A Beautiful MindDirector: Ron Howard, Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
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The big Oscar winner for 2001, A Beautiful Mind receives an all-out special edition treatment on DVD, and it doesn't get much better than this two-disc set. Universal has gone out of their way to present this film on disc, and the results are spectacular. For starters, the image is stunning. Framed at 1.85:1 and anamorphic (a separate set is available in the less preferred full-frame version), the picture is a perfect translation of the theatrical experience. Colors are warm, especially flesh tones, while blacks are solid and deep. Detail is sharp and clearly noticeable from the very beginning. The sound, an English 5.1 Dolby Digital track, is strong, but based clearly in the front speakers. There is little use of the Surrounds, but that would be expected for a more dialogue-driven film such as this. Also available is a 5.1 track in French. As good as the image and sound are, the supplements take this set to an even higher level. On the first disc with the movie are two commentary tracks, the first from director Ron Howard and the second from screenwriter Akiva Goldsman. Both men won Academy Awards, and their comments are thorough and relevant to the film. Also presented, with optional commentary from Howard, are 18 deleted scenes of varying video quality, but still valuable for the overall impression they make. The second disc contains the majority of the supplements. No less than ten featurettes are offered, some only a few minutes long, and others which don't amount to much more than publicity pieces, but each is entirely welcome with some fascinating information about aspects of the film that might have passed by unnoticed. Some of the extras, such as speeches from the 2001 Academy Awards are so truncated that they don't offer much additional insight, but for the most part, these supplements are top quality. As would be expected, rounding out this edition are the theatrical trailer, production notes, and cast and crew information. This is the kind of package that DVD fans have come to expect from important films.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Russell Crowe||John Forbes Nash, Jr.|
|Jennifer Connelly||Alicia Nash|
|Ed Harris||William Parcher|
|Paul Bettany||Charles Herman|
|Christopher Plummer||Dr. Rosen|
|Austin Pendleton||Thomas King|
|Allan Byer||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Greg Cannom||Makeup Special Effects|
|Robert Guerra||Art Director|
|Todd Hallowell||Executive Producer|
|James Horner||Score Composer|
|Karen Kehela||Executive Producer|
|Kathleen McGill||Associate Producer|
|Aldric La'Auli Porter||Associate Producer,Asst. Director|
|Leslie Rollins||Set Decoration/Design|
|Rita Ryack||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Wynn P. Thomas||Production Designer|
|Louisa Velis||Associate Producer|
1. Main Titles
3. A Challenge
4. The Need to Focus
5. Governing Dynamics
6. The Pentagon
7. Teacher and Student
8. Code Breaker
10. The Prodigal Roommate
11. A Wedding
13. Dr. Rosen
14. Mental Illness
18. Goodbye, Old Friends
19. A Nobel Prize
20. End Titles
Feature Commentary With Director Ron Howard
Feature Commentary With Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
Play Scenes With Director's Commentary: On
Play Scenes With Director's Commentary: Off
Cast and Filmmakers
Russell Crowe - John Forbes Nash, Jr.
Ed Harris - William Parcher
Jennifer Connelly - Alicia Nash
Paul Bettany - Charles Herman
Adam Goldberg - Richard Sol
Judd Hirsch - Professor Helinger
Christopher Plummer - Dr. Rosen
Produced by Brian Grazer
Written by Akiva Goldsman
Directed by Ron Howard
English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Français 5.1 Dolby Digital
Feature Commentary With Director Ron Howard
Feature Commentary With Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman
Captions & Subtitles
Captioned for the Hearing Impaired: English
Side #2 -- Disc 2
A Beautiful Partnership: Ron Howard & Brian Grazer
Development of the Screenplay
Meeting John Nash
Accepting the Nobel Prize in Economics
Casting Russell Crowe & Jennifer Connelly
The Process of Age Progression
Final Feature Comparisons: The Pub Scene
Final Feature Comparisons: John Nash Meets Dr. Rosen
Final Feature Comparisons: Baby in the Bathtub
Deleted Scenes Comparisons: Nash and Parcher Dispose of the Car
Deleted Scenes Comparisons: Alicia and the Disappearing Audience
Creation of the Special Effects
Scoring the Film
Inside A Beautiful Mind
Best Picture - Producers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard
Best Director - Ron Howard
Best Supporting Actress - Jennifer Connelly
Best Adapted Screenplay - Akiva Goldsman
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I completely agree with the 12 year old that wrote the review about a year ago. This movie was truly touching and amazing. Mr. Washington, sorry, but the oscar belongs to Mr. Crowe for his excellent portrayal of John Nash. I totally agree that Mrs. Connelly deserved her oscar. I was so happy that Ron Howard and Brian Graizer received oscars for their great jobs. This movie completely deserved to get best picture (and that was so cool how Tom Hamks announced it)! Well, like I said one of the best movies that I have seen in my life of eleven years.
