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A time travel thriller that pulls no punches, directors Eric Bress and J. Mackeye Gruber's The Butterfly Effect arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to New Line Cinema's Infinifilm series. Whether the viewer chooses to watch the original, theatrical cut of the film or the newly assembled director's cut, both presentations of the feature are offered in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer is clean, offering rich, vibrant colors and little evidence of artifacting or edge enhancement. Likewise, the DTS audio mix...
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Overview

A time travel thriller that pulls no punches, directors Eric Bress and J. Mackeye Gruber's The Butterfly Effect arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to New Line Cinema's Infinifilm series. Whether the viewer chooses to watch the original, theatrical cut of the film or the newly assembled director's cut, both presentations of the feature are offered in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The transfer is clean, offering rich, vibrant colors and little evidence of artifacting or edge enhancement. Likewise, the DTS audio mix rings through, loud and clear, with effective use of surround channels and low-frequency audio that will certainly keep viewers on their toes. As can be expected from any release in the Infinifilm series, this disc is brimming with some informative and entertaining bonus materials. Director's audio commentary offers the good-humored Bress and Gruber detailing many of the film's subtle hints and messages while also discussing effects work and character development -- a matter which merited an extra modicum of attention given The Butterfly Effect's multi-layered realities. Viewers can also study the true origins of the film's central conflict with "The Science and Psychology of the Chaos Theory," which offers interviews with numerous physics experts and psychotherapists as they attempt to demystify the sometimes dense subject. "The History and Allure of Time Travel" offers a brief history of cinematic time travel while simultaneously examining the psychological implications that may result when one tries to alter the future, and though the "fact track" does offer the occasional interesting tidbit, it works best when guiding viewers toward features that will offer a better look at the filmmaking process. After learning about the complicated road to actually getting the feature before the cameras in "The Creative Process" (which offers Bress and Gruber attempting to detail how they broke from convention while scripting the film, among other details), viewers can check out how the film's visual effects were conceived and executed in a visual effects documentary that offers interviews with visual effects supervisor Ralph Maiers and visual effects coordinator Christopher Elke. A storyboards feature allows viewers to watch 11 scenes side-by-side with the rough sketches that provide a visual outline for the feature, and nine deleted scenes with optional commentary are also included. In addition to the features on the disc, viewers can go even further by accessing such DVD-ROM features as script-to-screen comparison (a fantastic film-school lesson for aspiring filmmakers) and an image gallery that's loaded with still images from The Butterfly Effect. An original theatrical trailer is also included.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Both directors' cut and theatrical version of the film; Beyond the Movie features: "The Science and Psychology of the Chaos Theory," "The History and Allure of Time Travel," "Fact Track"; All-Access Pass features: Filmmaker commentary by co-directors and co-screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber, "The Creative Process" documentary, "Visual Effects" documentary; Storyboard gallery; Original theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM content: Script-to-screen, image gallery, exclusive Infinifilm content, and more
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Editorial Reviews

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Moviegoers who loved Back to the Future or Frequency salivated over the promise of The Butterfly Effect. Unfortunately for them, the film is more a repeating game of "do over" than a thought-provoking look at space-time conundrums. Taking inspiration from the notion that even a butterfly's flapping wings can send a ripple of causation through the world, the film tries to flesh out a murky premise about a boy (Ashton Kutcher) who can alter his past by mentally rearranging the writings in his diary. The words flutter, the physical world reverberates like a massive earthquake, and suddenly history has been rewritten. If what the film did with its core existential ideas was interesting, Kutcher's gift would not require in-depth explanation, nor would the rules that govern it be very important. But Butterfly is no Donnie Darko, despite stealing some of that film's tone and plot elements. Darko is far more successful at de-emphasizing plot clarity in favor of style and a penetrating emotional truth. Crucially undercutting this film's power is the fact that it presents Kutcher's alternate pasts in a sequence that builds toward the most comic version --- intentionally or otherwise --- rather than the most tragic. The writing/directing team behind Final Destination 2 brings a similar slick palette of ominous blue hues to this film. But it's Kutcher's lack of gravitas, the reason he's cast in comedies more often than thrillers, that becomes an insurmountable problem at exactly the wrong time. As a result, The Butterfly Effect has no effect.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/6/2004
  • UPC: 794043717321
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Director's Cut / Wide Screen / Dubbed
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 2:00:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 23,992

