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Good Will Hunting (Widescreen)

Robin Williams , Matt Damon , Gus Van Sant    DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (335 customer reviews)
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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

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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.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just to clarify a few things... March 13 2009
By C. Denison TOP 500 REVIEWER
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.

****UPDATE****
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant movie! April 14 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I loved this movie. The acting by all the cast is superb and the storyline is powerful, just a brilliant movie! I would recommend it to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it Dec 28 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a great movie. Matt Damon and Robin Williams were amazing in this movie. I would highly recommend watching.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific! Sept. 8 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Robin Williams - brilliant as always. Matt Damon - a brilliant debut! I love this movie, and recommend it to anyone who appreciates a beautifully made movie and wonderful performances.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! April 19 2013
By liskam
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
There is nothing bad to say about this product. Plays excellent, excellent picture quality. All-round great movie and great product.
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5.0 out of 5 stars classic Feb. 28 2012
By jimmyc
Format:DVD
It's a must see and a must have for any video library. Excellent story and reality. What's it like to be a genius on the "wrong side of the tracks"? or how really smart people can end up using that to build walls. Top of the line acting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Solid release... worth the price... 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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