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The Truman Show (Special Collector's Edition) (1998)

Jim Carrey , Ed Harris , Peter Weir  |  PG |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (759 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone
  • Directors: Peter Weir
  • Writers: Andrew Niccol
  • Producers: Adam Schroeder, Andrew Niccol, Edward S. Feldman, Lynn Pleshette, Richard Luke Rothschild
  • Format: Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: August 23, 2005
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (759 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009UC7QQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,950 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Truman Show (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Two-Part Documentary: The Making of The Truman Show
  • Four Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Two Theatrical Trailers
  • Two TV Spots

Editorial Reviews

An insurance salesman, Truman Burbank (Carrey), begins to doubt reality when he realizes that his life is a TV program.

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198 of 205 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding film! January 14, 2004
By A.L.V.
Format:DVD
I have never been a huge fan of Jim Carrey movies, so when The Truman Show came out, I quickly wrote it off as not one I was going to rush out to see. I shouldn't have. Fortunately, I got the chance to see it at a friend's house, and I can honestly say that it left me speechless and amazed at the brilliance of the film. First of all, Jim Carrey excells in this role. I find him to be a very funny man in real life, but his wacky roles in previous movies (Ace Ventura, Dumb & Dumber...you know them) don't appeal to me at all. BUT, in this role, he shows that he is way more than a go-to weirdo or funnyman. The emotion and the vulnerability he brings to the naive Truman Burbank only improves as the movie goes on. Watching this man crack as the only world he knows begins to slowly betray him and the intensity of his attempts to discover what else is beyond his hidden cage is moving in a way that few movies can convey successfully.
This movie is more than just about watching Truman Burbank find out the truth of his televised life, but it is a stunning portrayal of humanity. Truman's world was created by Christof (the always wonderful Ed Harris) to be what is considered "perfection." Christof is like God in the Seahaven world. He makes every choice for the world, including the weather and even Truman's fears...but Christof cannot change the one thing that noone can manipulate--Truman's thoughts. Truman is given the perfect wife, a brotherly bestfriend, a steady job, and a life in a world that exists without pain, sadness, or evil. But the world is a cage. The movie shows that stability is not perfection, ignorance is not bliss, and a life without ALL emotions--including sadness, fear, and pain--could never exist.
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67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific upgraded DVD with extras for classic film August 14, 2005
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Before the absurd reality shows took the airwaves by storm, director Peter Weir and writer Andrew Niccol imagined the world of Truman Burbank (Jim Carrey). Adopted and placed in a soundstage build to resemble a small American town Seahaven, Truman discovers that his life is nothing more than a TV show full of product placement. Truman discovers his friends, family and the world he lives in is nothing more than a construct. The first clue occurs when a flood light used to illuminate the massive soundstage where Truman lives falls into the middle of the street. When Truman wants to leave the small town he lives in and go to Fiji the TV show that is when his life begins to fall apart. Although Weir didn't write the film it deals with a subject common to his films; an individual who literally is an outsider in his own world. It's also about deception. Truman like most of Weir's protagonist discovers a web of deceit that corrupts his own world.

A brilliant film that finds Weir ("Witness", "The Year of Living Dangerously", "Picnic At Hanging Rock") in top form, it's amazing that this Oscar nominated film didn't pick up Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Writer and Best Director it was that good. Instead, the Academy rewarded "The Truman Show" like it does any film made by a Hollywood outsider-with a few awards recognizing the brilliance of the film and then settling into sublime mediocrity for the rest of the awards. There are clever visual references to Patrick MacGoohan's "The Prisoner" TV series woven into the visual motif of the film.

Featuring a stunning anamorphic transfer, "The Truman Show" looks nearly perfect. Paramount has done a terrific job with this new edition. Colors are vibrant and bright and the image quality is amazingly sharp and crystal clear. The 5.
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53 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Film of 1998-Forget Shakespeare in Love! December 6, 1999
Format:VHS Tape
Nobody will ever accuse the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of having common sense or good taste. I'm still scratching my head trying to figure out why this film was beat out by "Shakespeare in Love", and why Jim Carey, who turned in the best performance of his career in "The Truman Show", wasn't even nominated for best actor.
The plot of this movie is simple enough-Jim Carey plays a young man whose entire life has been entertainment for the rest of the world. He dares to reach beyond the giant bubble which is his universe to see what's out there, only to be foiled.
Of particular note is the scene toward the end of the film where Truman reaches the end of the dome shaped studio and is told by Christoph (Ed Harris) about his world. This stands out as one of the most magical scenes in an extraordinary motion picture.
I realize that this movie isn't for everyone (my wife, for one, didn't particularly like it), but Carey's performance alone justifies the purchase of this video. He displays a vulnerability and childlike fascination that is unlike anything I've ever seen. A very good supporting cast includes the shamefully overlooked Ed Harris, as well as Laura Linney.
"The Truman Show" is one of the most brilliant and overlooked motion pictures ever made. The ersatz "Ed TV", which followed a similar plot, doesn't begin to approach the craftsmanship of "The Truman Show". Hopefully, the Academy will make up for their slight of Jim Carey with "Man on the Moon, which appears to be his second acting tour de force.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Still a great movie
Hadn't seen this movie since it first came out and just watched it withy 12 year old daughter. Still great!
Published 6 days ago by Waldorf Mom
2.0 out of 5 stars Basically, The Scenario Is A Gimmick
The premise is simple, and has been done before on television shows such as "The Twilight Zone". Truman is a man whose life has been entirely lived on a television studio in an... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Long Tom
5.0 out of 5 stars The Truman Show
We really enjoyed this movie. The acting was great and this movie deserved an Oscar for best picture. Read more
Published 11 days ago by MNgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars good item
i already submitted my review. i do like the dvd and i have watched the movie a few times; still in good shape!
Published 13 days ago by Doug Aguilera
4.0 out of 5 stars Social commentary is razor sharp
I had seen The Truman Show years ago (1998) at the theater. But on watching it again 16 years later, I was surprised at how relevant the social commentary still seems. Read more
Published 22 days ago by Beverly J. Leach
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
This is fun to watch. Fun family time as it's good for all ages. Thought provoking if you let your mind ponder on it.
Published 1 month ago by Dunes Princess
2.0 out of 5 stars Movie rating
Good movie. Love Jim Carrey. Didn't care for the story line but Jim Carrey did awesome! He's good in everything he does!
Published 1 month ago by Elizabeth
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 star
I love Jim Carrey but I give this show a 3 star action because I'm use to him being funny, I guess.
Published 1 month ago by Jennifer D Norris
4.0 out of 5 stars Jim Carrey made this movie
The Truman Show depicts an interesting and engaging concept. One of my favorite lines is delivered by the show's creator, Christof. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyed this more the second time
It was years ago when last watched this. I think some of the humor was lost on me initially but the second time around I found it sillier and had some good laughs.
Published 1 month ago by Laura
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Is this a second "The Truman Show [Blu-Ray]" release?
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