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Changeling [Blu-ray]

Angelina Jolie , Colm Feore , Clint Eastwood    R (Restricted)   Blu-ray
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Clint Eastwood’s mastery as a director, established over the past decade and a half with Unforgiven, Million Dollar Baby, Letters from Iwo Jima, and others, continues with Changeling, a 2008 offering based on a shocking but all-too-true story about child abduction and police corruption in 1920s Los Angeles. Single mother Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie, excellent in a role with somewhat limited parameters) finds her 9-year-old son, Walter, missing when she returns home from work one day. She files a report with the Los Angeles Police Department, an outfit that was wildly unpopular at the time (in his regular radio broadcast, a crusading pastor played by John Malkovich decries the force as "violent and corrupt," adding that "our protectors are our brutalizers"). When a child roughly matching Walter’s description turns up in Illinois five months later, the LAPD, intent on salvaging its tattered reputation, is only too eager to claim that he is Collins’ missing child. Little matters that he’s three inches shorter, is circumcised (Walter wasn’t), and fails to pass muster with Walter’s dentist, schoolteacher, and others; the cops, in particular the odious Captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan), insist that the mistake is Christine’s, not theirs. What follows is almost too nightmarish to believe--except that it actually happened. Exasperated by Collins’ continued claim that "Walter" is a fraud, they trot out a doctor to reinforce the bogus ID, declare her unfit as a mother, and finally have her committed to a local psychopathic ward. Through it all, Collins, bolstered by the pastor and thousands of outraged Angelenos, refuses to sign a document that would exonerate the police for their egregious error. As for Walter, it’s only when the LAPD’s seemingly only honest detective (Michael Kelly) takes matters into his own hands that the grisly mystery of the child’s fate begins to be solved. That would have been a good place for the film to conclude, too. Unfortunately, it goes on for more than another half hour, with innumerable false endings that add nothing to the story and could just as easily have been summarized with a few sentences before the final credits. That flaw aside (and it’s a major one), Changeling is a powerful film, with a realistic period feel, a wonderfully muted vibe and color palette, and an understated score by Eastwood himself. --Sam Graham

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Clint Eastwood directs Oscar® winner Angelina Jolie and Oscar® nominee John Malkovich in a riveting and unforgettable true story. Los Angeles, 1928. When single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) leaves for work, her son vanishes without a trace. Five months later, the police reunite mother and son; but he isn't her boy. Driven by one woman's relentless quest for the truth, the case exposes a world of corruption, captivates the public and changes Los Angeles forever. This emotionally gripping story illustrates the profound power of a mother's love in "a mesmerizing film that burns in the memory" (Peter Travers, Rolling Stone).

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5.0 out of 5 stars "I want MY son!" Jan. 8 2009
Angelina Jolie stars as Christine Collins whose nine-year old son vanished from their Los Angeles home in 1928. She met with little cooperation from the police, and when they finally found the boy and brought him back home, she said, "That's not my son."

This movie was based on a true story and directed by Clint Eastwood in a gritty, no-frills style. There isn't a lot of action, but it definitely holds your interest until the very end. Jolie gives a strong performance as the mother who wouldn't stop looking for her son, even when she battled the corrupt police chief. Jolie is on-screen just about every minute and is a formidable screen presence. She and the rest of the cast, including John Malkovich, are all good in this very somber and intense piece.

The costumes, sets, and locations are perfectly done in 1920s style and the photography uses a lot of natural light adding to the old-fashioned feel. The movie about a mother's love and police corruption is fascinating, but it's also relentlessly grim and left me feeling quite depressed. A well-made movie, though.
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Throughout an illustrious directing career Clint Eastwood has crafted some of the most memorable movies of the last 15 years, movies such as Unforgiven, Mystic River, and Million Dollar Baby. He has won five Oscars, including two for Best Picture, two for Best Director, and the Irving Thalberg award.

In the process the actors he has worked with have been blessed with Academy Awards: Hilary Swank and Morgan Freeman in Million Dollar Baby, Sean Penn and Tim Robbins in Mystic River,and Gene Hackman in Unforgiven.

With his other movie of 2008, Gran Torino, as Director and Actor he has delivered one of the best movies of the year, and one of his own most memorable performances, and now delivers another outstanding movie in Changeling.

Angelina Jolie won an Oscar for Girl Interrupted. Changeling marks her second nomination.

A huge amount of credit for this movie though must go to writer J Michael Straczynski, creator of Babylon 5, who got a call one day, and the caller said: "We're throwing out some old records, and there is something you gotta see." A true story that beggars belief.

Christine Collins' son was kidnapped, and the police returned to her 5 months later a boy who said his name was Walter Collins, but she said he was not her boy. Her protests fall on the deaf ears of Police Capt JJ Jones played by Jeffrey Donovan of Burn Notice. So begins one of the most notorious coverups of an already disreputable police department.

The attention to detail in the story is nothing short of incredible, particularly in the mental hospital scenes, which are very true to life.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased Feb. 21 2014
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Many thanks have enjoyed it a couple of times already It is a very good movie .A good story as well
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"A true story" the cove of this dvd tells us but can any filmed story be really true. All kinds of things are left out elements interposed or better yet superimposed..like a SUPERMAN trying to tell a story? There are many stories, told, about the past, in a day when many can sit around the table, talk to their parents, this story about a search for a male child, by a lady, going back to 1920's Los Angeles does not want to appear anachronistic. It needs to be filmed written, acted so that the viewer is involved like he is turning on a TV show..or modern drama, the contemporaneous feel should draw most people in, back to the 1920's the director has his work cut out for him..the hat..Ms Jolie wears it throughout like a patient..which she will soon be in amental ward, who is suffering from some
CANCER undergoing radiation therapy, she is not, but thats what her world makes of her, the story moves on. The changeling as a title was filmed in star trek, here in Canada in 1979(was successful as a Canadian film I saw it) now once again. It is really a being formed from composite beings into a super being..or defective, or as the elements coalesce, into something else than it originally was? Who that is in htis drama..near the end..we get a sense of how director Eastwood films this piece..going back to the 1934 film It Happenned One Night..a romantic drama..filmed at a studio where an Oscar did it some good. rather than the studio having an interest in this type of film, or the types of films they would make over the years..a poor studio..had a hard time surviving over the years..owned no movie theatres to play films...but as a poor studio..its films often dealt with persons maintaining dignity and morals..a sesnse of inner virtue as a reward in itself..which is very much the tale of this story?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Eastwood masterpiece. March 11 2013
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Eastwood makes Jolie a multi-layered actress. The story is wonderfully told and nuanced. A definite must see for any film fan.
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