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Super [Blu-ray] (2011)

Rainn Wilson , Ellen Page , James Gunn  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Michael Rooker
  • Directors: James Gunn
  • Writers: James Gunn
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: August 9, 2011
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051PLR8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,431 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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When sad-sack loser Frank (Rainn Wilson, The Office), a short-order cook, sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler, The Lord of the Rings) willingly snatched away by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself bereft and unable to cope. But he decides to fight back under the guise of a do-it-yourself superhero called Crimson Bolt. With a red hand-made suit, a wrench, a crazed sidekick named Boltie (Ellen Page, Juno) and absolutely nothing in the way of superpowers Crimson Bolt beats his way through the mean streets of crime in hopes of saving his wife.

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65 of 80 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super is so awesome. June 7, 2011
Forget about Batman. The Crimson Bolt is now my hero. This movie was so great and they did such a great job for the limited budget they had. The story was touching and heartbreaking. I also enjoyed the amount of dark humor and comedy that came out too. Not to mention the violence that added to the point that you "Don't butt!" Rainn Wilson's character Frank D'Arbo touched my heart as well. So far the best character he has played in a long time. Also Ellen was fantastic as Libby. I loved her awkward, psychotic demeanor, it was a perfect collaboration. I wish I could give it an extra 5 stars.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Fantastic July 20, 2011
As a fan of both excellent, bad, and trashy cinema (Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind, Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead, and Hudson Hawk are all proudly on the same shelf), I am naturally a fan of James Gunn. Like John Waters before him, Gunn's list of films and internet contributions offer a little bit of all three, blended in different doses: Slither, Scooby Doo, Tromeo & Juliet, PG Porn, Humanzee, etc.

