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Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition) (2002)

Adam Sandler , Emily Watson , Paul Thomas Anderson  |  R |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jason Andrews, Don McManus
  • Directors: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Writers: Paul Thomas Anderson
  • Producers: Paul Thomas Anderson, Daniel Lupi, Daniel P. Collins, JoAnne Sellar
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Special Edition, Color
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (404 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000G02H
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,042 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Punch-Drunk Love (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Blossoms & Blood" (12-minute feature including alternate takes, Jeremy Blake artwork, and Jon Brion's "Here We Go" music video directed by PTA)
  • Deleted scenes
  • Mattress Man commercial
  • 12 Scopitones
  • Additional artwork by Jeremy Blake

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Additional Features

Punch-Drunk Love is not typical Superbit fare, but the higher bit rate does beautifully present cinematographer Robert Elswit's striking colors, including the Jeremy Blake art. While the sound mix is mostly unobtrusive, there are some vivid moments that are well rendered in DTS. Unlike the majority of Superbit DVDs, there are some extra features on a second disc, and they're as much experiential as informational. A 12-minute piece, "Blossoms & Blood," compiles some alternate takes of events in the Barry-Lena relationship accompanied by Jon Brion's music, and 12 scopitones and a 2.5-minute segment showcase more art and music. There are also two unremarkable alternate scenes plus a mock commercial for Philip Seymour Hoffman's Mattress Man character that will make you wince and probably laugh. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

The Superbit titles utilize a special high bit rate digital encoding process which optimizes video quality while offering a choice of both DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio. These titles have been produced by a team of Sony Pictures Digital Studios video, sound and mastering engineers and comes housed in a special package complete with a 4 page booklet that contains technical information on the Superbit process. By reallocating space on the disc normally used for value-added content, Superbit DVDs can be encoded at double their normal bit rate while maintaining full compatibility with the DVD video format.

