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Good Will Hunting (Widescreen)

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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Stellan Skarsgård, Minnie Driver
  • Directors: Gus Van Sant
  • Writers: Matt Damon, Ben Affleck
  • Producers: Bob Weinstein, Chris Moore, Harvey Weinstein, Jonathan Gordon, Kevin Smith
  • Format: NTSC
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Feb. 1 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (362 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065KRX
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,232 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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From highly acclaimed director Gus Van Sant this Otrumphant story was nominated for 9 Academy Awards winning Oscars for Robin Williams and hot newcomers Matt Damon (Rounders) and Ben Affleck (Chasing Amy Phantoms) and Features Academy Award nominee Minnie Driver Will Hunting (Damon) is a headstrong working-class genius. After one too many run-ins with the law Will s last chance is a psychology professor (Williams). Experience this powerful and unforgettable movie. ActorsBeb Affleck - Damon Matt - Driver Minnie - Skarsgaard Stellan - Williams Robin. Director: Van Sant Gus. Condition: NEW. Format: DVD. Runtime: 126 mins. Language: English. Region code: Region 1 (United States Canada Bermuda U.S. territories). Discs: 1. Rating: PG. Genre: Drama. Release Year: 1997.


Robin Williams won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor, and actors Matt Damon and Ben Affleck nabbed one for Best Original Screenplay, but the feel-good hit Good Will Hunting triumphs because of its gifted director, Gus Van Sant. The unconventional director (My Own Private Idaho, Drugstore Cowboy) saves a script marred by vanity and clunky character development by yanking soulful, touching performances out of his entire cast (amazingly, even one by Williams that's relatively schtick-free). Van Sant pulls off the equivalent of what George Cukor accomplished for women's melodrama in the '30s and '40s: He's crafted an intelligent, unabashedly emotional male weepie about men trying to find inner-wisdom.

Matt Damon stars as Will Hunting, a closet math genius who ignores his gift in favor of nightly boozing and fighting with South Boston buddies (co-writer Ben Affleck among them). While working as a university janitor, he solves an impossible calculus problem scribbled on a hallway blackboard and reluctantly becomes the prodigy of an arrogant MIT professor (Stellan Skarsgård). Damon only avoids prison by agreeing to see psychiatrists, all of whom he mocks or psychologically destroys until he meets his match in the professor's former childhood friend, played by Williams. Both doctor and patient are haunted by the past, and as mutual respect develops, the healing process begins. The film's beauty lies not with grand climaxes, but with small, quiet moments. Scenes such as Affleck's clumsy pep talk to Damon while they drink beer after work, or any number of therapy session between Williams and Damon offer poignant looks at the awkward ways men show affection and feeling for one another. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steven Y. on March 11 2003
Format: DVD
Genius is a fleeting thing. As Gus Van Sant's "Good Will Hunting" shows, one can dedicate his entire life to mastering an academic discipline . . . only to be one-upped by the janitor. Matt Damon made his cinematic break-through portraying Will Hunting, the MIT janitor who is a master of mathematics but a basket case in the more personal aspects of life. He is the janitor at MIT who catches the eye of Professor Lambeau (Stellan Skarsgard) who sees the unlimited potential in Hunting even if Hunting himself can't see it. Yet, the trauma of Hunting's life has taken its toll on the boy and Lambeau hopes counseling by his old college roommate, Sean McGuire (Robin Williams) can help undo the psychological damage. Supported by Skylar (Minnie Driver), a Harvard student, and his best friend Chuckie (Ben Affleck), Hunting begins to make strides and come to grips with his past.
"Good Will Hunting" basically came out of nowhere in 1997 and captured the imagination of the viewing public. It was a reminder that solid films could still be made without $100 million budgets. It was also the film that made both Damon and Affleck household names, won Robin Williams his first Oscar, and gave director Gus Van Sant (of "Drugstore Cowboy" and "To Die For" fame) his first major commercial success. It was a straightforward character study fueled by strong individual performances and clever dialogue which emulated films of an earlier era that reveled in its simplicity and not its bombast. "Good Will Hunting" will never be mistaken for a Hollywood epic but it still endears as a little cinematic gem from the 1990's.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Michael Olshansky on March 14 2009
Format: Blu-ray
What you get is a solid 1080 transfer (not sure if it's 1080i or 1080p) and nice DTS Lossless Master Audio at a great price. Yes, this release is barebones, but what do you expect considering how inexpensive it is? If you just want the movie, this is a great deal. If you want extras, get this and a used copy of the DVD... or wait for the official U.S. release (which will be more expensive).

