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Blu-ray Review: Oscar-Winning ‘The Descendants’ with George Clooney

22 March 2012 2:26 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Alexander Payne’s “The Descendants” was one of my favorite films of 2011 and, no, nothing has changed in the last 12 weeks. The window between theatrical release and Blu-ray has become so small that there’s not even time really to allow a film to age or change between a film review and a Blu-ray review. “The Descendants” was great a few months ago. And it’s still great.

Blu-ray Rating: 5.0/5.0

So, for my opinion of the film itself, check out my Chicago International Film Festival Preview, film review, and my piece on the Best Films of 2011.

But how’s the Blu-ray? Fox wasn’t about to drop the ball here and they’ve truly improved their HD transfers for new theatrical films over the last few years. “The Descendants” looks good, near the high end of Fox HD transfers, which is still a bit below Warner Bros. or Universal. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: The Descendants

22 March 2012 10:13 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It used to be, Tom Hanks was the everyman who took us into one film after another, giving us a chance to experience the mundane to the fantastic. That role in many ways has been ceded to George Clooney, who displays in one film after another, a charismatic vulnerability that makes you root for him regardless of the circumstances. He brings that empathy to Matt King, the lead figure in The Descendants, out this week from 20th Century Home Entertainment.

Yeah, we all now he was nominated for Best Actor but if you haven’t seen the film; you can watch the video and see the actor lose himself in the character. King is married, with two teen children, and has his world rocked, first by the wife Elizabeth (Patricia Hastie) getting sick and then learning she has been having an affair. While she lingers in the hospital, he goes »

- Robert Greenberger

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'The Descendants' DVD extra: George Clooney breaks silence... wind, too -- Exclusive

9 March 2012 6:00 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

In The Descendants, George Clooney played a solemn lawyer who finds out that his comatose wife had been having an affair before her tragic watersport accident. But even an Academy Award nomination for playing a cuckold who is forced to reconnect with his two daughters while mourning couldn’t alter his reputation as a merry prankster. Clooney is notorious for the artful gotcha, and his tomfoolery knows no bounds — he once razzed a 90-year-old Walter Cronkite with a gag that ended with the late newsman jumping in a lake.

Working with youngsters on The Descendants only seemed to bring out his inner jester. »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Take George Clooney Home!

1 March 2012 12:02 PM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: Experience the Heartbreak and Humor When the Academy Award® and Golden Globe® Winner Comes to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 13

From director Alexander Payne creator of the Oscar® winning Sideways comes one of the Best Pictures of the year, The Descendants, featuring a stunning cast including Best Actor nominee George Clooney (Ides of March) and Shailene Woodley (The Secret Life of the American Teenager) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role. Take home this wonderfully warm and witty film and go behind the scenes of The Descendants with all-new exclusive content on Blu-ray Disc Combo Pack and DVD March 13 from Fox Searchlight and Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, The Descendants is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, »

- Josh Abraham

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George Clooney’s “The Descendants” announces its DVD release

28 February 2012 8:33 AM, PST | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off of its Academy Award win for Best Adapted Screenplay, “The Descendants” announces its upcoming DVD release, which will take place on Tuesday, March 13.

From director Alexander Payne, creator of the Oscar-winning “Sideways,” an award-winning feature about family members coming together to shoulder some difficult times. Payne’s stellar cast includes Best Actor nominee George Clooney (“The Ides of March”) and Shailene Woodley (“The Secret Life of the American Teenager”) in her Golden Globe nominated and Independent Spirit Award winning role.

Based on the best-selling novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings and set in Hawaii, “The Descendants” is a sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King (George Clooney) an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki. The event leads to a rapprochement »

- Sean O'Connell

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Descendants

27 February 2012 2:09 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012

Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Loved by critics and audience members, The Descendants scored a worthy Academy Award and two Golden Globes, including Best Picture.

From writer/director Alexander Payne (Sideways), the movie stars George Clooney (The Ides of March) as businessman Matt King, who has a lot on his plate: he’s on deadline to bring his extended family (including Beau Bridges, Columbus Circle) together to sell their land in Hawaii, his wife (Patricia Hastie, Princess Kaiulani) is in a coma after a boating accident and his daughter’s (Shailene Woodley, TV’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager) angry because she knows her mom was cheating on her dad.

The cast also includes Judy Greer (Barry Munday), Matthew Lillard (Spooner), Nick Krause (How to Eat Fried Worms) and newcomer Amara Miller.

Rated R, The Descendants is »

- Sam

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