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The Host (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + UltraViolet) (2013)

Saoirse Ronan , Jake Abel , Andrew Niccol  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Saoirse Ronan, Jake Abel, Max Irons, Boyd Holbrook, Frances Fisher
  • Directors: Andrew Niccol
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Nick Wechsler, Steve Schwartz, Paula Mae Schwartz, Stephenie Meyer
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1)
  • Subtitles: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Digital Copy Expiration Date: May 2, 2016 (Click here for more information)
  • Run Time: 252 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (798 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0090SI4OC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,709 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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From Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the worldwide phenomenon The Twilight Saga, comes this daring and romantic thriller based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel.  When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans’ bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world.  The Host is a passionate and powerful epic love story co-starring Diane Kruger, Jake Abel, Frances Fisher, Max Irons and William Hurt.

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145 of 175 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
First, let me say, I'm not a "Twi-hard." I don't have any interest in sparkly vampires and ripped werewolves. And as a heterosexual male who is not a teenager, that's not too surprising. But I did really love the novel "the Host." For me, the concept is sort of like "Dances with Wolves" or "Avatar." But instead of having a human run off to live with giant blue smurfs, here we have a protagonist who is truly alien and learns to become human.

I think there are three problems with the film:

1. The thing that almost sunk the movie for me was the way the character of Melanie Stryder was manifested in Wanda's head. I didn't mind the use of voice-overs, but I did mind the way that "Melanie" came across...sometimes, she sounded like a petulant 14 year-old and not the 20 year-old woman she was in the story. When Saoirse Ronan was in Wanda mode, I found her mostly more convincing and otherworldly (although near the end, she started sounding like a typical human girl with weird contact lenses in her eyes instead of an alien being that had lived multiple lifetimes in different bodies over a thousand years).

I really do wonder if it would have been a smarter thing to have cast an older actress in the role (perhaps if Jennifer Lawrence had been free she could have done it better). I think Ronan is a beautiful woman and she's definitely talented as an actress but as I said, when she was in "jealous Melanie" mode, she came across as very young...and not particularly likeable.

It also would have been smart to minimize the internal dialogue as much as possible and convey a lot of it with just Ronan's expressions and flashbacks.

2.
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55 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Host- The movie April 25, 2013
By Roxy
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie. It had all the ups and downs I like to see when I watch a movie. It was entertaining and interesting. No movie is ever just like the book so I don't know why we even try to compare. Your imagination is always better than the movie. I will buy this movie because I enjoyed it that much. I do enjoy science fiction and I think this movie will fit right in with my DVD collection.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Some Interesting Themes, But Mostly Flat August 18, 2013
Format:Blu-ray
I'm usually a fan of science fiction fare and so, after hearing some good things about "The Host", I finally decided to give it a look. While some of its science fiction aspects did appeal to me, I mainly just felt let down, like I was watching an emotionally "flat" movie.

For a basic plot summary, "The Host" sees Earth being colonized by aliens who take over bodies and suppress the human souls. When this process happens to Melanie Styder (Saoirse Ronan), however, her soul fights back against "Wanderer", the new alien being. With this internal battle raging in Melanie's body, she reconnects with her younger brother (Chandler Canterbury), former boyfriend (Max Irons), and uncle (William Hurt) who just so happens to be leading a pocket of human resistance against the colonizers.

To me, the interesting parts of this movie consisted of the battle between Wanderer and Melanie for which soul would rest in their shared body. A lot of "what it means to be human" themes swirl around, many of which produce some deep-thought issues.

The trouble is, I felt that the acting and directing was woefully inadequate to portray some of those lofty philosophical ideals. The film was just too stark and stoic to ever draw out the kind of true, real emotion that can make characters memorable. The "love triangle" evident about half way through the movie has no "kick" because the two male members just don't have much character development. The same can be said for the young boy character. Just not enough "acting meat" to ever make me truly care about the principles.