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ashton Kutcher Evan Treborn
Amy Smart Kayleigh Miller
William Lee Scott Tommy Miller
Elden Henson Lenny Kagan
Melora Walters Andrea Treborn
Eric Stoltz George Miller
Logan Lerman Evan at 7
Nathaniel de Veaux Dr. Renfield
Ethan Suplee Thumper
Kevin Schmidt Lenny Kagan at 13
Jesse James Tommy at 13
Cameron Crigger Tommy Miller at 8
Callum Keith Rennie
John Patrick Amedori Evan Treborn at 13
Irene Gorovaia
Brandy Heidrick Kristin
Technical Credits
Eric Bress Director, Screenwriter
J. Mackye Gruber Director, Screenwriter
Peter Amundson Editor
Chris Bender Producer
Lon Bender Sound/Sound Designer
Cale Boyter Executive Producer
Heike Brandstatter Casting
Richard Brener Executive Producer
Carmen Cuba Casting
A.J. Dix Producer
Kevin J. Edelman Musical Direction/Supervision
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
Jason Goldberg Executive Producer
Shannon Grover Art Director
Geoffrey Grubay Sound/Sound Designer
Carla Hetland Costumes/Costume Designer
Douglas Higgins Production Designer
Sam Higgins Set Decoration/Design
David Krintzman Executive Producer
Ashton Kutcher Executive Producer
Matthew Leonetti Cinematographer
Peter D. Marshall Asst. Director
Coreen Mayrs Casting
Daryl Powell Sound/Sound Designer
Anthony Rhulen Producer
Lisa Richardson Co-producer
Bill Shively Executive Producer
J.C. Spink Producer
Jeremy Stanbridge Art Director
Michael Suby Score Composer, Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Directors' Cut
1. The Beginning (Young Evan Experiences Blackouts in His Childhood)
2. Two Fathers (Evan Has Run-Ins With a Couple of Father Figures)
3. Six Years Later (A Prank Goes Awry)
4. No Memory (Hypnosis Brings Back Bad Memories)
5. The Junkyard (A Pivotal Event in the Kids' Lives Occurs)
6. Seven Years Later (Evan Is Now at College)
7. Opening Up the Past (Evan Opens Up Some Bad Memories)
8. Dinner Talk (Evan and His Mother Talk About the Past)
9. Unwanted Memories (Evan Finds Kayleigh and Opens Up Deep Psychic Wounds)
10. Healing Scars (In Order to Save Kayleigh, Evan Alters the Past)
11. Fraternity Life (Life Is Seemingly Better for Evan and Kayleigh)
12. A Special Night (A Romantic Moment for Evan and Kayleigh)
13. Incarcerated (Evan Suffers the Consequences and Ends Up in Prison)
14. Breakout (Evan Makes a Great Escape)
15. Day of Atonement (Lenny Is Given a Second Chance at the Junkyard)
16. Kayleigh Hears the Truth (Evan Tells Kayleigh the Whole Story)
17. Sacrifices (Evan Goes Further to Right Things)
18. Saving Mom (To Save the Life of His Mother, Evan Returns to the Past)
19. Institutionalized (Evan's Actions Land Him in Dire Circumstances)
20. Final Solution (Evan Makes a Last Desperate Bid to Fix Things)
21. End Credits
1. The Beginning (Young Evan Experiences Blackouts in His Childhood)
2. Two Fathers (Evan Has Run-Ins With a Couple of Father Figures)
3. Six Years Later (A Prank Goes Awry)
4. No Memory (Hypnosis Brings Back Bad Memories)
5. The Junkyard (A Pivotal Event in the Kids' Lives Occurs)
6. Seven Years Later (Evan Is Now at College)
7. Opening Up the Past (Evan Opens Up Some Bad Memories)
8. Dinner Talk (Evan and His Mother Talk About the Past)
9. Unwanted Memories (Evan Finds Kayleigh and Opens Up Deep Psychic Wounds)
10. Healing Scars (In Order to Save Kayleigh, Evan Alters the Past)
11. Fraternity Life (Life Is Seemingly Better for Evan and Kayleigh)
12. A Special Night (A Romantic Moment for Evan and Kayleigh)
13. Incarcerated (Evan Suffers the Consequences and Ends Up in Prison)
14. Breakout (Evan Makes a Great Escape)
15. Day of Atonement (Lenny Is Given a Second Chance at the Junkyard)
16. Kayleigh Hears the Truth (Evan Tells Kayleigh the Whole Story)
17. Sacrifices (Evan Goes Further to Right Things)
18. Saving Mom (To Save the Life of His Mother, Evan Returns to the Past)
19. Institutionalized (Evan's Actions Land Him in Dire Circumstances)
20. Final Solution (Evan Makes a Last Desperate Bid to Fix Things)
21. End Credits
Side #2 -- Theatrical Cut
1. The Beginning (Young Evan Experiences Blackouts in His Childhood)
2. Two Fathers (Evan Has Run-Ins With a Couple of Father Figures)
3. Six Years Later (A Prank Goes Awry)
4. No Memory (Hypnosis Brings Back Bad Memories)
5. The Junkyard (A Pivotal Event in the Kids' Lives Occurs)
6. Seven Years Later (Evan Is Now at College)
7. Opening Up the Past (Evan Opens Up Some Bad Memories)
8. Dinner Talk (Evan and His Mother Talk About the Past)
9. Unwanted Memories (Evan Finds Kayleigh and Opens Up Deep Psychic Wounds)
10. Healing Scars (In Order to Save Kayleigh, Evan Alters the Past)
11. Fraternity Life (Life Is Seemingly Better for Evan and Kayleigh)
12. A Special Night (A Romantic Moment for Evan and Kayleigh)
13. Incarcerated (Evan Suffers the Consequences and Ends Up in Prison)
14. Breakout (Evan Makes a Great Escape)
15. Day of Atonement (Lenny Is Given a Second Chance at the Junkyard)
16. Kayleigh Hears the Truth (Evan Tells Kayleigh the Whole Story)
17. Sacrifices (Evan Goes Further to Right Things)
18. Saving Mom (To Save the Life of His Mother, Evan Returns to the Past)
19. Institutionalized (Evan's Actions Land Him in Dire Circumstances)
20. Final Solution (Evan Makes a Last Desperate Bid to Fix Things)
21. End Credits
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  • Posted August 20, 2012

