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Adaptation (Superbit) (Bilingual) [Import]

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  • Actors: Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep, Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, Jay Tavare
  • Directors: Spike Jonze
  • Writers: Charlie Kaufman, Donald Kaufman, Susan Orlean
  • Producers: Charlie Kaufman, Edward Saxon, Jonathan Demme, Peter Saraf
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: May 20 2003
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 201 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005JLRE
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Director Spike Jonze delivers a stunningly original comedy that seamlessly blends fictional characters and situations with the lives of real people: obsessive orchid hunter John Laroche (Cooper), NewYorker journalist Susan Orlean (Streep), Hollywood screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Cage), and his twin brother, Donald (also Cage). As Charlie struggles to adapt Orlean's best-selling book "The OrchidThief," he writes himself into his own movie. The various stories crash into one another exploding into a wildly imaginative film. ADAPTATION, the year's most talked about movie, is at once a hilarious drama and a moving comedy.

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Twisty brilliance from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and director Spike Jonze, the team who created Being John Malkovich. Nicolas Cage returns to form with a funny, sad, and sneaky performance as Charlie Kaufman, a self-loathing screenwriter who has been hired to adapt Susan Orlean's book The Orchid Thief into a screenplay. Frustrated and infatuated by Orlean's elegant but plotless book (which is largely a rumination on flowers), Kaufman begins to write a screenplay about himself trying to write a screenplay about The Orchid Thief, all the while hounded by his twin brother Donald (Cage again), who's cheerfully writing the kind of formulaic action movie that Kaufman finds repugnant. By its conclusion, Adaptation is the most artistically ambitious, most utterly cynical, and most uncategorizable movie ever to come out of Hollywood. Also starring Meryl Streep (as Susan Orlean), Chris Cooper, Tilda Swinton, and Brian Cox; superb performances throughout. --Bret Fetzer

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Format: Paperback
"Adaptation" is one of the most creative and original scripts that I have read in a long time. I actually bought this before seeing the film, which told me that I had a lot of faith in the fact that the film would be more than extraordinary. I was right and I read the script the day after seeing the movie.
Charlie Kaufman wants to adapt Susan Orlean's "The Orchid Thief" into a movie script. He wants to create something that is true to the book and doesn't have to include numerous chase scenes, violence, sex, drugs, or nudity to have it appeal to the public. The only problem is that Kaufman is having trouble in trying to adapt it and comes across a major case of writer's block. He ends up writing himself into the script and it turns into a screenplay that is about him trying to adapt the book into a movie. That is only part of this off-the-wall and unpredictable script.
The screenplay is written by Charlie Kaufman; the man who wrote "Being John Malkovitch." The dialogue and characters are really excellent. There are numerous parts that you'll want to re-read over and over again. You actually find yourself repeating some of the lines because once they get into your head, they stay in there for a long time. This is really something you should consider purchasing if you loved the film. As subtle and off-beat the film is, you miss certain things and pick up on them later after further evaluation.
The screenplay also includes a foreword by Susan Orlean, a critical commentary by Robert McKee, and an interview with Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze. They all really give you an interesting look into the film. There are also b&w photos from the movie as well.
"Adaptation" is a fantastic script that I enjoyed reading, and even read it for a second and third time. If you love a good screenplay and loved the movie, this is a worthy purchase to make.
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I had no idea what to expect the first time I watched this movie, but it is now one of my favotite movies. Actually after seeing this, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Being John Malkovich I have to say that Charlie Kaufman is definitely my favorite movie writer, as he writes stuff that is more original than most stuff out there, but is also very well written, and uses clever humour kind of like American Beauty.
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Format: DVD
I have watched this movie many many times and I never get bored with it. It is truly one of the most original movies of the past ten years. Try to explain the plot to people and you will no doubt confuse them, but it all makes sense when watching the movie. Let me try to explain the plot:
Charlie Kaufmann (an actual person in real life) is portrayed in this movie by Nicholas Cage. Kaufmann is trying to adapt the book "the orchid thief" (which is an actual book in real life) into a movie. His twin brother Donald (who is not real, although he was credited with having helped write the screenplay) is writing a movie of his own called "the 3." Charlie and Donald have two different styles of writing. The first half of Adaptation is the kind of movie Charlie wants to make "The Orchid Thief" into, but when he can't write the screenplay he enlists the aid of his brother. From here until the end of Adaptation we get a taste of what Donalds movies are like.
A little complicated to talk about, but watch it and you'll get it.
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Format: DVD
Adaptation is the most well-written movie I have ever seen. That statement is kind of ironic after having seen the movie because it is about writer's block and Charlie Kaufman, the screenwriter, writes the movie about how he can't think of anything to write a movie about. Go see, then talk to me, then maybe, just maybe, I'll let you put an apple on your head and have me shoot it off with compound hunting bow--which is a privelege the ordinary man can't often afford himself. Adaptation is the movie that all screenwriters probably wish they had the balls to write but thought it wouldn't get sold or wouldn't go anywhere. Charlie Kaufman did it, and it is a modern art masterpiece. Other greats by Kaufman- Being John Malkovich (the screenplay is better than the movie, which can be read on beingcharliekaufman.com), and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.
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Format: DVD
All I can say is WOW! You never know what is going to happen. Every minute you think one thing is going to happen and then it turns and goes in a completely different direction. It's funny, sad, shocking, suspensful, happy, everything. There is no one word to describe this movie.
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Format: VHS Tape
Nicolas Cage's performance (in a double role as twin brothers) can convince anyone that a life as an artist in Hollywood is one of loneliness and psychosis. Success as a writer comes at the cost of fear to fail. Meryl Streep (in yet another tailor-made role) adds her own flavor of "Silkwood-like" depression to the picture.
Cleverly intertwining story/plot keep you interested, especially the unexpected portions of (graphic) violence and terror. Sex, drugs and simultaneous refusal to accept responsibility for one's own actions eventually turn to repulsion. You lose empathy for the lead characters, who are hopelessly lost on a path of self-destruction. The innocense of beautiful orchids (the focal point of the story) is quickly put aside by the fast-paced story with its surprise shockers.
THIS won all of the Oscar Nomination? Great acting, yes. Excellent script, ok. Enertainment? No way! This was a one-time-view for me, and I recomment this film only to die hard fans of the actors, presuming they have a strong stomach for extreme violence. The stuff that nightmares are made of!**
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