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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 (466 customer reviews)

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  • 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 (466 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GF8WPI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,278 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful! June 7, 2007
Format:DVD
This is a fantastic film. My top tip is: Don't watch this thinking you're about to see a comedy. It suffered at the box office because they tried to market it as a hilarious Will Ferrell comedy, and it really isn't. That did injustice to his performance and to the film in general. It was such a realistic, human and awkward performance from Will that I really felt for him throughout. By the end I was sobbing like a maniac! The casting is superb and the plot is genuinely gripping. The overall message of the film is just beautiful. Definitely my favourite film so far.
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Maggie Steals the Show January 23, 2007
This truly original and creative story is told with dry wit, great acting, and characters that inspire my interest. The mood of the movie is offbeat and 'odd' from start to end. I loved it. The author and IRS agent are great characters, as is Dustin Hoffman's english professor character, but what really steals this show is the affectingly pretty and perky Maggie Gyllennhaal. She has looks that make one stop dead in their tracks! Equally lovely is her character, the self confident, leftist, rebellious baker, Ana Pasquel. The scene where she is moved by agent Harold Crik's very amateur, yet heartfelt guitar and singing improvisation is one of the most moving scenes I've seen in a long time. You can see and feel her heart buttons being pushed, BIG time. Although I saw it in the theatre, this one is destined for a place in my permanent collection.
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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
Format:DVD
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Will Ferrell as a Serious Actor: BRAVO!
Will Ferrell in a wonderful fantasy story that will ultimately tear at your heart. His performance is spectacular. Read more
Published 2 days ago by T. R. Civello
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie. I love almost all Will Ferrell movies
Great movie. I love almost all Will Ferrell movies, and though this is a departure from the norm, it is my favorite. Great message at the end too.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Realer than Reality
I loved this movie. I'm a fan of metafiction in general, and this is no exception in that regards. But this film really spoke to me, I found the characters compelling and the whole... Read more
Published 3 days ago by JesusHotsauce
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this film, creative, imaginative and warm. Emma Thompson is great to watch.
Published 4 days ago by Iam57
4.0 out of 5 stars Great nuanced performance by Will Ferrel
Great nuanced performance by Will Ferrel. Too bad more complex stories don't pay his bills. Though not as much the case as with Adam Sandler, the audience benefits when he branches... Read more
Published 9 days ago by ROBERT G LOPEZ
5.0 out of 5 stars "Strange than Fiction" strangely resembles the life of my brother ...
"Strange than Fiction" strangely resembles the life of my brother thus making this movie even more enjoyable to watch. Read more
Published 17 days ago by michelle christine harris
5.0 out of 5 stars Extremely satisfied
I couldn't be more satisfied with the price and quality of the used DVD I had purchased .
Published 18 days ago by John
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!!
Published 18 days ago by Torrie C. Maas
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful movie on a multitude of levels
This is an amazing movie that features an awesome cast who seem not to be acting, rather they are able to embody their characters to a tee. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars The story is heart warming and intriguing. A very ...
The story is heart warming and intriguing. A very honorable and pleasant departure from Ferrell's usual antics. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Seth Michael Thibodeaux
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