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The Fountain (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD) (2006)

Hugh Jackman , Rachel Weisz , Darren Aronofsky  |  PG-13 |  HD DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,293 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Hugh Jackman, Rachel Weisz, Sean Patrick Thomas, Ellen Burstyn, Mark Margolis
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Writers: Darren Aronofsky, Ari Handel
  • Producers: Ari Handel, Arnon Milchan, Eric Watson, Iain Smith, Nick Wechsler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: May 15, 2007
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,293 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000O77R6O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #271,345 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Fountain (Combo HD DVD and Standard DVD)" on IMDb

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634 of 706 people found the following review helpful
I was utterly moved to tears by this film. The Fountain is a breathtaking sentimental masterpiece in the vein of 2001: A Space Odyssey [Blu-ray] as it boldly seeks to answer the great mysteries of life, love, death and re-birth transgressing the metaphysical boundaries of the universe. It's epic non-linear narrative spans the centuries with Hugh Jackman delivering an absolutely unforgettable performance as Tomas, a Spanish Conquistador in the 16th century who pledges his loyalty to Queen Isabella (Rachel Weisz) to find the mythical Tree of Life so that Spain will hold the key to the Fourth Paradise, Immortality, denounced as heresy by the Grand Inquisitor. Tomas' quest is interleaved between three converging narratives across time and space. As a modern-day neurosurgeon, Tomas struggles to find a cure for a tumorous disease that threatens the mortality of his beloved wife Izzi who is writing a fable called "The Fountain" chronicling the odyssey of their 16th century quest which can be interpreted as either a fictitious or biographical account of Tomas and Izzi's lives who have endured the centuries together or simply as mythical characterizations of Izzi's unfinished allegorical manuscript symbolizing her husband's obsessive quest to find a cure for her terminal ailment that she has left for him to finish (the past representing Izzi's tale and the future representing Tomas' as he struggles to "finish it") both of which could be argued with equal measure. One of the beauties of The Fountain is its open-ended narrative construct left to speculation and interpretation and can be viewed from entirely different perspectives with each consecutive viewing. Read more ›
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404 of 477 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking . . . But There is a Caveat . . . January 3, 2007
This film is a artistic masterpiece. Its graceful beauty is does not permit debate. It will be an exquisite experience for any lover of art. The sheer visual originality will transfix the viewer. It is without pretense . . . its message is universal.

Here is the caveat: you need not be "educated" in film to understand this work . . . you need not be a Ph.D. holder to enjoy its majesty . . . you need not have any background in Early Colonialism to follow Aronofsky's thoughts . . . but you do need to be patient. You need to prepare yourself for a visual experience that rivals Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey. You need to surrender yourself to Aronofsky's vision. His non-linear approach may initially confuse the viewer . . . his metaphors may initially frustrate . . . . his repetition may initially annoy . . . but try to understand these aspects as essential to the film's glory. Trust Aronofsky to guide you through the film . . . the more you resist his approach, the less you will be inclined to enjoy it.

Some label this film a "tear-jerker" . . . this is a terrible misnomer. Aronofsky's work did not steal one tear from my companion or me. This is not as much a work about two people, but is allegorical. So, if you are concerned that this film is a "romance," you can dismiss those fears entirely.

This film is similar to neither Requiem nor Pi . . . that is Aronofsky's genius. He is gifted with uncommon range. Moreover, this is not the Hugh Jackman with which many are acquainted . . . his acting is sensitive to detail and strikingly stark. Rachel Weisz enthusiasts may be equally surprised . . . but hopefully in positive manner.

