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Bernie [Blu-ray] (2011)

Matthew McConaughey , Jack Black , Richard Linklater  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (682 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Millennium Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (682 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0088P5Z4U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In the tiny, rural town of Carthage, TX, assistant funeral director Bernie Tiede was one of the town's most beloved residents. He taught Sunday school, sang in the church choir and was always willing to lend a helping hand. Everyone loved and appreciated Bernie, so it came as no surprise when he befriended Marjorie Nugent, an affluent widow who was as well known for her sour attitude as her fortune. Bernie frequently traveled with Marjorie and even managed her banking affairs. Marjorie quickly became fully dependent on Bernie and his generosity and Bernie struggled to meet her increasing demands. Bernie continued to handle her affairs, and the townspeople went months without seeing Marjorie. The people of Carthage were shocked when it was reported that Marjorie Nugent had been dead for some time, and Bernie Tiede was being charged with the murder.

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105 of 110 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected but quite good May 31, 2012
Format:DVD
Let me state upfront that I knew literally next to nothing about the movie's plot when I went to see it recently at my indie-movie theatre here in Cincinnati. I had heard good things about it, and that was good enough for me to check it out. Well, I was in for quite a surprise.

"Bernie" (95 min.) brings the story of Bernie Tiede (played by Jack Black) as a funeral director (excuse me, "assistant" funeral director) in Carthage, TX. Bernie is the most likeable guy you'll ever meet. He is involved in the community like no-one else before, and the small town just things the world of him. At one of the funerals, Bernie meets widow Marjorie Nugent (played by Shirley McLaine), and they strike a friendship. Marjorie is viewed by everyone as a b*tch, but the two of them get along just great. Things take a turn for the worse as Marjorie becomes more and more possesive of Bernie, and it all builds up to a confrontation between the two, and Bernie shoots her. I won't tell more of the plot, so that you can experience for yourself what happens after that. Several comments: I didn't realize until the credits rolled that (i) this is based on true mid-90s events in Carthage, and (ii) the movie intersects with interviews from people from Carthage, which it turned out are not actors but the actual folks from Chartage who witnessed the whole thing.

I must mention the excellent work from Jack Black as Bernie (has he ever been better than in this movie?), but even more so the eye-popping performance by Shirley McLaine as Marjorie, which really blew me away. Matthew McConaughey certainly deserves an honorable mention in his role as the local District Attorney, MILES away from his usual stuff. In all, I cannot emphasize enough how pleasantly surprised I was by this movie, it just flashed by in no time, and kept my interest throughout. "Bernie" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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Bernie is the new masterpiece by Richard Linklater. The fact that he could turn such a difficult premise to such a successful black comedy/drama is remarkable. This may be one of the greatest works on small-town America in this decade. Though Bernie may not have the breadth of a work like Fargo, it does magic in how it tells its story.

Really, the most fascinating thing about Bernie is the way the story is told. Rather than give us a linear story, Bernie story is mostly retold by the residents of Carthage, TX who were witnessed to the gruesome events that occurred in this innocent town. This style can backfire gloriously if these characters are too animated, but Linklater strikes the right tone. With a Texan accent and some Southern innocence, these characters all suit the benefits the main story line. He seamlessly alternates between the world of the main characters and residents. This is very competent screenwriting as Linklater only uses his main characters when they are necessary, and allows the residents of Carthage to do the main storytelling. This is a welcome retreat from heavy-set narration of many Hollywood movies, especially some master filmmakers like Woody Allen.

The movie is amazing because it centers on a murder that is hard to condemn like a CSI episode and the intent not dissimilar to Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. What makes the crime difficult to assess is that most of what the audience knows from Bernie is from the residents of Carthage, TX. We do not know Bernie as well as they do, and have to assume that their judgments are sound and not simplistic or based on a façade generated by Bernie himself.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I know the real Bernie!! June 1, 2012
Format:DVD
This is a great movie! We (people who know Bernie and or lived in Carthage) thought that there was no way that a movie could be made about a murder and be funny....But with the cast and the bizarre "this can't be true" storyline, it blew me away. I am going to see it in Carthage on Sunday with my mom and her sister, my aunt, who is in the movie. If you are a Jack Black fan...then this is a "must see".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Effeminate Man Of Death August 16, 2012
Format:DVD
I wish I'd known nothing about this film when I sat down to watch it. Unfortunately, nearly every review gives away a key detail of the plot -- usually in the first sentence -- and so although the movie wasn't ruined (hardly), I know that it lacked as much impact as it could have provided. I know this because I watched it with two people from whom I had deliberately withheld the key detail, and their response to the film -- although just as deeply pleased as mine -- had a far sharper edge of interest. They had been waiting to see what might happen. I was waiting for what I knew would happen.

If this is the only review of the film you read, then read none others, because you should go in fresh. I will tell you this much: the film is a cross between a mockumentary and an homage to the true tale of a personable mortician/funeral director named Bernie. A Methodist with a tender voice and a precise sort of careful charm, Bernie's affable and off-beat ways woo most of the citizens of the town of Carthage, Texas, including its most notable curmudgeon, an older woman named Marjorie Nugent, known as much for her wealth as for her sweet-as-a-porcupine demeanor. The unlikely friendship that blossoms between those two -- as well as its ultimate dissolution and effect on the town -- provides the heart of this absorbing, beautifully acted crime drama/dark comedy.

The movie's action is interspersed with interviews from citizens of the town, all of whom are so rich in character and colloquialisms that my friends and I could not decide if they were actors or the real deal. It turns out that they are, indeed, real citizens from the town, people who really knew Bernie, and this just adds to the film's sweetly sad charm.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT movie, sat through it twice
GREAT movie, sat through it twice. My brother mentioned this obscure film to me, I had never heard of it - how can that be?? Read more
Published 1 day ago by HeLLfyReKat
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT GREAT
The folks at Amazon rejected my first review which read "perfect transaction" but it seems they want fairly wordy feedback, which I might have provided if this were a work... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Kenneth Allen
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
did not like this movie at all
Published 7 days ago by Kelly Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie. Jack Black Was Amazing In Every way.
Yes, Jack Black is brilliant in this role. Shirley MacLaine, a seasoned pro, was really great, as well. I loved watching this movie and am so impressed with Black's performance. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Holly
5.0 out of 5 stars SMALL TOWN HYPOCRITES DOWN TO A TEA, JACK BLACK SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN AN...
FUNNY FILM ABOUT A REAL MURDER IN TEXAS AND HAS SMALL TOWN GOSSIPS TO A TEA. SHIRLEY MACLAINE IS THE PERFECT CURMUDGEON---LOVE HER, BUT SHE IS REALLY AGING:-(
Published 13 days ago by ROCKYMTNMALE
5.0 out of 5 stars Love, love
Love, love, love this movie. That fact that it is based on a true story makes it even more remarkable. The townspeople are hilarious!!!
Published 15 days ago by Tavares
5.0 out of 5 stars ODD… but I like it!
Strange but hilarious movie. I could watch it again and again because it's so oddly entertaining!
Published 21 days ago by Matthew R. Vassaur
5.0 out of 5 stars So True
I'm from East Texas not too far from where the movie takes place and this film is spot on. Watch it and think of me.
Published 22 days ago by BMc
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
OK movie.
Published 23 days ago by Susan Holland
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Perfect
Published 23 days ago by Teresa L Miller
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