Blindness

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Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's novel Blindness begins when an epidemic of blindness strikes the world. Mark Ruffalo stars as an eye doctor who awakens one morning to find that he suffers from the unexplained disorder. He, along with other victims, is sent to a government detention center so that they can be quarantined. His wife Julianne Moore pretends to be blind so that she can be with him inside the institution. Their time in the center grows more and more ...
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Fernando Meirelles' adaptation of Nobel Prize-winning author José Saramago's novel Blindness begins when an epidemic of blindness strikes the world. Mark Ruffalo stars as an eye doctor who awakens one morning to find that he suffers from the unexplained disorder. He, along with other victims, is sent to a government detention center so that they can be quarantined. His wife Julianne Moore pretends to be blind so that she can be with him inside the institution. Their time in the center grows more and more desperate as food and supplies dwindle, and one of the other citizens Gael García Bernal exercises dictatorial control over the others after he acquires a weapon.
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Special Features

"A Vision of Blindness" - Making of Blindness documentary; Deleted scenes
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/10/2009
  • UPC: 786936775129
  • Original Release: 2008
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 2:01:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julianne Moore Doctor's Wife
Mark Ruffalo Doctor
Alice Braga Woman With Dark Glasses
Yusuke Iseya First Blind Man
Yoshino Kimura First Blind Man's Wife
Don McKellar Thief
Maury Chaykin Accountant
Mitchell Nye Boy
Danny Glover Man With Black Eye Patch
Gael García Bernal Bartender, King of Ward Three
Sandra Oh Minister of Health
Jason Bermingham Driver 1
Fabiana Gugli mother of the boy
Technical Credits
Fernando Meirelles Director
Renee April Costumes/Costume Designer
Guiherme Ayrosa Sound/Sound Designer
Bel Berlinck Co-producer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
Claudia Buschel Associate Producer
Simon Channing-Williams Executive Producer
César Charlone Cinematographer
Joshu de Cartier Art Director
Cecilia Homem DeMello Casting
Gail Egan Executive Producer
Bruno Briccola Fernandez Casting
Niv Fichman Producer
Susie Figgis Casting
Sari Friedland Co-producer
Walter Gasparovic Asst. Director
Marco Antonio Guimaraes Score Composer
Akira Ishii Executive Producer
Alessandro Laroca Sound Editor
Victor Loewy Executive Producer
Don McKellar Screenwriter
Tule Peake Production Designer
Aeschylus Poulos Associate Producer
Daniel Rezende Editor
Andrea Barata Ribeiro Producer
Sonoko Sakai Producer
Tiago Marques Teixeira Art Director
Uakti Score Composer
Utaki Score Composer
Simon Channing Williams Executive Producer
Austin Wong Associate Producer
Tom Yoda Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Blindness
1. Intersection [2:43]
2. Going Blind [4:41]
3. City of Guelph [2:10]
4. Brightness [2:47]
5. Quest for Saramago [3:07]
6. Shooting Day 1 [1:26]
7. She's Pure Cinema [1:38]
8. First Blind Couple [1:50]
9. Black Lenses [1:56]
10. Multi-Camera [2:08]
11. The King of the Ward 3 [2:01]
12. Women for Food [2:21]
13. Fire [2:49]
14. Guerrilla Style [2:41]
15. Big Day [1:03]
16. Doctor's Office [1:07]
17. São Paulo Shooting [:51]
18. Action! Don [:54]
19. Montevideo [2:07]
20. "Let's Review the Action" [3:07]
21. Sea of White: VFX of Blindness [2:41]
22. What a Director Does [1:15]
23. The Score [1:32]
24. Rain [2:45]
25. Epilogue [3:36]
1. Blindness
2. Bizarre Case
3. Infectious
4. Ward 1
5. Welcome Newcomers
6. Radio Update
7. Turmoil
8. King of Ward 3
9. Nothing Left to Offer
10. Moral Resignation
11. State of War
12. Free
13. New Beginning
14. A Leader With Vision
15. Sight
16. End Credits
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Blindness
   Play
   Setup
      Audio Options
         English
         Español
      Subtitles
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         Español
         None
      Register Your DVD
   Bonus Features
      A Vision of Blindness
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      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         Man With Eye Patch at the Eye Doctor
         The Doctor Goes Blind in His Office
         Doctor's Wife and King of Ward 3
         Rapes
         Doctor's Wife Grabs Coats
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
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      The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
      Miracle at St. Anna
      Doubt
      Adventureland
      Confessions of a Shopaholic
      Happy-Go-Lucky
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not an easy movie

    This movie is difficult to classify, at Barnes & Noble it is kept under Horror/Thriller though aside from the plot point of "Blindness" this could easily fall under Drama. As others have said the film is about this blindness disease that makes everyone start seeing white at all times. They never go into the medical "why" or "how" of how this happened. This isn't that kind of film. It shares with "28 days later" the apocalypse type scenes of entire city streets abandoned due to something no one understands. And what different people do because of that, and that is the part where "Horror" and "Drama" mix.
    The first half of the film features the first group of blind as they try to cope with their disease and hope for the best, they even try to get along in a government ward with little provisions and no supervision. As more people come into the ward and differing personalities start to collide the film becomes extremely difficult to watch and proves to a be a very strong "R" rating.
    The second half, after the group leaves the facility has an oddly freeing quality after having been stuck in the wards. Even as an audience not knowing what is being done in their outside world to help them is affecting. Not in the least an uplifting film, I found the movie to be interesting and intellectually stimulating. A film I would recommend and definitely interesting to watch and discuss afterwards.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Waste of Time.

    Unentertaining, unitellegent, uncivilised, uninspired, uninspiring. Of course there was the surprise of the stock footage. Way to go Hollywood!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Excellent Film ...

    ... in fact, I just signed on to see how much the movie was going for so that I could add it to my collection. The previous reviewer either has the attention span of your average 10-year-old, or he *IS* a 10-year-old.

    This film is about what people do when the delusions they surround themselves with so that they can believe that they are good people (i.e. better than others) and in control of their lives fall away and leave them as naked and helpless as children. It's about how people change in the face of adversity. It's about the ability of human nature to adapt. The sex and violence portrayed is gritty and realistic ... it's not just provocative filler to get butts in movie theater seats.

    If you don't like movies that make you think, don't bother watching this movie. But if you do, go ahead and just buy it now.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    may contain spoliers

    Here's the synopsis: A bunch of people go blind without warning. Chaos ensues. Julianne Moore doesn't go blind. Her husband does. More chaos ensues. The blind people are put in some anonymous decrepit building where they splinter off into societal groups. Extreme chaos ensues. They escape when the guards apparently got bored or went blind. Nobody knows. The city is in ruins. Why? Everybody is blind. Except Julianne Moore, who is apparently protected by freckles. She pretends she is blind and stays with her (blind) husband and the rest of the blind group ostensibly to help, but I think she just liked peeping at naked people and zig-zagging around with sighted abandon.

    The Julianne Moore group settles into her old apartment, which has somehow escaped any sort of damage from being abandoned (in a city of blind, starving lunatics) besides a bowl of rotten fruit. The women shower together in the rain. The "family" has a lovely dinner with cloth napkins and nice china. Later in the movie, one of the original blind guys gets his sight back, just like that. Happiness ensues. The end. HUH? What the ....

    Is this a horror movie? A drama? I don't know. it was depressing, and I kept looking at the time to see when it would end. The "bonus features" share with us how actors blindfold themselves to get used to being sightless. WOW! Imagine that!

    Look, I gave it 2 stars because it posed some interesting psychological questions and it showed women showering together. Aside from that, it's not that good.

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