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Hancock (Unrated Special Edition) [Blu-ray]

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Academy Award® nominee Will Smith (Best Actor, The Pursuit of Happyness, 2006) stars in this action-packed comedy as Hancock, a sarcastic, hard-living and misunderstood superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public. When Hancock grudgingly agrees to an extreme makeover from idealistic publicist Ray Embrey (Jason Bateman, Juno), his life and reputation rise from the ashes and all seems right again--until he meets a woman (2003 Academy Award® winner Charlize Theron, Best Actress, Monster) with similar powers to his and the key to his secret past.

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Hancock turns the standard superhero movie inside-out: The title character (Will Smith) can fly, has superstrength, and is invulnerable, but he's also a sloppy, alcoholic jerk who causes millions of dollars in property damage whenever he bothers to fight crime. When he saves the life of a public-relations agent named Ray (Jason Bateman, Arrested Development), Ray decides to improve Hancock's image--starting by having Hancock surrender himself to the authorities and go to prison for his lawless behavior. The idea is that once he's in prison, the crime rate will go up, and people will start to realize Hancock might be of value after all. This is only the first act of Hancock--from there, the movie takes several clever turns that shouldn't be revealed. Hancock isn't a great movie (among other things, director Peter Berg overuses close-ups with a hand-held camera to a degree that may cause motion sickness), but it is an extremely entertaining one. The script, which holds together far better than most superhero movies, has a propulsive plot, good dialogue, some compassion for its characters, and even an actual idea or two. The spectacular action at least gestures towards obeying the laws of physics, which actually makes the special effects more vivid. The three leads (Smith, Bateman, and Charlize Theron as Ray's wife, Mary) deftly balance the movie's mixture of comedy, action, and drama. All in all, a smart subversive twist on a genre that all too often takes itself all too seriously. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features

Superhumans: The Making of Hancock
Seeing the Future
Building A Better Hero
Bumps and Bruises
Mere Mortals
Home Life
Suiting Up
On-Set Visual Diary Bonus View Picture-in-Picture Track

Product Details

  • Actors: Will Smith, Eddie Marsan, Charlize Theron, Jason Bateman, Johnny Galecki
  • Directors: Peter Berg
  • Producers: Will Smith, James Lassiter, Michael Mann, Akiva Goldsman
  • Format: Blu-ray, Anamorphic, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Portuguese (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Korean, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 25, 2008
  • Run Time: 194 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (676 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001F76PDS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,842 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Hancock (Unrated Special Edition) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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By Eric M. Milillo on November 17, 2008
Format: DVD
Hancock (Will Smith) is not your garden variety superhero. He's more like your garden variety bum. He spends most of his day sleeping on benches and drinking booze. When duty calls, he awakens from his drunken coma, bottle in hand to stop the wrong-doers. If there's a lesson to be learned here, it's not to fight crime drunk because it costs millions in property damage and public outrage. Luckily for Hancock, somebody wants to help the poor guy. Cue Ray (Jason Batemen) a publicist who vows to change the superhero's image in exchange for Hancock's saving his life.

The first half of "Hancock" is chock full of crude humor and the superhero doing his worst at being the best. It's thoroughly entertaining and will provide plenty of laughs. The second half of "Hancock" is about the superhero in the spotlight, but this time he is depicted as a "true" superhero and the public begins to recognize him as a positive figure. The second half is what makes or breaks the movie for viewers. Why? Because of the unexpected twist in the plot.

While I won't reveal the plot twist, I will say that it will leave people feeling divided. Some will probably think it is incredibly clever and others will believe it's sheer silliness. In my opinion, it's both clever and silly at the same time. Either way you look at it, "Hancock" is an original movie...the only one of its kind. The only superhero movie that does not have to be strict to a source, i.e. a comic book, to appease fans. It is also extremely entertaining. Everything from the CGI to the performances make this movie interesting and above all, unique. "Hancock" is definitely a movie worth watching.
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Peter Berg's "Hancock" puts a refreshing new spin on the superhero genre by keeping a majority of the conflict within. The title character fights his share of bad guys, but it's his own struggle for identity that takes center stage, a struggle that would be relatable were it not for his super-strength powers. As a man who can't remember his real name or even where he came from, Hancock may actually be worse off than Bruce Wayne; despite emotional scarring from a painful past, at least he's always known who he is. Hancock has been given powers without knowing why, and because of that, he has no idea how to use them. He's the superhero no one wants to be saved by, a lonely, miserable, self-destructive man who can't get along with anyone. As the film progresses, we wait for that climactic moment when this character is finally given the chance to redeem himself.

As interesting as this character is, "Hancock" is not everything it could have been. This is mostly due to a gigantic plot twist that I wouldn't dream of describing, not even in vague terms. All I can say is that it's outlandish, implausible, and underdeveloped, not what one would expect from a small scale, character driven superhero film. Strangely enough, it feels the most like a comic book when the secret is revealed, which would have been fine if the entire film had gone in the same direction. But it didn't; "Hancock" starts off subtly by satirizing the very concept of superheroes, from the way the act to how they look to why they're compelled to save the day in the first place. The film opens with a high-speed chase on a Los Angeles highway, one that involves heavy gunfire.
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Hancock wasn't the superhero movie that changed the genre like the studio's claimed, but it was good, solid entertainment. The theatrical release of the movie was rated PG-13 in order to draw the largest crowd to the box office. What you are getting here is both the R version and the released PG-13 version. The only real difference is ten extra minutes of footage here and there and a good deal more foul language from the Hancock character. Now that we got the "Unrated" question out of the way lets get down to the movie.

Hancock is one of those antihero-turned-hero type movies where you see the title character be all antisocial and then eventually learns how to respect others and be respected. Will Smith is definitely a great actor for the role. He gives the character just enough smug attitude without hamming it up. Will had gone a long way from the cut up hero he was in movies like Independence Day and MIB. He also does a good job with the transition of the character going from jerk to hero with all the awkwardness that anybody deals with when trying to change their way of thinking.

The plot progression of Hancock going from zero to hero is impeccable (love the jail time Hancock has to go through). Jason Bateman as Hancock's new PR guy pulls it off with the finesse of being straight man to Smith's antics and the comic foil when Will is playing it straight. Good chemistry with the two. I was surprised at Charlize Theron's performance to the point I didn't really recognize her. I won't say she's Oscar winning material here, but she does play her character right.

Now the story chugs along great up until you get maybe 2/3rd's in when the plot twists come regarding Hancock's origins.
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