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Margaret: Theatrical and Extended Cut (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo) (2011)

Anna Paquin , Matt Damon , Kenneth Lonergan  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Anna Paquin, Matt Damon
  • Directors: Kenneth Lonergan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: July 10, 2012
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (151 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005LAIGF0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,631 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Margaret: Theatrical and Extended Cut (Blu-ray/ DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray


Disc 2: DVD, Director's Extended Cut

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Please note: Blu-ray disc offers only the theatrical version, while the DVD disc offers only the extended cut version.

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107 of 120 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This review is based on the theatrical release May 4, 2012
By Kevin D
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was fortunate enough to see this film recently at the West End Cinema in DC. Having read some of the mixed reviews, I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I found myself pleasantly taken with the movie. Yes, there are one or two digressions that could have been better integrated with the story (or, possibly, cut). Yes, the climactic scene could've stood some tweaks. And yes, between this and You Can Count on Me, I do prefer the latter. But this was still one of the best films I've seen in years! It is a mature work, and honest, and considered. The emotions and psychologies of the characters feel real and authentic. If you're looking for a light, generic popcorn movie, this film is not for you. But if you appreciate true to life drama with weightier themes that will challenge your preconceptions and stimulate your higher cognitive functions, Margaret is definitely worth watching.

An early scene, of the story's tragic inciting incident, was so brutal, so powerful, and so upsetting that I almost had to leave the theater. The main character's involvement in this scene means that she is forever changed, and it's to be expected that she will begin to "act out" as she struggles to recalibrate her life in tragedy's wake. You might not like, or agree with, everything she does, but she is fascinating to watch. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone sums it up best: "Margaret, for all its flaws, is a film of rare beauty and shocking gravity."

As a product note, the disc release includes both the theatrical version (on Blu-ray) and an extended cut (on DVD). From what I've read, it sounded like the director was pressured to cut the film down to less than 2 and a half hours for the theatrical release, so it will be particularly interesting to watch the extended version. Perhaps some of the film's loose threads will prove to be more interwoven after all.
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75 of 83 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Among the best movies I've seen July 12, 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I can't remember the last time I've been so moved by a film -- maybe never. What's it about? Everything. It's hard to think of a major theme of human existence that is not explored in this movie. What it's mostly about is a teenage girl's confrontation with mortality. The title comes from a beautiful poem by Gerard Manley Hopkins called "Spring and Fall," which is read in the film by Matthew Broderick, playing Anna Paquin's high school English teacher:

To a young child

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thoughts care for, can you?
Ah! as the heart grows older
It will come to such sights colder
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow's springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for.

Even now as I read that poem and recall the powerful closing moments of the movie -- where Paquin weeps and knows why -- a tear comes to my eye.

The film has an effortless realism. The classroom scenes and the lawyers are pitch-perfect. I mention them in particular, because movies usually get them wrong. The depiction of smart teenagers (and teachers) -- what they say and how they say it -- is dead-on. Every character is fully drawn. You know them all, and empathize. Some think the movie is too cluttered. I suppose the Matt Damon subplot is the least successful -- at least in the theatrical cut -- but I did not find the movie overstuffed. You need it all to appreciate the girl's coming of age as she deals with so many of the usual adolescent challenges, plus the outrageous fact of death.

This is a brilliant, spellbinding movie from start to finish.
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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars FORMATS :: Read this before you buy July 18, 2012
By Vajra
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Be aware that while this set does contain both versions of the film, it includes them IN ONLY ONE FORMAT EACH. The theatrical release is here ONLY in Blu-ray, and the extended version is here ONLY as a DVD. If like me you don't have Blu-ray, you won't be able to watch the theatrical release. And if on the other hand you wanted to watch the highly-regarded extended version in Blu-ray quality, this set won't give you that option.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The 411 by Maria:

This is an absolute must see movie. A+ cast! Stellar performances by Anna Paquin and J Smith Cameron. Paquin plays Lisa a 17 year old girl high school student and lives in Manhattan with her mother (Cameron) and brother. Smart script and dialogue about how life chews us up and spits us out.

When Lisa sets out to find a cowboy hat, she inadvertently causes the death of a woman crossing the street.

Guilt and frustration alters her already "too smart for her own good" youthful view of the world. The movie takes its time and centers around complex day to day issues; death, hatred, real world events like 9/11, racial differences, teen pregnancy, drugs and divorce. Sounds like a devastating film? It isn't it is a centered, deep, thought provoking movie of the realities of the world our children are growing up in and how it affects them.

So well done, I will be thinking about it for days.

Anna Paquin and J. Smith Cameron along with the rest are incredible. Brilliantly acted! The scene of the bus accident is a harsh reality and Paquin will never be just Sookie to me again!

FYI: Not a child friendly film. Nudity, harsh language and a bloody accident add to the movie and are not there for dramatic visuals.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a horrid movie - terrible, disgusting people
This is a horrid movie - terrible, disgusting people.... The main character, Lisa, is so unlikable - I wished she had been hit by the bus.
Published 15 days ago by David Rodgers
1.0 out of 5 stars I watched the 180plus-minute uncut directors version. It would have...
If you need a good nap, this is a great fkick to go to sleep by. BORING!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Stupid movie with bad acting. Don't waste your money!!
Published 1 month ago by Jasmine
5.0 out of 5 stars Possibly one of my top films of all time, ...
Possibly one of my top films of all time, but certainly my wife and I agreed this was one of the most powerful films we've seen in a very long time; you must see the FULL version... Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. LaFleur
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by nick
1.0 out of 5 stars Just a complete waste as a movie in my opinion
I was shocked at how un-enlightening this film was. The story line is very slow moving and it is very melodramatic. Just a complete waste as a movie in my opinion.
Published 2 months ago by Jordan
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Acting.....
Great Acting.... a bit of a downer movie though.... everyone is pretty messed up.
Published 2 months ago by Lori Reeves
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking movie. My initial judgements evolved as the ...
Thought provoking movie. My initial judgements evolved as the characters grew.
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, very moving emotional drama
In college, my film professor once compared experiencing great works of art, whether literature, music, or film, to becoming closer to God. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SJreviewsEverything
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Seriously, Amazon, lower the price already.
It appears that Amazon has the Margaret Blu-Ray as an exclusive. Amazon typically just matches competitor's pricing, but since this disc isn't available at Target, Best Buy, etc., Amazon knows it can charge more.

I think this is a sign of what would happen with ALL new release titles if places... Read More
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