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  • Actors: Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, David Oyelowo, Macy Gray
  • Directors: Lee Daniels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2013
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (400 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009R8Q93S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,982 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Includes Free Digital Copy of the Film, Featurette, Director Interview, Cast and Crew Interview, Behind the Scenes, 1080p High Definition (BD), Dolby TrueHD (BD), 5.1 Digital Surround (DVD), English SDH & Spanish Subtitles, Previews

Editorial Reviews

A sexually and racially charged film noir from Oscar®-nominated director Lee Daniels (Precious), THE PAPERBOY takes audiences deep into the backwaters of steamy 1960s South Florida, as investigative reporter Ward Jansen (Matthew McConaughey) and his partner Yardley Acheman (David Oyelowo) chase a sensational, career-making story. With the help of Ward's younger brother Jack (Zac Efron) and sultry death-row groupie Charlotte Bless (Nicole Kidman), the pair tries to prove violent swamp-dweller Hillary Van Wetter (John Cusack) was framed for the murder of a corrupt local sheriff. Based on the provocative bestselling novel by Pete Dexter (Mulholland Falls, Rush), The Paperboy peels back a sleepy small town's decades-old façade of Southern gentility to reveal a quagmire of evil as dark as a Florida bayou.

Customer Reviews

Great acting, Good story but creepy.
Where the film goes is not particularly shocking, though multiple scenes are injected for shock value.
Chris Wilson
It's not a bad movie it's just not my kind of movie.
Diana L. Cain

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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Michael Butts HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 25, 2013
Format: DVD
Lee Daniels' PRECIOUS catapulted the director into the Hollywood spotlight. THE PAPERBOY is an equally disturbing, often brutal tale of racism, homosexuality and graphic loveless sex. Set in 1969 Florida, the story focuses on the murder of the town sheriff and the allegedly innocent man facing the electric chair. Add to the mix a young boy who falls for the somewhat slutty girlfriend of the supposed killer.
THE PAPERBOY is not a pleasant film to watch and kind of leaves you wondering what purpose the movie serves.
Nicole Kidman, nominated for a Golden Globe, dominates the film in a searing performance unlike anything she's done before. I was surprised by teen heartthrob Zac Efron's mature performance. Macy Gray is enjoyable as the film's most likeable character, the sensitive maid Anita. Matthew McConnaughey had a busy 2012, and plays against type as Efron's gay brother working to prove John Cusack's innocence,. Cusack is very effective, also in a non-characteristic role. David (I can't spell his last name!!) does well as the smarmy and deceitful boyfriend of Matthew.
THE PAPERBOY is a Southern "Gothic"---often plodding and occasionally repulsive. It's not a movie I'd watch again.
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95 of 113 people found the following review helpful By Ripley on December 9, 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I came to this film not knowing what to expect. I hadn't seen "Precious" so I was unfamiliar with Lee Daniel's work. Plus, I had read some of the negative reviews about the film, so I came to the film with some trepdidation. But from the opening sequence in which Macy Gray barges in on Zac Efron to clean up his room, and the hilarious dialogue between these two actors, I was hooked. Nothing about what I had heard about the film had anything to do with the actual film. It was at times sad, funny, bizaare, chilling, grotesque, romantic, menacing, and at times all of the above. It was like nothing I have ever seen, except perhaps for the films of Tod Soldendz.

This film, like so many great films, doesn't have a genre, so if the fact that it doesn't fit into some preconceived notion of a specific type of film upsets you, you are not going to understand this film. It is mostly a character study of all the motives, predjudices, obsessions, and secrets that each character in the film carries around with them. Each of the actors is outstanding, and it is a tribute to Lee Daniels that he was able to get such great performances from these actors in roles that had to be extremely challenging for them.

I predict that in time, this film will come to be viewed as the masterpiece that it is.
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63 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Jordan on December 19, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
With The Paperboy, we have the arrival of a major new cinematic talent - Lee Daniels. Though his first two films (the bizarre Shadowboxer and the extremely well-acted Precious) had their merits, only with The Paperboy do we finally see the maturation of his craft, the arrival of a distinct new voice. It is a hypnotically bold, daringly original, and utterly fearless film that seemingly effortlessly dances between drama and comedy, tenderness and tension, completely unafraid to go to shocking, dangerous places. It feels totally unpredictable, and nothing about it feels safe, which is something far too many movies are these days. The Paperboy hearkens back to the audacious spirit of American cinema in the 1970s, when filmmakers weren't afraid to make outrageous works like Deliverance and Prime Cut. In this film's world, nothing is sacred, and because Daniels is so assured with this approach, so completely in control of every moment, watching it is an enthralling, absorbing, exhilarating experience.

Rarely am I so entertained and captivated by a film, and even more rarely am I so blown away by a film's originality and daring. With The Paperboy, Lee Daniels created a world I didn't want to leave and a film I didn't want to end. I can't wait to see where he goes from here.
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66 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Robert Chadwick on November 5, 2012
Format: DVD
This motion picture is difficult to watch in places; but it is without doubt one of the best films I've seen this year. Nicole Kidman's performance deserves an Oscar. Ms Kidman is truly an actress who cannot be forced into cookie cutter roles. She has proven throughout her career that she can assume the character convincingly no matter how different that individual is from herself ... a rare and amazing gift.

Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, David Oyelowo, John Cusack & Macy Gray also give outstanding performances. I especially loved the character played by Macy Gray ... a truly loving and generous character in the midst of a world that did not value her as she deserved.

The Paperboy touches many dark places known to human beings. The film is set in a small Florida town in 1969 ... a place you might expect to find the racism and violence depicted in the film; but by the end of the film, you may view these expected vices tame compared to the other human conditions you'll witness. The Paperboy brings to the surface so much more than you'd ever expect to find in that damp, dark, swampy place.

You won't forget this film for a long time. It will haunt you for days.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Dayna Newman/Slasher Diva on February 8, 2013
Format: Amazon Instant Video
The Paperboy was kind of all over the place in the beginning with people talking over people so you really had to listen carefully or put the captions on.
Once it settled down in the over lapping talk department it was a very entertaining movie with lot's of strange and interesting characters,Trust me when I say no subject matter were off limits and I'm surprised it only got an R rating.

Nicole Kidman was good as the Ditzy, prisoner obsessed,over sexed 'Charlotte Bless' and so were the rest of the characters.Matthew McConaughey was bold in his portrayal of 'Ward Jansen' The oldest son of the southern Jansen family.
Ward's Little brother'Jack Jansen' is played by the very grown up looking and handsome Zac Efron who falls in love with Charlotte even though he sees her do some very over the top unladylike things especially for 1969 as this is the time period the film is set.

The surprise for me was 'Macy Gray' as the Jansen's housekeeper Anita who narrates the film and also has a special bond with Jack.She was great and overlooked in the award nominations. John Cusack is barley recognizable as the sweaty greasy 'Hillary Van Wetter' whom Charlotte is in love with,there's a lot of swamp action and other uncomfortable situations that will have your jaw dropping.I enjoyed it and applaud it's boldness even though it could leave you somewhat depressed.
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