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    Best go-back-and-fix-it scifi movies ever made. And it's not an

    Best go-back-and-fix-it scifi movies ever made. And it's not another
    ridiculous comedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 15, 2011

    Stunning!!!!!

    I have never heard of this movie until my husband asked me to watch it with him one day. It was amazing! The plot and the story line was just out of this world. Also, adding in the Psychological inherited problem from his dad was just, WOW!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    favorite movie

    This movie is perfect. The ending is genius. I love everything about it, it almost makes my cry when I watch it because it is so brilliantly written and every second is amazing. Watch this movie.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    it was wierd to the fullest!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the butterfly effect

    The Butterfly Effect was okay. It had alot of weird stuff about Ashton Kutcher going back in time and his nose was bledding alot and died at the end but I didin't know how he died. Overall, I will give this movie a C with 3 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's sad, it's funny, it's good!

    This movie is the greatest. I thought that the whole 'going back in time' was cliched, but in this movie, it was good. Very good. The different times when he went back to the past, it made me cry. It was the end that really was sad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ONE THE BEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME

    "The Butterfly Effect" is one the greatest pieces of work ever to appear on film. Ashton Kutcher delivers the most powerful perfomance I've ever since Halle Berry in "Gothika." I'm waiting for the sequel coming out sometime 2006/2007. Terrific movie, but I really was upset when Ashton chokes on his umbillical cord to save that chicks life. I nearly cried. Great movie. 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Extremely profound and totally original

    In this masterful movie, the point is made that every action in this world, even what may seem like the smallest, can affect so much. The basic storyline is about a young boy who, whenever something bad happens to him, he just blacks out. He is encouraged by his psychologist to record these events. years later, he discovers that he can travel back to those times and actually change the past, but everything he does seems to ruin things even more, and he begins to wonder if all his effors are futile... If you're the thinking type of person you'll really enjoy this movie for its profound concepts and moral messages.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent

    I love this movie. The ending makes me sad though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    this movie..

    this movie is so intense and so amazing John Patrick Amedori is just so perfect (and hot) for this role... i'm telling you go out and see it.. really life changing. -k

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    BOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

    This movie was fecal matter(since apparently I have to use a euphemism). Don't even bother with the theatrical version, only the director's cut is slightly redeemable because the end makes sense. But, it's still awful, terrible acting, especially by idiot boy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I dunno...

    I kinda liked the story line...but the movie is dumb. The amount of naked girls is ridiculous. God, movies will do anything to get attention. Ashton Kutcher has an enormous ego and he kinda ruined it for the movie...along with the ditzy retarded girls.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the best and original films i've seen in a while.

    Who would of thought that Ashton could act without comedy. Very original and clever. A great film!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great!

    This movie is really good. It is extremely interesting and has many twists and turns. The ending was great. However, be warned! The Director's Cut of this movie has a completely different, and more bizarre, ending than that of the theatrical version...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WONDERFUL!!!!!!!!

    Evan Treborn discovers he is inexplicably transported back in time when he reads his childhood journals. With his present-day mind occupying his childhood body Evan purposely travels back in time, in an attempt 2 re-write history and un-do certain events. What he learns is that the slightest change of just one thing affects everthing that follows. I think this movie is awesome i wood give it 100 stars but i cant! I luv this movie i also luv john patrick amedori (13 yr.old evan) he is hott and cute!! u can go 2 that website 2 just 2 see what he looks like and a few pictures of him in butterfly effects. it is www.johnpatrickamedori.com And do me one favore WATCH THIS MOVIE MAYBEE 2 OR 3 TIMES GOD KNOWS I DID!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not a normal Kutcther movie

    The Butterfly Effect was a great movie about how do you change what has gone wrong. The main chacater faces memory loss and black outs as a child. He must write down everything he does everyday so he could remember everything a little better. But when him and a couple of friends kill a lady and her baby on addicet he faces the long term conuques as an adult. Six years later he reads a entry and discovers a new why to change what went wrong. After watching the real verison, you should watch the dirctors version which I think is much ending. But I must warn you, this is not a normal Kutcther moive!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Really Outstanding Film

    A new twist on an old sci-fi trick, this movie really delivers the goods. It was real nice to see Ashton Kutcher play a character other than the himbo or the lovable but stupid stoner/doofus that he usually portrays. I hope he makes more movies like this that expand his acting abilities. The rest of the cast also delivers fine performances. This is one movie that gives science fiction due credit as it doesn't dumb down its material or condescend to the viewer. I highly recommend the director's cut of this film.

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