Fight Club

Fight Club

DVD - 2003 | Widescreen version
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When a ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a soap salesman channel their aggresion into therapeutic "fight clubs", an eccentric woman gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
Contents: Disc 1. The Feature
Disc 2. Supplemental features
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2003
Edition: Widescreen version
Branch Call Number: DVD F pt.1-2 DRAMA
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (139 min.) : col., sd. ; 4 3/4 in

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baldand
Sep 01, 2019

Warning! Contains spoilers!
It’s hard to believe that Fight Club wasn’t even nominated for best film and best director at the Academy Awards in 1999, losing in both categories to an estimable but inferior and more quickly dated film, “American Beauty.” Nor was Jim Uhls nominated for best screenplay, which was won by the writer for “The Cider House Rules”. Nor were Edward Norton and Brad Pitt nominated for best actor, which was won by Kevin Spacey for “American Beauty.” Nor was Helena Bonham Carter nominated for best supporting actress, which went to Angelina Jolie for “Girl, Interrupted”. I could go on, but I think I have made my point. This cinematic masterwork is maybe the best example to prove the point that Academy Awards night is a wonderful spectacle if you want to ogle cleavage, but not all that helpful if you want to know what were the outstanding achievements in film over the last year.
This DVD edition of the film contains no deleted scenes as extras. Apparently there are seven deleted scenes in the special edition. However, it does have four different sets of voice-over commentaries: first, by director David Fincher, second, by Fincher with Norton, Pitt and Carter, third, with novelist Pahleniuk and screenwriter Uhls, and finally, with director of photography Jeff Cronenweth, production designer Alex McDowell, visual effects supervisor Kevin Haug, costume designer Michael Kaplan and digital animator Doc Bailey. I found the last commentary a little too inside-baseball for my tastes but I am sure it would enthrall the more technically minded. The other commentaries are all well worth watching.
This is a film that merits viewing at least four or five times. There is so much happening in it you miss a lot on first viewing. For example, when the narrator first confronts Marla Silver she is pouring herself a coffee and, distracted by the Edward Fox character, she overflows the cup. It’s a funny sequence but I didn’t even notice until it was pointed out in the commentaries, nor did I notice another man in the survivors’ meeting, making a bee-line for the lovely Marla to pair with her, then walking away when the narrator gets to her first.
Fincher says that he wanted to make the van in the parking garage with a bomb that is timed to go off a Budget Rent-a-Truck as a homage to the first bombing of the World Trade Centre but Budget wouldn’t permit it. It’s a shame he wasn’t allowed to draw the link as anyone watching the film is immediately struck by the parallels with the 2001 Al Qaeda bombing of the World Trade Centre, which happened just two years after the film was made. The fight clubs Tyler Durden organizes across America with their anti-corporate message eerily anticpates “antifa”, a word that only came into common use in the US, even if the movement itself started years before.
There is a fleeting closeup of the front cover of a magazine lying around the narrator’s house on Paper Street, with the face of a beautiful blonde on it. It is so fleeting, the first time I saw the film I thought it was the cover of a girlie magazine, but it is actually a copy of “Movieland” with Drew Barrymore on the cover. Chuck Pahleniuk on his website says that Edward Norton “is good friends with Drew Barrymore and even shared a flat with her in NY at one time.” (Lucky man!) It is another example of “Fight Club”’s eerie prescience that English actress Helena Bonham Carter played an American grifter in this film and five years later the lovely Drew would memorably play the English grifter Becky Sharp in “Vanity Fair”.

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Shuken_1989
Aug 30, 2019

"Fight Club" was excellent viewing, the premise and acting was spot on, it kept me engrossed. The film is a cinematic adaption of Charles Michael Palahniuk's book by the same name. "Fight Club" centers on an overworked and milquetoast young man, played by Edward Norton, who remains nameless through out the film as he descends into madness brought on by his insomnia. To give anymore detail about the plot would be to spoil the film. I will say that the film was very reminiscent of "American Psycho" in its disdain of consumerism. The film is rife with allusions to Generation X's disillusion with the world, I think it makes the film very human. I would recommend the film to pretty much anyone, but especially those of who are into Jack Donovan and Joe Rogan, as envisioning an ideal masculinity with purpose.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Jul 05, 2019