"A Beautiful Mind" is quite an incredible story. Contrary to popular belief, this film is not a biography, nor was it meant to be depicted as one. So, if you are basing the movie off of the book, you have the wrong idea. I found this movie to be poignant, and wonderfully acted/directed. It definitely deserved all of the awards it received, and then some.
This was one of the best movies I have seen in my whole short life of 12 yrs. I am sorry Denzel, this Oscar should have gone to Russel Crowe. Jennifer Conelly may keep her Oscar though. (I oved her in Labrynth.) Super job, Ron Howard.
This movie was great but also it got you to think. The acting and story line was some of the best in years. Why I say that is that it seems in a lot of movies they have a great story line or they start off great but than suck at the end like the gave up or wonted to finish it up to fast. Beside that this movie had a good impact on me and others.
Russel Crowe delivers an outstanding performance alongside co-actors Ed Harris, Jennifer Conelly and Paul Bettany in this emotionally stimulating film based on the life of mathematical professor John Nash.
The movie was a kind of its own if i where an editor i would be proud to have viewed such a wonderful movie.This makes u think what you have done if where the actors placeto have to come wiyh an awardwining perfomance.Then for barns and nobles to put at such a cheap price it makes proud to shop online.
I am not too fond of this movie, nor people's reactions to it. Some say schizophrenia is strictly caused by failure of brain chemistry (or neurological wiring) and I can tell you from personal experience that this is true, but not universally applicable. On the flip side, a lot of people react to the sentimentality of the film, because Nash was able to manage himself amidst his burden. I applaud him for doing this (especially without medication), but the film makes it look like he can cope with it much like folks outside the schizophrenic experience deal with emotional issues that nag them day to day. (May I state that I do not consider any emotional hardship light. I only suggest that dealing with schizophrenia is very different than non-schizophrenics typically wish it to be.) I am glad that this movie drew some attention, but I feel there are better movies and books about the illness. Whether the victim fails or succeeds in dealing with his experience, a good portrayal is only good if it manages to capture the co-mingling of horror, alienation, and confusion (among other things). Beautiful Mind does this to some extent, but not enough to satisfy me. It has too many misconceptions. That being said, I would still recommend this movie to anyone who wants an initial glance into schizophrenia -as long as they are instructed adequately as to what is Hollywood and what is closer to the real deal. If you are interested in checking out more stuff, look for the attributes I cited. Never shy from those which end tragically, and be skeptical of positive endings. A not-too-good of a resolution is typically the best you're going to get in real life.
A beautiful mind is a film that draws interest to the life of the amazing John Nash and the destructive and unbearable effects of schizophrenia. This story is delivered with the top-most elloquence from both filmakers and the cast. It holds a level of depth that is clearly evident to thoes who have any interest in the lives of the "greats" in the academic world. "A Beautiful Mind" accomplished the stature of a memorable and enduring classic.
A Beautiful Mind is an epic, gripping story that had to be told, and I am especially glad that it was told in such an amazing manner. Russel Crowe and Jennifer Connely put on amazing preformances, they made me forget that I was watching a movie, and made me feel like i was actually there. I especially liked the take they took on filming it. By starting us out with seeing John Nash's halucenations and making you, yourself question if it is real. It made you feel and care for John, instead of making you think he was completely insane. Awesome movie.
