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Doubt [Blu-ray] (2008)

Meryl Streep , Philip Seymour Hoffman , John Patrick Shanley  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis
  • Directors: John Patrick Shanley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: 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: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (419 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001PA0FF4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,862 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Doubt [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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From Miramax Films comes one of the most honored and acclaimed motion pictures of the year, Doubt. Based on the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play, Doubt is a mesmerizing, suspense-filled drama with four riveting performances from Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis that will have you pinned to the edge of your seat. Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Streep), the rigid and fear-inspiring principal of the Saint Nicholas Church School, suffers an extreme dislike for the progressive and popular parish priest Father Flynn (Hoffman). Looking for wrongdoing in every corner, Sister Aloysius believes she's uncovered the ultimate sin when she hears Father Flynn has taken a special interest in a troubled boy. But without proof, the only thing certain is doubt. Nominated for 5 Golden Globes and 6 Critics' Choice awards, there is no Doubt it is "One of the best pictures of the year," (USA Today, Rolling Stone, New York Post, San Francisco Examiner, Roger Ebert).
Bonus Features include From Stage To Screen, Scoring Doubt, The Sisters Of Charity

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118 of 133 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Hard Habit to Break December 29, 2008
In "The Devil Wears Prada", Meryl Streep armored herself in an icily glamorous veneer, striking terror into the hearts of subordinates with a deadly combination of haughty contempt and soft-spoken venom. Her turn as an Anna Wintour-ish magazine editor was funny, yet subtle, never succumbing to over-the-top theatrics that would have propelled the performance into caricature. As the formidable Sister Aloysius in John Patrick Shanley's new film version of his Broadway hit, "Doubt", Streep again assays the role of an unlikable character, this time with a terrifying earnestness that eschews subtlety for the ferocious passion of a woman for her beliefs.

Set in an urban Catholic school circa 1964, "Doubt" unfolds in a rapidly changing America that many aren't yet ready to embrace. The Kennedy assassination is still fresh in everyone's minds, and the civil rights movement has resulted in the enrollment of the first black student in the Italian-Irish parish school. The parish priest, a forward-thinking and open-minded (relative) newcomer, is destined to clash with the school's principal, an old-school, fire-breathing dragon of a nun. When a question of priestly impropriety with the black student arises, all hell breaks loose, as Sister Aloysius jumps at the opportunity to rid her world of a man whom she clearly considers unworthy of wearing the robes of the priesthood. Whether her certainty of the priest's guilt is a manifestation of her dislike for the man, or a show of genuine concern for the welfare of the young student, becomes a point of contention between Sister Aloysius and the younger, sweet-natured Sister James who, naively, started the ball rolling in the first place.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Is doubt a virtue? December 28, 2008
At a Catholic school circa 1964, doubt has begun to enter a world of certainty. Times are changing and the Catholic Church is becoming more liberal. This sets the stage for a battle between principal Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) and Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman). Sister Aloysius suspects Father Flynn of inappropriate behavior with a student (Joseph Foster II) on very circumstantial evidence and makes it her crusade to remove him from his position. As she says, she has no proof, but she has her certainty.

It is this certainty which seems to make her a monster, as she dismisses each bit of information or alternate interpretation of events that would cast doubt on her belief. But this would not be such a rich film if writer / director John Patrick Shanley had made it that simple. The viewer is never given satisfactory ground for completely siding with either the sister or the father. While it is very clear that Sister Aloysius is very rigid, cold, and judgmental, it is also possible that she is right. I admire the way Shanley encourages us to think about the issues raised and draw our own conclusions, which is why I was very disappointed in the final moments of this film, in which Shanley makes explicit a element of his theme that would have been better left understated, ending his script on a rather jarring note. Amy Adams, who plays the young sister caught in the middle of this battle, and Viola Davis, who plays the boy's mother, also deserve mention for their powerful performances.
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75 of 87 people found the following review helpful
No predictions here about who will win Academy Awards, but this film is certainly the best I have seen in 2008. Meryl Streep is superb as Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic secondary school that faces a coming era of change in 1964 when this drama is set. The night before I saw "Doubt", I watched the DVD of Mamma Mia! How can one woman be so talented? Meryl Streep is simply amazing. Philip Seymour Hoffman has to be a lock for best actor performance in my book. He matches Streep stride for stride, and convinces us of his role with subtlety of facial expression as well as a huge dynamic range of tone and timbre in the delivery of his lines. Best Supporting Actresses -- and there are two. The larger part belongs to Amy Adams, who is superbly nuanced as Sister James. In her role, we can almost feel the innocence of the 1950s becoming the breakdown of authority in the 60's and 70's. Little foxes running rampant in the vineyard! I was stunned by Adams' acting skill in this very difficult role. However, I cannot give her my supporting actress award by herself. Viola Davis, as the mother of a troubled black student at the school, has only one long scene plus a short later appearance. She handles it with consummate skill. Try conveying a realistic portrayal of a mother who is willing to accept a lesser evil in the life of her son in order to avoid a much greater evil. But both options are evil and destructive. Davis carries the day to perfection. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
leaves you thinking in the end...
Published 2 days ago by Justice Obstructed
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I was happy with my purchase.
Published 2 days ago by Terri
4.0 out of 5 stars but a good summer movie
Per usual Meryl Street and Seymour Hoffman are fabulous. A depressing story in many ways and the ending was a bit of a surprise, but a good summer movie.
Published 7 days ago by B. Ahlberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
100% happy. Thank you.
Published 11 days ago by Susie D.
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoyed this movie and was glad I purchased it
I really enjoyed this movie and was glad I purchased it. The acting was very good from all involved. Innocence or guilt come into play regarding charges of child sexual abuse. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Floweringplum
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT MOVIE - But not compatible with all players...
Five stars for the movie...but I'm pretty sure the "THIS VIDEO WON'T PLAY IN MANY BLU-RAY PLAYERS" warning wasn't there when I purchased the movie. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Eric S. Wyatt
5.0 out of 5 stars Some how this one fell just under the radar......
Some how this one fell just under the radar. It really has so much to say about us as human being's and the two leads play off of each other with perfection. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Rocky
5.0 out of 5 stars Many people have died in that very situation with the perpetrators...
This is something which happens any and everyday at least once in anyone's life! It is all there for any one to ponder. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jean - Pierre Enguehard
5.0 out of 5 stars The winds they are a-changing, and they come sowing the seeds of doubt
If there ever was a film to make you think seriously about your beliefs, this is the one. DOUBT is a powerhouse of acting talent that tackles issues of faith, certainty and truth... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robert Hayes
4.0 out of 5 stars Doubt
A powerful performance by Meryl Streep and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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