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Stranger Than Fiction (Special Edition + BD Live) [Blu-ray] (2006)

Will Ferrell , Dustin Hoffman  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Will Ferrell, Dustin Hoffman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 2, 2008
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (455 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GF8WPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,323 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

On Location in Chicago
Director & Cast Commentary
Filmmakers Commentary
Actors in Search of a Story
Building the Team
Words on a Page
Picture a Number: The Evolution of a G.U.I.
On the Set
Deleted & Extended Scenes

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Much was written about Will Ferrell's first "dramatic role" as Harold Crick, an IRS auditor who begins hearing a voice narrating his life. But Stranger Than Fiction is hardly a drama. However, what Ferrell does--like Jim Carrey before him in The Truman Show--is handle a toned-down character with genuineness and affection: you believe he is this guy. Crick leads a lonely life filled with numbers and routines. While at first he considers the voice a nuisance, Crick decides more action is needed when it speaks of "his demise." Enter Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), who takes on the absurd notion with revelry, trying to find out what kind of book Crick's life is leading. It turns out that the voice Crick is hearing belongs to Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson), a very real--and troubled--author who is writing a book in which Crick is a fictional character. As usual with these things, the stuffed shirt learns to live a better life--Crick even falls for one of his audits, a brash baker named Ana (Maggie Gyllenhaal). Marc Foster (Monster's Ball, Finding Neverland) has the right tone for the film, using great urban scenes (the unnamed city is Chicago) with interesting visualizations of Crick's world of numbers. He also directs Ferrell, Hoffman, and Gyllenhaal to their most charming performances (plus Linda Hunt and Tom Hulce pop up in two funny scenes). Ferrell succeeds in being a romantic lead you can root for; a scene where he eats Ana's freshly baked cookies is totally delightful without a hint of sarcasm. Screenwriter Zach Helm has two personal traits with his story: like Crick he followed his heart (he stopped rewriting scripts and only worked on his own) and like Eiffel, the final results are not a masterpiece, but good, and entertaining enough. Britt Daniel of the band Spoon worked on the dynamite soundtrack.--Doug Thomas

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Will Ferrell stars as Harold Crick, a lonely IRS agent whose mundane existence is transformed when he hears a mysterious voice narrating his life. With the help of Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman), Harold discovers he's the main character in a novel-in-progress and that the voice belongs to Karen Eiffel (Emma Thompson), an eccentric author famous for killing her main characters in creative ways. Harold must quickly track down Eiffel and stop her before she conjures up a way to finish him off.

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137 of 148 people found the following review helpful
The idea of "Stranger Than Fiction" appealed to me the moment I first heard of it. Harold Crick, played by Will Ferrell, wakes up one day and hears a voice. An omniscient narrator is relating his life with precision and no one can hear that voice but himself. It turns out that the voice is Emma Thompson, playing a famed author who is actually writing a novel about a character named Harold Crick. And it's the same Harold Crick. What is being put down in fiction is also concurrently happening in real life. It's a tricky concept, one that I felt might be impossible to pull off effectively. Well, not only does "Stranger Than Fiction" pull it off--it succeeds grandly as a surprisingly thoughtful, amusing, and moving contemplation of life. For Harold must immediately confront his mortality when the narrator informs him/us that he will soon die!

The complicated narrative of the film is pulled off brilliantly. The overlapping structure necessary to maintain the momentum and cohesion of the film must be attributed to a clever, intricate screenplay. Literate, witty, and real--it's a real treat. Lots of interesting effects help to pull the two worlds together making even the most mundane moments of Harold's life visually compelling. The movie's construction is fascinating and enjoyable.

Will Ferrell reins in his typical "overgrown kid" persona, and plays Harold as a real guy. It's refreshing and while I've never considered him a leading man type--his tentative romance with Maggie Gyllenhaal (while a bit of a stretch) is played very credibly and sweetly. Dustin Hoffman, as a literature professor helping Harold discover what book he's in, is having a great time. But it's Emma Thompson that stole my heart.
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61 of 69 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Quirky and Pleasant Surprise November 23, 2006
A disclaimer: I've got a high tolerance for quirky and this film certainly qualifies as such. I loved it, but I love quirky films a lot more than the mainstream moviegoer.

