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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 (846 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 (846 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004LWZWA6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,804 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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124 of 134 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
Format:DVD
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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36 of 41 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 18 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 Five Stars
Family fun for family of animal lovers.
Published 1 day ago by G. Vidal
5.0 out of 5 stars Family time!
This was an excelent family movie and I would reccomend it to anyone
Published 1 day ago by Glenda Case
3.0 out of 5 stars Horrible language for a PG-rated film.
Be careful thinking this is a good family movie. "Ass" "bulls***" "damn" all profound in this PG-Rated film. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good family movie
I watched this 2 or 3 times and I rarely ever do that, encouraging, hopeful and seeing the light at the end of the tunnle. Good family movie. I like Matt Damon he is a Good Actor. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Cathy
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Published 2 days ago by David Bucholtz
4.0 out of 5 stars and they enjoyed it. Nice to see true stories turning out ...
Watched it w/ 2 grandsons, ages 9 and 7.5, and they enjoyed it. Nice to see true stories turning out well. Does Matt Damon ever do a bad role?
Published 2 days ago by J.L.Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Family Film
I found this to be a very heartwarming family film. I love Matt Damon and he has never let me down in any of his films. As a matter of fact, all of the characters are wonderful.
Published 3 days ago by Kendyle McDaniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love the movie!
Published 4 days ago by Haley Tye
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth a watch!
This is a great family movie. My wife and I saw it once and loved it so we bought it. It has a great story of finding your own way in life when Life throws you a curveball.
Published 6 days ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a feel good movie
Great family movie. Enjoyed it tremendously. Would recommend to friends.
Published 6 days ago by Teena F.
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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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