallest change creates a ripple effect resulting in dire consequences.

Ashton Kutcher from television's That 70's Show stars in his first dramatic role as the grown-up Evan. Though he proves he is capable of more than the lowbred comedy of such intolerable projects as Dude, Where's My Car?, he still has a long way to go before mastering his craft. Relying strictly on voice to convey his emotions, he doesn't seem to be aware that the more subtle techniques of facial expressions and mannerisms even exist. Thankfully, the strong supporting cast elevates Kutcher's performance. Amy Smart is compelling as several versions of the grown Kayleigh, as are William Lee Scott and Elden Henson as the grown Tommy and Lenny respectively. Also notable are Logan Lerman as Evan at 7, and Jesse James as the vicious 13-year-old Tommy.

Written and directed by the team of Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, the clever screenplay is full of shocking plot twists. Indeed, the film requires a second viewing to put all of its intricate complexities together.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Director's Cut is a STELLAR film July 19 2004
Imagine if the ending to the Sixth Sense was only on DVD, and there was a friendly Hollywood ending released in theatres.
I decided to watch the Director's Cut first when I got the DVD. I was intrigued from the start of this horribly tragic story. Evan leads a devastating childhood, always managing to end up in traumatic situations, from a very young age to his young adulthood. One really feels for him in his attempts to alter his situation; however, the result is always something just as horrible or worse.
Some of his attempts to change his childhood make more sense than others; one could leave it to that his mind is becoming more and more irrational, that he will attempt things that may not necessarily be beneficial to him. As the film builds up, one begins to wonder, what is the solution to this poor, seemingly cursed boy's problem? The Director's Cut ending is a harrowing, shocking ending that gives me chills to think about. Watching the theatrical release AFTER you watch the Director's cut is not nearly as powerful.
I think if the Director's Cut had been released in theatres, critics would have looked at this film much differently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The only Butterfly Effect movie that is worth it
This movie is the first of a series and also the only one you should get. Love Kutcher and how everything changes depending of how his interaction in the movie. Worth watching!
Published 4 months ago by Patrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this
One of my all time faves. A refreshing idea with clever effects and a heart wrenching conclusion. I'll say no more.
A must see.
Published 6 months ago by A. Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie!
The movie is excellent! Very good plot, keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time! Awesome ending too!
Published 20 months ago by Benjamin Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars realy good movie
My son asked for this movie which he likes very much. It was convenient to order it online as we did.
Published 20 months ago by Irene
3.0 out of 5 stars Bluray doesn't compare to the DVD version
Note: Please see update below

I really liked this movie, I originally had it on DVD. I personally preferred the ending in the theatrical cut over the darker ending in... Read more
Published on June 14 2011 by Vision Jinx
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie!
I absolutely loved this movie! The DVD contains two different endings, my favorite ending (without giving it away) is the one where he is.... a baby. But both are good. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2011 by Neil Roy
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent movie but NO SPECIAL FEATURES
This is a very good movie and the picture quality is excellent.

The only downside of this blu-ray is that there are no special features.
Published on May 13 2010 by Hasan Eldeeb
3.0 out of 5 stars decent time travel movie
this movie has a good premise.going back in time to change your present
or future and the ramifications this could have. Read more
Published on Aug. 16 2007 by falcon
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Original Film of 2005
Great acting, great story, and totally unpredictable. I can't believe it when people say things like 'the writers must've seen Donnie Darko and ripped it off" when the script... Read more
Published on Dec 26 2005 by Mac Trager
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Movie ever
This has to be my fav movie of all time cas when me and my cousin rented it we watched 3 times, and then my mom and dad rented it so i enad up watching it 4 times, a movie that can... Read more
Published on Sept. 19 2004
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