Meet Joe BlackDirector: Martin Brest, Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Martin Brest's romantic fantasy Meet Joe Black comes to DVD with this double-disc set from Universal. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtracks are closed-captioned. The second disc in this package contains the feature-length film Death Takes a Holiday, which was the inspiration for Meet Joe Black. Death Takes a Holiday is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include production notes, trailers, a pedestrian making-of featurette, and a still photo gallery. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access the film's website and can compare the script to the final image in the film. This is a great disc.
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- Universal Studios
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- [Wide Screen]
- [Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
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Cast & Crew
|Brad Pitt||Joe Black,Young Man in Coffee Shop|
|Anthony Hopkins||William Parrish|
|Claire Forlani||Susan Parrish|
|Marcia Gay Harden||Allison|
|David S. Howard||Eddie Sloan|
|Lois Kelly-Miller||Jamaican Woman|
|Les Bloom||Set Decoration/Design|
|Aude Bronson-Howard||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Celia Costas||Associate Producer|
|Dante Ferretti||Production Designer|
|Robert Guerra||Art Director|
|Industrial Light & Magic||Special Effects|
|Danny Michael||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Thomas Newman||Score Composer|
|David C. Robinson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Amy Sayres||Asst. Director|
|Ronald L. Schwary||Executive Producer|
0. Chapter List
1. A Voice In The Night. [:27]
2. Lots Of Loose Ends. [2:14]
3. Lightning Strikes. [5:11]
4. Meet Joe Black. [3:09]
5. Parrish's Friend. [4:58]
6. The Hospital. [6:09]
7. Family Dinner. [1:50]
8. A Secret Meeting. [8:15]
9. Set Your Heart... [7:55]
10. Behind My Back. [10:12]
11. The First Time. [7:41]
12. Darkest Secrets. [2:57]
13. I'm Taking Her... [5:00]
14. You Know Who I Am. [5:18]
15. Death And Taxes. [2:34]
16. Hard To Let Go. [8:04]
17. We've Got Time... [3:11]
18. End Titles. [6:57]
Spotlight On Location
Cast And Filmmakers
Brad Pitt as Joe Black
Anthony Hopkins as William Parrish
Claire Forlani as Susan Parrish
Jake Weber as Drew
Marcia Gay Harden as Allison
Jeffrey Tambor as Quince
Directed By Martin Brest
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My husband and I can not get enough of this movie, Everytime we watch it we realize something new, and find it more touching and emotionally revealing. This film deals with life, death, love lost and gained and everything in-between. Anthony Hopkins, extraordinary, Brad Pitt, sensual, humorous, engaging, mystical, and Claire Forlani, OUTSTANDING!!! She did the most amazing job, so romantic, longing, loving sensitive,smart...just unbelivable!. And yes, where were the Oscars? as another viewer asked.This movie teaches us so much about life as well as living it and dying. Thank you to the author.
nice movie if you like Brad Pitt because i sure do so i enjoyed this flim.
Meet Joe Black is honestly the best movie i have ever seen. The acting is superb and the storyline is wonderful. If you want to fall in love with a movie this is definately the best pick.
I am 15 years old, and I love teen flicks. However, I was deeply moved by this beautiful story. The script was superb, the acting was wonderful, and the cast was amazing. Meet Joe Black was possibly the most beautiful movie I've ever seen. I cried so much near the end! It's a superb story, very moving, and I would recommend it to anyone!
¿Meet Joe Black' is a film riddled in contradictions. After starting out with a genuinely thought-provoking premise (what would happen if death took on a human form and came to earth to learn about life from its next victim) the plot comes to a grinding halt when Death - in the embodiment of Brad Pitt - falls for his victim's daughter Susan (Claire Forlani). Anthony Hopkins is Bill Perish, Death's next intended and, as usual, delivers a performance of quiet, poignant introspection and rectitude. After some laborious inner conflict between these three principles (Susan loves Death but doesn¿t actually know who he is, Death wants to claim Susan for his own but can¿t without killing her, Bill doesn¿t want Death to kill Susan) and some totally extemporaneous scenes that have nothing to do with the central plot (Death visits and revisits an elderly Jamaican woman dying of cancer before claiming her life), 'Meet Joe Black' concludes with a knockout birthday celebration sequence. There is such an emotional swell built into this sequence ¿ in which Bill tells Susan and his other daughter, Allison (Marcia Gay Harden) that they have brought a meaning and joy into his life that he had no right to expect ¿ that I caught myself getting choked up before the inevitable finale. Fine performances from Hopkins, Harden, Forlani and Jeffrey Tambor (as Quince ¿ looking strangely like a Dr. Phil knock off) cannot excuse the fact that Brad Pitt is thoroughly out of his element as the central character. Pitt¿s interpretation of Death is one of stunted bewilderment, often taking excruciatingly long pauses before getting his point across. In the latter half of the film he somewhat improves in his performance, but nevertheless is dry, uninspired and generally a complete bore to watch. Director Martin Brest, intent on delivering an epic (the film runs just a bit over three hours) instead gives his audiences two movies in one ¿ neither as richly derived or compelling as the gala party sequence that masterfully draws all the plot elements to a successful close. I am thus conflicted in my review of ¿Meet Joe Black.¿ It has its points to make and its merits to extol but it falls flat, then dies, then is miraculously resurrected through the party sequence, making one ¿ if not forget ¿ at least forgive some of the painful moments that paved the way to the finale. This is the 'Ultimate Edition' of a DVD already made available from Universal. All the studio has done on this occasion is to slap the same transfer into some snazzy new packaging while adding some throw away extras on a second disc that one could easily live without if one already owns the first DVD incarnation. Image quality on this DVD is the same as the previously released DVD. At times the picture is quite solid, with excellent color fidelity, shadow and contrast delineation and solid black levels. Unfortunately, quite often the picture gets bogged down with pixelization that really breaks apart background detail. There's also some minor edge enhancement and some slight shimmering of background and fine detail. Contrast levels can, in a few instances, be too low. The audio is 5.1 and well balanced, with explosive bass levels that will really give your rear speakers a work out. The big, big, BIG extra that Universal throws us on disc two is 'Death Takes A Holiday' a Paramount flick with Frederic March playing Death, come down to earth to study mankind before claiming one for his own. This is a dated movie with overly theatrical performances and a generally middle-of-the-road budget that really makes the whole excursion pretty tacky. As for the quality of the transfer, the gray scale is adequately balanced but with chips and scratches on the original negative. Contrast levels are often too low. The audio is mono and strident.
