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Fight Club (Widescreen)

Brad Pitt , Edward Norton , David Fincher    R (Restricted)   DVD
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"'Fight Club' pulls you in, challenges your prejudices, rocks your world and leaves you laughing" (Rolling Stone). Brad Pitt ("12 Monkeys", "Seven"), Edward Norton ("Primal Fear," "American History X") and Helena Bonham Carter ("Mighty Aphrodite," "A Room With A View") turn in powerful "performances of which movie legends are made" (Chicago Tribune) in this action-packed hit. A ticking-time-bomb insomniac (Norton) and a slippery soap salesman (Pitt) channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground "fight clubs" forming in every town, until a sensuous eccentric (Bonham Carter) gets in the way and ignites an out-of control spiral toward oblivion.


All films take a certain suspension of disbelief. Fight Club takes perhaps more than others, but if you're willing to let yourself get caught up in the anarchy, this film, based on the novel by Chuck Palahniuk, is a modern-day morality play warning of the decay of society. Edward Norton is the unnamed protagonist, a man going through life on cruise control, feeling nothing. To fill his hours, he begins attending support groups and 12-step meetings. True, he isn't actually afflicted with the problems, but he finds solace in the groups. This is destroyed, however, when he meets Marla (Helena Bonham Carter), also faking her way through groups. Spiraling back into insomnia, Norton finds his life is changed once again, by a chance encounter with Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), whose forthright style and no-nonsense way of taking what he wants appeal to our narrator. Tyler and the protagonist find a new way to feel release: they fight. They fight each other, and then as others are attracted to their ways, they fight the men who come to join their newly formed Fight Club. Marla begins a destructive affair with Tyler, and things fly out of control, as Fight Club grows into a nationwide fascist group that escapes the protagonist's control. Fight Club, directed by David Fincher (Seven), is not for the faint of heart; the violence is no holds barred. But the film is captivating and beautifully shot, with some thought-provoking ideas. Pitt and Norton are an unbeatable duo, and the film has some surprisingly humorous moments. The film leaves you with a sense of profound discomfort and a desire to see it again, if for no other reason than to just to take it all in. --Jenny Brown --This text refers to the Blu-ray edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Just Fight Not to Laugh June 27 2004
Fight Club is certainly not a monumental film, but it struck a chord about the modern condition. The comedy is of the blackest variety and you will have to suspend any squeamish-ness you may feel toward very violent films to reap enjoyment out of it. But all the roles are skillfully played, especially by Brad Pitt's Tyler Durden, and underlying the banality of blood and mayhem is a message...a message that perhaps life doesn't have to control us...life can be what you make it...just be carefully you do so thoughtful with positive human regard and a degree of clarity. Attempting to control life can get out of hand.
Chuck Palahnuik's novel comes to life in the adept hands of director David Fincher (of Seven fame). It is no surprise that the scenes are slickly cool, the violence is of the "in your face" variety, and we are entertained despite our misgivings. The movie has some real "Momento" moments, so I won't try to delve into the story-line to risk giving any of those away. A truly fetching role is turned in by Helena Bonham Carter as Marla Singer a chain smoking barely hanging on to life love interest of Edward Norton's. Their chemistry and interplay is terrifically authentic and dead-on funny. Brad Pitt take the show though as Tyler Durden, an ultra-confident hipster that makes soap. The lines he and Norton toss back and forth are classics to be remembered and quoted in bars, around water coolers, at support groups.
"Fight Club" is an experience you owe yourself, if not for anything more than to ponder the state of society and what is truly important. I think if you see the movie out to the end and get past the violence, you may find this message though-provoking. You just may find yourself laughing along the way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, but I have to break rule No. 1 Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Fight Club (1999)
Drama, 139 minutes
Directed by David Fincher
Starring Edward Norton, Brad Pitt and Helena Bonham Carter

Why do I like Fight Club? It seems to suggest that violence and anarchy are good things, but that's certainly not something I believe. I think it comes down to the dark comedy and the strong script, coupled with excellent performances from Norton and Pitt. This is a cool world to experience, but I wouldn't want to live in it.

The story seems perfectly traditional at first. We see Norton on a plane. He's referred to as The Narrator in the credits and seems to think of himself as Jack. He encounters Tyler Durden (Pitt) and takes his business card. Jack returns home to find that there's been an explosion in his apartment, so he calls Durden and eventually asks to stay at his house for a while. Durden is a cheerful, carefree lunatic who wants Jack to punch him. The two fight on the street and decide to recruit members and form Fight Club, believing that it's an expression of freedom.

