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Bad Boy Bubby [Blu-ray] (1993)

Nicholas Hope , Claire Benito , Rolf de Heer  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Carmel Johnson
  • Directors: Rolf de Heer
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024R1R9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,858 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He's been in his room for 35 years. It's time to let him out!

L.A. Weekly called it "disturbing and compelling," and it was awarded The Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Despite a limited release in America, it would shock and delight audiences to become one of the most daring and controversial cult films of the past decade. Nicholas Hope - in what Variety hails as "an astonishing performance" - stars as Bubby, a demented man-child kept locked his entire life in a squalid apartment by his depraved mother. But when Bubby - who can only communicate by mimicking what others say and do - escapes into the outside, he soon discovers the wonders of sex, crime, rock & roll and pizza. Will this 'mad bastard' be destroyed by the realities of our cruel world, or does a higher calling ultimately await him in the most unlikely place of all?

"Christ Kid, You're a Weirdo" - Interview with Director Rolf de Heer
"Being Bubby" - Interview with Star Nicolas Hope
"Confessor Caressor" - Short Film Starring Nicolas Hope
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"An amazing journey! A Rare Film... As Funny As It Is Poignant And Bizarre!" -- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Twisted and hilarious! Imagine BEING THERE Directed By David Lynch... Don't Pass This Up!" -- Shock Cinema

Five Stars! (Highest Rating) "This is a brilliant, expertly made film that is truly like nothing I've ever seen, and cannot recommend it highly enough!" -- James Reilly, Horrorview

Four Stars! (Highest Rating) "Unlike anything you've seen before... Hilarious and weird as hell!" -- Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio

Grade: A "...a cynically funny, righteously blasphemous, surprisingly tender experience." -- Doug Brod, Entertainment Weekly

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable April 14, 2005
In the film Bad Boy Bubby, the title character is a thirty-five year old man child who has been locked inside a cramped, dingy room by his abusive mother for his entire life. When Bubby's Pop suddenly shows up after a thirty-five year absence, Bubby is flushed out of his home, and the only world he has ever known, by his Mom and Pop, and into the "real" world, where he experiences equal measures of human cruelty and human kindness.

The film is at times bleak, harrowing, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. All of the actors do a very fine job, but Nicholas Hope's performance as Bubby is absolutely stunning. There's a long tradition of actors delving into roles of this type, Sling Blade, Awakenings or Rain Man for example, and while Hope's performance isn't as widely regarded as the lead performances in these three films, it surely would be if the film Bad Boy Bubby had received a wider release - especially in the United States, where until now it has been practically nonexistent. Now however, thanks to Blue Underground and this great DVD release a much wider audience will hopefully be able to see this exceptional film for the first time.

Once again Blue Underground has done a really topnotch job. The film transfer looks great and there are two sound options: a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and a Dolby Surround 2.0. Of special note, the sound for the film was recorded using a binaural sound system that is meant to allow the viewer the experience of hearing everything the same way the main character would.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece of Black Comedy! July 14, 2006
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I first learned of this film from the curator of film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. He said he had been on lay over from a plane trip in Brussels. Since he was a film curator, he tries to see rare films from the world. He ended up seeing Bad Boy Bubby. His search for the film to be shown in the US involved having to use the internet and people he knew in the Australian Film Industry to track down a print of the film. He ended up having to contact the director directly to obtain a 35 mm print of the film. I was really bowled over by it and have seen the film twice on the silver screen. I was thrilled to see that it was so easily available on DVD.

The story portrayed is about a man who has been locked away in an apartment by his mother his whole life. Bubby's language and intellectual development has been stunted by the abuse suffered over the years. Life changes a bit when his long lost father returns and Bubby ends up in the world, unable to do anything but mimic what others say and sounds. Bubby emerges from an abusive household to a hostile world which slowly warms up to him and becomes more compassionate. As Bubby is exposed to more compassion and kindness, he mimics the compassion and kindness others have shown him. A good allegory on how people are affected by the way they are treated. A very beautiful black comedy with heart.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bad Boy Bubby : All He Needed Was Love December 28, 2008
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Bad Boy Bubby is a drama,dark comedy that was created in 1994 in Australia.This twisted movie covers taboo subjects such as incest, child abuse, blasphmy and animal cruelty.

