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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 (224 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, Michael Rooker
  • Directors: James Gunn
  • Writers: James Gunn
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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 (224 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0051PLR8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,196 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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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly Fantastic July 20, 2011
Format:Blu-ray
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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66 of 82 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super is so awesome. June 7, 2011
Format:DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious and moving January 25, 2013
By Rkilla
Format:DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An odd gem, of you're into that sort of thing. April 11, 2014
By Banon
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James Gunn’s Super is a dark, twisted, and excessively violent satire of the “real world” superhero. It’s less of a parody however, and more of a bizarre character study about a deeply depressed and disturbed individual. The idea of the superhero doesn’t really enter into what’s wrong with Frank, but merely serves as an outlet for his suppressed aggression and homicidal frustration with his own life.

The story opens with an intro to the sorry state that is the life of Frank Darrbo (Rainn Wilson). He’s a fryer at a local burger joint, he’s married to Sarah (Liv Tyler), a recovering addict, and his life is mostly a series of humiliations. His two crowning achievements are his marriage and that one time when he pointed out which way a criminal ran to a cop. Sarah soon relapses into her habits, coinciding with her meeting Jacques (Kevin Bacon), a drug dealer. She leaves Frank, sending him into a further downward spiral resulting in what’s probably best described as a horrific episode, eventually culminating in his donning a homemade superhero costume and calling himself the Crimson Bolt, a patchwork looking vigilante who mercilessly clubs his enemies with a pipe wrench.

Like other films in this “real life” superhero subgenre, such as Kick-Ass or Defendor, there’s a dark sense of humor to accompany the expectations of the action scenes. The Crimson Bolt spends the first few nights hiding behind a dumpster and encountering little crime other than the evidence of littering. When he expands his territory into an actual dangerous neighborhood, we get a surprisingly upbeat montage of him brutally assaulting criminals of various kinds in ways that could leave them dead or crippled. I mean he lays down some savage beatings on people with that wrench.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!
Dark, twisted, hilarious, and heart-warming, Super is one of my favorite films of all time made by a filmmaker with true talent in James Gunn.
Published 7 days ago by James Andersen
1.0 out of 5 stars powerless and hopeless man decides to fight crime as a super hero....
Sounds interesting. Possible laughs; powerless and hopeless man decides to fight crime as a super hero. Read more
Published 22 days ago by surefiremiss
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Just as described!
Published 25 days ago by Amber
4.0 out of 5 stars Super is a very good Cult Classic Movie which I give *4* stars.
I am sure this movie is not a *5* star movie.... but it definitely deserves *4* stars.
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Published 1 month ago by Robert Pylant
5.0 out of 5 stars In the mean while the movie is super hilarious.
Anydvd has trouble because this drm is fairly new, but eventually. In the mean while the movie is super hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by J Sal
3.0 out of 5 stars Shut-Up Expectations!!!
I originally heard of this movie through RedLetterMedia.com, and in the regular nature of their antics and shenanigans they recommended it. Read more
Published 1 month ago by wes
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
awful.
Published 1 month ago by Andrea Davis Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not at all what I expected.
I had no idea. Learned of it somewhere on the interweb not knowing cast and very little idea of plot. This movie is a treasure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by J. Caldwell
4.0 out of 5 stars You see? One person -can- make a difference! *wrench to face*
I like comic books, but I've never been into superheroes for some reason. Superhero movies aren't something I'm interested in either, even the ones everyone praises (like The... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Armando N. Roman
5.0 out of 5 stars Super is Super!
Great Super Hero Flick show's you how to become a real Life Superhero, Since movies this and Kick Ass came out, there's been real life super hero's on the news, such as the one in... Read more
Published 2 months ago by TIMOTHY G. JEDRZEJCZYK
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