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4.2 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Tobey Maguire, Jeff Daniels, Joan Allen, William H. Macy, J.T. Walsh
  • Directors: Gary Ross
  • Writers: Gary Ross
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: April 15 2014
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #22,451 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Pleasantville (BD)

Fantastical writer Gary Ross (Big, Dave) makes an auspicious directorial debut with this inspired and oddly touching comedy about two '90s kids (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) thrust into the black-and-white TV world of Pleasantville, a Leave It to Beaver-style sitcom complete with picket fences, corner malt shop, and warm chocolate chip cookies. When a somewhat unusual remote control (provided by repairman Don Knotts) transports them from the jaded real world to G-rated TV land, Maguire and Witherspoon are forced to play along as Bud and Mary Sue, the obedient children of George and Betty Parker (William H. Macy and Joan Allen). Maguire, an obsessive Pleasantville devotee, understands the need for not toppling the natural balance of things; Witherspoon, on the other hand, starts shaking the town up, most notably when she takes football stud Skip (Paul Walker) up to Lover's Lane for some modern-day fun and games. Soon enough, Pleasantville's teens are discovering sex along with--gasp!--rock & roll, free thinking, and soul-changing Technicolor. Filled with delightful and shrewd details about sitcom life (no toilets, no double beds, only two streets in the town), Pleasantville is a joy to watch, not only for its comedy but for the groundbreaking visual effects and astonishing production design as the town gradually transforms from crisp black and white to glorious color. Ross does tip his hand a bit about halfway through the film, obscuring the movie's basic message of the unpredictability of life with overloaded and obvious symbolism, as the black-and-white denizens of the town gang up on the "coloreds" and impose rules of conduct to keep their strait-laced town laced up. Still, the characterizations from the phenomenal cast--especially repressed housewife Allen and soda-shop owner Jeff Daniels, doing some of their best work ever--will keep you emotionally invested in the film's outcome, and waiting to see Pleasantville in all its final Technicolor glory. --Mark Englehart --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: DVD
i really enjoyed this movie.i thought it was very also deals
with themes that are as relevant today as they were in the 1950's and it
touches on themes that were relevant in the 1940's.this film is set both
in the 90's and the 50''s multi-layered in terms of story and
content.there's a lot of depth here.a lot of thought was put into the
characters,as well as the's very thought provoking,as well as
entertaining and even funny.not only is the story well written,but so
are the quirky characters.Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Magiure are
wonderful as the two leads.Jeff Daniels,Joan Allen,William
H.Macy,J.T.Walsh,and the great Don Knotts also star and are equally
good.Credit must also go to Gary Ross,who not only directed the
movie,but also produced and wrote it.even though there are some dark
themes,i think this a movie that could be,and should be watched by the
whole family.but parents should use their discretion.for
me,Pleasantville is a 5/5
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I saw this movie under the impression that it would be a fun and lighthearted exploration of the Leave it to Beaver fantasy. While it certainly delivers on that, it's the fact that this movie doesn't shy away from the racially-charged undertones of the era that makes this flick really shine. A bright, smart and thoroughly satisfying movie.
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A fascinating , well conceived and well executed movie. A contemporary brother and sister are transported back into a 1950's sitcom. Here is a film that intersperses Glorious Black & White with colour as the plot thickens. As the siblings from the future interact with the very "set in their ways " inhabitants of Pleasantville things are altered , causing ripples in space-time that shake existence to the core , and more and more " colour " is added to the world. Chocked full of symbols , metaphor , and allegory , as I watched the movie I thought what fun it would have been to have it as subject matter in a High School English course. Then to my delight I found that the DVD I have includes a commentary by the writer / producer / director ( Gary Ross ) . Many things that were not noticed during the initial viewing came to my attention through watching the commentary , for instance , once transported back to Pleasantville in a classroom scene notice that EVERY student has brought the teacher an apple , the desk is covered in them ! Silly , insignificant in itself , but a powerful symbol . Good fun recommended as an entertaining experience , but a must see for students of cinema , and with an extensive list of accomplished well known actors.
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I liked it because it was so different. It's a story of a boy that likes an old black & white TV show, like `Leave it to Beaver', and he and his sister gets sucked into it. They become the children of the featured family in the show. The boy is having a good time living the dream and the girl is a real rebel and does not want to fit into this world.

Since they are the anomalies in the show, they start to distort and change the show. This is a world where everything is back and white and the anomalies start to show up as colour in the show. One of things that I liked about the show was having colour images on a B&W background and the further you got into the movie, the more you saw until its all colour. It's a fun movie about the `butterfly effect' - where any distortion in time will have a cascading effect. Once they solve the mystery in the show, they are allowed to return back to their world.

Most movies you can but in categories but you cant with this one. There is no other show that reminds me of this one. It is so unique that you have to see it to understand. I hope you all have a chance to watch it once.
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In a previous review, someone had mentioned that the second half of Pleasantville became a social/political attack on the 50's, which ruined the fantasy aspect that made the movie entertaining. I would argue that the film is an accurate reflection of the "Nostalgia Trap" that we often fall prey to in modern society. The movie is not criticizing the post-war life, it is deconstructing the myth that everything was simple, or black-and-white in the 50's. The comments above are myths that we have developed over the last 50 years (about teen-pregnancy, marraige, etc.). (If you want to read more about these misconceptions and see the historical data, read: The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap by Stephanie Coontz.) My favorite part of Pleasantville is when the mom at the end of the movie is stood-up by her boyfriend, and she says to David, "It wasn't supposed to be this way," and he replies, "It's not supposed to be ANY way." That is the moral I carried out of this film.
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David and Jennifer Wagner (Tobey Maguire & Reese Witherspoon) are your typical teens from the 90's. But nothing prepares them for what would happen when a mysterious TV repairman (Don Knotts) gives them an strange TV remote controller. Suddenly, the two teens are transported into the 50's TV sitcom series, "Pleasantville". David and Jennifer are now Bud and Mary Sue Parker. Their parents are George Parker, (William H. Macy) who always knows best, and Betty Parker, (Joan Allen), the perfect suburban wife who stays at home working in the kitchen. There's the corner malt shop owned by Bill Johnson (Jeff Daniels), only two main streets to the whole town, the high school basketball team who NEVER misses a shot, and most important of all, everything is in black and white! It's not long before the two teens expose the 50's culture to some 90's liberalism, free-thinking ideas, and (gasp, should I say it?) sex. But ultimately, the biggest change taking place is the mysterious appearances of colors...
Now that I've written the synopsis, "Pleasantville", I've come to the most difficult part of writing a review, putting your thoughts and opinions of the movie down. And I must say, "Pleasantville" is an especially difficult movie to write a review on.
First off, let's put down the good points of the film. The acting was very well done, the older actors standing out the most. William H. Macy had one scene towards the end where he was just terrific! Jeff Daniels was also superb, in the beginning where he's just so confused because David/Bud is doing things out of synch was just so funny! And Joan Allen develops her character nicely.
As everyone has most probably mentioned, the special effects are simply fantastic and breathtaking!
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