Naturally, I was looking forward to Super, Gunn's take on the D.I.Y. superhero a la Kick Ass and the Watchmen graphic novel (the film took liberties with the abilities of what were supposed to be normal people + 1 superbeing). Even with high expectations, the film blew me away. Unable to see it in the theater due to my market, I was nonetheless allowed the privilege of seeing it through IFC OnDemand's "In Theaters" category, and was not disappointed. Gunn's trademark profanity laced insanity is certainly present -- Ellen Page's psychopathic sidekick Libby would fit into any one of Gunn's films -- but also present is the heart of his more sophisticated works like Slither. Sophisticated is an odd word to use when talking about films that feature tentacle rape scenes or holy roller superhero hallucination scenes, but there it is. What's special about Super is that on this outing, the gratuitous insanity or sexual issues are turned down (while still present) and the heart gets turned up, as well as the emotional resonance. Even the arguably craziest scene in the film, where Rain Wilson's Frank experiences a tentacular brain rape from God, is powerful and moving in a disturbing sort of way. This is no doubt in some part due to Gunn being a sufferer of a rare and real condition whereby he has experienced strange visions at random intervals all his life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and moving January 25, 2013
By Rkilla
Super is very different from your usual superhero movie. It is a dark comedy and extremely violent. Frank D'Arbo (Rainn Wilson) is essentially a below average human being, who turns himself into a superhero in order to fight crime. However, his methods are questionable to say the least and that is where the violence comes into play. Frank gets overly violent for petty crimes, but it is his moral belief that he is doing good. This is where the film shines because it is what makes Frank an interesting and complex character. You could say Super is a character study in a sense. You actually sympathize with Frank because you understand that he is somebody who has a very tough life and his fuse has blown. This added with lots of hilarious bits is what makes the film great. The humor isn't so much dark humor as it is just humor surrounded by violence and a somewhat dark theme. So I think the comedy will appeal to a wide audience. Like most indie films, Super is like a breath of fresh air. Definite recommend.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Movie August 25, 2011
By Andreas
If you think this is just a Kick-Ass Rip Off then you are terribly wrong.
Super is really well executed and delivers a fresh experience.
I think there is some Troma Spirit in it...if you are into that this is a Must See.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super August 18, 2011
A great do it yourself superhero film. A man's wife is willingly kiddnapped by a drug lord and he rescues her. He fights crime using a wrench and has Ellen Page as his sidekick who was great and stole the show. She was crazy and it was funny as hell wathcing her laughing and yelling after breaking a guys legs with a car. She is trying to always get it on with our hero,crismon bolt, and is just funny and loavable. Our hero is funny and stupid, running away and how he deals with the bad guys. Very enjoyable and explosive.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go with it! August 16, 2011
If you are willing to give this gorilla style indie movie a chance, there are rewards to be had. SUPER challenges all the boring film stereotypes and takes you a twisting roller coaster ride through every type of emotion and genre. This is "Tonal-Shifts-R-Us" so buckle up and go with the flow. The cast and crew make up for the low budget with their dedication to James Gunn and his wild creation. This movie is for you if you'd like to see something unique instead of the usual bland, formulaic offerings from the bloated Hollywood machine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I was expecting. August 16, 2011
I went into this film assuming it would be a slapstick superhero comedy, maybe similar to Kickass but with enough different to make it interesting. It was certainly interesting, and certainly different.
SUPER was written and directed by James Gunn (Slither) who got his start working with Troma. That shows through in this movie somewhat. Although there is comedy throughout the film, it is usually either very dry or pitch black; and almost always accompanied by a truly heart-breaking/disturbing scene, which makes you question whether you were meant to laugh at it at all. But really, that's the point. The entire movie shifts in tone from one moment to the next, jerking you from sad to angry to horrified to-just plain confused about how to feel. The film also explores morality, sanity, and religion in fairly interesting ways.
Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page both shine in their respective roles as Frank D'arbo (The Crimson Bolt) and Libby (Boltie), as do Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker, and basically everyone else. They really make you care about the characters as people (except for Kevin Bacon, but his character is meant to be hated), which makes the comedy, horror, and heart-break hit that much harder.
Without a doubt you will have a strong opinion of this movie. However, it's hard to say whether you will love it or hate it. It defies easy description, and is just one of those movies that you've got to experience for yourself. Go rent SUPER, and if you are one of the few that this polarizing film was made for, then you are in for a real treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd gem, of you're into that sort of thing.
James Gunn’s Super is a dark, twisted, and excessively violent satire of the “real world” superhero. Read more
Published 13 days ago by Ian Drury
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark and meaningless
If you have any sensitivity to rape scenes or are easily depressed, this movie will bring you further down the path of sadness, hopelessness, and shame. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Danielle Stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie was super.
No, but seriously. It was very good. I thoroughly enjoyed it. On a scale of one to ten, I would suggest watching it.
Published 1 month ago by Michael Woodward
5.0 out of 5 stars A must-watch for "superhero" fans
Extremely violent and extremely real, Super presents the story of a "real" superhero far better than anyone has tried to do in either comics or film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by A C
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Miss This One
If you like dark comedy this is for you. I first thought it was going to be a corny low budget flick, but I ended up loving it!!!!
Published 2 months ago by K. Koontz
3.0 out of 5 stars Super the Movie
This movie arrived in exactly 2 days. I needed to watch this movie for a college ethics class. A person in my group kept forgetting to bring the movie to class so that he could... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Micah
4.0 out of 5 stars dark, twisted - hey it's rainn wilson
I'm so torn about this movie. The story was so different and interesting, yet horrific and dark at the same time. So much like driving past a car wreck... Read more
Published 3 months ago by btags
4.0 out of 5 stars Not another day at the office.
Story was down to earth.It was easy to feel sympathy for the character. Cinematography could have used a boost but blood bath was stupendous.
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie. Rainn Wilson is awesome and does a great job. The movie is definitely different and weird at times, but in a great way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by nikki
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, very dark comedy about a few twisted souls trying to right the...
Dark, very dark comedy. Some pretty hard core gore in it as well. Definitely not for all tastes, but still enjoyed it. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Spencer
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