I have no complaints and am happy with this purchase.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 13 2009
Format: Blu-ray
In regards to the 2009 blu-ray release from Alliance, it is in fact 1080p (not 1080i as the back cover states). English 5.1 DTS HD-MA (and 5.1 Dolby Digital in english and french as well). No subtitles. No special features.
But it's been clarified many times now that the movie is indeed 1080p.

New versions of Good Will Hunting have been released on blu-ray:
A blu-ray + DVD + digital copy combo pack (released in 2011)
A blu-ray + digital copy 15th anniversary edition (released in 2012)
Both of these newer editions contain special features as well (with the 15th anniversary edition having a bonus exclusive 4-part retrospective that runs about 1 hour and a 17 minute interview with Matt Damon)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Debbie Lee Wesselmann on June 18 2004
Format: DVD
This quiet drama about what genius means was the surprise hit of 1997, with friends Matt Damon and Ben Affleck both collaborating on the screenplay and acting. Damon plays Will Hunting, a troubled, gruff young man who works as a janitor at MIT despite his incredible self-education and intelligence. When a mathematics professor discovers that Will has solved a complicated problem left on the blackboard, he pursues Will as a potential protégé. But Will is not good with authority figures, as his past includes abuse at the hands of his father. When Will lands in jail, however, and the professor manages to obtain his release with the stipulation that Will work on mathematics with him and see a counselor, Will's whole life begins to open up. As a patient of psychologist Sean Maguire (Robin Williams), Will forges a relationship that acts as a catalyst for a new future.
Matt Damon does a wonderful job with the title role, although at times he seems a little wooden. As the therapist with a painful history that Will eventually connects with, Robin Williams turns in one of his less flamboyant performances. His suffering is palpable, and his need to save Will from himself lends real passion to the film. Affleck provides solid balance as Will's friend Chuckie, although his performance is less memorable than the other two, more of a function of the role than the actor. Minnie Driver is charming and believable as Will's new girlfriend Skylar.
The screenplay is intelligent and skillfully developed despite some unbelievable facets of the premise, most notably that such a wounded individual, no matter how bright, would have the discipline to teach himself as much as Will knows. Still, this movie only gets better as it progresses.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By steven on Feb. 22 2010
Format: Blu-ray
I won't bother with a review of the movie here--there are already hundreds of those--but I wanted to (hopefully) add some helpful comments regarding this blu-ray transfer and help out anyone that owns the DVD that might be sitting on the fence.

To my eyes--and I'm a bit of a stickler/nerd about PQ (I'm an ex-cinematographer/photographer)--this transfer looks damn good; it's a HUGE improvement over the non-anamorphic DVD edition (the only other version, save for VHS, available up until now).

Sure, there aren't any supplements to be found here, but if you're a fan of the film, you're likely to already have that awful DVD version. I'd bet anything that any future 'special edition' blu-ray is going to be the same transfer as this blu-ray (it looks damn good; can't see the point of striking another one) with those same supplements found on the DVD recycled--and I'll bet anything that they'll be in standard definition to boot (just like your DVD).

Short answer? If you have the DVD, keep it--and get this for the great blu-ray transfer. You'll basically then own any 'special edition' blu-ray of Good Will Hunting that will be released in the future and at a fraction of the price.
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