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Beautiful Creatures (DVD + UltraViolet) (2013)

Viola Davis , Emma Thompson , Richard LaGravenese  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Viola Davis, Emma Thompson
  • Directors: Richard LaGravenese
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Ultraviolet, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 21, 2015 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (853 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009AMAGQM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Beautiful Creatures flies into the otherworldly romantic sphere occupied by the Twilight films, Buffy, The Vampire Diaries, True Blood--even Charmed. Based on the best-selling young adult book by Kami Garcia, the film adaptation of Beautiful Creatures tells a romantic tale between two young people with mysterious, dark backgrounds--and more than one secret. The young stars, Alice Englert as Lena and Alden Ehrenreich as Ethan, to whom she's mysteriously drawn, have a sweet, believable chemistry. And because it's directed by pro Richard LaGravenese (the underrated but fabulous Living Out Loud, P.S. I Love You), Beautiful Creatures is blessed with high production values; a quick, satisfying pace; and a supporting cast to die for (maybe literally). Emma Thompson, Viola Davis, Emmy Rossum, and Jeremy Irons, especially, seem to be enjoying themselves immensely as titular grownups in a teenage love story. This cast--and Lena's unexpected but badass supernatural power--all help add up to a delicious guilty pleasure. Beautiful Creatures shines with much more polish than some of the Twilight films, but carries just as much dramatic yearning. As well it should. --A.T. Hurley

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When newcomer Lena Duchannes arrives in the small town of Gatlin she quickly captures the attention of Ethan Wate, who only wants to escape what he views as a boring and dead end town. He quickly gets more than he bargained for, as Lena possesses strange powers that have long kept her at a distance from others in her life. Lena and Ethan are drawn together, but their budding romance is threatened by the dangers posed by Lena's being a Caster and her family's Dark powers, for upon her sixteenth birthday Lena must undergo the Claiming, a process that will decide her fate forever: Light or Dark.

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101 of 113 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm glad i didn't read the book. May 27, 2013
By Jenny
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
I'm a 31 year old avid reader. I loved Harry Potter, Twilight, Mortal Instruments, and Hunger Games all which became movies. Movies never live up to the novels, yet usually I still enjoy seeing how the books are adapted even if the acting is poor or some of my favorite parts have to be cut. Seeing the rating of this movie almost kept me from renting it, but then I read the reviews. Almost all of the bad reviews were people who were disappointed it didn't keep with the original story line. Well I never read the book, so I didn't know what I was missing. I was captivated beginning to end. Yes, I did notice a bad southern accent at the beginning, which I probably wouldn't have noticed if another review hadn't pointed that out. And yes there is a scene where she pours tea and obviously nothing comes out of the pot and the cup is empty. But I only noticed those things because I was looking for them based on other reviews. Within 10 minutes I had forgotten the reviews and didn't notice any other "little" thing, because the story was captivating and fun. A great coming of age story. Just like Harry Potter has to chose to use his magic for good or evil or like Edward Cullen's has to struggle against his vampire instincts, the main character struggles between good and evil and who she really is and what good and evil mean. It's a beautiful story full of love, and awesome fantasy. A must see for any fantasy freak such as myself!
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178 of 214 people found the following review helpful
By PD
Format:Amazon Instant Video
Personally I can't stand the 1 star "I read the book first and the movie sucked" crowd. Get over it. Movies cannot flow like books and keep a audience's attention, and they certainly cannot do books justice in the time frame given. I guess if you read something and a movie comes out about it either get over the fact it will not do the book justice, or don't go see it. Either way spare us of your negative, biased, and unwarranted reviews.

The story is original, and it is not just another Twilight. I have a wife and daughter who love the Twilight thing and I was forced to watch every one of them against my will. I would take this story over those any day.