Here is the bottom line: this is neither X-Men nor The Mummy, it is neither Pi nor Requiem . . .
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123 of 144 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic movie April 16, 2007
I first heard about "The Fountain" a few years back at San Diego Comic Con. Aronofsky seemed really hyped about it and showed us a few clips. After seeing them I was amazed but confused, and thats how I felt when I viewed the entire film years later, but after thinking about the film and discussing it with some friends I figured it out and I was blown away by its beautiful complexity. "The Fountain" follows three story lines. The first is about a scientist whose wife is dieing of brain steam cancer. He spends all of his time devoted to finding a cure but to no avail. The second follows his wife when she takes up a hobbie and writes a book about a conquistador who is sent on a quest to find the fountian of youth for his queen. Her book is played out in live action as she's writing it and provides a really cool tie in to the film. The third story is the strangest. It basiclly watches the scientist as he floats up through space in a big bubble(Stay with me here)while he meditates by a big tree. These three parts intertwine to make one of the most inovative and visually stunning films I've ever seen. It's hard to explain how beautiful the film is and it's honestly one of those "You have to see it to believe it" cases. Alot of people who say they didn't like "The Fountian" say it's because they didn't understand it. Just because YOU didn't understand dosen't make it bad. "The Fountain" needs consentration and dedication but it's a film that will definitely reward you for them. enjoy.
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45 of 53 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars There's a good chance you'll hate this movie. April 6, 2007
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If you're anything like 80% of the folks in the theater when I saw this film, you'll probably start rolling your eyes, exhaling loudly, and moaning about 1/3 in. With that said, I thought it was fantastic. The Fountain is flawed, for sure, in its pacing and its grandiosity, but what you get in return for patience is a very thoughtful and gorgeous experience. It's clear that Aronofsky really loved this project. Other reviewers hsve said that this isn't so much a movie, but a work of art, and while I'm a bit hesitant, I agree.

Don't expect Requiem for a Dream. Don't expect a "thrill ride". Just watch it when you have the time/headspace to devote to it, and you'll feel something, one way or the other.

*The soundtrack, by the way, is nearly as beautiful as the film itself. Definitely to be checked out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE the topics this movie addresses
I LOVE the topics this movie addresses . What is the experience of being present rather than the concept of being present? The take away? Read more
Published 7 days ago by B. Open
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It intimidates our imaginations and leaves you wondering
Published 13 days ago by sidney chisolm
5.0 out of 5 stars Awe
This is a very deep movie. I love it
Published 14 days ago by Divine
5.0 out of 5 stars Super fun, you can tell there was more he ...
Super fun, you can tell there was more he wanted to do with it but, wow, is this worth seeing!
Published 16 days ago by Ben gentile
4.0 out of 5 stars Neat but confusing and open ended. I don't know ...
Neat but confusing and open ended. I don't know if it was worth 3.99 for HD it didn't seem HD playing via my Xbox 360.
Published 17 days ago by Adam C. Hansil
5.0 out of 5 stars Fountain...a must see!
Awesome movie and in good condition
Published 19 days ago by cindy
4.0 out of 5 stars vague to the point of being infuriating, yet still worth watching
I saw this on DVD for the first time last night.

There are so many reviews here that I won't bother repeating the same old viewpoints for or against it. Read more
Published 20 days ago by R. Hawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Masturbation for the mind and soul.
This film is masturbation for the mind and soul: sometimes frustrating, yet pays off big time if you put in the effort.
Published 26 days ago by Eddy Lalo
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
Thank you for the service. Excellent.
Published 28 days ago by Lanier Burns
1.0 out of 5 stars If youwatch this movie
Very difficult to follow. If you watch this movie, plan on watching it at least twice in order to understand the flashbacks to "other lives", situations. Read more
Published 29 days ago by James E. Breneman
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Let me help you out a little.

This movie is a puzzle, a gift to its viewers, and although it is different from the traditional "spoon-fed" movie its not "so far out there" to understand it.

It is absolutely imperative to pay attention to every scene, each moment, every... Read More
Mar 7, 2008 by J. Mahan |  See all 28 posts
A note on the bad reviews...
yes, I totally agree. This movie really got to me on a deep level. After watching it I really couldnt even talk to anyone for awhile. But of course everyone takes in art differently.
Feb 9, 2008 by Annette Chamberlin |  See all 7 posts
let's figure it out
In order to understand the ending, you need to understand that the ending transcends the physical/real world into the meditative/philosophical.

Reality (as in the material world) and spiritual/meditative (as in beliefs and cognitive thinking) must be viewed as an attachment of each other, as if... Read More
Mar 7, 2008 by J. Mahan |  See all 13 posts
The dullest most dissappointing film I've seen in years.
Once you realize it's not about love- it's not a love story- you might grasp it a bit more.
That may be the framework but this story is a death story.

The lead character is not consumed with love.. there is no drawn out romantic idealization that pulls on the very core of your heart and makes... Read More
Jun 27, 2007 by Ellen M. Delaney |  See all 24 posts
Great, dark film. The color contrast is horrible on DVD. Be the first to reply
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