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Simon Birch [DVD] [1998]

  • SKU: 3632616
  • Release Date: 05/18/1999
  • Rating: PG
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.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features


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

    Synopsis


    Simon Birch
    This comedy-drama features a narration by Jim Carrey, looking back to childhood in a manner similar to the narration on TV's The Wonder Years. The film is the directorial debut of writer Mark Steven Johnson, scripter of Grumpy Old Men and its sequel. Johnson adapted only a small portion of John Irving's 600-page novel A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989), but Irving requested a credit other than "based on" and also asked that the character name of Owen Meany be changed. So Owen became Simon Birch -- which then required a title change. In the title role is 11-year-old Ian Michael Smith, who is afflicted with Morquio's syndrome, a genetic disorder which causes dwarfism. The story begins when Joe Wenteworth (Jim Carrey) visits the grave of his childhood friend Simon Birch, whose stone is marked 1952-64. Joe explains that Simon is "the reason I believe in God." This is followed by a flashback to their friendship during the early '60s. In Gravestown, New Hampshire, young Joe Wenteworth (Joseph Mazzello) doesn't know who his father is, and his loving mother Rebecca (Ashley Judd) won't tell him. Joe's best buddy is young Simon Birch, born so tiny that his classmates pass him about like a "doll." Neglected at home, Simon turns to Rebecca as a surrogate mother, and he often has dinner with the Wenteworths. One night, Rebecca brings her friend Ben Goodrich (Oliver Platt) home for dinner, which annoys her crotchety mother (Dana Ivey). Later, the lives of the two 12-year-olds receive a cruel twist, and the two then become more curious to learn the secret of Joe's father. Shown in competition at the 1998 Montreal Film Festival. ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Ian Michael Smith
      Ian Michael Smith - Simon Birch
    • Ashley Judd
      Ashley Judd - Rebecca Wenteworth
    • Oliver Platt
      Oliver Platt - Ben Goodrich
    • David Strathairn
      David Strathairn - Reverend Russell
    • Dana Ivey
      Dana Ivey - Grandmother Wenteworth



    Customer rating

    Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Material should have been rated PG-13

      Posted
      CookieSeptember1943
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      I remember this movie from a long time ago and wanted my grandchildren to see it. I forgot about the scene with the woman giving birth to Simon Birch. But, upon watching it, my 10 yr old grandsons were embarrassed at the kids using swear words and the mention of female body parts and the word "intercourse" being used besides others. We didn't finish watching it together because they said they thought it was inappropriate. I applaud them for their good conscience. Shame on me for not watching it first when I purchased it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      this was a wonderful choice

      Posted
      Tonii08
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      As far as the ordering and shipping was great also. The delivery was on time as promised and ordering was eazy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      OLD FAVORITE!!

      Posted
      PurplePammi
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      I have seen this movie COUNTLESS times and NEVER tire of it!!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Simon Birch

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      Jacob
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      Awesome movie my son loved it he can see it every day

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great family movie

      Posted
      Stephanie
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      This is an old one, but fun for the whole family. Highly recommend.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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