Natalie Portman Celebrity Pack

Overview

As with his earlier film The Joy Luck Club 1993, Chinese director Wayne Wang tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. Susan Sarandon stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband Ray Baker and packs her reluctant daughter Ann Natalie Portman into a gold Mercedes Benz, heading for L.A. When they arrive and move into an apartment they can't really afford, it becomes clear ...
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Overview

As with his earlier film The Joy Luck Club 1993, Chinese director Wayne Wang tackles mother-daughter relationships in this coming of age comedy-drama. Susan Sarandon stars as Adele August, a Bay City, Wisconsin, mother who longs for a more exciting and glamorous life in Beverly Hills, California. So she leaves her husband Ray Baker and packs her reluctant daughter Ann Natalie Portman into a gold Mercedes Benz, heading for L.A. When they arrive and move into an apartment they can't really afford, it becomes clear that Ann is the mature half of the duo, while Adele, a dreamer, is not firmly grounded in reality. Her plans include Ann's future career as an actress a profession in which the girl has no interest and landing a rich and handsome husband for herself, such as a dentist Hart Bochner who never calls Adele again after a one-night stand. When a family tragedy provokes a crisis between mother and daughter, the irresponsible Adele is forced to become a traditional mom for once.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Winsome Natalie Portman, in her first bona fide starring vehicle, lights up the screen as the plucky heroine of this warm, engaging drama, adapted from a well-received novel by Billie Letts. She plays an uneducated Southern teenager named Novalee Nation, impregnated and eventually abandoned by a callow rock-star wannabe. After giving birth in a Wal-Mart, Novalee takes up residence in a small town and acquires a group of friends that includes a hard working single mom Ashley Judd, a Bible-quoting tippler Stockard Channing, and an eccentric young librarian James Frain. Former sitcom director Matt Williams takes his audience on an emotional roller-coaster ride with these immensely likable characters; we soar to blissful heights and plummet to the darkest depths at their side. But even when buffeted by tragedy, Novalee and her friends retain an essential optimism, a belief that gain invariably follows loss, which lifts their spirits and eventually brings tranquility. Guaranteed to stir the emotions, Where the Heart Is stops just short of cloying sentimentality, thanks largely to the carefully calibrated performances of its capable cast.
Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Scrubs star Zach Braff displays astonishing versatility as the writer, director, and leading man of this charming, visually striking independent drama, which came from nowhere to captivate critics and audiences in 2004. Braff impressed viewers with his understated, perceptive portrayal of a struggling, chronically depressed actor who returns to his home state of New Jersey for his mother’s funeral. Emotionally numb and ill equipped to cope with his estranged father a miscast but nonetheless effective Ian Holm, the actor lunges into an unexpectedly satisfying relationship with a delightfully eccentric young woman Natalie Portman who turns out to be a pathological liar. Garden State is a difficult movie to classify: In spots it’s very funny, yet it’s not really a comedy. It’s also sad, yet not a tragedy. It’s frequently sober and contemplative but hardly a pure drama. The film is multilayered, like life itself. Branff’s script has depth and the characters are well drawn if somewhat ambiguous; we’re never really sure, for example, how to feel about the actor’s former best friend Peter Sarsgaard, a gravedigger who doesn’t think twice about stealing jewelry interred with corpses but goes to extraordinary lengths to do a favor for his grieving friend. We root for a reconciliation between the bereaved father and the son he drove away years ago, but Ian Holm plays the dad as too distant and detached to reach any lasting understanding with his boy. In the end it’s Portman’s character that makes the strongest impression, rousing Braff’s actor from his self-imposed torpor and giving him a reason to reengage. Garden State won’t bowl you over with flashy histrionics or garrulous profundity, but it will creep up on you and leaving you wanting more when the end credits begin to roll.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • UPC: 024543256878
  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 5:36:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Standard Version
1. Main Titles [4:00]
2. My Mother [6:09]
3. Beverly Hills [:46]
4. New Schools [8:04]
5. House Hunting [:40]
6. Money Woes [1:37]
7. A Party? [5:49]
8. Apartment Trouble [3:01]
9. Benny [2:39]
10. A Date [7:13]
11. An Accident [4:49]
12. Back in L.A. [5:06]
13. An Audition [:12]
14. Dad [3:40]
15. Peter [:07]
16. The Nice Guy [:17]
17. Brown University [:51]
18. Nobody's Perfect [8:08]
19. Working It Out [:57]
20. End Titles [6:42]
Disc #1, Side B -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Widescreen Version
1. Main Titles [4:00]
2. My Mother [6:09]
3. Beverly Hills [:46]
4. New Schools [8:04]
5. House Hunting [:40]
6. Money Woes [1:37]
7. A Party? [5:49]
8. Apartment Trouble [3:01]
9. Benny [2:39]
10. A Date [7:13]
11. An Accident [4:49]
12. Back in L.A. [5:06]
13. An Audition [:12]
14. Dad [3:40]
15. Peter [:07]
16. The Nice Guy [:17]
17. Brown University [:51]
18. Nobody's Perfect [8:08]
19. Working It Out [:57]
20. End Titles [6:42]
Disc #2 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Garden State
1. Andrew (Main Titles) [:02]
2. Welcome Home [:24]
3. Jenny the Cop [:03]
4. Mark's Party [1:39]
5. Breakfast With Mom [:03]
6. Being Unimpressive [:02]
7. Sam [:11]
8. Off the Meds [:03]
9. A Ride Home [:02]
10. Sam's House [:19]
11. Burying the Hamster [:06]
12. The Skating Alligator [:02]
13. Laughing and Crying [1:15]
14. The Idea of Home [:02]
15. Dangerous [:21]
16. Handi-World [:02]
17. Diego [:35]
18. Albert's Ark [:03]
19. The Infinite Abyss [:02]
20. The Goodbye Gift [1:49]
21. Safe [:02]
22. To Feel Again [:52]
23. Something Really Big [:05]
24. End Titles [:03]
Disc #3 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Where the Heart Is
1. Going to California [:22]
2. Shopping for Shoes [4:07]
3. Bad Luck [1:45]
4. Moving In [6:48]
5. A Sick Tree [1:49]
6. A Wal-Mart Baby [6:05]
7. A Big Celebrity [4:42]
8. The Welcome Woman [:26]
9. Forney [1:54]
10. A Christmas Story [10:38]
11. Ruth Myers [1:19]
12. A Tornado [:24]
13. Sister's Estate [7:55]
14. Making an Enemy [2:18]
15. Back Home [6:30]
16. Bad News [5:00]
17. Love [:16]
18. Rock Bottom [3:55]
19. Something Better [3:03]
20. End Titles [2:41]
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Menu