When I rented A Beautiful Mind, I wanted to see what everybody was fussing about. But After I saw it, I thought it was a great movie. Ron Howard did a great job of directing, and Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris did an excellent job of acting. My only problem was Russell Crowe. Crowe was a bad choice to play John Nash. John Nash was a brilliant man and Russell Crowe made him dull. The film was just as good as the Lord of the Rings: the Fellowship of the Ring. They both are the best in their categories but the Lord of the Rings was cheated by the Oscars. I thought Jennifer Connelly deserved the oscar for supporting actress but A Beautiful Mind (at least to me) shouldn't have won for best picture. But it is still an excellent film that should be watched.
I still think this is the best look at the mind of a schizophrenic. Yes, it comes wrapped in a handsome Russell Crowe/Jennifer Connelly package but Ron Howard still directed a very good movie! The only other movies that manage to suck you into the mind of a person suffering delusions like this are Donnie Darko and The Machinist...but neither compete with the beauty of this particular movie
russel crowe was awesome in this movie. It is wonderful, I recommend everyone see it. It is one of the best movies I have seen.
Coming from a family of three people who are challenged and suffer with 'beautiful minds' I turly respect this movie. It gives those who are challenged hope and comfort. It allows those with mental problems to know that they are okay for who they are. It encourages them to be the best they can be, even if that means they will never be what others consider 'normal'. You had better believe that therapist everywhere are seeing a possitive change in their patients who saw this movie, and have since decided that they are 'okay' after all. That they can live their lives, and not have to be ashamed of their differences. That it's okay to be different. That it's all right to be themselves. The movie establishes that those with 'beautiful minds' must follow basic rules like everyone else, but while living within those basic rules, they can have life.
You have to have appreciation for this film. Sure, it's not a day by day depiction of John Nash's real life, but it covers enough of the basics of his life that you have to realize what he went through. True, his wife did divorce him in ''real'' life, yet, if you read the biography by Sylvia Nasar, she does stay by his side to the very end...you have to agree that that takes a lot of courage and strength. To live a life so full of genius, and then to have the same thing that gives you that gift ''turn'' on you, blows my mind. John Nash achieved way more in his life WITH schizophrenia, than I ever will in my whole life. So, although the film doesn't follow the biography exactly, you have to realize that no film is exactly how the book is written...the main thing is that it shows you that there is diseases, etc in this world and this film is how one man LIVED his life with a horrible disease.
An incredible film that is suspenseful, thought provoking, and emotionally gripping. A true classic and a staple of any DVD collection.
When I watched this movie I thought it was incredible! Russel Crowe got robbed for not even getting nominated for best actor. Ron Howard is a very gifted director and this movie is no exeption. See it, it roks!
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What a beautiful and intriguing movie. The fact that it is based on a true story adds to the ubelievable realization that human beings are capable of such personal accomplishments and achievements, such as those made by John Nash and his wife. How reassuring to be reminded, too, that another person's love and loyalty can help to conquer life's insurmountable odds.
The curmudgeons out there can only advise us to read the book and spare the movie. Nothing quite like movie-review cliche to avoid what this DVD is all about - a film, not a biography. It's not biography, and it was never presented as one. In fact, if you actually reviewed the DVD, you would get more behind the scenes. The script took a free form, but it was always written with John and Alicia's input, as well as the author of the book. By the way, John Nash cannot recall his specific delusions. This film is not about John Nash; it's about schizophrenia. Ron Howard presented a film like no other I have seen from him - he actually takes you inside the minds of people with schizophrenia. If you want to study more on the disorder, read the DSM-IV. If you want to know more about John Nash, read the biography or just watch the Discovery Channel. If you want to see a film that will open you mind, you must see this film.
This film is truely an example of movie making...Ron Howard did an extraordinary job directing...and Russell Crowe potrayed John Nash beautifully! Give credit to the casting director who chose and awesome cast..Jennifer Connelly total deserved her oscar! The whole cast made this movie possible!!!! Go see it :)
Excellent! A Must See For AnyOne Dealing With MentalIllness or who has Friends/Family Dealing With MentalIllness.