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Bad Boy Bubby [Blu-ray]

4.5 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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He's been in his room for 35 years. It's time to let him out!

L.A. Weekly called it "disturbing and compelling," and it was awarded The Grand Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival. Despite a limited release in America, it would shock and delight audiences to become one of the most daring and controversial cult films of the past decade. Nicholas Hope - in what Variety hails as "an astonishing performance" - stars as Bubby, a demented man-child kept locked his entire life in a squalid apartment by his depraved mother. But when Bubby - who can only communicate by mimicking what others say and do - escapes into the outside, he soon discovers the wonders of sex, crime, rock & roll and pizza. Will this 'mad bastard' be destroyed by the realities of our cruel world, or does a higher calling ultimately await him in the most unlikely place of all?

"Christ Kid, You're a Weirdo" - Interview with Director Rolf de Heer
"Being Bubby" - Interview with Star Nicolas Hope
"Confessor Caressor" - Short Film Starring Nicolas Hope
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"An amazing journey! A Rare Film... As Funny As It Is Poignant And Bizarre!" -- Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

"Twisted and hilarious! Imagine BEING THERE Directed By David Lynch... Don't Pass This Up!" -- Shock Cinema

Five Stars! (Highest Rating) "This is a brilliant, expertly made film that is truly like nothing I've ever seen, and cannot recommend it highly enough!" -- James Reilly, Horrorview

Four Stars! (Highest Rating) "Unlike anything you've seen before... Hilarious and weird as hell!" -- Todd David Schwartz, CBS Radio

Grade: A "...a cynically funny, righteously blasphemous, surprisingly tender experience." -- Doug Brod, Entertainment Weekly

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Product Details

  • Actors: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill, Carmel Johnson
  • Directors: Rolf de Heer
  • Format: Color, Widescreen, Digital Sound, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: August 11, 2009
  • Run Time: 114 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0024R1R9U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #197,528 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By B. M. Kunz on April 14, 2005
Format: DVD
In the film Bad Boy Bubby, the title character is a thirty-five year old man child who has been locked inside a cramped, dingy room by his abusive mother for his entire life. When Bubby's Pop suddenly shows up after a thirty-five year absence, Bubby is flushed out of his home, and the only world he has ever known, by his Mom and Pop, and into the "real" world, where he experiences equal measures of human cruelty and human kindness.

The film is at times bleak, harrowing, funny, heartbreaking and ultimately hopeful. All of the actors do a very fine job, but Nicholas Hope's performance as Bubby is absolutely stunning. There's a long tradition of actors delving into roles of this type, Sling Blade, Awakenings or Rain Man for example, and while Hope's performance isn't as widely regarded as the lead performances in these three films, it surely would be if the film Bad Boy Bubby had received a wider release - especially in the United States, where until now it has been practically nonexistent. Now however, thanks to Blue Underground and this great DVD release a much wider audience will hopefully be able to see this exceptional film for the first time.

Once again Blue Underground has done a really topnotch job. The film transfer looks great and there are two sound options: a 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround and a Dolby Surround 2.0. Of special note, the sound for the film was recorded using a binaural sound system that is meant to allow the viewer the experience of hearing everything the same way the main character would.
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I had no idea what to expect when I watched Bad Boy Bubby, but I'm so glad I did. It has stayed with me for a week now, I keep thinking about it. The beginning is the hardest to watch, as it begins with Bubby being held captive by his mother (as described on the plot summary) and yes, it's very disturbing. But then the film shifts and surprised me by taking a more positive tone, comic and even sweet. Bubby wanders through a number of strange experiences and interactions and rather like a darker version of Forest Gump, we learn about our world and ourselves through his experiences. Yes, there are some very dark themes in this film, such as murder, incest, and lots and lots of victimization, but there is also plenty of humor and love too. There is a part where Bubby comes into contact with a group of adults with severe disabilities, and that part of the film was extremely sweet and uplifting (to me). So...if you are on the fence about seeing this film because of the disturbing themes, you might want to try it anyway. Just make sure you stick it out past the first 30 minutes.
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I first learned of this film from the curator of film at the George Eastman House in Rochester, NY. He said he had been on lay over from a plane trip in Brussels. Since he was a film curator, he tries to see rare films from the world. He ended up seeing Bad Boy Bubby. His search for the film to be shown in the US involved having to use the internet and people he knew in the Australian Film Industry to track down a print of the film. He ended up having to contact the director directly to obtain a 35 mm print of the film. I was really bowled over by it and have seen the film twice on the silver screen. I was thrilled to see that it was so easily available on DVD.

The story portrayed is about a man who has been locked away in an apartment by his mother his whole life. Bubby's language and intellectual development has been stunted by the abuse suffered over the years. Life changes a bit when his long lost father returns and Bubby ends up in the world, unable to do anything but mimic what others say and sounds. Bubby emerges from an abusive household to a hostile world which slowly warms up to him and becomes more compassionate. As Bubby is exposed to more compassion and kindness, he mimics the compassion and kindness others have shown him. A good allegory on how people are affected by the way they are treated. A very beautiful black comedy with heart.
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Some would simply dismiss this work of art as a "odd movie" or terrible and obscene movie because they could not see past the various scenes of heinous abuse and incest, animal mistreatment or some may see it as a indictment and or a protest of Catholicism and indeed one part shows that all organized religion is guilty of killing en masse or genocidal killing and they would be right. Power does corrupt and this is seen in politics as well as "religion".....especially the Catholic or Universal Church Catholic = universal from Latin. And we may be very likely to blame Catholocism for The Holocaust and present day muslim extremist terrorism depending on the hand that holds history's pen. The main character, Bubby (Nicholas Hope) is akin to Zippy the Pinhead who both blunder through a world of greed, cruelty, materialism as a clown would blunder thru it's act or shtick all the while illuminating hierarchy and bureaucracy lead in finality to Marxism. Or you can leave out all the analyzing and searching for meaning and enjoy a Hell of a funny movie. This is up to the viewer.. I saw it as a study of human nature and quite a distorted study at that but full of miscevious and innocent chaos placed in what one person said to be a "normal Australian upbringing".
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