Once again, Anthony Hopkins makes a movie that captivizes you so that you never want it to end. This legendary actor portrays his characters with such realizm that you believed he was dying, perfect, and a man among men. Brad Pitt's portrayal of ''Death'' was difficult to imagine until you actually saw his role's personality change. When you come away from this move, you are entertained and enlightened. Death is not so bad and - of course - the two things in life you can rely on are Death and Taxes. See this movie, live it and come away entertained from some truly fine male lead acting.
I never liked peanut butter too much. Then Joe taught me a thing or two about PB, life and death, apparantly the 3 most important things in existence. Great flick. Bravo.
Some guys might think this is dumb, but any that do are just incapable of being themselves. I however do not have a facade. This movie is my favorite movie of all time. Anthony Hopkins is just amazing, he wisdom and curious wander is stunning. Brad Pitt, also a favorite action of mine plays the role perfect, when does he not play a role perfect? Claire Forlani adds a gentle touch of sexual desire I don't think any man could resist. Her role made the movie.
'Meet Joe Black' was the greatest movie ever.Brad Pitt was so incredible when he did the change from the friendly guy in the in the coffee shop to playing death.It was the movie that made me fall in love with Brad in the first place,he just looks so great in a Tux.As for Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani,they gave encore-worthy performances as well.Great Movie!
This is certainly one of the most beautiful movies I´ve ever seen. The dialogues, the performances, the plot..everything fits perfectly and have you remember this film forever. I saw it like 3 years ago, and I have not been able to forget about it. The love relationship between Brad Pitt and Fourlani was so sublime and takes you into their world of love with a special magic. It is simply beautiful this movie and now I feel like watching it again.
loved the double meanings scattered thruout the film... ''i'm with drew''... ''not now''. i sat and watched this movie on video with my father as he was having a chemotherapy treatment. he passed on 6 months later... i will never forget his reaction to the film.
Okay, Brad Pitt is in this one, so I had to see it. I wasn't even sure what it was about when I rented it. I watched it with my mom and I totally loved it. The acting in this movie is so superb, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani, and especially Brad Pitt as Death. The music to do along with this movie makes it even more poignant, the instrumental music that plays when Claire Forlani and Brad Pitt are in the same scene is enough to make a girl cry. I cried in this movie, almost as much as I did when I first saw Titanic.
Meet Joe Black, starring Anthony Hopkins and Brad Pitt is a thought provoking film that tells the story of the being Death inhabiting the body of young man (Brad Pitt) in order for Billionaire William Parish (Hopkins) to give him a tour of life. Death learns lesson about love and honor before finally taking Parish with him. The film successfully captures cherished little moments and relays how precious life really is. It's definitely worth seeing.
This movie is one of my favourites. The subject is very well handled. All the actors give great performances. Anthony Hopkins is perfection itself (as he usually is). And there is just something special about Claire Forlani, a mysteriousness that works very well in the movie, and pairs fantastically with Brad Pitt's portrayal of Death himself. I've seen the movie several times and it never fails to touch me deeply. I think most people who have lost a loved one wish they had had a chance to say all the things they didn't. But this movie looks at the other side-how do you say goodbye to the people you love, let go of them and life itself? What would you do if it were you? What would you say to the people you love? And it makes you think about all the things you wish your loved one could have said to YOU before they were gone. That's the kicker, especially if you're a daughter who has lost a father. All in all, it's a movie about life, death, love, and family. See it!!
I saw this movie in the theater and was first in line when it came out on video. I watch this movie every chance I get. The subtle humor (''Death and taxes''), and the scenes with the Jamaican lady. Every thing about this movie is perfect.
Brad Pitt has never looked better. This is one of the best romantic movies ever done and I've seen a lot of them. The movie is long, but well worth it. Everytime I watch it, I only want more. It is truly an incredible piece of work. Bravo!
Wonderfully, lryical love story. A home without a copy of this movie is just a house.
I can't even call this one entertaining. The best part of the movie is seeing Brad Pitt runover by a truck. All acting in this movie is stilted, as if they're reading cue-cards. Forget this one.
I bought this movie because whenever I see it on TV, I wish I had it so I could watch it whenever I wanted to....the performance of each actor is brilliant and the story is captivating.
This was a very well done movie. i thought that the way the scenes, love scenes, serious scenes were amazingly dealt with, they didnt go over board and they didnt do to little. Brad pitt, of course was amazing, and anthony hopkins really shined. i would highly recommend this movie to anyone who wants to watch a really well done extremely romantic movie.