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Simon Birch
     

Simon Birch

4.5 13
Director: John Irving

Cast: John Irving

 

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Love comes in all sizes, and the proof is in the dramatic comedy Simon Birch. The film is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is in only passable shape. The transfer does sport its fair share of solid colors and black levels, though the edges often feature an annoying softness around them. Simon Birch is a film in desperate need of an

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Love comes in all sizes, and the proof is in the dramatic comedy Simon Birch. The film is presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen and is in only passable shape. The transfer does sport its fair share of solid colors and black levels, though the edges often feature an annoying softness around them. Simon Birch is a film in desperate need of an anamorphic enhancement, and maybe someday soon fans will be treated to such an event. Until then they're stuck with this mediocre image. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, as well as Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in French. The 5.1 mix on this disc isn't bad, though it also isn't great -- the directional effects only tend to kick in when the sappy music swells over various scenes. Otherwise, only a scattering of very subtle effects can be found on this sound mix. However, fans will be pleased to find this mix void of any excessive hiss or distortion. No alternate subtitles or soundtracks are included on this disc. Viewers will weep a river when they find out that this disc is completely bare bones -- not even a theatrical trailer has been included on this DVD release of Simon Birch.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0717951002358
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG
Source:
Walt Disney Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
4,505

Special Features

Dolby Digital 5.1 audio; French-language track, Dolby Surround; Theatrical trailer; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ian Michael Smith Simon Birch
Joseph Mazzello Joe Wenteworth
Ashley Judd Rebecca Wenteworth
Oliver Platt Ben Goodrich
David Strathairn Reverend Russell
Dana Ivey Grandmother Wenteworth
Beatrice Winde Hilde Grove
Jan Hooks Miss Leavey
Cecilley Carroll Marjorie
Sumela-Rose Keramidopulos Ann
Sam Morton Stuart
Jim Carrey Adult Joe Wenteworth

Technical Credits
Mark Steven Johnson Director,Screenwriter
Billy Higgins Co-producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
David Chapman Production Designer
Dennis Davenport Art Director
Laurence Mark Producer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Howard Ellis Associate Producer,Asst. Director
John Baldecchi Executive Producer
Barbara Cohen Casting
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Glen Gauthier Sound/Sound Designer
Aaron Schneider Cinematographer
Betsy Heimann Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor
Carolyn A. Loucks Set Decoration/Design
Abram Waterhouse Costumes/Costume Designer
John Irving Source Author

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Simon Birch 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Perfect casting and great acting across the board. Touching and flat out amazing!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SIMON BIRCH WAS FUNNY,HEART WRENCHING EVERYTHING I LOVE IN A MOVIE.WHAT MY HUSBAND WOULD CALL A CHICK FLICK BUT IT'S A MOVIE FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY TO SEE AND OWN.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie has a great story line to it. i thought it was very emotional at times and especially at the end i started to cry and feel sad.
Guest More than 1 year ago
You will laugh and cry during this charming tale of young friendship. Simon Birch is a great the whole family will cherish. Two thumbs up; a must-own movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THE FIRST TIME I SAW THIS MOVIE, I LAUGHED, CRIED AND WAS IN AWE. I IMMEDIATELY WENT OUT AND BOUGHT IT. IT HAS SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE--REGARDLESS OF AGE. CHILDREN LOVE IT AS WELL AS ADULTS--IT HAS WONDERFUL SPIRITUAL MESSAGES. I HAVE RECOMMENDED IT TO MORE THAN 15 PEOPLE AND EVERYONE LOVES IT.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the best movies. i cried i laughed. this movie has something for everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is funny at times and sad at others it put my in awe alot so i reccoment this movie to any one regaurdless of age
Guest More than 1 year ago
Simon Birch is a wonderful movie that depicts how children deal with loss of loved ones, and it shows how one can overcome adversity. All can benefit from the example that 'Simon' shows us in the film, God truly does have a plan for us all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is very loosely based on John Irving's delectable novel "A Prayer for Owen Meaney" and takes an incredible, layered, extraordinary work and reduces it to cutsey sight gags and manipulative platitudes. Everyone who saw this film and liked it, I feel it's safe to say, was lured in and charmed by the diminutive star into thinking the film was better than it actually was, since it seems cruel to down a film whose star is handicapped, for fear of confusing criticism of the film with criticism of the person. My advice is read the novel by John Irving and then come back to the film and see if you still think it's so great. I think you'll agree that the film doesn't even scratch the surface of the themes and content of the novel. It would have been better to have made a mini series in order to encompass the book since this film contains a fraction of what is contained there. I felt the same disappointment with the film adaptation of "Starship Troopers". There is another example where instead of making a deep, challenging, intelligent film based on a deep, challenging and intelligent novel, which is no less than it deserved, Verhoeven instead decided to take one small piece of the novel, and not even the most important piece, and blew it up to movie lenght leading one who hadn't read the novel to believe that that was all the novel was about, the bug wars, when in fact that element was rather small and only served to illustrate the novel's grander themes, i.e., what is freedom? What are the rights and responsibilities of "true" citizenship? Etc...Like ST, Simon Birch was a huge disappointment. I knew a big studio production would be, because Irving's novel as is, is not commercial. Still, this film failed even more miserably than even I expected.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is the best that I've seen in my ten year life! People from birth to death would love this movie!! If I could, I would give it unlimited stars!