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The Men Who Stare at Goats [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges, Kevin Spacey
  • Directors: Grant Heslov
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: March 23 2010
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0034HAQD2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,246 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Hard to define but easy to enjoy, The Men Who Stare at Goats is the preposterous yet more-true-than-not story of a small-town journalist named Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) who, trying to prove himself in Iraq, stumbles upon a man named Lyn Cassady (George Clooney) who claims to be a psychic spy for the U.S. Army. With dazzling cinematic efficiency, the movie bounces back and forth between the origins of the New Earth Army--a squad of American Jedi warriors--and Bob and Lyn wandering through war-torn Iraq, pursuing a mission that turns out to have been assigned by a vision. The movie shifts from giddy comedy to melancholy as a portrait of human pettiness, manifested in military paranoia and corporate greed, unfolds. The ending loses a bit of steam, but most of The Men Who Stare at Goats is a delight--unusual yet satisfying, funny and thoughtful in turns. Jeff Bridges plays--of course--the addled yet charismatic founder of the New Earth Army, while Kevin Spacey plays--of course--the weaselly, manipulative psychic spy who turns what was meant to transform the world for the better into a mechanism for propaganda and worse. Adapted from the bestselling nonfiction book of the same title by British journalist Jon Ronson, The Men Who Stare at Goats niftily balances surface lunacy with serious undercurrents, buoyed by excellent performances from all involved. --Bret Fetzer

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By Bernie TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 25 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Bob Wilton (Ewan McGregor) a recently divorced reporter wants to do what all men do when a woman "has broken his heart" do, go to war. On his way to Iraq, he stumbles across an ex-Jedi warrior Lyn Cassidy (George Clooney) who also happens to be going to Iraq for some nefarious purpose. As they travel together, the reporter, Bob makes him fascinated with a story of military and human importance told to him by bigger than life Lyn. Will any of Lyn's tales turn out to be true or are we just on a wild goat chase?

"More of it is true than you would believe"

This film does not really fall into any standard genre. It may have a message or two but you have to look for them. There are a few sight gages (one includes clouds). The stereotypical hippy is actually fun when you think back on the real thing. The war scenes are more realistic than in the film "Hurt Locker".

Beware the Blu-ray has all those nasty coming attractions that get old quickly. The DVD extras are worth a scan. You will have to look under audio setup to find the commentary with Director Grant Heslov or Author Jon Ronson.

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Maybe not as outrageous and over the top as Dr. Strangelove, but pretty darn close! Maybe somewhat hard to believe the happen chance that brings all the characters together, and the rewarding ending - mentally and physically. But, not hard to believe the U.S. Military and CIA et al were (and maybe still are) interested in ESP abilities as a means of diffusing or eradicating groups and/or individuals that may incite war. I have to hand it to George Clooney though, as he is VERY funny. But he plays his character with an endearing and knowledgeable quality, one just has to follow him throughout the movie. Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey are also the epitome of 'disciplined hippy' and 'rogue capitalist' respectively. The background vignettes ties the present day journey nicely. But almost 'too good to be true'. Yet, what do we the viewer and the current military organizations truly know about telepathic abilities and the predictability of chance? The extra features on the disc are excellent as well, giving the viewer a chance to see the actual people involved in the REAL projects, and how the story came to light and thus into the movie. It's trippy, silly, sad and scary. The hippy movement may have contributed more to the military establishment than it did to deter it's expansion. And to this day, may have attained a bureaucratic level of consciousness that goes well beyond military and political coordination.
This movie will make you laugh. But more so, it will make you think. And ultimately, be forever stuck in your head!
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By The Movie Guy HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Jan. 2 2016
Format: DVD
Ewan McGregor revives his role as a young Obi-wan (named Bob before he took a Jedi name) who first learns about "the force" through soldiers part of an army experiment. Eventually he will train Darth Vader, the spawn of Kevin SPACEY. George Clooney, who has mastered the dark side of the force will give birth to a race of SITH. Okay, so this isn't this movie...but it could be. The movie is a satire, not just about government psych experiments, but about human belief in the supernatural. This movie is certainly not for everyone, and if you had trouble watching other Cohen films, save your time on this one. Language and very brief nudity.
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Format: Blu-ray
Men Who Stare at Goats begins with the phrase 'more of this is true than you would believe' I cannot verify that clam, but I do suspect that there lies some distant reality in this cleverly funny film.
Ewan McGregor is Daily Telegram reporter Bob Wilton, whose life suddenly begins to collapses when his wife leaves him for his editor. In his own words he does what most men do when a women break there heart, he goes to war.
A wannabe war corresponded; Bob hopes that in hunting for adventure he can prove to his lost love that he is not weak. In Iraq Bob meets Retired Special Forces operator, Lyn Cassady; played as the ever charming and crafty George Clooney. Cassady refers to himself as a Jedi warrior, a military trained super soldier, fighting with his mind.
As they journey into the desert together, Lyn reveals the story of his training by the New Earth Army; at the height of the cold war the pentagon catches wind of a Soviet psychic soldier program, unwilling to accept a psychological warfare gap, they begin their own program.
Newly Oscar winning Jeff Bridges brilliantly stars as Bill Django commander of the New Earth Army. Bill embraces the hippy movement in his personal quest for a peaceful warrior. He uses mental projection, positive thought, eastern meditation techniques, and yes even the occasional psychotropic drug to create a new form of warrior, a super soldier with the power of mind over matter.
The new age soldier movement attempts, with varying degrees of success, to train men to walk through walls, overcome there enemies with mental projections, and even kill goats with a stare.
An expectantly well rounded and talented cast saturates the film; Kevin spacy plays Larry Hooper the films primary antagonist; a vindictive psychic trainee.
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