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    Unique ID Code: 0000036719
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 7/7/2002 12:13
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    Beautiful Mind, A (Widescreen) (US)

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    He Saw The World In A Way No One Could Have Imagined
    Certificate: PG-13
    Running Time: 136 mins
    Retail Price: $29.98
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    Winner of 4 Academy Awards® including Best Picture, A Beautiful Mind is directed by Academy Award® winner Ron Howard and produced by his long-time partner, Academy Award® winner Brian Grazer. A Beautiful Mind stars Russell Crowe in an astonishing performance as brilliant mathematician John Nash, on the brink of international acclaim when he becomes entangled in a mysterious conspiracy. Now, only his devoted wife (Academy Award® winner Jennifer Connelly) can help him in this powerful story of courage, passion and triumph.

    Special Features:
    Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
    Feature Commentary with Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
    Deleted Scenes with Director`s Commentary
    DVD-ROM Features
    Cast and Filmmakers
    Production Notes

    Disc Two:
    A Beautiful Partnership: Ron Howard and Brian Grazer
    Development Of The Screenplay
    Meeting John Nash
    Accepting The Nobel Prize in Economics
    Casting Russell Crowe and Jennifer Connelly
    The Process of Age Progression
    Storyboards Comparisons
    Creation Of The Special Effects
    Scoring The Film
    "Inside A Beautiful Mind" Making-Of
    Theatrical Trailer
    A Beautiful Mind Soundtrack
    Academy Awards Reactions From Winners:
    Best Picture - Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
    Best Director - Ron Howard
    Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Connelly
    Best Adapted Screenplay - Akiva Goldsman

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French
    Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Ron Howard

    Written By:

    Adam Goldberg
    Paul Bettany
    Christopher Plummer
    Jennifer Connelly
    Ed Harris
    Russell Crowe

    Casting By:
    Janet Hirshenson
    Jane Jenkins

    Soundtrack By:
    James Horner

    Director of Photography:
    Roger Deakins

    Daniel P. Hanley
    Mike Hill

    Costume Designer:
    Rita Ryack

    Production Designer:
    Wynn Thomas

    Maureen Peyrot
    Louisa Velis
    Kathleen McGill
    Ron Howard
    Brian Grazer

    Executive Producer:
    Karen Kehela
    Todd Hallowell

    Universal Pictures

    Your Opinions and Comments

    8 / 10
    I`m going to have to go with the flow on this one. "A Beautiful Mind" is a good movie about a dreadful disease.
    The acting is quite good (Connelly in particular) and the movie, despite being a bit too long, never gets boring.
    The video transfer is very good. There are no compression signs to be seen and the colors are slightly (and deliberately) desaturated. This gives the movie a certain amount of authenticity.
    Most of the special effects are subtle, and you`d probably never notice they are actually CG. They are as seamless as John Nash`s hallucinations.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is very good. The surrounds are used occasionally, but mainly for ambiance. The dialogs are clear and well centered and you will be humming the musical score well after the movie`s end.
    The menus are animated with sound.
    The extras include: Disk 1 - 2 commentaries by the director and screenwriter, 17 deleted scenes, some production notes and some neat DVD-ROM stuff (pictures, clips etc.). Disk 2 - an extensive behind the scenes look (miserably divided into too many sections without the possibility to play everything continuously), a clip from the Nobel prize ceremony, where Nash got his prize, 5 nice storyboards and a brilliant explanation about the special effects in the movie.
    Bottom line - a good and touching movie which is very nicely presented on the 2-disk set.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 7/7/2002 15:26
    8 / 10
    An excellent film that looks deep into schizophrenia. A sometimes touching and deeply moving story about the life of Nobel Prize winner John Nash, a brilliant mind at Princeton. The story looks at how he comes to terms with his disease and how he overcomes it with the aid of his wife.
    I`m not a big fan of Russell Crowe and used to think he was way overrated as an actor but after seeing this movie, I think he should have been awarded best actor oscar rather than Denzil Washington.

    Print is clean and no flaws visible Sound also is very good and the score is beautiful and remarkable.

    2 disc set is packed full of lots of extras including commentaries, deleted scenes, bios, loads of other stuff that complement the movie well.

    A great movie superbly acted and directed. Saying this, it does not have that great a rewatchability rating but I do recommend that everyone see this movie at least once as it is great.
    posted by dicanio on 2/3/2003 00:48