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Criterion Collection: A Brief History of Time [Blu-ray] [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: G
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: March 18 2014
  • ASIN: B00HE00ZIQ

Product Description

Errol Morris (The Fog of War) turns his camera on one of the most fascinating men in the world: the pioneering astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, afflicted by a debilitating motor neuron disease that has left him without a voice or the use of his limbs. An adroitly crafted tale of personal adversity, professional triumph, and cosmological inquiry, Morris's documentary examines the way the collapse of Hawking's body has been accompanied by the untrammeled broadening of his imagination. Telling the man's incredible story through the voices of his colleagues and loved ones, while making dynamically accessible some of the theories in Hawking's best-selling book of the same name, A Brief History of Time is at once as small as a single life and as big as the ever-expanding universe. Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Number of discs: 2 Rated: G (General Audience) Studio: Criterion Collection DVD Release Date: March 18, 2014 Run Time: 84 minutes


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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Criterion's new Blu-ray looks and sounds great, but it's light on extras March 12 2014
By Randall F. Miller III - Published on Amazon.com
Errol Morris' fantastic 1991 documentary about astrophysicist Stephen Hawking never made it to DVD, which makes Criterion/s new Blu-ray/DVD combo pack all the more impressive. The film itself is excellent, offering a unique look at one of modern history's greatest minds and his life's work up until that point. We get a pretty equal balance of input from Hawking, his friends and relatives and, of course, a look at the debilitating disease that ultimately left him almost completely paralyzed. The parallel between one man's fragile life against the backdrop of an ever-expanding universe makes this essential viewing. It's based on Hawking's own bestselling book, but Morris' addition of biographical elements usually works in the film's favor, even though it runs a bit short at less than 90 minutes.

Criterion's Blu-ray looks and sounds just about perfect, as the new 4k transfer (downsampled to 1080p) really brings out a lot of detail and the DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix lets Philip Glass' score shine. The extras are definitely on the light side: we only get two interviews with Morris and cinematographer John Bailey, which only add up to about 50 minutes total. So the total disc running time is just over two hours, which makes this kind of a tough sell at $30-$40. The packaging is nice though, and includes a fat booklet with an excerpt from Hawking's original book and a chapter from his 2013 memoir.

Also: Criterion is also quietly releasing a DVD-only edition in April for roughly half price, so those who aren't sure about the film or don't care about high definition may want to go that route. But this Blu-ray, in my humble opinion, is still worth the price of admission.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a nerd. Of course I loved it. April 23 2014
By Casey G. Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed this film. I also really liked the way Criterion put it together.

The movie, in parallel, tells the story of both Hawking's life and the theory and work that he was an integral part of. It explains how circumstances of his life, particularly his health, were intertwined with his work and his success.

Again, I just really enjoyed it and I recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent April 21 2014
By mathmac - Published on Amazon.com
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Beautifully excecuted. Like Hawking, we thought his mother was one of the stars of this movie.

Kudos to the producer and writers.
0 of 7 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars terrible June 20 2014
By Jared Roche - Published on Amazon.com
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I was a big fan of his book and him. But this dvd just about turned that all around. Awful waste of money and time.

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