Squid and the Whale/Adaptation

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Two boys learn the hard way about how a marriage falls apart in this independent comedy drama. Bernard Jeff Daniels is a novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan Laura Linney, meanwhile, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan's two sons -- 16-year-old Walt Jesse Eisenberg and 12-year-old Frank Owen Kline -- are told that their ...
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Two boys learn the hard way about how a marriage falls apart in this independent comedy drama. Bernard Jeff Daniels is a novelist whose career has gone into a slow decline as he spends more time teaching and less time writing. His wife, Joan Laura Linney, meanwhile, has recently begun publishing her own work to widespread acclaim, which only increases the growing tension between them. One day, Bernard and Joan's two sons -- 16-year-old Walt Jesse Eisenberg and 12-year-old Frank Owen Kline -- are told that their parents are separating, with Bernard renting a house on the other side of their Park Slope, Brooklyn, neighborhood. As the parents set up a schedule for spending time with their children, Walt and Jesse can hardly imagine that things could get more combative between their folks, but they do, as Joan begins dating Ivan William Baldwin, Frank's tennis instructor, and Bernard starts sharing the house with Lili Anna Paquin, one of his students. Meanwhile, the two boys begin taking sides in the battle between their parents, with Walt taking after his father and Frank siding with his mom. Based on writer/director Noah Baumbach's own childhood experiences with his parents' divorce, The Squid and the Whale won prizes for writing and direction at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Adaptation: ; ; Digitally Mastered Audio & Anamorphic video; Mastered in high definition; Widescreen presentation; Audio: English (DTS), English 5.1 (Dolby Digital) English 2-Channel (Dolby Surround), French 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English, French; Cast & filmmaker filmographies; Trailer; Animated menus; Scene selections; ; The Squid and the Whale; ; Director commentary; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Interview with director Noah Baumbach and writer Phillip Lopate ; Collectible insert
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Peter Marchand
Going through the looking glass and into the kaleidoscope, Adaptation defies easy description. A movie within a movie about the creation of a movie, it is an exhilarating mix of reality, fantasy, and dark humor, filled with satire and sharp performances. The concept revolves around screenwriter Charlie Kaufman Nicolas Cage, who battles writer’s block while trying to adapt the book The Orchid Thief by New Yorker scribe Susan Orlean Meryl Streep. The story mirrors that of the real-life Charlie Kaufman, who struggled mightily to adapt Orlean's novel about John Laroche played by Chris Cooper, who poaches rare orchids in Florida's Everglades. Kaufman the character has an identical twin brother, Donald also played by Cage, a freeloading lunk who inflates Charlie’s frustrations, fears, and delusions by taking a quickie screenwriting course with guru Robert McKee Brian Cox and selling a serial-killer flick for a cool million at the height of Charlie’s despair. Playing with the boundaries of fact and fiction, the film intersperses bits of The Orchid Thief adaptation with Charlie's other struggles -- namely, women and the world of moviemaking. The result blurs everyone’s perceptions of what’s real, what’s make-believe, and... what’s the difference, anyway? Few movies have been this provocative and playful since 1999’s Being John Malkovich, which Kaufman wrote and brought to the screen with Adaptation director Spike Jonze. Fans of that gem will exult as Malkovich, Jonze, and Malkovich stars John Cusack and Catherine Keener show up for cleverly interwoven cameos. Adaptation's three lead performers, each Academy Award nominated, make this tricky material work brilliantly: Streep exercises her penchant for humor; Cage recaptures the offbeat appeal he mastered in such films as Raising Arizona; and Cooper's turn is simply revelatory, earning him the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. A bold and sly homage to the pains of the creative process, Adaptation proves that the real Kaufman is among the screen's most creative processors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2006
  • UPC: 043396146556
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Time: 3:15:00
  • Format: DVD

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Adaptation
1. Opening Monologue [2:01]
2. Charlie Kaufman, Screenwriter [2:04]
3. Valerie [2:04]
4. John Laroche [3:45]
5. Donald, Charlie's Twin Brother [2:18]
6. Amelia Kavan [7:03]
7. Delusions of Grandeur [3:44]
8. Spot Your Flower [1:44]
9. Orlean's Dinner Party [2:38]
10. Fuck Fish [2:01]
11. Alice the Waitress [4:36]
12. The Santa Barbara Orchid Show [8:12]
13. Darkness Descends [6:06]
14. Marty the Super Agent [4:09]
15. Susan's Advice [3:38]
16. The 3 [2:15]
17. Lost in the Fakahatchee [1:30]
18. Robert McKee's Story Seminar [6:21]
19. Drinks With Bob [3:59]
20. The Great Donald's Advice [3:14]
21. Impersonating Charlie [2:09]
22. Spying on Susan [1:55]
23. I'm Very Happy Now [4:39]
24. Secrets Revealed [5:06]
25. Return to the Swamp [5:46]
26. Are They Gone? [5:27]
27. Deus Ex Machina [3:24]
28. Happy Together [4:33]
Disc #2 -- The Squid and the Whale
1. Start [:00]
2. Family Conference [:00]
3. Joint Custody Blows [:00]
4. Tennis Lesson [:00]
5. "We Have the Same Bone Structure" [:00]
6. Lili Moves In [:00]
7. "It's Still My Night!" [:00]
8. "I'm Your Teacher" [:00]
9. Talent Show [:00]
10. "He Made His Own Interpretation" [:00]
11. The Cat Escapes [:00]
12. "The Man in That Room..." [:00]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Adaptation
   Scene Selections
   Play Movie
   Theatrical Trailer
   Subtitles
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: French/Français
      Subtitles: Off
   Audio Set Up
      Audio: English Dolby Digital
      Audio: English DTS
      Audio: English Dolby Surround
      Audio: French/Français
   Filmographies
      Spike Jones (Director)
      Charlie Kaufman (Screenwriter)
      Donald Kaufman (Screenwriter)
      Susan Orlean
      Nicolas Cage
      Meryl Streep
      Chris Cooper
Disc #2 -- The Squid and the Whale
   Play Movie
   Languages
      Audio Set Up
         English
         French
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Subtitles Off
   Scene Selections
   Previews
      Capote
      The Dying Gaul
      It's All Gone Pete Tong
      Junebug
      London
      Pretty Persuasion
      Saint Ralph
      The Exorcism of Emily Rose
      The Tenants
      Thumbsucker
      Where The Truth Lies
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary
      A Conversation with Noah Baumbach and Phillip Lopate
      Behind the Scenes of The Squid and the Whale
      Previews
         Capote
         The Dying Gaul
         It's All Gone Pete Tong
         Junebug
         London
         Pretty Persuasion
         Saint Ralph
         The Exorcism of Emily Rose
         The Tenants
         Thumbsucker
         Where The Truth Lies
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