I went to see this movie on a whim and so I didn't quite know what I was getting into. But a few minutes into it I just KNEW that it was going to be one of my favorites. And, indeed, it is one of the best films I've seen in the theater in a while. I smiled throughout the whole of it.

The story is new. The characters are engaging. And the plot is so very random that it just works.

Now I'm one of those people who ALWAYS questions the logistics of say *time travel* and/or *magic doorways* but this film was so very charming that I wasn't bothered by how incredibly non-sensical it seems: an author *creates* Will Ferrell's character and can decide if he lives or dies with her *typewriter*?

Oy.

The fact of the matter is, it's a fairy tale of sorts for a new and modern society. It's filmed in such an aesthetically astute manner. The actors are at their very best and most endearing. And the writing is wholly engaging.

It's NOT your typical Will Ferrell movie and if you go into it expecting fart jokes and prat falls, you'll be disappointed. But if you go into it with an open mind and a receptive heart, I imagine you'll be quite touched by the ideas it's trying to negotiate in its sweet and clumsy way.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Very Funny . . . And Odd April 1, 2007
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I loved this movie. It is funny and odd, but it has a lot of heart to it. The writing is so good that my friends and I thought at first that it must be adapted from a larger work, such as a book. The characters are that well crafted and the story that unique. These are not things most comedies bother with at present. Now, I'm calling this a comedy, but it will pull on your emotions a bit. Its all worth it though. The acting is great, which is not unexpected given the cast. If you love movies and are looking for something kind of different and original this is a good way to go. A really fun film to watch.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love festival time! October 7, 2006
"Stranger than Fiction" opened the 42nd Annual Chicago International Film Festival. Dustin Hoffman, who plays one of the central characters in the film, was presented with the festival's Career Achievement Award and Will Ferrell participated in the ceremony. This highly clever literary/cinematic dramady is about a writer of tragedy novels who struggles with how to end her latest. As Kay Eiffel, played by Emma Thompson, imagines how to kill off her main character, her thoughts are in some way transmitted to a real man whose actual life is exactly the same as the character in the novel. Sound Trippy? Well it is; talk about being connected to your character! Will Ferrell plays Harold Crick, the main character. Harold consults with a therapist for help, unsure if he's going crazy hearing the voice of a woman literally narrate his life. Unconvinced of the therapist's diagnosis, he is referred to Dr. Jules Hilbert, played by Dustin Hoffman, for further analysis. As the novel and Harold's life unfolds, Harold finds himself in a literally literary struggle to have a life by saving his life.

This film works on so many levels. First, it is a skillful display of the writing process and the importance of knowing your character - literally getting in his head. The film also displays the often talked about attachment that writers can have to their characters even though that attachment could cloud the creative process necessary to finish the novel. Skillful writers are able to create characters that are so real and believable that killing them is nearly impossible. Is it the characters that drive a good story or are they subordinate to the story that they serve?
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4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray comparison -- get the original release, avoid the special...
I wouldn't get the Special Edition if I were you. It's a transfer, which in this case means it's a poorer picture quality. Read more
Published 5 days ago by US Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars It's clever and fun towatch
I don't know why this film is not on everyone's list of favorites! It's clever and fun to watch!
Published 6 days ago by Sheri Utain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
The story is unique.
Published 20 days ago by SmithFamilyAccount
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
One of my favorite movies. Can't watch it enough!
Published 23 days ago by Lauren K. Whitford
3.0 out of 5 stars OK
More serious Will
Published 1 month ago by Jacky
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Entertaining -- nice escape into fiction.
Published 1 month ago by Mary E. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars A true American love story. Will Farrell was perfect in this story ...
A true American love story. Will Farrell was perfect in this story of a guy who bumbles along and not really smooth when he finds the right girl, not really sure how to handle it.
Published 1 month ago by Lupe T. Hopkins
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies
This is my favorite Will Ferrell movie. Granted, I don't really like his movies, but this one is wonderful. The premise is well-done. The cast is perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy E. Merrill
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen
Absolutely one of the best movies I've ever seen, and I really don't like Will Ferrell much. Glad I took the chance.
Published 1 month ago by Bargainhunter
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect enough to warrant 5 full stars
A true gem of a movie throughout. Perfect enough to warrant 5 full stars.
Published 1 month ago by Ralph E. Stephan
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