Disc #1, Side A -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Standard Version
   Language Selection
      Lanaguages and Audio: English 5.0 Surround
      Lanaguages and Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Lanaguages and Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
   Play Movie
Disc #1, Side B -- Natalie Portman Collection: Anywhere But Here - Widescreen Version
   Language Selection
      Lanaguages and Audio: English 5.0 Surround
      Lanaguages and Audio: French Dolby Surround
      Lanaguages and Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: Off
   Scene Selection
   Theatrical Trailer
   Play Movie
Disc #2 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Garden State
   Play Movie
   Language
      Language and Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Language and Audio: Spanish Dolby Surround
      Language and Audio: Commentaries
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff and Actor Natalie Portman: On
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff and Actor Natalie Portman: Off
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: On
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: Off
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French
      Subtitles: Spanish
      Subtitles: None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Commentaries
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff and Actor Natalie Portman: On
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff and Actor Natalie Portman: Off
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: On
         Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: Off
      Deleted Scenes
         Play All
         With Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff, Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: On
         With Commentary by Writer/Director/Actor Zach Braff, Director of Photography Lawrence Sher, Editor Myron Kerstein and Production Designer Judy Becker: Off
         Century Pavilion
         The Audition
         Restaurant - Kitchen
         "Talk to the Hand"
         Wallpaper Shirt
         Mezuzah
         Musical Themed Bar Mitzvah
         Kenny's Kid
         Suicide Room
         Stoned on the Couch
         Meeting Olivia
         First Talk
         Egg Babies
         Ritalin (Handi-World)
         Interior Ark - Part One
         Bathtub Talk
      The Making of Garden State
      Outtakes/Bloopers
      Soundtrack Promo Spot
   Searchlight Features
Disc #3 -- Natalie Portman Collection: Where the Heart Is
   Play Movie
   Scene Selection
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1 Surround
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby Surround
      Spoken Languages: French Dolby Surround
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: None
   Special Features
      TV Spot
      Music Video
      Trailer A
      30 Second Promotional Spot
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