"The first rule of Fight Club: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club: you do not talk about Fight Club." Perhaps I'm breaking the movie's rules by reviewing it, but Fight Club is just too good a film to pass up: the film's interesting use of satire humor and blistering quirkiness makes it what we see today. I especially think that Brad Pitt's involvement in the film was done to perfection: making Fight Club ultimately a more enjoyable movie, where his performance highlighted that of his co-workers. The insomniac and the soap salesman: a dynamic duo that people would chase after for decades. The movie also did an exceptional job with its camera work, where just the angles will keep you on the edge of your seat! It's psychologically thrilling and a clear king in the movie world. Fight club is filled with amazing performances, stunning visuals, and an addicting plot: certainly, making it a classic that you'll be marveling at for decades. If you enjoy thrillers and want to experience the type of film that changed the way many look at movies, then Fight Club will definitely be of interest to you. 5/5. @ShowMeTheMonet! of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mglibrary
Apr 21, 2019

The movie is amazing and worth watching again and again. It has so many fun, yet disturbing scenes with memorable quotes and ideas. It not just a dumb action movie, but a movie with an actual message to say, even if that message is taken to the most extreme. Recommend watching!

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MrsNikki
Mar 01, 2019

💖 great movie

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RoyalJellyIII
Aug 13, 2018

A masterful film that blends visual editing and effects mastery with smart writing and a creative plot. Truly an amazing creation.

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ManMachine
Aug 12, 2018

Snarl! - Snarl! - Snap! - Snap!.....Attention! Attention! Calling all infantile-minded, emotionally immature, adult males who get their jollies playing dress-up in military drag!.... Welcome to the Wilted Wiener Club (aka. Fight Club).

You know, I can't believe what a damning statement this demented, little movie makes about the insecurity of today's man and his obvious doubts about his own masculinity. If this film's story wasn't so pathetic it would actually be quite laughable.

I find it really quite disturbing and, yes, frightening that the movie Fight Club (which started out at such an ultra-low, base-level mentality as it did) never-ever once rose above that revoltingly stupid level of thought - Not even once.

And, finally - I don't care one, single bit about what any adoring, little fan may say, or think, about baby-blue-eyes Brad Pitt(head). 'Cause, let's face it - PITT IS A TERRIBLE ACTOR. He is!

I mean, if he really had any talent at all, then he would've rescued this utter piece of junk-food from the dregs of the garbage disposal with his "magnetic" charisma. But, as far as Fight Club goes, Brad Pitt(iful) was just as vile as the movie itself was.

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SPPL_Anna
Mar 23, 2018

Not my thing. I watched it once in college and felt nothing strong about it.

CarlitoQuinones Mar 22, 2018

Iconic and re-watchable.

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Great movie!

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reginator_22
Jan 26, 2018

Tyler Durden: Listen up, maggots. You are not special. You are not a beautiful or unique snowflake. You're the same decaying organic matter as everything else.

Unclose May 20, 2013

You're not your khakis...

Sunnchilde Dec 11, 2011

A new car built by my company leaves somewhere traveling at 60 mph. The rear differential locks up. The car crashes and burns with everyone trapped inside. Now, should we initiate a recall? Take the number of vehicles in the field, A, multiply by the probable rate of failure, B, multiply by the average out-of-court settlement, C. A times B times C equals X. If X is less than the cost of a recall, we don't do one.

Sunnchilde Sep 02, 2011

"Is that your blood?" "....Some of it."

johnmarkeberhart Apr 07, 2011

"The first rule of Fight Club is ... you do NOT talk about Fight Club!"

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Sexual Content: Many references, clips of pornography, some sex scenes, and a twisted love triangle.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Violence: A few bloody and graphic scenes. Bloody fights. Intense scenes. A mind-blowing twist.

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JihadiConservative
Jun 19, 2016

Coarse Language: Average R movie with uses of "fuck, shit, dick and cock"

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joelollo21
Oct 14, 2016

"Fight Club" as a haiku:
Start a club with friend
Turns out that I'm my own friend
Stop the terrorists

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