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Tideland (Two-Disc Collector's Edition) (2007)

Terry Gilliam  |  R |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Velocity / Thinkfilm
  • DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
  • Run Time: 121 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (110 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KB4898
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,375 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Tideland (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • An Introduction from Terry Gilliam
  • Commentary by Terry Gilliam and screenwriter Tony Grisoni
  • "Getting Gilliam" featurette by Vincenzo Natali with optional commentary by Terry Gilliam and Vincenzo Natali
  • "The Making of Tideland" featurette
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Terry Gilliam
  • "Filming Green Screen" with commentary by Terry Gilliam
  • Interview with Terry Gilliam
  • Interview with producer Jeremy Thomas
  • Trailers

Editorial Reviews

A young girl (Jodelle Ferland) lives in a terrifying and gruesome world. When her father (Jeff Bridges) takes her away to a rural farmhouse, she finds herself in a bizarre fantasy world where only her dolls’ heads keep her company. When she meets a mentally damaged man and a tall ghost-like woman, the line between her imagination and reality quickly disappears. Tideland is a spine-chilling tale from the visionary mind of acclaimed director Terry Gilliam.

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148 of 155 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, but not for everyone February 10, 2007
By Lana
This DVD has an introduction from Terry Gilliam at the beginning of the film, in it he says "I've got a confession to make, a lot of you aren't going to like this film." It's sad, but it's true, it's true because there are some very controversial scenes in the film, it's sad because a lot people won't be able to look past that, and see what a brilliant film this really is. No, these scenes don't have to be in the film, but maybe Gilliam's making a point about how we see the world; "If it's disturbing it's because it's innocent."

Tideland is the story of a little girl named Jeliza- Rose who travels to a small house in the country with her father, the film shows how she deals with her difficult life with imagination, the film's dark and disturbing, but ultimately optimistic.

There's a lot for Gilliam fans here, the camera angles, the odd fantasy elements and the strange dark humor.

This film could have been terrible if it hadn't been done properly, but the film stays interesting and gripping because of the connection Gilliam gives us to Jeliza-Rose.

I'm not here to judge, and if people don't like this film they're entitled to, but all I'm saying is give it a chance, because a fair few of you, like me, are going to love it for the beautiful film it is.
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61 of 65 people found the following review helpful
WELL, THIS'S IT, only swirled with near-psychedelic images (beautifully shot) and a bizarre, unsettling and confounding story and characters seldom seen on screen. Akin to CITY OF LOST CHILDREN, it's touching and scary at the same time. Taboos abound.

Tideland is insane. Delusional. Disturbing. Frequently dizzying. Made to be more felt than understood. It left me roiling over its strange characters, images and (maybe) hidden meanings. Shed your preconceptions and prejudices, expect to be frustrated and confused; but in the end you'll feel more stirred than shaken. It's definitely a see and re-see to be appreciated kinda movie. (And definitely a love-it or hate-it movie. Totally formula-less.)

Perhaps it meant to be so-overtly over-the-edge; maybe Genius Gilliam unleashed his visual and conceptual elegance so extravagantly to reach raw depths. Maybe he was on something; whatever, this is an Experience. Good luck.
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116 of 139 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This is a review of the dvd, not the film March 3, 2007
This region 1 dvd really dropped the ball. The correct aspect ratio of the movie is 2.35:1, which is a dramatically wide picture. This dvd is 1.85:1, which has quite a bit of the picture cropped off. Nowhere on the package does it mention this, so if you're thinking you're getting to see the movie the way Gilliam intended, you are not. I can think of no reason this was done, and it is a true disservice to anyone who purchases this dvd. I hope a new edition is released in the future, but this version is a total waste of money.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gilliam's Dark Comedy Homerun March 25, 2007
Terry Gilliam is best known for his acting, directing, and writing within the Monty Python troupe. Mention his name in comedic circles and instantly you'll hear titles like THE LIFE OF BRIAN and MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL or maybe even the cultish BRAZIL.

