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Elf is genuinely good. Not just Saturday Night Live-movie good, when the movie has some funny bits but is basically an insult to humanity; Elf is a smartly written, skillfully directed, and deftly acted story of a human being adopted by Christmas elves who returns to the human world to find his father. And because the writing, directing, and acting are all genuinely good, Elf is also genuinely funny. Will Ferrell, as Buddy the adopted elf, is hysterically sincere. James Caan, as his rediscovered father, executes his surly dumbfoundedness with perfect aplomb. Zooey Deschanel, as a department store worker with whom Buddy falls in love, is adorably sardonic. Director Jon Favreau (Swingers) shepherds the movie through all the obligatory Christmas cliches and focuses on material that's sometimes subtle and consistently surprising. Frankly, Elf feels miraculous. Also featuring Mary Steenburgen, Bob Newhart, Peter Dinklage, and Ed Asner as Santa Claus. --Bret Fetzer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- Audio Commentary: 2 commentaries with Will Ferrell & Director Jon Favreau
- Featurette: Film school for kids
- Tag along with Will Ferrell
- How they made the North Pole
- Widescreen version (Disc 1) and Full-Screen version (Disc 2)
- Elf Karaoke
- Buddy's Adventure Game
- Elf Decoder Card
Ultimate Collector's Edition includes:
- 5x7" magnetic Elf picture frame with 4x6" Elf magnet
- 15 Elf gift tags
- Five-track Elf soundtrack sampler featuring holiday classics
- 14" Elf plush holiday stocking
- Collectible tin box
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This film is a must watch! Having purchased Elf when it first came out (just one month ago) I have already seen it three times. It fills all of our cravings for a christmas movie by combining both the special effects from our childhood favourites (the snowman from Rudolph, for instance and the storybook narrative) as well as a few modern touches, without making it a "2003" film. I think that 10 years from now, the movie will not feel dated and will be just as enjoyable then as it is now.
Will Ferrell is a genius. Each time I rent one of his movies, I expect it to be sophomoric or stupid, and he fools me every time! "Buddy" the Elf is such a sweet, simple, endearing character and it could have gone very wrong. Rather than going for the cheap laugh and going far over the top, Will Ferrell never breaks character and makes Buddy into such a great character, that you wish that you really knew him. You will completely believe his naive, childlike demeanor and laugh when you recognize the same mistakes you may have made as a child, or silly stunts that kids do. I don't know if Will Ferrell has kids, but when he is calling for his dad to "tuck him in", he completely nailed it.
The movie is rounded out with an excellent cast...James Caan, Bob Newhart, Mary Steenburgen, Zoey Deschanel (who sings the most beautiful duet with Will Farrell!)...each of whom brings their own key elements to the movie.
This is a great Christmas movie that should be a part of everyone's holiday collection.
I will watch this movie over and over for years to come! Just wonderful!
If any one knows of a newer version that has close caption in English, please let me know.
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One of if not the best Christmas movie out there. Our family never gets tired of this one. It's become part of our Christmas tradition.Published 3 months ago by Wilma McMurran
For the Elf lover in everyone.
All the little bonuses are very cool and definitely a collectible!!