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My Name Is Bruce (2008)

Bruce Campbell , Ted Raimi , Bruce Campbell  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Bruce Campbell, Ted Raimi, Grace Thorsen, Ellen Sandweiss, Dan Hicks
  • Directors: Bruce Campbell
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 84 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001KEGR5M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Cult film and TV star Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice) lampoons his own B-movie legacy with My Name is Bruce, an agreeably goofy horror-comedy which pits him--well, a version of him, anyway--against a malevolent Asian spirit in order to save a die-hard fan. Campbell also directed Bruce, and brings a loose, kitchen-sink vibe to the proceedings, which has teenager and die-hard Bruce Campbell fan Jeff (Taylor Sharp) kidnap his idol in order to save his small town from an ancient Chinese demon. Unfortunately, the movie Bruce Campbell is a broken-down, booze-swilling reprobate who lacks even an ounce of the insouciant charm of his screen persona in Evil Dead 2 or the Hercules series, and proves woefully inadequate in dispelling the monster. But as films ranging from Cat Ballou and My Favorite Year to Galaxy Quest and Three Amigos! have proven, the unwavering belief of a fan can bring out the hero in even the worst heel, and Bruce rises to the occasion in the picture's final third. Obviously, Bruce is slated towards fans of Campbell's eccentric screen c.v., and aficionados will undoubtedly appreciate the endless slew of nods to his previous films, as well as cameos by many of his co-stars, including Ted Raimi in multiple roles (one of which is a Chinese gentleman that gives Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's a run for his money in the stereotype department). Campbell himself remains the movie's chief selling point; his knack for physical humor (read: self-abuse) and pulpy line readings have lost none of their charm, which does much to override some of the flick's flotilla of stale gags. Campbell's sense of humor is also given free reign on the commentary track, which he shares with producer Mike Richardson; the DVD, which comes with a 24-page comic book adaptation from Dark Horse, also includes an amusing making-of featurette, as well as a spoofy tell-all mockumentary on the "real" Bruce Campbell, and a trailer for the atrocious film-within-a-film, Cavealien 2. -- Paul Gaita

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Something evil is stirring in the small mining town of Gold Lick, and it's not happy. Guan-di, the Chinese protector of the dead with a strange affinity for bean curd, has been awakened by reckless teenagers, and now his bloody crusade to wipe out the town's entire population can only be stopped by one man - Bruce Campbell (the guy who starred in all three Evil Dead movies and Bubba Ho-tep), B-move star and deadbeat ex-husband extraordinaire, who's recruited to be their unwitting savior. Thinking the whole scenario's a publicity prank, Bruce is distracted from his mission by a hot mom and fan boys aplenty-- but when our hero has to face off against a dark force more fearsome than a Hollywood agent, the laughs and screams start flying!

Includes Collectible 24-page MY NAME IS BRUCE comic book inside

Special Features:
-Feature-length commentary with director/actor Bruce Campbell and producer Mike Richardson
-Documentary: Heart of Dorkness The Making of My Name is Bruce
-Featurettes: Bruce On..., Beyond Inside the Cave: The Making of CaveAlien 2, Kif s Korner, Awkward Moments with Kif, Love Birds, Hard Truth News from Hollywood The Real Bruce Campbell
-CaveAlien 2 Trailer, My Name is Bruce Trailer
-Poster Art Gallery, Props Art Gallery, Photo Gallery

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55 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Does A Roast On His Fans And Himself December 4, 2008
Format:DVD
Bruce Campbell seems to have a kind of love/hate thing going with his fan base. Sure, like any actor he enjoys having fans, but as he's stated in his book and elsewhere that his fans can get a bit outrageous and push things far. This seems to be what sparked My Name Is Bruce. Here he pokes fun at his fandom as well as his career.
In the film he plays Bruce Campbell, but a more fictional Bruce Campbell. He's egocentric, a drunk, lives in a trailer, un-liked and un-respected by the cast and crew of his films, and just an all around jerk. A teen in a small gold mining town called Gold Lick has mistakenly unleashed the ancient Chinese god of war, Guan-Di, and now the angry god is killing off the folks of Gold Lick. The teen, Jeff, also happens to be a Bruce Campbell fanatic. He manages to kidnap Campbell and bring him to Gold Lick where he has convinced the townspeople that Bruce will destroy the evil demon. Bruce is under the impression that he's doing some kind of movie(it doesn't totally make sense why he'd think that he's in a movie when there's no film crew around or why the townspeople would believe that a horror movie actor could really be a ghost buster, but who cares?). He goes coward when the reality of the situation becomes clear, but soon learns how to be the Bruce Campbell he's always portrayed himself to be. I know what you're thinking! My wife tapped my shoulder half way through the movie and said to me, "this reminds me a lot of the Three Amigos". True, it's a very similar concept-the idea of egocentric actors finding themselves in real danger when they think they're only in "reel" danger, but in the end discover that they are heroes.
Needless to say it is a fun movie. Naturally we're dealing with a comedy here, not a horror film.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD Extras that Bruce Campbell fans should enjoy February 9, 2009
By Cubist
Format:DVD
There is an audio commentary by Bruce Campbell and producer Mike Richardson. Campbell points out that the entire film was shot on his property in Oregon and they built all of the town of Gold Lick from scratch. He points out all of the intentional goofs in the Cavealien 2 film within the film. Campbell also points out all of the people in the film whom he's known or worked with over the years. He talks about his public persona and how it mixes with his actual life in this film on this entertaining track.

