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The Butterfly Effect (Director's Cut & Theatrical Release) [Blu-ray]

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Ashton Kutcher is Evan Treborn, a college student who finds that he has a unique ability to travel into his past and alter prior events, thus enabling him to rearrange his future. The story opens in childhood with Evan (played by John Patrick Amedori) and three friends-Lenny, Kayleigh, and her brother, Tommy-getting into lots of mischief and, frighteningly, avoiding being videotaped naked by Kayleigh and Tommy's drunken, sadistic father. It also doesn't help that Evan draws weird pictures, scares his mother with kitchen knives, and experiences frequent blackouts. A psychiatrist suggests that Evan keep a daily journal of his activities, and as the weeks and months pass so does the size of Evan's journal collection. When a childhood prank by the four children goes horribly awry, it changes the course of everyone's collective destinies. Flash forward to present day and we find Evan an honors student in college and seven years free of any blackouts. But running into Kayleigh (Amy Smart, Rat Race), who works as a waitress and has an otherwise abysmal existence, restarts Evan's condition. When Evan finds out that she's killed herself, he attempts to head into the past to save Kayleigh from her fate. Thus begins a weird, strange adventure as Evan maneuvers his past and present in a desperate bid to make everything right again.


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  • Actors: Ashton Kutcher, Amy Smart, Melora Walters, Cameron Bright, Elden Henson
  • Directors: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Writers: Eric Bress, J. Mackye Gruber
  • Producers: Chris Bender, Cale Boyter, Richard Brener, A.J. Dix
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (623 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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161 of 178 people found the following review helpful By Louis Barbarelli on February 4, 2004
Because most of the critics slammed this movie, I went to see it expecting a lot less than I got. I thought the movie was fine: rich plot, good pacing, intense drama, and solid performances by all of the actors. Ashton Kutcher, who has a great screen presence (I've never seen him before; don't watch much TV) played the role with just the right degrees of intensity, bewiderment, and desperation. Amy Smart's performance fluctuated convincingly from loyal lover, to air-headed ingenue, to hardened prostitute, etc. And I loved the way the other supporting characters changed personalities with time shifts.
The kid actors looked very much like their adult counterparts, especially in Kutcher's case, so that the constant transitions between pre-teen, teen, and adult versions of the characters were very smooth... this was important to keep the audience suspending its disbelief.
The screenplay delved into taboo subjects fearlessly, which I think added to its richness and made it all the more riveting.
Most of the critics didn't like this film, and I suspect a lot of that has to do with their personal disdain of Kutcher. That's neither relevant nor fair. Roger Ebert tried to be fair in his review and did say some good things about the movie, but he was bothered a lot by the inexplicably artistic quality of the drawing and the note-lettering penned by the Kutcher character. I agree that this high quality this was kind of odd, since the character was never portrayed as an artist, but I think that's a minor detail that detracted only slightly from one's enjoyment of the movie. Overall, Butterfly Effect was a handsomely-filmed, "sci-fi" movie that didn't rely on special effects to hold my interest and entertain me. It was a great ride. What more could the critics want?
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103 of 114 people found the following review helpful By Michael Crane on July 10, 2004
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While "The Butterfly Effect" wasn't critically acclaimed or well loved by everyone, I thought it was a pretty good movie when I first saw it at the theatres. It was a dark and completely disturbing film that made me want to look away at times, but at the same time I was very intrigued. My only problem was the ending. I thought it really contradicted the whole theme of the movie, but I always suspected that the so-called "happy ending" was forced upon since the movie is so dark and hard to watch that they thought there was no way people would like it if a more darker and depressing ending were added. Well, now you get to see the director's cut of the film that's on this very DVD, which offers the superior ending.
Evan had terrible blackouts when he was little, very much like his father. He would blackout during terrible situations and not remember anything. That's when it was suggested to him that he keep a journal to see if he could remember what happened during those blackouts. When Evan is all grown up, still haunted by his terrible past that had blanketed him and his friends, he discovers that he can relive those memories when he reads his entries. He can view it like a movie and finally see what had happened during his blackouts. Not only that, but he has the power to even alter those moments. Determined to fix the pasts of him and his friends, he relives those memories and tries to fix them so they will all have a better future. However, when he tries to change one thing, it leads to devastating results that he could have never foreseen. As the cover says, "Change one thing... change EVERYTHING."
I found this film to be very interesting and complex, even though I felt that the film itself was not perfect.
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48 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Mac Trager on January 2, 2004
I saw a screening of this movie and as much as I expected to be non-plussed at best, it was amazing. Like a cross between Memento and a dark It's A Wonderful Life, the movie plays with time, reality, and the greatest "What if?" that there's ever been.
Ashton Kutcher plays Evan, a college student who can relive gnarly past events and in doing so, change the present. The outcome is always a surprising set of consequences. I don't want to say too much about the movie because I sincerely believe this is one of those few movies where you shouldn't know too much. While a number of movies have played with time travel (Terminator, Back to the Future, Etc...) this one does it with a gritty slickness that is truly different and very unpredictable.
People will definately be surprised at Kutcher's performance and this movie is an inarguable breakthrough for him as a dramatic actor. Amy Smart shows her dramatic chops as well, after doing comedic roles in Rat Race and Road Trip. It's kind of a dream role, in that she gets to play four characters in one movie, each one multi-dimensional and vastly diverse from the previous ones. I read that Eldon Henson, dropped and gained 30 pounds for his various roles as well. I think it demonstrates the dedication that the actors put into the project and it certainly pays off on screen.
It's an incredibly thought provoking concept with all these cool set ups and payoffs along the way. I was surprised by how violent it was at times, but it worked for the story and I'm not turned off by that kinda thing. By far one of the best movies I've seen this year and deserves some sort of critical acclaim even though it comes out at a time of year when movies are for the most part forgotten.
See this movie and you'll get your money's worth. I'm probably going to have to see it again because, like films like The Sixth Sense, it should be even cooler the second time around when you know the secrets.
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