Finally, and this may get me a few automatic down-votes alone, but I feel this is a movie that appeals much more to women and their feelings/emotions.
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28 of 40 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining April 26, 2013
Format:DVD
I saw this movie and I loved it! It didn't really follow the book but I wasn't expecting it to by now people should not even bother complaining about that if it always happens. The movie was enjoyable and although there were some scenes that kinda dragged on the movie was good it wasn't as bad as people are saying.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars from a fan of the book... July 14, 2013
By jimonte
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie was very well made and well acted. While the storyline differed from the book, these changes were necessary to tell the story in two hours. I hope Stephanie Meyer decides to complete some follow up novels so that this story may continue.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fairly good adaption considering the challenges June 25, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
In short, I thought the movie was done well, considering the challenge of informing the viewers about "souls." I never expect a movie to be exactly like the book but I was pleasantly surprised by this production and how well it followed the books' timeline. I recommend it to those who have and haven't read the book, but if you haven't I recommend reading it just to gain the full emotions and back story that movies lack.
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14 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars i loved this movie April 5, 2013
Format:DVD
Pacing
- The pacing was very good for the time restraints it has (800+ page book into 2 hours movie) thing flowed from scene to scene. The emotional flow is about the same as the book with pieces taken out to shorten the film

Action
- There gun fight and chases though they are quick and don last as long we can chalk that up mostly to length. Though there is not as much action and many my have thought. There a still scene intermixed helping the flow of the movie.

Cinematography
- Really nice looking Andrew Niccol does a fabulous Job using wide camera angles to show case the scenery Which is stunning even for a desert. He captures the emotion of character using the camera to show their face and eyes to help show you how the characters are felling. This was very well done.

Production
- I personally Love the cave scene I feel as though they did a really good job with something of this magnitude (a huge interior living cave system),
-The desert scene are well shot and make you feel lost as if you where in the desert with the characters
-The scene in Louisiana Are very well shot used many land marks that look and feel Futuristic and metallic.
-This is same look is used for the look of the vehicles, tools and accessories used and it's pulled off very well
- Has flashes of Andrew Niccol's visual style
-Which lead to Costumes, they were great as souls the where a vintage style, as the cave dwellers they look and feel worn in and practical.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for young adults
This was a great book to read with my 8th grade class! They hated when it was time to put the book down. I wish there was a sequel.
Published 3 days ago by Daniel Grunewald
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie, on the slow side
I was very surprise with this movie. Good plot, a twist or two and the acting is very good. Now when the romance stars that's when in my opinion, slows down. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Luis A. Ortiz
2.0 out of 5 stars regretful
I regret spending money to see this movie. The book was much better, and two weeks after I paid to rent it, it came out on Netflix, and I could have watched this terrible movie for... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Renee A.Fetterhoff
4.0 out of 5 stars Not like the book. Fair warning
Why can't they just stick to the story. Its a good one. read the book. Way better. If you can mentally separate the move and book as two different stories... Read more
Published 15 days ago by firefox824
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie, that even my teens loved.
Interesting and provacative themes of self will and a strong spirit. See the hope and human spirit. Very uplifting love story of family and friends.
Published 15 days ago by Craftybayler
5.0 out of 5 stars why can't more companies do this
Good movie, what gets it five stars is the fact someone was smart and got all the formats right in there. 1blu ray, 1dvd, 1 iTunes and 1 ultraviolet copy. Read more
Published 20 days ago by jim chan
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst ever
Literally the worst movie I have ever seen. The internal dialogues is contrived and distracting. Listen, I don't think the Twilight movies are Oscar Gold or anything, but they seem... Read more
Published 22 days ago by Bartlet4President
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpectedly interesting story
I didn't expect to like a story written by an author who targets seventeen year old girls romantic interests. Yes, there is that element here too. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Donald H Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars book
this book is better than the movie it is not like the book. Read the book and then see the movie and see for yourself
Published 27 days ago by KK
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Movie
I'm not sure why this movie received bad ratings but I really liked it. But there again I think Saoirse Ronan is a upcoming big star.
Published 28 days ago by Shadow John
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