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We Bought a Zoo (Blu-ray/ DVD + Digital Copy) (2011)

Matt Damon , Scarlett Johansson , Cameron Crowe  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (879 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (879 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZWA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,643 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Oscarr Winner Matt Damon gives a heartfelt performance in this "delightful surprise" (Lou Lumenick, New York Post) that's based on a true story. When his teenage son gets into trouble, Benjamin Mee (Damon) gives up a lucrative newspaper job to move his family to the most unlikely of places: a zoo! With help from an eclectic staff, and with many misadventures along the way, Benjamin embarks on a fresh beginning to restore the dilapidated zoo to its former glory, while uniting his family. From the director of Jerry Maguire, We Bought a Zoo is a "wonderful, warm and witty" (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio News) celebration of the human spirit.

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125 of 135 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Really, when are folks the most maudlin if not during the holiday season? When they're most likely to forgive one's abundance of sentimentality? WE BOUGHT A ZOO utilizes savvy product placement by coinciding its box office release with the month of December. Not that it mattered to me one bit when this film would've come out. Me, I'm a sucker for the sentimental stuff. The movie's title doesn't lie; you get the gist of the premise. Here's Cameron Crowe again, manipulating your emotions, coaxing a laugh, making you tear up. He's such a user.

It's based on a true story. Matt Damon, one of my favorite actors, plays journalist Benjamin Mee who nurses an adventurous streak. He has interviewed dangerous underworld figures in third world nations. He has flown into Category 4 storms. Benjamin profoundly believes that 20 seconds of insane courage can only alter your life for the better. But how much insane courage can one muster when the love of your life leaves you?

Benjamin Mee can't stand pity, even pity assignments at work. Six months after his wife's passing, Benjamin quits his career and - when a neighbor's party causes his seven-year-old girl Rosie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones) to remark: "Their happy's too loud." - he uproots the fam. Seeking a new residence, he and Rosie stumble upon what looks to be the ideal home in the country, even if it's nine miles from a Target store or pretty much from any other store. Except that a broken-down zoo is attached to the house. Buy one, buy the other. Benjamin Mee has always strived to give his kids an "authentic American experience," but his bump of common sense is interfering here. Ultimately, it's little Rosie's unbounded joy at the thought of having a zoo that decides things.
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
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Heart-warming, moving, funny, and beautifully acted - We Bought A Zoo is a very enjoyable family movie that will both lift your spirits with its graceful humor, and make you reflect on life and family related issues thanks to the profound message it carries. It's a fantastic adaptation of Benjamin Mee's memoir, and one of the most delightful movies I've seen in recent months.

Colin Ford, who plays the troubled son, was absolutely fantastic in his role. Sympathetic and real, he really brought his character to life with his convincing acting. And so did Matt Damon. Now, I'm not a huge fan of Matt Damon, but I must admit that he really fit into this role perfectly. You could tell that he enjoyed himself and that definitely elevated his performance. Scarlett Johansson surprised me. To be honest, I did not think of Johansson when picturing Kelly Foster while reading the book. I imagined someone taller, tougher and more obviously kick-ars. And yet when I saw Johansson on the screen I knew she was the one! She wasn't her usual girly self, she appeared stronger and fiercer than ever, and I really loved that about her. She turned out to be the perfect girl for the role.

It's not very often that I prefer the movie adaptation over the book its based on, but that's exactly what happened with We Bought a Zoo. I enjoyed the book a lot, but I loved the movie even more. Maybe it's thanks to the fabulous cast and their expressiveness, maybe I loved the animals, or the soundtrack and the uplifting atmosphere it created. Or maybe it's a little bit of everything and how it all came together, exploring the complexity of life, family relationships, grief and love. I don't know. All I know is that I really loved this movie. It moved me. I feel that I learned something important while watching it. It was a magical and enriching experience and I'll definitely recommend watching We Bought A Zoo to all my friends.
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37 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My family Loved This Movie! April 6, 2012
Format:DVD
This may have been last years only real movie. You'd never know that from the title because its far from a campy kids movie. Matt Damon has never been better, and Scarlet until now has never been a favorite. It's not often that the entire family can enjoy a movie together. My 11 year old son said that he loved it so much that it's tied for #1 with The Goonies, and that's saying something coming from an 11 year old boy. The entire family agreed that laughing, and occasionally shedding a tear in the same movie is a good thing. I wish there were more movies like We Bought a Zoo. Actually, I just wish there were more Cameron Crowe movies.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The feel-good movie of 2011! February 7, 2012
Format:DVD
The sound of the plot sounds like a complete kids movie (and the audience of the showing I attended would prove that claim), but there is more to this film than meets the eye. Director Cameron Crowe (one of my favorites) co-writes a wonderful screenplay full of engaging, fun characters, based on the true life story of Benjamin Mee, a man who decided to purchase a run-down zoo, fix it up, and re-open it. Matt Damon, Colin Ford (who they did a wonderful job as casting as Damon's son as he looks just like a younger version of Damon), and Elle Fanning are the stars of this film, and while the animals and kids may seem like the focus, it is the relationships and life issues that take center stage. The film has that particular heartwarming magic that is infused in nearly all of Crowe's films, which is so appealing to me; it also features one of the best music scores of the year by Jonsi (of Sigur Ros). I don't know if this is exactly for kids 'cause there are lots of grown-up, dramatic moments (and they might get bored), but it's a film I'd see over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it just a really good wholesome, family movie with an excellent cast
it just a really good wholesome,family movie with an excellent cast.
Published 12 hours ago by GRACE HERRING
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great family show
Published 12 hours ago by Barbara S Emerson
5.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Good family movie. Has a bit of humor in it - appropriate for watching as a family.
Published 19 hours ago by B. L. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars My wife and I really liked it, it was a good ol' love story/family ...
My wife and I really liked it, it was a good ol' love story/family story and got to see all the cool animals. Glenn
Published 3 days ago by Glenn DeVolder
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by Kathryn Lee Thomas
1.0 out of 5 stars Inappropriate language
Took my children and nephews to see this in the theater. The first instance of cursing had the older kids squirming uncomfortably in their seats, but we decided to give it another... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Russell Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, lots of beautiful shots. A great story for anyone who loves to imagine and adventure.
Published 4 days ago by Ross Birdsong
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the movie.
Published 4 days ago by Kathryn Schlichting
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It is a great movie for all ages love it so glad I found it on Amazon
Published 5 days ago by girlmike
4.0 out of 5 stars Buy a Zoo
This is a great movie. Made me laugh, cry - what a great movie about starting over. Having dreams and following them.
Published 5 days ago by MsThingNV
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looks like Amazon raised their price. Looks like i'm buying this at Best Buy after work. Sorry Amazon!
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