Jack spends his free time visiting support groups. We see him hugging people with testicular cancer and all manner of diseases. He enjoys letting his inhibitions go and listening to the members speak about their illnesses. After a while, he becomes aware of Marla (Helena Bonham Carter). Like him, she's a tourist visiting the various support groups. He confronts her and they agree to attend different classes.

Durden encourages Jack to stop trying to live up to the expectations of other people. As a result, Jack becomes more assertive. He challenges the authority of his boss and stops worrying about his appearance and the latest IKEA catalog. He regularly shows up for work with fresh cuts and bruises. Jack finds that he enjoys his new image.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars entertaining but not anything like the novel Oct. 17 2003
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Well, for those of us who struggled with Chuck Palahniuk's dark, unsettling, and extremely confusing novel, this movie provided a "quick reference guide". For those who haven't read the book or put it down after several pages (can't blame them), it makes for a good -er- entertainment. Of course, that is, if your idea of entertainment is watching weak guys beat each other to the pulp. The movie managed to shred off all of its society-challenging roots. What remained was neither disturbing nor challenging. Consequently, there was no real drama in the characters' lives, they're just looking for an outlet for all the testasterone. (The support group gigs actually proved just humorous rather than appalling). While some might just go to the weight room or a good dojo, these guys chose to start a fight club. The movie glosses over the lives that these guys lived prior to the onset of events, so it's not easy to grasp why they all of a sudden becoming freaks. Palahniuk's book certainly provided more background, grotesque as it was. This is certainly not a movie for the intellectuals, but neither it is a movie for a bunch of guys getting together for some beers and a flick. It's mildly disturbing, but not nearly as disturbing as it could have been. Ed Norton is his usual ice-cool self, Pitt is his un-usual intense alter ego. No one looks convincing in fight scenes with those personal-trainer-assisted musculature and choreography. Another "could have been" movie from Hollywood.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Girl's Perspective: A Brilliant Film June 8 2004
This movie completely transcended what I expected of it. I had put off watching it for a long time, and then one day my roommate and I popped it in. I was blown away. I've seen it a few more times since, and each time it gets better and better. There is a lot that a first-time viewer wouldn't pick up on and it's great to go back and pick those things out. The acting (Norton, Pitt, Bonham-Carter....and MEATLOAF) is fantastic, as is the direction and the effects.
The message of the movie has stayed with me ever since I first watched it - it is a fantastic commentary on our consumerism-driven culture as well as our lack of originality as a whole and our fear of deviating from the path of least resistance. I may not be a guy, but sometimes I want to be Tyler Durden...I want to laugh at someone who deserves it, and question the status quo, and.....make soap.
This is a movie that one cannot judge based on someone else's opinion (although I have tried my best to provide a very biased opinion!). You have to watch it, with an open mind, and a sick sense of humour at your disposal (this movie is also funny as hell). Watch it, live it, love it.....but whatever you do, don't talk about it. That's the first rule.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. Great quality
Great little family movie ;)
Published 12 hours ago by Charles Thompson Leduc
5.0 out of 5 stars its a gooder
great movie. i was drunk when i ordered this. forgot i ordered in and it was in my mailbox 2 days later
Published 1 month ago by Tyler Sauser
5.0 out of 5 stars The first 2 rules of Fight Club are insanity at it's finest!
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Published 4 months ago by Kristy M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Watch!
A wonderful addition to anyone's collection of good movies :) You may also pick up a valuable lesson - learn to let go.
Published 6 months ago by Artur
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Shipping, great product.
I love this movie!:P What else can I say, it's a movie. Arrived on time and in excellent condition. Cool beans.
Published 6 months ago by Cami
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the best edition...
Sure the Blu-ray does have a few more things, but this one has great menus, great hidden features and a complete booklet with loads of nice info. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Simon Bergeron
4.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous movie
Not much to write about this, since most have seen it and know what it is all about. Not much to add on the story side of things here. Read more
Published 13 months ago by RIP
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
This is a classic movie and purchasing it on blu-ray was a good decision. But I have not watched it yet. I was told it is good.
Published 14 months ago by Anonanon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellant movie
Fight club is getting better and better and better each time you watch it. Some might say that it is a mindless film about violence which was what i thank the first time i saw it. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Max
1.0 out of 5 stars Fight Club
Received the item and it would not play and it wasn't my player either just a bad disk; amazon tells me that it will be 3 weeks to get a new one sent, what a joke. Read more
Published on Jan. 12 2010 by Daniel E. Kilgallon
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