"Heart of Dorkness" is an hour-long making of documentary that starts off riffing on Apocalypse Now. Dark Horse Comics wanted to branch out into independent films and approached Campbell who agreed only if he could direct and star. To cut costs and be more efficient, Campbell hired actors and crew members that he had worked with on other films often going back many years. This is an entertaining and informative look at how this indie film was made.

"Awkward Moments with `Kif'": features two useless bits of the film's associate producer engaging in pointless banter with another crew member.

"Bruce On..." sees the actor pontificating about film budgets, talking about the dangerous wildlife near his home, and jokes about DVD extras.

"Cavealien 2 Trailer" is a pretty funny, intentionally cheesy faux trailer for the movie within the movie.

"Beyond Inside the Cave: The Making of Cavealien 2" parodies those fluffy making of promotional featurettes that populate most DVDs with the cast and crew talking up a film that is obviously crap.

Kif is back in "Kif's Korner" as he talks about the faux DVD and poster art he put together for the film.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No one is safe! Oh the humanity... January 1, 2009
By Jana
Format:DVD
One of the best Bruce Campbell films made. There's no need to rant and rave - if you enjoy his films, you must see this one. No, you must own this one. Bits and pieces (pardon the pun), pokes and prods of the best and worst of the Bruce Campbell legacy. There's a little something for everyone - eye candy for Bruce wanna-be's; quaint locales and characters for those who are into scenic adventure; comic creativity from the understated Ted Raimi; and a peek at the new shy side of an even sexier Campbell. It's painful to be given a sneek peek at something wonderful and then have to wait over a month to be able to own it, but pain is part of the beauty of a Campbell venture, isn't it?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail to the B-movie King February 14, 2009
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MY NAME IS BRUCE

**** ˝ Out of 5

Release Date- October 31st, 2008

Running Time- 84-Minutes

Rating- R

Screenplay- Mark Verheiden

Director- Bruce Campbell

Starring- Bruce Campbell, Grace Thorsen, Taylor Sharpe, Ben L. McCain with Ellen Sandweiss and Ted Raimi

To your average film fan being a B-movie actor may not sound like a big deal, but what some people fail to realize is that for every Brad Pitt you have a whole slew of B-actors and for every B-actor you have people who never go further than being an extra or simply starring in short films made by friends. And the same goes for writers and directors. Fact is Bruce Campbell has gone further in his career than most people do who get involved in film. But who knew back when the Evil Dead came out that it would make Bruce Campbell a cult Icon. Of all the cult actors or filmmakers none have reached the status of Bruce Campbell; he is by far the definition of cult Icon.

There's a lot of praise among Bruce Campbell fans for My Name Is Bruce and some might wonder is it really that good? The answer is without a doubt yes it really is that good. Sure there are some Bruce Campbell fanboys who will blindly praise anything he does and everyone in film or music or whatever has someone like that who just praises them no matter what. I'm as big of a fan of Bruce Campbell as you'll find, but that doesn't mean I have to like everything he has done; and let's be honest here over the past couple of years his films haven't been as good with the exception of Bubba Ho-Tep, but My Name Is Bruce again shows why Campbell has legion of fans.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars "Assault on Dome 4 sucked!"
Hahaha! This is one of the many funny inside fan jokes in My Name is Bruce. The movie features what people might expect the life a B-movie celebrity lives. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danae Wilkin
2.0 out of 5 stars pretty awful...
Bruce Campbell seems to have relegated himself to stupid "B" movies. He gets kudos for self-deprecating humor, but there's no cure for bad writing and poor direction.
Published 3 months ago by Douglas Millhoff
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful... just awful
dumb, stupid, boring... awful...
Do not let children or teens watch this....its garbage.
What a disappointment.....with all the great reviews....? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Charlie1956
4.0 out of 5 stars Grab some bean curd and pop corn!
If you love Bruce Campbell or like self mockery, this is worth a watch. Sure, it's not gonna win any awards as the most awesome movie ever made -- but for what it is,... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Terry Poulin
5.0 out of 5 stars We love Bruce
We have every movie Bruce has ever been in. He's fun to watch, and we gravitate toward the kinds of movies he can be found in. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jelly Bean
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce playing Bruce
Too much fun to play yourself. Bruce Campbell knows his fans and this one caters right to them. Grab the popcorn and giggle along.
Published 6 months ago by Pat Letourneau
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep with the scorpions!!!
I love Bruce Campbell! I know he's cheesy but I love it!! This was so funny and we watch it frequently! If you liked this try Bubba Ho Tep!
Published 7 months ago by ahlers216
5.0 out of 5 stars Bruce Campbell is AWESOME!!
Very funny movie!! Highly suggest you watch this!! Or perhaps Gwondi will come lookin for you too!! Still makes me laugh.
Published 7 months ago by smart shopper
5.0 out of 5 stars His name IS Bruce!
After the Evil Dead movies...this is our next favorite by Bruce. In this film he plays a caricature of his movie-self. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bill
1.0 out of 5 stars OMG
Love Bruce Campbell, but even this was beneath him. I guess you really have to be a die-hard fan to watch this and I must not be....
Published 7 months ago by M. Bose
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