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  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • Release Date: Jan. 21 2014
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Charlie Countryman [Blu-ray]

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
better than it's given credit for June 8 2014
By Paul Donovan - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
Nine Things about the Movie “Charlie Countryman” [Romania, 2013]

1. The original title of the movie (and the title that appears onscreen) is “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman”.

2. For some reason, mainstream critics tore this movie apart, perhaps because it denies easy classification. I don’t know. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t deserve the hate that was heaped on it.

3. It’s kind of a violent, drug-fueled, romantic drama wrapped in magical realism.

4. Shia LaBeouf stars in it, and I think this may be his best performance ever. LaBoeuf plays Charlie, a depressed young man who has a tendency to talk to people even after they’re dead.

5. Charlie’s dead mother tells him to take a trip to Bucharest, where he meets a cello player with a dead father and a psychotic husband. Charlie falls in love with her, and he gets drawn into her problems.

6. The guy that played Ron Weasley in the Harry Potter movies, Rupert Grint, does a good job here playing an over-eager druggie. He’s definitely not at Hogwarts anymore.

7. The movie is bafflingly good at capturing that “damn-the-consequences-I’m-in-love” feeling that young people tend to fall into.

8. The soundtrack fits the movie perfectly. The original score meshes well with tracks from Moby and M83 to keep the slightly hallucinatory, dreamy atmosphere going through the whole film.

9. The ending wraps everything up a little too neatly, but this is an oddly beautiful film that needs to be better appreciated.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Don't listen to dead people. March 29 2014
By James P. McDonald - Published on
Format: DVD
A man is hanging from a rope tied to his ankle. He is dangling and being lowered into dirty rushing water below. His face is beaten. Someone points a gun at him and shoots. He falls into the water.
Then we see Charlie Countryman (Shia LaBeouf) coming to in the bathtub. He is startled and lays up. Bill Green (Vincent D'Onofrio) is in the bathroom and has called him three times. He is needed at the hospital. They are removing his mother (Melissa Leo) off the respirator. He sees her soul leave her body. He runs out of the room and sits on the floor in the hallway. He speaks with his mother beside him who is now a ghost. He tells his mother he doesn't know what to do now. She tells him to go to Bucharest. He goes to his girlfriend's apartment only to catch her with someone else. And so he is on his way to Bucharest, Romania.

Also in the cast: Ion Caramitro, Evan Rachel Wood, Gabriel Spahiu, Mads Mikkelsen, Rupert Grint, James Buckley, Til Schweiger.

Filmed in Chicago, Illinois and Bucharest, Romania.

Includes male and female nudity.

Language in English only. Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround. Dolby Stereo 2.0.
Option of subtitles: English SDH, Spanish.

Special Features: Behind the Scenes. Deleted Scenes. Alternate Scenes.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Shia got me back to him Sept. 2 2014
By Russell S - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Evan Rachel Wood, Mads Mikkelsen, Til Schweiger, Rupert Grint and James Buckley. Truly excellent performances from all these very fine actors. Before I talk about Shia LABeouf, here is the low down on the movie. Charlie (Shia) loses his mom, she in a vision tells him to go to Bucharest, he does meets Gabi (Evan) and all kinds of bad things happen, really bad things and Charlie falls in love with Gabi so he doesn't care how messed up he gets by the ex-boyfriend (Mads) or a nightclub owner who needs something she has (Til, he is always so good). Now for Shia....I have become disenchanted with him lately, due to whatever meltdowns he has been having. This performance put him back on my radar...what an amazing job, insightful, moving, daring and just all around great! I felt what he was feeling, and my heart broke for him all thru this movie. BTW, he got himself into amazing shape too. lean and so defined.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.5 stars... A beautiful mess, shot on location in Bucharest Nov. 16 2013
By Paul Allaer - Published on
Format: DVD
"Charlie Countryman" (2013 release; 108 min.) brings the odd but somewhat charming story of Charlie Countryman (played by Shia LaBeouf). As the movie opens, Charlie is at his mom's death bed in the hospital. In a dream (hallucination?) shortly after she passes away, he asks her what he should to next, and she tells him "Go to Bucharest". Don't ask why (no explanation is given), but Charlie decides to take his mom's advice.On the flight over there he befriends Victor, who promptly dies in his sleep. Charlie arrives in Bucharest and gets to know Victor's daughter Gabi (played by Evan Rachel Wood), and falls for her. Unfortunately for Charlie, Gabi is married to Nigel (played by Mads Mikkelsen), a crazy loose canon with ties to the mob. Meanwhile Charlie finds a place to stay at the Marco Polo youth hostel in Bucharest and befriends his two British room mates who have a liking for acid (yes, the drug). Can Charlie keep Gabi out of harm's way (from Nigel)? Will Gabi fall for Charlie? What becomes of the two room mates?To tell you more would ruin your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Couple of comments: first, it seems that LaBeouf is trying hard to stay away from more Transformer-like predictable roles. Last year there was the excellent "Lawless", and now this. On top of that, LaBeouf looks scrungy for most of the movie, I suppose to give his role an even more authentic feel. (Along the same lines, LaBeouf reportedly took acid for real to shoot the acid hallucination scene.) Unfortunately, none of that fixes the movie's subpar script, which has holes in it the size of Manhattan and doesn't seem to know whether it wants to be a rom-com or an action/adventure movie. Second, Mads Mikkelsen is absolutely delightful as the crazed husband/crime guy. Third, I hardly recognized Evan Rachel Wood as the Romanian girl. She plays up the Eastern European accent on top of that. Last but certainly not least, except for the opening scenes (which take place in Chicago), the entire movie is shot on location in Bucharest. I've never seen the city look more beautiful than in this movie.

Imagine my surprise when this movie opened on a single screen for all of Greater Cincinnati here this weekend, without any pre-release fanfare or advertising. I was in the mood for something different and took a chance on this so I went to see it last night. I got a quasi-private showing, as in: there was only one other person besides myself in the entire theatre. When that happens on a Friday evening of its opening weekend, you know a movie is commercially D.O.A. But despite its obvious flaws, I quite enjoyed this beautiful mess. If you are in the mood for something different than your standard Hollywood fare like Last Vegas or Bad Grandpa, "Charlie Countryman" is worth taking a chance on, be it in the theatre or on DVD/Blu-ray.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Shia LaBeou; a promising, young Actor with future intrigue in his performances Sept. 14 2014
By ROSE ATHENA - Published on
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Shia LaBeouf is endearing and a fascinating athletic actor to watch. The story line is clever and original with a little essence of Kurt Vonnegat time bending thrown in by way of speaking thru the veil of the great beyond. I'd have watched it twice if the Amazon stream wouldn't have stopped. Amazon, please consider giving customers at least 24 hrs for their movie purchase. Other than that, it's a great offer from Amazon/ It's a convenient & cozy way to watch movies in bed from your laptop! Shia, is a sincere and authentic actor, was also very good in Lawless (2012) and The Company You Keep (2012). I enjoy many aspects of film; one of which is watching an actors body of work and seeing their development as they evolve in their craft. I recommend Shia LaBeouf as one young actor to keep your eye on.

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