- Actors: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews, Don McManus
- Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Writers: Paul Thomas Anderson
- Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, Daniel P. Collins, JoAnne Sellar
- Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
- 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: 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 2
- Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
- Release Date: June 24 2003
- Run Time: 95 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 248 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00000G02H
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,381 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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Punch-Drunk Love (Superbit™, Special Edition) (Bilingual)
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Winner of the Best Director Prize at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, "this misfit love story of disconnected people trying to find one another in an antagonistic world is a comedy of discomfort and rage that turns unexpectedly sweet and pure." Adam Sandler gives an amazing and unusual performance asBarry Egan, a socially impaired owner of a small novelty business, who is dominated by seven sisters and is unlikely to find love unless it finds him. When a mysterious woman comes into his life, hisemotions go haywire, fluctuating between uncontrollable rage, lust and self-doubt. "Punch-Drunk Love leaves you addled, a little dizzy and overcome by a pleasing, unplaceable sensation." "A romantic comedy as wonderful as it is strange that expands the genre to its absurdist outer limits and makes us believe." From the writer/director of Boogie Nights and Magnolia, Punch-Drunk Love is a dark, lovely and unique film experience.
Quatrième long métrage de Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love se joue des codes de la comédie romantique. Surprenant et rafraîchissant, ce film a reçu le prix de la mise en scène au Festival de Cannes en 2002.
Barry Egan a un costume bleu, sept sœurs et un emploi. Mais sa vie change quand il décide de sintéresser à un concours organisé par une marque de puddings permettant daccumuler des kilomètres en avion. Il rencontre deux blondes : lune, douce et romantique ; lautre, prostituée et arnaqueuse.
Paul Thomas Anderson situe laction en banlieue de Los Angeles, royaume des grandes surfaces et de la dépersonnalisation. Portrait dun célibataire dépressif et violent, voire schizophrène, Punch-Drunk Love dresse aussi un noir tableau de notre société, où règnent la normalité et la banalité. Ce célibataire maladroit, cest le loser, lexemple parfait de ce quil ne faut pas faire pour réussir sa vie.
Misant sur le charisme dAdam Sandler, une des stars du Saturday Night Live, et sur la très juste Emily Watson, Punch-Drunk Love bénéficie également dune réalisation toute en finesse, oscillant entre un expressionnisme stylisé et lunivers en technicolor des comédies musicales. Malgré un happy end peut-être un peu facile, ce film original est un beau pied de nez au cinéma de papa, grincheux et cynique. --Helen FaradjiSee all Product description
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While there are echoes of the Coen Bothers, this film is unlike any other I've ever seen. A weird and 90% successful mash-up of Hollywood romantic comedy, art-film, exploration of despair, and surreal playfulness. The first time I saw it, it blew me away. The second time, prepared for its wild twists I could appreciate its subtle details more, but also noticed the holes (e.g. Emily Watson's somewhat underdeveloped character - does she willfully not see Sandler's madness, or what makes her love it?). One of those films I look forward to watching yet again sometime.
While I look forward to a blu-ray edition, Sony's superbit DVD does look very, very good.
Punch Drunk Love tells the story of Barry Egan (Adam Sandler), a small business owner who has an eye for the small things in life. Egan has seven sisters whose constant ridicule of their brother keep him alone, somewhat unbalanced and unable to fall in love. That is until one day when a mysterious woman (Emily Watson) enters his life leading him upon a romantic and twisted journey.
The genesis of Punch Drunk Love came two years ago, when Paul Thomas Anderson came across a Time magazine article about David Phillips, a University of California civil engineer who stumbled upon a lucrative frequent-flyer promotion. Like Egan he became known to the entire airline industry as the Pudding Guy as Phillips had accumulated 1.25 million air-miles by purchasing 12,150 cups of Healthy Choice pudding for a mere $3000. It may seem a peculiar basis but Anderson optioned Phillips' story and wrote the film specifically with Sandler in mind.
Egan lives within himself, a fantasy world if you will, that is accentuated and highlighted by the Rainbow coloured cuts that institute a new era of each narrative act. As you watch this film, one feels that they are literally looking out upon everything from his perspective, and can feel his frustration as both camera and sound exemplify this out of body experience throughout. Indeed as this world that he so badly wants to be a part of pushes him to the point of rage the amplification of the slightest sound that we hear seems to justify any action or indeed inaction that he takes.
Like the opening car crash that bears little relation or obvious consequence, Eagan is man looking for a reason for being. Frustrated by the bullying of his sisters, he is on a road to destruction in which no one cares how hard he will hit the wall at the end. Sandler, unlike many of his films prior to this point, truly shows here that he can meet that standard when the bar is raised. He is the real Rainman: a man held back by the implication and constraints of normal living as he beautifully creates a sincere, honest and poignantly funny portrayal of a man lost in himself.
At the start of the story an old organ is discarded in the street before Egan's full view. Uncertain at first he collects it and hesitantly proceeds to tinker and fix it, in much the same way that the understated performance of Watson brings him out of himself and nurtures him into bloom. Though it may sound soppy, nothing is ever clear sailing and this quirky tale spins and loops in such a way that will keep you gripped to the end.
Sandler, Watson and indeed the dastardly performance by Hoffman along with a fine supporting cast provide a perfect ensemble to this slice of a magnified focus upon the small things in life. Most people do not notice the world in which they live, and like the Pudding Guy you should follow his lead and make sure you absorb every facet of this beautifully quirky film.
Watching the first 10 minutes of "Punch-Drunk Love," I didn't have the slightest clue about WHAT was going to happen to WHO or WHY---all I knew was this was by far the best (most original, imaginative, and daring) damn American film to come out in years. It never stopped surprising, confounding, and challenging me as a viewer; just when I started to think I knew what was coming next, WHACK! Something totally different happens, and it all comes to sort of make "sense" within its own surreal yet extremely-real, context. Unlike a lot of art films that also take a lot of chances aesthetically, PDL is always absorbing, engrossing, and exhilarating to watch, even if there are a lot of things that go over your head---perfect for repeated viewings!
Conclusion: Don't buy this [crummy] movie.
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