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In the Family [Blu-ray] (2013)

Sebastian Banes , Patrick Wang , Patrick Wang  |  Blu-ray
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Park Overall, Brian Murray
  • Directors: Patrick Wang
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: In the Family LLC
  • DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
  • Run Time: 169 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00COBWXI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,478 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a heartfelt story woven around child custody, two-Dad families, loss, interracial relations, the American South, and the human side of the law, the nature of what it means to be in a family is explored with ambitious and rewarding nuance.

SPECIAL FEATURES: Simple Expressions of Absolute Values, video essay by Kevin B. Lee | The Mirror to Nature, video essay by H.P. Mendoza | A Tour of the Cutting Room Floor and Sculpting a Scene, video essays by Patrick Wang | Behind the Scenes video | Theatrical trailer | On the feature: Subtitles for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing | Optional 5.1 audio | Booklet: Essays by Godfrey Cheshire, Michael Guillén, Dave Boyle and Brian Hu

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"I was completely absorbed from beginning to end. What a courageous first feature this is, a film that sidesteps shopworn stereotypes and tells a quiet, firm, deeply humanist story about doing the right thing. It is a film that avoids any message or statement and simply shows us, with infinite sympathy, how the life of a completely original character can help us lead our own." --Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"A signature achievement…deliberate and marked by uncommon grace, IN THE FAMILY manages to feel politically and culturally acute without ever resorting to melodrama, or having to wave banners for issues or causes, except perhaps in its quiet way for a renewed humanism in movies and a return to stories about everyday lives." --Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

"A remarkably fresh and unpredictable drama. Beautifully modulated and stylistically sui generis, IN THE FAMILY is also one of the most accomplished and undersold directorial debuts this year. One senses that [Wang] is rediscovering the rules of cinema on his own. This is a career to keep an eye on." --Paul Brunick, New York Times

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4.8 out of 5 stars
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A completely absorbing and outstanding film debut May 16, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have been advocating for this film ever since I first saw it in Chicago. When it came back to Chicago, I went to see it again. I am dumbfounded that it wasn't considered for an Academy Award.

Patrick Wang's direction is thoughtful, well-considered, and a pleasant change from traditional Hollywood film making. Scenes in which the action is happening off-camera carry more impact than had the action been filmed.

The film's subject matter -- same-sex families, two dads, fighting relatives over child custody, death, loss, homophobia, race, love -- could have easily turned this film into a maudlin mess were it not for Wang's skillful screenwriting, directing, and acting. The film also skillfully avoids being overtly political despite the subject matter. I'm writing my own first screenplay and I've learned a lot just from repeatedly watching this film.

I know it sounds like hyperbole, but this is seriously the best film I've seen in years.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The stuff Academy Award winning films are made of May 16, 2013
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Many critics could argue, perhaps convincingly, that "In the Family" could be edited from its almost 3 hours to 2 hours, however, the pacing of the film doesn't suffer from its length. And by taking time to develop the almost mundane everyday life of a gay couple raising a young son, the film is actually a bold political statement that speaks directly to every person who thinks being gay is somehow a non-stop sex fest. Because of that, the film makes a very strong point even before the issues at the heart of the movie become front and center. It's a family friendly film where sexual orientation is almost an afterthought of the movie and that is what sets the tone and makes it groundbreaking. That is a long winded way of saying that anyone who thinks the film should fit into a typical 2 hour movie formula, is missing the depth of the story and the emotional impact the pacing creates.

Many Asian-American actors would say they hate doing accents because they are connected with stereotypical roles, but Patrick Wang's southern accent probably wasn't what Asian-American actors had in mind and in this case it is a testament to Patrick's incredible acting abilities. I am one who thinks directors should direct and not also take on the demand of acting in their own films because both can suffer, but Patrick Wang's acting and directing are both amazing. He has embraced this film heart and soul and it's evident in its emotional complexity and perhaps this is a case where it could not have been as successful without Patrick in both roles.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful film, beautiful blu-ray July 3, 2013
By Colby
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What does it mean to be a family? For some family is defined as one man, one woman, both attached to God, with children and an eternal sealing. For others (including me) family is defined as a group of people who love each other. Simple.