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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone, no matter how damaged, deserves love. December 18, 2002
On Saturday, I saw one of the most obscure, bizarre, different and ultimately conventional and rewarding films, and I have to recommend it to all of you.
It's the Adam Sandler-Paul Thomas Anderson movie, PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE.
Usually, with Adam Sandler, I'm on the fence. I remember him from when he was on REMOTE CONTROL when I was 12. I remember him when he started on SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE, and I loved his skit there called THE DENISE SHOW, where a dumped, depressed guy uses a cable access program as an excuse to stalk his ex-girlfriend. P.T. Anderson, I noticed from interviews, remembered Sandler from THE DENISE SHOW, too, and made this movie with the complexities and sadness that character in mind.
All the rage (not range) that Sandler showed in films like THE WEDDING SINGER, which at times was smart and good, or THE WATERBOY, which at times was dumb and good, is on display in PUNCH-DRUNK, but Sandler's character, Barry Egan, is more awkward than goofy. He's shy, damaged, browbeaten. In his words, he "doesn't like himself very much sometimes."
In the role, Sandler's able to maintain his character's oddness, manic temper (complete with fits of violence) and essential goodness, generating sympathy and care even when he does things like call a phone-sex line or destroy a restaurant bathroom.
As I've watched more Paul Thomas Anderson films in an attempt to better understand them (for MAGNOLIA frequently left me baffled and confused), I've come to appreciate some recurring elements: twists of fate that inject magic into everyday life, characters that exist only to forgive and love the damaged characters and random, off-the-wall dialogue and plot twists.
PUNCH-DRUNK LOVE has these. Its hokiness, for it is a somewhat-formula romantic comedy, is redeemed by these elements.
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54 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent Quirky Psychotic Vio-love!! October 21, 2002
This movie was, in two words, entirely unique.
They're promoting it as a 'romantic comedy' -- because there's no category called 'psychotic affair with undertones of love and violent outbursts'.
Much like Magnolia (the director's previous film), this is unlike any film you've ever seen.
Adam Sandler does an excellent job of playing an unremarkable plunger salesman -- Barry Egan. There is nothing special about this guy. He has the odd phobia, and is a little paranoid and superstitious, but is generally an all-around nice guy... if a little temperamental. An average American.
He is also painfully lonely; so much so, in fact, that one day he calls a 1-800 sex line just so he can talk to someone...
The soundtrack & audio in the film are integral to the experience of it, which is completely unnerving.
It definitely arouses feelings in the audience -- mostly of unease, and awkwardness... and I laughed many times because of the absurdity of the situations -- all of which were completely intentional on the director's part (Paul Thomas Anderson).
Amazing, unique film.
It is NOT what you're expecting... no matter what.
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111 of 130 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepiest Romance Ever January 5, 2003
The first half of Paul Thomas Anderson's new film, "Punch-Drunk Love," is one of the most unsettling experiences I've had in a movie theater in some time.
Within the opening minutes, Barry Egan, the character played by Adam Sandler, witnesses a horrific accident, in which a car spins over and comes apart, has a taxivan screech to a halt while an unseen passenger drops a harmonium onto the street in front of him, and then, while he is rescuing said harmonium from the street, is almost killed by a speeding 18-wheeler. Is it any surprise that he dashes into the warehouse where he works and peers out at the world in terror?
"Punch Drunk Love" has been described as a "strange romantic comedy," as "quirky" and "eccentric." In truth, the comedy is pitch-black and the romance is as dysfunctional as in any of Anderson's movie. It's a barely lightened version of the romance between John C. Reilly and Melora Walters in "Magnolia." We see how crippled Sandler's character is, but only get hints of the traumas suffered by Emily Watson, as his counterpart, the strongest of which is that she falls for him.
Sandler's Egan is such an emotional cripple that he stumbles through the world as if he is mentally challenged. This is not standard issue "Little Nicky". This is "The Waterboy" as lensed by Hitchcock, and just as horrifying. Anderson builds the tension in Egan's day, so that when he finally has an outburst at his sister's birthday party, after a scene that is emotionally nerve-wracking, we are grateful for the release. That this release is followed by uncontrolled weeping, all of which is played completely straight, both deepens our understanding of Egan and reassures our trust in the director and his star.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly original April 20, 2003
From its startling opening which fuses comedy, pity, and shocking violence, "Punch-Drunk Love" keeps you uncomfortably off-balance for all 95 minutes. How refreshing. How refreshing, too, that although this is a story about the redemptive power of love it never degenerates into mawkishness; and although the situations it puts them in are faintly ludicrous, the characters are painfully real. This is such a pleasant change for romantic comedy and, amazingly, it's Adam Sandler who holds it all together. It's an inspired piece of casting because Sandler brings with him all the baggage of his previous on-screen inanity - he has your expectations heading in one direction while writer/director Anderson's clever little screenplay quietly takes you in another. It's a weird ride, but one that's utterly mesmerizing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars secondrate movie...unless you love Adam Sandler
Personal taste here, folks. Some people just love this movie. I thought Sandler's character was unnecessarily annoying. Read more
Published 14 days ago by book viking
1.0 out of 5 stars Gotta toss in some spoilers to describe just how bad it was....
Good cinematography and acting, but the storyline is horrible. The male lead is henpecked by his 7 sisters, has some mental health issues as well as serious anger management... Read more
Published 15 days ago by S. vaneck
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did I just subject myself to this?
Why, oh why does this have such a high rating? I've got a pretty good appreciation for the weird and quirky, but this was a pointless headache-inducing bit of nothing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christian Green
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring and weird.
Fell asleep watching it. It was maybe one of the worst Adam sandlers movie I seen. You have been warn!
Published 2 months ago by Shoua
1.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly horrible
I watched half of this movie and to be honest I turned it off disgusted. Its like someone is trying to mess with your head and you can see right through it. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Shayla Shadow
4.0 out of 5 stars Great package for a great movie!
I love this movie. This movie is great for what it is an odd tale of how a lonely man finds love. But keep in mind there is no Blu-Ray for this yet. Read more
Published 2 months ago by ryan schantz
5.0 out of 5 stars PUNCH DRUNK LOVE
Published 2 months ago by charles leyrer
5.0 out of 5 stars adam sandler proves he is more than just a comedian
adam sandler is one of the funniest guys on the planet. i'll admit some of his stuff is total crap and for it not being for his own production company it wouldn't find its way to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Andrew K Rawls
1.0 out of 5 stars TERRIBLE!
That was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I kept hoping it would get better, but that was 2 hours I can never get back.
Published 4 months ago by Joseph O'Leary
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for me and I didn't learn much here
Sometimes, a film just doesn't do what you want, even when it stars someone who you thought would be funny. I can't recommend it and only watched it for a course.
Published 4 months ago by Patricia Farrell, Ph.D.
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