So for you who have not read the books.....watch the movie with an open mind and enjoy.
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47 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable March 21, 2013
Format:DVD
As soon as I saw the trailer I bought the book and I fell in love with it. Of course the movie was completely different from the book but the movie was still good. I loved it it was enjoyable and entertaining
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read the book, but enjoyed the movie June 3, 2013
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t seems that every studio is trying to replicate the success of the Twilight Saga at the box office by adapting a teen-supernatural-romance into a film franchise (fun fact, that will make you lose faith in humanity: you can now find a 'Teen Paranormal Romance' section in your local Barnes & Nobles). I can't blame them. The first movie only cost $37 million to make and made...wait for it...$392 million worldwide. I saw the first three Twilight movies at the urging of my mother, and I will never get those 2 hours back. I despise all of the ones I've seen. They are awful cinema, bad romance, and sparkly. However, I was intrigued by Beautiful Creatures, both by the story and the actors involved.

THE GOOD
I was warned that the acting was going to be over-the-top and campy, so I actually appreciated the acting. It is never a bad experience to see Emma Thompson on screen, and this is no different. Also, the male lead (Alden Ehrenreich) is really good, adding a surprising amount of depth to what could have been a simple character.

The story was somewhat cookie-cutter, but veered off the path enough that it was as intriguing as the trailer teased.

THE BAD
I know I'm always critical of the score of a movie, but this one was bad. In fact, it was almost on the level of Eragon, which was another Jeremy Irons movie.

Viola Davis was ridiculously out of place. Almost every scene she's in feels awkward. If she doesn't start picking better movies to suit her style, she's going to go the way of Kevin Costner (i.e. an actor with accolades that now lives in obscurity). There was a scene involving the town library that was so confusing and forced.

One of the main message of the film is that 'Small Towns have Small Minds.
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195 of 272 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I feel like I need to preface this by saying the trailer of this movie made me want to read the book. Also, you should know that this review will contain SPOILERS, so do not continue reading if you don't want to know why this movie doesn't do the book justice.

When I first saw the movie trailer, I thought to myself it looked like something I would enjoy since I really liked the Twilight series, and I initially saw it as "Twilight except with witches"... errr... "Casters". Since the movie opening was a month away, it left me plenty of time to read the book. I really enjoyed reading Beautiful Creatures and read the entire book (all 550+ pages) very quickly.

I knew I'd want to see this movie as soon as I could, so I was sure to make it a showing opening weekend.

Overall, I REALLY did not like the movie. I do not feel the movie even scraped the surface of the book. It was more of a hollow shell of the literary version. I understand that with movies you have to keep it brief because at most you have about two and a half hours to communicate the story, but this movie really butchered what was an otherwise good and entertaining story. Having to cram several hundred pages into 2 hours is definitely a feat, but it's been done before and even done WELL before, so that is not even a great excuse for the filmmakers in this case.

Things I did not like about the movie:
* There was little-to-no character development and the pace was much too quick. From the very beginning, the movie starts at a grueling pace and doesn't even give the audience a chance to soak information in and decide for themselves who these people are or what to make of the story or events.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars - Beautiful Adaptation of Book
Beautiful Adaptation of Book
Published 6 days ago by John C.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my Favorites!
DVD in excellent condition. Absolutely loved this movie. Hope they come out with the sequels.
Published 6 days ago by Barbara A. Bone
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
It was an Ok movie
Published 10 days ago by Anita Earls
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie !!!!
Published 11 days ago by Veronica Prince
4.0 out of 5 stars as a stand alone movie it's not bad..
i read the 3 books in the series... & wanted to see movie...
as a stand alone movie it's not bad...
but ... if you're looking to see all the characters from Book1... Read more
Published 11 days ago by NJ shopper
4.0 out of 5 stars for pure entertainment value
Yes I read the book, but only after watching the movie by chance going through my on demand movies of the month. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Courtnie Coughlin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, great story. Takes me everytime.
Published 19 days ago by Marisa E. Sosa
1.0 out of 5 stars Daughter paid ten dollars for another glittering pansy teen bop ...
Daughter paid ten dollars for another glittering pansy teen bop phenomenon!? Someone need to put an end to this madness.
Published 21 days ago by bones24
5.0 out of 5 stars Southern Movies
Great Dvd . Can't wait for second part . Quick shipping .
Published 23 days ago by Jerry
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
bad movie
Published 24 days ago by Michel E. Spichiger
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