Joey and Cody have raised their son, Chip, for at least 5 years together. Normal, every-day routines of two loving parents and one lucky child begin the film. Then, suddenly, Cody dies. Joey and Chip are left behind, numb, grieving and being pulled back into the every-day. Life seems to go on.

Until Joey is informed of Cody's will. It states that Chip, along with all of Cody's possessions, belongs to Cody's sister and husband. Joey is quickly pushed out of the picture and left without any legal custody of his son. Thus begins a slow, powerful journey of understanding, love, and family.

In The Family is 169 minutes long. It is drawn out, subtle, and realistic. There isn't any background music. Many scenes don't include dialogue. It is simply a window into the life of these characters. It lets us see them for who they are, watch them eat, talk, and try to understand the bumps of life and their bruises from them. It is an art film, an indie film, and a quietly powerful experience, one which benefits from more than one viewing. Film: 4/5 STARS

The video quality is nearly perfect. The material is presented neatly. None of this film is flashy, but rather subdued and realistic. This style of film looks good on Blu-ray. Video: 5/5 STARS

Audio is good. The film is filled with conversations and real-life sounds. Dialogue is easy enough to hear. Audio: 4/5 STARS

Extras include video essays and written essays that are especially interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Quiet, Tough, Totally Engrossing May 18, 2013
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I saw this movie twice in the theater with audiences who were rapt, in certain places even softly gasping at the quiet surprises in the tremendously moving storyline.

Patrick Wang is not only a masterful actor and writer but also the best kind of director who chooses exactly the right actor for every part and brings out of those actors the depth of character with a minimum of movement and expression. Wang's work with the cinematographer puts not only every scene at the edge of the frame, but also the nerves of the audience who learn what it is and what it means to be literally "on edge", to be outside or as nearly outside of the community as a body can get.

Yet there are no villains here: all the characters are rich and motivated by only the best motivations; that is what makes the conflict so gripping and so human.

In so many reviews of this extraordinary film there are nods to the length of the movie as if it might be considered a detriment, but the length and slowness are immediately recognizably integral to the film, the fullness and emptiness of the same moment in time, the hugeness of the emotion yet the tiny pinpricks of all of the hurts and poignancies within that emotion, brilliant and excruciating and dear.

I have ordered six copies to give to my best friends since they were unable to see the movie in the movie theater. I think anyone who sees this movie will want to do the same because it is not only unique, not only profound to the deepest part of one's psyche and love, but utterly fulfilling.

Bob Locke
Sacramento CA
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5.0 out of 5 stars good story about modern world problems to grapple with adoption ...
good story about modern world problems to grapple with adoption of kids by same sex partners and acceptance of it
Published 13 days ago by sweatpentsman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully Imagined, Lovely Film
A beautifully imagined, beautifully filmed piece that explores what it is to be family, and how family isn't always what people think it "should" be. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Virginia Reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Best movie of the decade.
I normally have trouble focusing on movies when playing them at home but this movie drew me in and within the first 30 minutes I dropped any other things to do and sat in rapt... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Table on Ten
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching, well-told story of a complicated family
I saw this movie twice in theaters - the second time drove to a city three hours away to make my friends there watch it - and it is a wonderful film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by J. Bradshaw
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but slow moving story line.
It was a very good story line but extremely slow. Worth watching. I would recommend it. Very good actors. Some scenes seemed to stand still.
Published 9 months ago by Catrina M Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars Serious Subject but Too Long of a Movie
I agree with all the reviews regarding the subject matter. This is very relevant with what happens today and how important it is to recognize same sex parenting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see ...
Love this film! The subject matter speaks to the heart. From the direction to the acting - it's beautifully done! I highly recommend this film.
Published 10 months ago by David NYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Some of the best, most naturalistic film-making I've ever seen
Patrick Wang's In the Family had only the briefest run in cinemas, so I watched carefully for it to become available on DVD. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Alex Gowans
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This film transcends all the things it sounds like on the surface. I have no idea how Patrick Wang has pulled off this amazing work, but somehow he got me to stick with him for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Brian A. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Well worth a viewing
Great film, wonderfully acted and filmed. A great American story told extremely well. A mesmerizing family drama that makes you feel like a fly on the wall.
Published 13 months ago by Michael Nielly
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