Stranger Than Fiction (Blu-ray) PG-13

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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 53 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released: February 27, 2007
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dubbed - French - Optional
    • Subtitles - English - Closed Captioned
    • Subtitles - English, French. Korean, Mandarin, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Interviews: Lindsay Doran - Producer; Zach Helm - Screenwriter
    • Featurette:
      1. "Actors in Search of a Story"
      2. "Building the Team"
      3. "On Location in Chicago"
      4. "Words on a Page"
      5. "Picture a Number: A Look at the Special Effects"
      6. "On the Set: A Montage of Funny On the Set Moments"

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Music by &
Screenplay by
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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh73%

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Total Count: 175

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 401,816
Rating: 4/5 -- Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids. Full Review
Common Sense Media
Jan 1, 2011
Rating: 7/10 -- "It's not the best piece of English literature of the last ten years," Dustin Hoffman says of Emma Thompson's newest novel, "but it's not bad." That just about sums up Stranger Than Fiction, too. Full Review
ComingSoon.net
Mar 30, 2011
4 stars out of 5 -- A delightfully surreal and utterly engaging post-modern film that deftly explores what it means to exist.
Ultimate DVD
May 1, 2007
Rating: 3/5 -- Instead of finishing with a bang it peters out, but this existential yarn is still fresh and funny enough to justify taking two hours out of your life. Full Review
BBC.com
Nov 30, 2006
3 stars out of 4 -- This is a Ferrell you've never seen before, nailing a role that calls for breakneck humor in the final race against the clock and touching gravity in the love scenes with Gyllenhaal.
Rolling Stone
Nov 20, 2006
Rating: 3/5 -- Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction.
Empire Magazine Australasia
Nov 16, 2012
Rating: 2/5 -- Screenwriter Zach Helm's comedy has some quirky points, but it's very sugary and sentimental, and feeble compared to the work of those who have done the same sort of thing better: Woody Allen or Charlie Kaufman. Full Review
Guardian
Dec 30, 2006

Product Description:

Known to most audiences for his hilarious characters, funnyman Will Ferrell continues to try his hand at more serious material with STRANGER THAN FICTION. The film comes as relatively light fare for director Marc Forster, whose previous works were FINDING NEVERLAND and MONSTER'S BALL. While not exactly a drama, the film shifts between humorous and heavy realms, one of its central questions being: "What makes a comedy or a tragedy'" In WINTER PASSING and MELINDA AND MELINDA, Ferrell awkwardly occupied a strange space that was neither clearly dramatic nor comedic, leaving audiences confused over whether to laugh at the actor or with him. Here, in the role of boring Harold Crick he appears a bit more at ease, as Harold is not expected to be funny--funny things just happen to him. Instead of depending on Ferrell for jokes, the film delivers laughs on its own by exploring what happens when an IRS agent with a dull, solitary life receives unwanted company in the form of an intrusive female voice narrating his every move. As distracting as this is, things become truly worrisome when the narrator (Emma Thompson as an eccentric author) informs Harold of his looming death.

How Harold's life changes as a result of this terrifying knowledge depends largely on wacky Professor Jules Hilbert (Dustin Hoffman) and on tax-evading baker/love interest Ana Pascal (Maggie Gyllenhaal). While Queen Latifah's role as an author's assistant is underdeveloped, Tony Hale brings an innocent charm as Harold's coworker and only friend. At times, the film's take on existentialist themes feels strikingly familiar, and is clearly influenced by features like ADAPTATION and I HEART HUCKABEES. Among its strengths, the film features interesting sets seemingly influenced by the 1950s version of the future, and functions as a small step forward for Ferrell.

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  • Theatrical Release: November 10, 2006

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