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The Butterfly Effect (L'effet papillon) [Blu-ray]
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Import Blu-Ray Pressing. Some People Want To Forget The Past. Others Want To Change It. Evan Treborn (Ashton Kutcher) Ties His Emotional Scars In Adulthood To The Frequent Blackouts He Had As A Child. As He Begins To Unravel Intensely Personal Truths About His Childhood Circle Of Friends, He Decides To Risk Everything In A Bold Attempt To Change The Past, Hoping To Save The People He Loves Even If It Means Destroying Everything He Knows.
Despite box-office dominance during its opening weekend, The Butterfly Effect is better suited to guilty-pleasure viewing at home. When writer-directors Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (who penned Final Destination 2) aren't breaking their own haphazard rules of logic, they're filling this sordid thriller with enough unpleasantness to make eternal damnation seem like an attractive alternative. In a role-reversal from his That '70s Show persona, Ashton Kutcher plays a college-age psychology student who discovers, by re-reading his childhood journals, that he can revisit his past and alter traumatic events, hoping to improve their previously unfortunate outcomes. Instead, this foolhardy experiment in chaos theory (the titular "butterfly effect," popularized by Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park) results in a variety of nightmarish permutations, each having dire consequences for him and/or his friends. This intriguing premise is explored with a few interesting twists and turns, but with subplots involving child pornography, animal cruelty, and profanely violent children, it's a stretch to call it entertainment. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to the DVD edition.
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Video quality was pretty good. Some of the daytime outdoor scenes seemed pretty bright, a couple scenes looked a little bit soft, there was some video noise popping up a couple of times, but that's about it in the complaints department. Colours were nice, blacks were solid, depth and detail were pretty good.
4 outta 5
Audio was really nice. This one contains a 5.1 DTS HD-MA track. This track was phenomenal. I didn't really find anything wrong with this track. I'd say it was perfect. 5 outta 5
One thing I would have liked to have seen on this blu-ray disc would have been an audio commentary of some kind. But hey, for the small price, this feature-less release is still worth it.
This release of The Butterfly Effect is the director's cut.
1.78:1 aspect ratio
no special features
As of July 17th, 2012, The Butterfly Effect has been released by Warner Bros on blu-ray as well. That version contains both theatrical and director's cuts and special features. The packaging for both Alliance and Warner Bros. blu-ray rleases look almost similar. However, the Warner Bros. release has "The Director's Cut" labeled just below the title and at the bottom of the packaging it says "also includes the theatrical version" in smaller print.
When his mother decides to move the family to a different town the blackouts stop. Evan grows up and moves away to university. This is where the film takes a twist. Evan finds that reading his journals propels him into the past, to the events that scarred him and those he cared for, particularly his childhood sweetheart, Kayleigh. He realises that he can control this and even change the events. But like the saying 'when a butterfly flaps its wings a hurricane is felt on the other side of the world', Evan finds that for everything he changes, there is a knock on effect and it isn't necessarily good.
This is a dark and at times very disturbing film. The situations Evan faces are, at times, nightmarish. Ashton Kutcher, better known for lightweight comedic roles, shows he is capable of taking on more serious roles. His performance as the troubled young man is outstanding. The end, when it comes, is quite shocking yet somehow fitting. This is not a comfortable film to watch but is well worth seeing if you want something a little different.
I decided to watch the Director's Cut first when I got the DVD. I was intrigued from the start of this horribly tragic story. Evan leads a devastating childhood, always managing to end up in traumatic situations, from a very young age to his young adulthood. One really feels for him in his attempts to alter his situation; however, the result is always something just as horrible or worse.
Some of his attempts to change his childhood make more sense than others; one could leave it to that his mind is becoming more and more irrational, that he will attempt things that may not necessarily be beneficial to him. As the film builds up, one begins to wonder, what is the solution to this poor, seemingly cursed boy's problem? The Director's Cut ending is a harrowing, shocking ending that gives me chills to think about. Watching the theatrical release AFTER you watch the Director's cut is not nearly as powerful.
I think if the Director's Cut had been released in theatres, critics would have looked at this film much differently.
The fascinating premise behind this sci-fi thriller stems from the belief that the flutter of a butterfly's wing can cause a typhoon on the other side of the world. Chaos Theory therefore suggests that even the smallest change creates a ripple effect resulting in dire consequences.
Ashton Kutcher from television's That 70's Show stars in his first dramatic role as the grown-up Evan. Though he proves he is capable of more than the lowbred comedy of such intolerable projects as Dude, Where's My Car?, he still has a long way to go before mastering his craft. Relying strictly on voice to convey his emotions, he doesn't seem to be aware that the more subtle techniques of facial expressions and mannerisms even exist. Thankfully, the strong supporting cast elevates Kutcher's performance. Amy Smart is compelling as several versions of the grown Kayleigh, as are William Lee Scott and Elden Henson as the grown Tommy and Lenny respectively. Also notable are Logan Lerman as Evan at 7, and Jesse James as the vicious 13-year-old Tommy.
Written and directed by the team of Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, the clever screenplay is full of shocking plot twists. Indeed, the film requires a second viewing to put all of its intricate complexities together.Read more ›
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An excellent movie with a great story, fantasically done, it would have been easy to get confused with all the jumping around the story does but it never loses you.Published 5 months ago by Ed D. Ryan
I'm always satisfied when I order from Amazon. It ships to me in record time and the item is always as it's described. Super!Published 10 months ago by jenn Mcclenaghan
This movie is the first of a series and also the only one you should get. Love Kutcher and how everything changes depending of how his interaction in the movie. Worth watching!Published on June 10 2014 by Patrick
One of my all time faves. A refreshing idea with clever effects and a heart wrenching conclusion. I'll say no more.
A must see.
The movie is excellent! Very good plot, keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time! Awesome ending too!Published on Feb. 20 2013 by Benjamin Couillard
My son asked for this movie which he likes very much. It was convenient to order it online as we did.Published on Feb. 2 2013 by Irene
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I really liked this movie, I originally had it on DVD. I personally preferred the ending in the theatrical cut over the darker ending in... Read more