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Catfish [Blu-ray] (2010)

Nev Schulman , Michigander Abby , Ariel Schulman Henry Joost  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nev Schulman, Michigander Abby
  • Directors: Ariel Schulman Henry Joost
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal
  • DVD Release Date: January 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (366 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003Q6D1Z6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #134,834 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Catfish [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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In late 2007, filmmakers Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost sensed a story unfolding as they began to film the life of Ariel’s brother, Nev. They had no idea that their project would lead to the most exhilarating and unsettling months of their lives. A reality thriller that is a shocking product of our times, Catfish is a riveting story of love, deception and grace within a labyrinth of online intrigue.

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70 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
As many others, I distinctly recall the marketing campaign for "Catfish" that spoke of this quasi-documentary in thriller-like terminology. I was actually surprised by how wide this movie dropped in its initial theatrical release--most current documentaries don't get a full scale media blitz but instead are relegated to the art house circuit. In many ways, I can already see the negative backlash that this approach has caused by setting up expectations that the actual film had little intentions of fulfilling. It's disappointing, really, in reaching for a broader appeal--perhaps "Catfish" was a bit oversold for mass consumption. "Catfish" is actually a very compelling and entertaining character driven piece and I think that the people who approach it with no pre-conceived notions might find this film has a lot to offer about our media obsession. Where David Fincher's "The Social Network" was the great fictional Facebook movie of 2010, I think "Catfish" stands as an interesting counterpoint in the non-fiction category.

In truth, the less you know about "Catfish"--the better. And perhaps that is the reason behind the mysterious trailer that may have been a tad misleading. The story is extremely contemporary. Anyone who has experienced online networking and dating know the inherent perils in believing everything you read. It's simply not prudent. "Catfish" documents a relationship between a successful New York photographer and 8 year old Abby, an artist in Michigan. Abby sends him a painting of one of his published photos and the two strike up an electronic friendship. His brother and friend start to document this blossoming camaraderie and this forms the initial basis for "Catfish.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unforgettable January 29, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
Having lived near Ishpeming Michigan for many years before moving out east, I knew immediately that something was awry with the photos of the characters. But this movie is so full of interesting and sensitive twists and turns that it is absolutely gripping. I don't for a minute think this was faked ala Blair Witch. It is just too true to be comfortable for most people. Bravo to the filmmakers for following it to the difficult end.
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30 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars So where does the truth end and the film begin? May 7, 2011
Format:DVD
In 2007, a photographer in New York City, Nev Schulman, was surprised to receive a parcel in the post containing a painting. It was a painting of a picture of his that had been published in The New York Sun some weeks earlier, and the artist was apparently only eight years old. Intrigued, Schulman began corresponding with Abby, the artist, online under her mother Angela's supervision. His brother Ariel and friend Henry, amateur film-makers, smell a potential good story here and begin filming Nev's interactions with Abby's family by phone and computer. Nev also comes into contact with Abby's family members via Facebook, particularly her 19-year-old sister Megan, whom he starts 'Internet dating'. Since the family live many hundreds of miles away in Michigan, the chances of meeting them soon do not appear to be likely.

Whilst working on a project in Colorado, the trio start to find holes in the story presented to them. Megan, who sings and plays guitar and piano, sends Nev some songs she's recorded, but he finds that they are recordings of songs from YouTube. Googling reveals no mention of Abby's artistic skills in local media. Nev becomes concerned over being scammed, and they decide to detour to Michigan on the way home to learn the truth.

Catfish is an interesting film that was released last year after proving a storm at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. It then triggered a significant wave of controversy, though we'll come to that in a moment. It's easy to see why the film has been praised: it's a zeitgeist-capturing movie about people who forge relationships online where the details presented by the parties involved may be exaggerated or indeed fabricated altogether.
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39 of 55 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Maybe the Girl You Love Isn't Who She Says She Is September 24, 2010
Format:DVD
That the authenticity of "Catfish" is in question is both the film's greatest strength and its biggest weakness. Directors Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost have repeatedly claimed that their documentary isn't a hoax, and while I'd like to believe them, I admit that I have my doubts; some of it comes off as a little too dramatic, almost as if the situation were intentionally manufactured for the sake of telling a cautionary tale of internet romance. That being said, the definition and purpose of a true documentary is open for debate. Some believe it should objectively present life as it is, the camera meant to provoke or surprise an unassuming subject, the audience meant to participate as a fly on the wall. Others believe it should express an opinion and support its position with facts and figures. "Catfish" seems to do a little bit of both, confusing matters even further.

Still, there's no denying that it's a gripping piece of work - mysterious, at times suspenseful, at times amusing, and in the end, a curiously touching examination of human behavior and the power of art. If the film is real, if the people on camera are not actors but actual documentary subjects, then it may someday be regarded as one of the best examples of early twenty-first century Cinéma vérité.

The film follows New York photographer Nev Schulman, Ariel's brother, who in 2008 received a painting of one of his photos from eight-year-old Michigan native Abby Pierce. Flattered by her interest in his work, he adds her as a friend on Facebook. This quickly expands to include most of her family, including her mother, Angela, and her older half-sister, Megan, the latter two he begins corresponding with over the phone.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Wow, not a good wow.
I really think this film was meant for another generation. I generally really like independent film. I generally really like film shot under very real and personal circumstances. Read more
Published 12 hours ago by davidg73
2.0 out of 5 stars The trailer is a lot better than the movie.
I was kind of expecting to see something a lot more sinister than the movie actually provides. See, the trailer kind of makes it look like someone gets lured to a house and gets... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cadence
4.0 out of 5 stars Facinating
Surprising and unique modern day real life drama.
Definitely worth seeing though it is a bit sad at times yo!
Published 10 days ago by jason
4.0 out of 5 stars Sad
As much as this is a story about being duped, it's sad to know there are people out there living dual lives to feel worthy. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Atlas635
1.0 out of 5 stars this movie is trash
obviously scripted, like way too obvious. real boring movie, dont waste your time or money, believe me, its that boring
Published 1 month ago by Crimefam
5.0 out of 5 stars best documentary ever
I just love this film, it is raw, it's real, something that has happened to just about anyone who have tried dating via online, or news paper, and even on the phone you never know... Read more
Published 1 month ago by milton g
5.0 out of 5 stars Timberland womens
Loved boots, just the boots I have been looking for a long time. Ordered my size and was very disappointed in the small size, length was good but way to narrow. Read more
Published 1 month ago by robin hill
3.0 out of 5 stars GETS IT IN REVERSE
The funny or rather unfunny thing about this movie is that the smug bratty filmmakers who set out to show how they've been violated, instead end up garnering all the sympathy for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by smir5864
3.0 out of 5 stars great for the fan in the family
my daughter is a fan and will watch over and over if possible. she hates to have to share with anyone
Published 2 months ago by antonio vega.jr
5.0 out of 5 stars Unique
Very well done. Interesting. Well composed. Unique. Nev is fascinating to watch - he brings a kindness and compassion to the interactions shown that is remarkable. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cardiff Camel
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