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The Great Buck Howard (Blu-ray) PG

Greatness is a state of mind.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: PG
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 30 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: July 21, 2009
  • Originally Released: 2009
  • Label: Magnolia
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 2.0, Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Subtitles - Spanish
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Making Of:
      1. Making of THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. Sean McGinly, Director; Colin Hanks, Actor
    • Featurette:
      1. The Amazing Kreskin
      2. HDNet: A Look at The Great Buck Howard

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Entertainment Reviews:


Total Count: 93


User Ratings: 32,200
3.5 stars out of 4 -- Malkovich is just right for the role of the quirky mentalist....The pacing and direction of the film match up perfectly with Malkovich's performance.
Mar 19, 2009
This is not a rare movie, but it does have a warm red center. It's likable, and its appeal grows as it recovers from a shaky start and finds its footing. Full Review
Apr 9, 2009
Rating: D+ -- It's a light, weightless, mostly pointless show business homage, and you're likely to forget it about it halfway through. Full Review
Jun 22, 2013
Rating: 2/4 -- The problem isn't so much in the film's clumsy, hand-holding narration, or in its forced quirkiness. Rather it's that its most interesting character -- the one they named the thing after -- isn't the main character.
Jul 24, 2009
Rating: 3/4 -- A slight yet satisfying show-biz tale. Full Review
Creative Loafing
Apr 22, 2009
Rating: 3/5 -- A pleasant enough comedy in the My Favorite Year mold. Full Review
Orlando Sentinel
Apr 8, 2009
[A]n agreeable show business satire with a warm heart....John Malkovich exaggerates the familiar mannerisms of this self-described professional mentalist to create a barbed but affectionate portrait of a second-string trouper struggling for a comeback.
New York Times
Mar 20, 2009

Product Description:

Prior to THE GREAT BUCK HOWARD, writer-director Sean McGinly helmed TWO DAYS, a film that deals with themes of show-business failure. McGinly treads similar territory here, but whereas DAYS mixed dark comedy and tense drama in the internal struggle of a man who merely thinks he's a failed entertainer, BUCK is a gentle charmer about a bona-fide washed-up star.

When sensible but jaded law student Troy Gabel (Colin Hanks) decides that school isn't for him, he takes off without telling his father (Tom Hanks, whose presence underscores how many mannerisms he and his real-life son have in common) and looks for the job that will get him a proverbial foot in the door of the entertainment industry. In the blink of an eye, Troy finds himself as road manager for the Great Buck Howard (John Malkovich), an aging mentalist in the tradition of the Amazing Kreskin. He may be a corny relic with an act full of piano interludes and lo-fi theatrics, but he's also pretty entertaining and genuinely impressive, especially his signature bit in which he locates his own hidden payment. He's prone to throwing prima-donna fits and blathering on about his 61 appearances on THE TONIGHT SHOW while he regularly performs to half-full rooms; but every time he screams "I love this town!" to the audiences of Wausau, Wisconsin, and Bakersfield, California, it becomes increasingly apparent that he means it. Buck is the best showcase for Malkovich's hilarious eccentricities since BEING JOHN MALKOVICH. But seen through the eyes of McGinly's semi-autobiographical Troy and a perceptive publicist named Valerie (Emily Blunt), he's more than just a caricature: his brief, hipster-irony-propelled resurgence as a national celebrity and the movie's lighthearted satirization of Hollywood suggest he's the kitschy, infantile heart of every entertainer.

Product Description:

Buck Howard (John Malkovich), a mentalist extraordinaire, used to spend his days in the limelight. But nowadays, it's clear to everyone but Buck that his act has lost its luster. Yet, Buck is convinced his comeback is imminent. With the help of his new personal assistant, a recent law school drop-out and would-be writer Troy (Colin Hanks) and a fiery publicist (Emily Blunt), Buck surprisingly lands back in the American consciousness, taking Troy along for the ride of his life.


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  • UPC: 876964001939
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