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Phenomenon [Blu-ray] (1996)

John Travolta , Kyra Sedgwick , Jon Turteltaub  |  PG |  Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Travolta, Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker, Robert Duvall, Jeffrey DeMunn
  • Directors: Jon Turteltaub
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS-HD High Res Audio), Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Walt_Disney_Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 3, 2012
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (243 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007JNR4WI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,445 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Experience the critically acclaimed film, PHENOMENON -- available on Blu-ray for the first time, featuring an incredible all-new digital restoration with enhanced picture and sound. Academy Award(R) nominee John Travolta (Best Actor, 1994, PULP FICTION) leads a stellar cast, including Kyra Sedgwick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall, in this uplifting story of an ordinary man transformed by extraordinary events. On the night of his 37th birthday, George Malley (Travolta) is knocked to the ground by a mysterious blinding light and develops amazing mental abilities. With his newfound knowledge, George astounds everyone in town, but comes to realize that his wondrous experience ahs changed him and all those around him forever.

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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenon: A Moving, Under-rated movie February 23, 2000
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I took me awhile to catch on to the John Travolta "comeback." Always a good actor, he is trancendent in "Phenomenon." Taking his character of George, struck by a mysterious light, and turning him from an average man to a genius, could have been an actor's trap. Travolta makes it his triumph. He gives George such a humanity that even with the genius powers we are aware that George of old is still there, trying to desparately to just be his old self, and only the girl he longs for, played excellently by Kyra Segwick seems to understand his wanting to remain the same, no matter how many "miracles" he performs. So many films like this are too serious, use too many special effects, or are just plain ridiculous. Travolta great performance seems to lift the entire genre and wins us over like he does Segwick and her two children. The supporting cast is excellent, especially Robert Duvall, who does miraculous things with the town doctor. Forrest Whittiker is also good as George's best friend. The town accepts the miracles like no other movie town does. Yes, they are in awe, but they still doubt, as George doubts, that he was given a gift as a mistake, but when all is said and done, we know the "bright light" made the right choice, that he was able to even handle his own mortality. There is a scene near the end of the movie, when George is sharing his last moments and an apple with the two young children, that is as moving as any I've seen in recent memory. Some may see "Phenomenon" as too far-fetched or mauldlin, and if so they are as jaded as many movie goers are getting. What does an audience want? Read more ›
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good! April 3, 2005
I came to this film with low expectations, seeing as how it only has a 53% positive rating and a lot of critics panned it as being corny and sentimental.

Actually this is a very good film, largely carried by the strong cast of John Travolta, Kyra Sedgewick, Forest Whitaker and Robert Duvall. Yes there are a few corny moments especially towards the end but they were forgivably brief not tediously drawn out, compared to your typical Hollywood tearjerker which this is not. I won't give away the ending except to say that it is not one of your dime a dozen and-they-lived-happily-ever-after things.

"Phenomenon" actually has a lot of Eastern philosophy behind it---the idea that we are all connected at a deep cosmic and psychical level which most of us never imagine nor dare to access, as well as the New Ageish belief that we only use about 10% of our brains' full capabilities.

Travolta is known to be a Scientologist, which made me wonder a little how much that might have influenced this film which is nowhere near as kooky as your standard Scientology doctrine which you can get from L. Ron Hubbard's infamous (science fiction) book, "Dianetics."
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated, moving film July 1, 2004
Phenomeonon was advertised as a sci-fi movie, and whilke it has a sci-fi sort of theme at its core, anyone going to see the movie based on that was sorely disappointed.
What this movie is, actually, is a story about a man learning to cope with something that he can't understand, and how it brings him closer to his friends and his community, and how it allows him to understand and deal with his own fate.
Yes, it's a bit sappy at times, but it also contains some really excellent performances. Travolta delivers what it certainly his most authentic and touching portrayal of a real human being yet seen in his post-Tarantino career. Forrest Whittaker and Robert Duvall likewise contribute first-rate performances. A wonderful contemporary soundtrack ties it all together.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's All About Life! May 2, 2002
This movie moved me to tears - can I rate it more than 5 stars?
To this day I cannot hear Bryan Ferry's "Dance With Life" without being reminded that life is a gift and it's all about how you treat people and interact with them. John Travolta has been my favorite since Welcome Back, Kotter and so versatile an actor. When the town's mechanic changes to a genius overnight after seeing a brilliant light in the heavens on his 37th birthday, people don't know how to treat him. As he touches lives with his gift, some are grateful, others suspicious. If you have not seen this movie yet, DROP EVERYTHING and do so! It will move you to dance with life!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most POIGNANT movies I've ever seen! January 18, 2000
The phenomenon about Phenomenon is that it wasn't more of a hit at the box office! I found this movie to be extremely "watchable," and if you harbor any lingering doubts about Travolta's acting abilities, this movie will extinguish them for good! Travolta delivers a stirring performance as George, and ordinary guy who gains extraordinary powers after being struck on the eve of his thirty-seventh birthday by a mysterious blinding light, out of the blue. George then gains superior mental abilities, which, ironically, meet with many negative consequences in the small town where he lives. This movie is very haunting; it definitely stays with you. It is also DEFINITELY worth seeing, and makes a beautifully unique addition to any movie collection.
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