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John Dies At The End [Blu-ray] (2012)

Chase Williamson , Rob Mayes , Don Coscarelli  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Chase Williamson, Rob Mayes, Paul Giamatti, Clancy Brown, Glynn Turman
  • Directors: Don Coscarelli
  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (635 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B04NJCG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,543 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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It's all about the Soy Sauce, a drug that promises an out-of-body experience with each hit. But some who come back are no longer human. Suddenly a silent otherworldly invasion is underway, and mankind needs a hero. What it gets instead is John and David, a pair of college dropouts who can barely hold down jobs.

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113 of 131 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
This movie is losing a star because of how poorly adapted it was. We all know that adaptations are iffy and even hardcore fans of something will accept before viewing that a movie will leave parts out, some of those parts their favorites. But many very important character developments were left out as well as very chilling and mind-blowing elements. The first hour was a wonderful experience, even with the few minor changes. The last half hour was rushed and confusing, jumbling up several sub plots in a very lazy way.

~THERE WILL BE SPOILERS. SPOILERS WILL BE MARKED WITH A STAR~

I'll start out with the PROS:

-Great casting, great acting. Dave and John were portrayed just as they should have been and Chase Williamson's facial expressions and line delivery were especially good. John was just as ridiculous as he should have been and his whole demeanor was very "book John". Doug Jones is one of my favorites and I loved that he was Robert North (changed to "Roger" in the film for some reason). I love Clancy Brown and Paul Giamatti in general but Paul Giamatti was a perfect Arnie. Also, Tai Bennett as Robert Marley was AMAZING. Dude deserves serious props for his delivery of "the speech" to Dave. That guy needs to be cast in EVERYTHING. It's very clear to me that many of the actors read the book and studied their characters carefully. The Justin White, The Shelly and Detective Appleton were all very good too. Overall, the acting in this film was really, really good and I have zero gripes with the talent.

-The special effects were at times a little campy (towards the end of the film, maybe the budget was getting tight) but that didn't take away from the experience.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A soy sauce revelation February 22, 2013
Format:DVD
"John Dies at the End" is based on the novel by David Wong (a pseudonym for author Jason Pargin). It's director Don Coscarelli's ("Phantasm," "Bubba Ho-Tep") first feature film in ten years. The horror comedy did make the rounds at certain film festivals in 2012, but is getting a limited theatrical run in certain markets in 2013 and is already available on demand. If you've never read Wong's novel, you don't really know what you're getting yourself into. Reception thus far has been mostly negative labeling the film as incredibly bizarre without much of a payoff, but that isn't entirely accurate. Speaking as someone who's a stickler for solid writing in cinema, this is a rare instance where a film can still be pretty enjoyable without everything making sense.

Dave (Chase Williamson) is sitting in a dimly lit Chinese restaurant telling his unbelievable story to a reporter named Arnie (Paul Giamatti) and it's a doozy. After Dave is able to analyze everything about the change in Arnie's pocket without seeing it and knowing every detail of the dream Arnie had the night before without Arnie even bringing it up, Arnie is eventually able to come to the realization that this is no normal story. When Dave was still in high school, his friend John (Rob Mayes) was in a band. At a party that John's band was playing at, Dave met a Jamaican guy named Robert Marley (Tai Bennett) who not only knew everything about Dave but seemed to know every detail about everything before it happened. That is how Dave and John were introduced to a drug known as "soy sauce," a black liquid which "opens their minds to s*** they've never seen before;" those are the words of Robert Marley.
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66 of 81 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its only flaw is that it should have been longer December 27, 2012
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I'll begin by admitting that I'm an unapologetic David Wong fan-boy; I own both the JDatE novel and the sequel in hardcover, and I've been following the progress of this film since day one of the announcement. The release of the film has been on my mind for months, and I watched this tonight with my heart in my throat.

Is it as good as the book? No.

It's also not as long. And it's in a completely different medium. And there is absolutely no way on earth that the film could EVER have looked and sounded exactly the way that I imagined it. The film is quite altered from the text in some places, and yet beat-for-beat in others ... and sometimes, the changes were jarring. Many of my favorite lines and scenes from the book didn't make the cut, and some of the changes were inexplicable to me.

But for fans of Wong's writing, this a damn good adaptation: created by people who truly love the source material ... even if, in some instances, it seems like they don't truly "get" it, at least in the same way that I do. That's not much of a complaint; I suppose that it's "praise by faint damning" - my issues with the film are, given the circumstances, a wash.

I only wish that this amazing novel could have received the full 10-hour "Game of Thrones" HBO miniseries treatment. Since that simply wasn't going to happen, I accept that this fun little flick is a faithful beginner's guide to the weird writing of David Wong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fun journey into the absurd & profound. January 22, 2013
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No, it's not the book (which you will also enjoy), and maybe it's not for everyone. But if you like 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' & 'Evil Dead II' —I can pretty much guarantee you will love this movie as much as I do. It's the same director who did 'Bubba Ho-tep'.

How can you not enjoy a movie that not only has a meat monster, but also a killer mustache, a guy talking on a bratwurst, alternative universes, and a heroic dog?

I say give it a go. I don't think you'll be sorry you did. Bonus: this is good on weed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awkwardly Funny and Intrinsically Entertaining
This movie is a cross between being awkwardly funny and intrinsically entertaining. The actor’s have done a great job by playing convincing parts and making the characters... Read more
Published 2 days ago by David J Kunter
2.0 out of 5 stars The preview was better
This was most likely a way better book, this movie is kind of a joke but mostlikely would be better for a child/teen.
Published 2 days ago by tarosa
1.0 out of 5 stars A real letdown
I know I'm not the first person who read the book and then got pissed because the movie changed s***, but this movie changed way too much. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Garrett Boneberg
1.0 out of 5 stars This movie died in the beginninge
John may have died in the but this movie has died well before that. A complete waste of my time.
Published 6 days ago by SrMcJesus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie I liked it.
I would recommend this movie if you like TV shows like supernatural and ghost whisperer kind of
a combination of the both of them.
Published 8 days ago by Benji
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This isn't your classic sci-fi monster movie but a romp in your head. Initially starting off a bit slow, it picks up, draws you in and gets you thinking. It's more of a mindgame.
Published 10 days ago by Ernst Stavro Blofeldt
5.0 out of 5 stars followed the book NEARLY word for word perfect!
this movie did not disapoint! it is one of the few movies ive seen that actually follows the book NEARLY word for word. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny
OK, we found this by accident surfing our prime tv. And for whatever reason, it is just hokey enough to watch more than once. Love this dumb movie.
Published 13 days ago by Katrina L. Paradine
1.0 out of 5 stars Uninteresting
Featuring an inactive unlikable protagonist and (intentionally?) bad special effects the story seemed to never get going or present any sort of reason to stay interested. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Tom Endicott
1.0 out of 5 stars The Film Version Dies at the Beginning....and stays dead.....sadly....
First off, I loved this book; I believe I gave it 4 stars here. But this film was a MAJOR letdown from the book. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Stanton McGillicuddy
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