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Manchester by the Sea [DVD] [2016]

  • SKU: 5712086
  • Release Date: 02/21/2017
  • Rating: R
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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    85% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (487 out of 579)

    Special Features


    • A Conversation with Writer/Director Kenneth Lonergan
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Emotional Lives: Making Manchester By The Sea

    Synopsis


    Manchester by the Sea
    A hardened handyman named Lee (Casey Affleck) returns to his hometown in New England after the death of his brother (Kyle Chandler) to care for his 16-year-old nephew (Lucas Hedges), but his arrival also unearths his checkered past. Soon, Lee comes back into contact with his estranged wife (Michelle Williams) as he deals with life in his tight-knit former community. Kenneth Lonergan directed this family drama. ~ Daniel Gelb, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Casey Affleck
      Casey Affleck - Lee Chandler
    • Michelle Williams
      Michelle Williams - Randi
    • Kyle Chandler
      Kyle Chandler - Joe Chandler
    • Lucas Hedges
      Lucas Hedges - Patrick
    • Gretchen Mol
      Gretchen Mol - Elise



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 579 reviews

    84%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Packs an Emotional Wallop

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      VandyPrice
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      Manchester by the Sea is a simple film made from a rather simple story. Meaning that the narrative is straight-forward and wholly based in the everyday lives the majority of us tend to lead. While these factors certainly make it more relatable than say, something along the lines of Allied, which is technically based in reality, but from which we are so far removed at this point it almost feels not of this world. All of this is to say that in our current plane of existence, Manchester by the Sea feels personal. It is a movie that creates an authentic environment from the world in which it exists. It feels lived-in and to that point we are not necessarily welcomed as much into this halfhearted existence that comes to be the subject of the film as we are wedged into the ongoing bad luck that literally and figuratively seems to make up Lee Chandler's (Casey Affleck) life. I find it best to go into most films without much of an idea as to what exactly one might be getting themselves into and while it may be difficult to do that in terms of major blockbusters when living in a world that offers teasers for teaser trailers it is with movies such as Manchester by the Sea where this practice can be exercised to its full effect. And so, I went in more or less blind to what Manchester by the Sea carried in terms of narrative and with only the buzz it garnered out of its Sundance premiere earlier this year to signify that it was one worth watching. No matter if one knows the basic premise or not though, one thing is for certain: one cannot know the whole of the story the film is telling and it is in how director Kenneth Lonergan (Margaret) sets up the present scenario for our characters to operate in and then how he slowly peels back the layers of each of their pasts helping us to understand not only why and how these people have become who they are, but also giving us a glimpse of how far they can go and what the future might hold for them that makes the experience so simultaneously simple yet equally involving. It's a powerful piece of human drama to say the least with bare bones emotions bleeding through on the face of Affleck and every other actor in any significant portion of the movie. Lonergan, as a writer, is clearly interested in digging into the psyches of those who have dealt in tragedy and analyzing the different ways in which we as human beings deal with such surreal, life-altering events. With Manchester by the Sea the writer/director tackles permanent heartbreak to grandly moving results.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A great study of self-worth after a tragedy.

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      dkusumoto
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      The film features the finest ensemble acting of 2016. At first I did not like this film at all because I found the characters so unlikable. But my mind changed upon second viewing after getting reactions from others who were drawn by its misleading title, which suggests a romantic melodrama in a picturesque setting. It is not that at all. While many people continue to find Manchester by the Sea depressing, it actually concludes with a scene (that has no dialogue) of hope - and overall the film is a great study of what happens to your sense of self-worth - after you commit a mistake of all-consuming horror. You might ask yourself what would you do if you were in the same situation as the main character (played by Oscar winner Casey Affleck), that is, how would you continue? Would you stick it out or off yourself - would you prefer to move away and isolate yourself forever? The script and acting are so vivid that it does not feel like acting at all; it feels like you are witnessing a real-life tragedy affecting working class people who are often overlooked by people who live in big urban or suburban areas. This is a first rate movie that will not be appreciated by most viewers - but it does feel genuine. It is a film everyone should see at least once. Very raw but very real.

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    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Oscar Winner

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      Ubikpkd
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      Was planning to wait on this one but a recent sale got me to buy this early. Oscar winner for both Best Actor and Screenplay, it is a brutal story of tragedy and an attempt at redemption. The story unfolds slowly, more like a foreign film than the usual Hollywood fare and this may be tough for some viewers to get through. It's also told in very subtle flashbacks that is also unconventional. My suggestion is to give it at least an hour before you make up your mind (my usual suggestion is a 1/2 hour) and I think you will be re-warded. I would have liked more special features, but this set is packed with the big three blu ray, dvd and digital copy. Recommended (especially if it's on sale).

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      What a film

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      timothius60
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      I walked into theaters to see this film without little to no expectations. Perhaps that colored the way I saw it. Regardless, this film produced one of the most emotional experiences I've ever had at a theater, let alone with a movie. Many will complain that little happens or that the film ends in an unsatisfying manner. I think this argument holds little water and, instead, shows that the viewer went in expecting something else. And with that, avoid the trailers, avoid the criticism, avoid the awards talk and all that. Just let the film wash over you. Embrace the grief and let it define the you, the characters, and all you know for two hours. You won't regret it.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Film of 2016

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      SpielbergMania
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      Writer/director Kenneth Lonergan has made a searing, emotionally devastating (but often hilarious) film about living with, if not completely overcoming, tragedy. His marvelous script is crammed with his usual brilliantly realistic dialogue, and the sublime cast includes Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler,and veteran stage performers Stephen McKinley Henderson, Missy Yager, Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Heather Burns and even Matthew Broderick. Lonergan also gives himself one of the best (and funniest) director cameos since Hitchcock.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      What was the hoopla all about?

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      PAV3
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      This film garnered major praise from critics and film goers alike, however, I found it lacking all around. I am always happy to see Kyle Chandler (Friday Night Lights) and Michelle Williams (anything) in a movie, but that was it. Casey Affleck kept the same stone block wall up for the whole movie and he wins accolades? Reviewers need to see more emotional films to judge more. The ending sucked...like let's not close this movie at all. We ran out of time or budget to finish? I think I will take this back or sell it to a second hand store...not worth my time or money.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Too dark!

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      Slick65
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      This movie of unforgettable loss and despair is well acted but persistently dark in mood and terribly sad. The lead actor Casey Affleck received an academy award for his powerful portrayal of a loving but flawed father and reluctant guardian of his nephew. His character redeems himself as a responsible adult but many lives are forever lost to an ever present sadness that is inescapable. Watch this film for the fine acting performances but don’t expect to be entertained.

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Performances

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      Cibo
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      It is easy to understand why Casey Affleck won the Oscar for best performance for a male actor and Lucas Hedges was nominated for best supporting male actor. The antagonistic initial relationship between the two plays out as the fears and desires become known between the two which ultimately eases the relationship issues. While the performances are excellent, it is a very said, somewhat depressing film. The periodic insertion of the beautiful scenery tempers the continual sadness of the characters, almost a respite of sorts.

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