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Fight Club (Two-Disc Collector's Edition)
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Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Starring: Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Meat Loaf, Helena Bonham Carter, Zach Grenier
Directed By: David Fincher
Average Customer Rating: Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5Average rating of 4.5/5

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Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Audience Rating: R (Restricted)
Binding: DVD
EAN: 0024543000358
Format: Anamorphic
Label: 20th Century Fox
Manufacturer: 20th Century Fox
Number Of Items: 2
Picture Format: Anamorphic Widescreen
Publisher: 20th Century Fox
Region Code: 1
Release Date: 2000-06-06
Running Time: 139
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Theatrical Release Date: 1999-10-15

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Editorial Reviews:

A confused young man tired of his life finds a new one in a new club where you beat each other to a plup as therapy.
Genre: Feature Film-Action/Adventure
Rating: R
Release Date: 29-NOV-2005
Media Type: DVD

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Summary: classic!
Comment: since the first rule is: do not talk about fight club, i probably should not write a review. but what's not to like about this movie? gritty acting with a dark, well-written story that examines modern life. enjoy!

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Comment: This is the best movie ever!!! After years of watching this movie repeatedly, I finally got the collectors addition. Worth every 1 of the 10 dollars I spent!!!

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Summary: A Predictable B- flick...
Comment: If you were a guy, you hated "Girl Interrupted". "Fight Club" is the male equivalent of "Girl Interrupted": Both films were based on a novel by a popular writer, and both are films most members of the opposite sex seem to really hate.

I don't know anything about Chuck Palahniuk or his novels, but after seeing "Fight Club", I would say that he was very successful in communicating to his target audience the idea that he had something to say. Now, it's my turn.

To be blunt, I thought that everything about "Fight Club" was predictable. However, a film with a cult following this big has to be taken seriously.

On the surface, "Fight Club" is about what happens to the male psyche when things break down. That's the synopsis, which gradually proceeds to a plot twist about ¾ of the way into the film.

On another level, "Fight Club" is only going to appeal to males who are attempting to establish an identity for themselves. That's the underlying theme. Not that many guys over the age of thirty are going to be able to relate to this stuff. This film is strictly for the "X box" generation.

It used to be worth it to want acceptance from your peers. Now, it's seen as a sign of weakness. At the beginning of "Fight Club", the Edward Norton character hangs out in 12 Step groups and cancer survivor groups in an attempt to be noticed. (Dude! I can relate!) Eventually, the Edward Norton character gravitates towards self-actualization, culminating in ultrareality, or proximity thereof.

At almost two and a half hours, "Fight Club" was way too long. It should have been abbreviated to about an hour and a half. Also, it would actually have made more sense to truncate and manipulate the sequence of scenes (i.e., show the ending near the middle of the film, the beginning at the end, etc.), much like "Pulp Fiction".

I was also disappointed in the story's deadpan ending and was half expecting a more bizarre twist: Either Chuck Norris or Gina Gershon appearing in an onscreen cameo to announce, "It blowed up real good."

John Hinkley thought that by killing Ronald Reagan, he would eventually be able to fall in love and achieve orgasm with Jodi Foster. At one time, I never would have been able to believe that "Taxi Driver" would inspired anyone to blow their nose. Or that "The Basketball Diaries" would be the inspiration for a massacre in Colorado. Hey, it's supposed to be entertainment, right?

I don't know about "Fight Club" the novel, but I would imagine that probably a half-dozen (at least) new John Hinkleys and Timothy McVeighs are - right now, as you read this - being inspired by this film. Which is ironic because it would appear to me that the only inspiration anyone had in the conception of "Fight Club" (the novel and film) was to get a decent paycheck by pandering to the readership of "MAXIM" magazine.

In 1999, when this film was released, the white, male, under 25 target audience for this film understood that "Fight Club" was a guy film from beginning to end, not a dinner and a date movie. It was sort of a male religious experience. At that point in time, the war in Iraq and 9/11 was still a glint in someone's eye. Then, after 9/11, this film became less relevant.

Groucho Marx once said, "I'll never watch a film where the man's t*ts are bigger that the woman's." Now that's advice worth taking.

I rate "Fight Club" an A+ for effort, but a B- for content.

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Summary: A Winner!
Comment: As a female reviewer of this film, I'm definitely in the
minority. But I really enjoyed this movie....so much so
that I bought it for my best friend from college. His
response was basically, "What were you thinking?" I
think its one of the most creative, symbolically
loaded mixture of male angst and social commentary
I've ever seen. It's funny, scary, witty, creative, dark,
and utterly thought-provoking. I can't wait for the
female version of a movie like this to come out.
Thelma and Louise ran its course. If only film
makers were as daring when it comes to portraying
all the facets of being a woman in modern Western
society. Hopefully, for someone brave and willing
enough, Fight Club will lead the way.

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Summary: Brutal... but sort of hollow
Comment: Fight Club is one of the most beloved movies of all time. As of the writing of this, it currently sits at #23 on IMDb's fan-voted greatest movies list. Its Keyser Soze ending is even more famous than than the actual Keyser Soze ending. (If that last sentence means nothing to you, consider yourself priviliged to still have such a great cinematic discovery in front of you, and go rent The Usual Suspects).

I do not contest that Fight Club is great. It's unflinching in its portrayal of inner chaos manifested as brutal violence. It weaves a tapestry of cinema that simultaneously constructs two realities. It's a movie truly deserving of second viewing just so you can observe how intricately constructed the film is, particularly in ways you might not have noticed the full way through.

And yet, I walk away from a second viewing a little underwhelmed and with a few questions.

Why did it have to be so violent? Shock value does not make for good repeated viewings. That's why There's Something About Mary is one of the best comedies of all time only the first time you see it, among others. Perhaps the violence has some thought behind it and is there for thematic purposes? I can see how an argument would be made that the physical violence is a carefully constructed metaphor to the inner violence that takes place within Edward Norton's character.

But the movie is so gruesome that it's sometimes unpleasant to watch. I've made it through some supposedly hard-to-stomach scenes like the opening of Saving Private Ryan with nary a flinch, but I had to close my eyes or leave the room for a few scenes watching Fight Club again.

And the argument that the violence is symbolic doesn't sway me much, either, for a couple of reasons. First, even if some element of a movie serves a higher thematic purpose, it shouldn't be painful to watch. The scene when Edward Norton repeatedly smashes in that one guy's face could as well be Hemingway's Old Man and the Sea, and I still wouldn't think too much of it. I don't want to see bloody, fractured remnants of a face no matter what.

Next, I've decided that Fight Club does not work too well as a movie with any moral or underlying purpose. It's pure plot-driven entertainment. As a thoughtful movie, it is a poseur, continually touching on philosophical issues without delving too deep. Just as it starts to get close to being penetrative and insightful, it takes a left turn and beats in a dozen different thoughts that contribute little, until all that's left is a mere bloody pulp of a thoughtful movie.

Every time I tried to get more out of the movie than just white-knuckle action and clever plot twists, I came away disappointed. But nearly every time I allowed myself to just get absorbed into the masterful stylistic experience, I had a blast. To credit the careful construction of the movie as anything less than masterful would be an unfair insult to it. Hollow though it is, Fight Club is still a great movie.

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