Bubby is a 35 year old man who has been trapped in a two room slum and has never seen the outside world. He lives with his mother, Flo a disgusting woman who prevents Bubby from going outside by telling him that he will die instantly from the posionus gases in the air. One day, Bubby's father came back to the house 35 year after he left. Both Bubby and his father wer astonished to see each other. Bubby's father is a conman who dresses up like a priest. When he first met Bubby he seemed friendly twards Bubby and insisted Bubby to call him "Pop". However, as the movie progressed, it turned out the father was an agressive drunk. He beats Bubby and both him and Flo take turns making fun of him. Eventually, Pop kicks Bubby out of the house in to the outside world. At first Bubby is scared that he will die from the air. But after realizing that the air won't kill him, he decides to explore the outside world. Yet,Bubby has no morals and he doesn't know what to expect.Durring his journey, he meets some bad people such as Salvation Army girl who seduces him, the traffic Cop who beats Bubby up and then leaves by the side of the road and A group of woman who kicks him. He also gets in to bad situations such as going to jail, getting kicked out numerous times from stores and resteraunts and having no place to live. Bubby also finds out that most of the people that he has met judges him by the way he acts, not by who he is. He realizes that people think that he is a bad person so, Bubby tries to act like Pop. Bubby thinks if he acts like Pop, people will accept him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Dave
This movie will probably offend some people, but it is mostly a highly amusing black comedy. The central performance from Nicholas Hope is simply fantastic despite all the unconventional aspects of a character that has not been let out of his room for over three decades. Because Bubby has no clue about social convention it is almost impossible to predict what happens next - this makes for an interesting and shocking viewing.

The supplements on the DVD also contains an interesting insight into how the character was created. It shows Nick Hope to be a very precise and thoughtful person who we do not see enough of on the big screen.

Hollywood could never ever make a movie like Bad Boy Bubby - make sure you check Bubby out for yourself!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A friend turned me onto this amazing, life changing film-so glad he...
A friend turned me onto this amazing, life changing film-so glad he did! Just love this right of passage, spiritual journey this tortured souls takes-a timeless classic I watch... Read more
Published 2 months ago by VisualArtsGuy
5.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm...
This movie certainly leaves no stone unturned... animal cruelty, incest, murder... not for the faint of heart!! Right out of the box this film is an attack on the senses... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Raymond Kurtz
5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly comic and compelling
I had no idea what to expect when I watched Bad Boy Bubby, but I'm so glad I did. It has stayed with me for a week now, I keep thinking about it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Trika Chica
5.0 out of 5 stars Bubby !!!!!!
I'm a weirdo........ I LOVED this movie. I imagine most people would not give it more than 10 minutes before turning it off. Read more
Published 17 months ago by mr. jsb
5.0 out of 5 stars Like Nothing You've Ever Seen
As sad as this movie makes you feel, it also shocks, makes you laugh and then makes you feel good. Watch with an open mind and enjoy. Wow whtat a ride.
Published 21 months ago by Peaceful_Inhaler
5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy with product and service, thankyou.
Very happy with product and service, thankyou. Fantastic movie for everyone to have in their cupboard, great present for Xmas
Published 22 months ago by Emily Rust
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD Bad Boy Bubby
Dvd was sent from USA to Australia POSTAGE WAS VERY QUICK. PRODUCT IN GREAT CONDITION. Movie content is very funny, sad and confronting all at the same time. Read more
Published on July 31, 2012 by Toni
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow, I was not expecting that!
I watched this for free on a subscription streaming film service (I guess that doesn't mean free but I did't have to buy the film itself. Read more
Published on July 24, 2012 by TripsCallerDoh
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the greatest movie ever made
I will start this off with a warning. I watch messed up movies and this one is really messed up. If you can not handle a movie that is going to make you feel bad about yourself for... Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by Michael G
5.0 out of 5 stars The Human Soul and the Ego....
I know of one sure modern film-masterpiece from 1993, and that's none other than "Naked" by Mike Leigh. But now, there's another one to add to that list. Read more
Published on February 11, 2012 by CARLOS ROMERO
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