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

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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

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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.

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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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bluray doesn't compare to the DVD version June 14 2011
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
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 the directors cut and was quite disappointed that the Bluray I received was the directors cut and has no indication of which version of the movie your getting and I just can't seem to find the theatrical cut of this movie on Bluray.

The Bluray is also missing all the extras that are on the DVD as well. I don't really get why the Bluray version of this movie is so lacking.

The picture quality was pretty good though compared to the DVD and I really wish the Bluray was comparable to the features and both versions of the movie that the DVD has.

If you preferred the Directors cut of the movie then this is a good deal for the film (although it doesn't seem to indicate which version here either), but if you want to have both versions and also check out the movie extras then I would probably sacrifice some picture quality and go for the DVD version instead.

UPDATE: Since this review was originally made there has been a new release of this Blu-ray. "The Butterfly Effect Director's & Theatrical Cut [Blu-ray]" now includes both versions of the film as well as the special features included on the original DVD copy. When shopping for this movie, this new re-release should be considered the definitive copy if your looking for both versions of the film plus the special features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this April 8 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie! Feb. 20 2013
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The movie is excellent! Very good plot, keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time! Awesome ending too!
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5.0 out of 5 stars realy good movie Feb. 2 2013
By Irene
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
My son asked for this movie which he likes very much. It was convenient to order it online as we did.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not your average movie... July 13 2004
By A Customer
I was literally told "don't rent it" but I am not at all disappointed. I actually thought it was a very different kind of movie. I normally don't pick movies like this but I was kept in my seat even though it was a little longer than most movies. Unless you like to overanalize things and get offended by movies that are meant to be ficitonal you will probably like this flick, I did! Just remember, it's a movie and enjoy it for what it is.
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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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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 Interesting
The Butterfly Effect follows the misadventures of four friends -- Evan, Kayleigh, Tommy, and Lenny -- at the ages of 7, 13 and 20. Read more
Published on Dec 12 2008 by Greg Curtis
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. 20 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film---Believe It Or Not!
The first time I ever saw Ashton Kutcher was the very first episode of "That '70's Show"---a show that I fell in love with right away. Read more
Published on July 20 2004 by Robert J. Schneider
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