But more likely than not you've never heard of TIDELAND, which is unfortunate because it's a very good film. Not Mr. Gilliam's best directorial achievement, but certainly highly entertaining and grossly underrated. Receiving only a limited release in 2005, Tideland was quickly whisked out of theaters in favor of bigger blockbusters that held minimal substance by comparison.

What else is interesting is the perfect casting and surprising comeuppance of eleven-year-old Jodelle Ferland who appears in nearly every frame of the film. Side by side with such veterans as Jeff Bridges (THE BIG LEBOWSKI) and Jennifer Tilly (MONSTERS, INC.), Ferland's performance was hilarious, sad, and openly weird.

The story itself would've been intriguing enough, even without the great actors, in that it exposes the psyche of a young girl named Jeliza-Rose (Ferland) who must deal with the unpredictable, drug-addled behavior of her short-lived parents Queen (Tilly) and Noah (Bridges). She handles it by seeking solace in her imagination. When her mother dies, her father takes her on "an adventure" (think Alice In Wonderland) that carries her back to her father's vacant home in the middle of nowheresville. When her father decides to take a heroin "vacation", Jeliza-Rose is left on her own, playing with her bodiless dolls, finding a rabbit hole, and eventually stumbling upon a brain-damaged friend named Dickens (the PERFECTLY cast Brendan Fletcher, RV).
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38 of 46 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT PURCHASE THIS DVD! March 7, 2007
Gilliam wanted this dvd released at 2.25.1 aspect ratio and instead ThinkFilm is distributing it at 1.77.1, cropping out image that Gilliam wants you to see! To make matters worse Gilliam gave them the correct aspect ratio and ThinkFilm decided to against it. DO NOT PURCHASE THIS DVD! Wait for a better edition which ThinFilm claims there will be!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Story and Film January 22, 2007
By Captain
The lengthy, literate review by Dein captures the real and wonderful essence of this film. While some scenes are indeed grisly, they are absolutely faithful to the novel and never overdone. And although this film and its delightful images are from Terry Gilliam's camera, the novel with its bizarre story is by Mitch Cullin, a very important young novelist. Read his recent A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND for a sedate and thoughtful treatment of old age, a contrast to TIDELAND in many engrossing ways.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite movies. It truly projects the innocent psyche of...
One of my favorite movies. It truly projects the innocent psyche of a beautiful little girl.
Published 8 days ago by Diana laracuente
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
What a strange movie....
Published 13 days ago by SStoker
2.0 out of 5 stars ... i just don't get and had to struggle towatch until the end
Here's another terry Gilliam film that i just don't get and had to struggle to watch until the end.
Though it has great cinematography, great acting & great cast, I just don't... Read more
Published 3 months ago by RockSteadyEddie
5.0 out of 5 stars A very underrated film by a master of the medium,Terry Gilliam.
This dark fable of a young girl's coming of age when both of her parents die of drug overdoses is as intriguing and as it is dark. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Brent Bechtel
5.0 out of 5 stars Playing games
This movie is an outstanding film, at looking at different ways to play games when you are a child. This movie is all about strange events that happen, and very creative ways and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Kevin Grossklaus
3.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing at every level.
I should predicate this review by stating that I am an enormous fan of Terry Gilliam. I think the movie "Brazil" was one of the best films of the 1980s, and the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by RDS
4.0 out of 5 stars Must Be Viewed Through Eyes and Mind of a Child!
Blu-ray is a German release. Starts with automated Germany version of industry copyright warning, then launches into a foreword by Terry Gilliam with German dubbing over his voice. Read more
Published 12 months ago by John A. Lind
4.0 out of 5 stars Silly kissers.
Well this is a great movie. Not for everyone and a little dose of bad taste. Things are strange enough, but add poverty, drug use, and the innocence of a child, and enjoy the trip... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Alex Altman
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
..but I already knew it would be, I had been searching far and widefor this film and have finally found it..
Published 15 months ago by WyLegal
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Disturbing, Difficult
Terry Gilliam is generally known for expansive, artificially constructed films such as BRAZIL. With TIDELAND he takes a much more narrow focus. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Gary F. Taylor
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