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Punch-Drunk Love (The Criterion Collection)

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Genre Romance, Comedy
Format Color, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, AC-3
Language English
Runtime 1 hour and 35 minutes

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Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson (There Will Be Blood, Boogie Nights). Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty toilet plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affections of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Magnolia), the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood musicals and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.

- 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson
- Blossoms & Blood, a twelve-minute 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion
- New interview with Brion
- New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film s soundtrack
- New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake
- Additional artwork by Blake
- Cannes press conference from 2002
- NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, the pudding guy
- Twelve Scopitones
- Deleted scenes
- Mattress Man commercial
- Trailers

Product details

  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Product dimensions ‏ : ‎ 1.78 x 19.05 x 13.72 cm; 83.16 Grams
  • Item Model Number ‏ : ‎ 43212125
  • Media Format ‏ : ‎ NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, AC-3, Color, Special Edition
  • Run time ‏ : ‎ 1 hour and 35 minutes
  • Release date ‏ : ‎ 15 November 2016
  • Subtitles: ‏ : ‎ English
  • Studio ‏ : ‎ Criterion Collection
  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B01KGR18JS
  • Number of discs ‏ : ‎ 2
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Reviewed in Australia on 12 March 2022
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1.0 out of 5 stars Punch-Drunk Fail 👎🏼
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 November 2021
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Jamie M
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Blu-Ray, Great Film!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 August 2018
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Blu-Ray, Great Film!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 August 2018
Criterion have done a fantastic job at bringing this gem to Blu-Ray. A crisp transfer approved by the film's director Paul Thomas Anderson, and a huge collection of bonus features make this the ultimate version of the film. The delivery was also on time and arrived in excellent condition.

As for the film itself, Punch-Drunk Love is a quirky, offbeat but otherwise enjoyable romance comedy/drama starring usual comedy buffoon Adam Sandler, who gives a surprisingly incredible performance as Barry Egan, a shy, unconfident salesman of novelty items who has faced abuse from his 7 sisters over the course of his life.

Barry's whole life takes a turn for the strange once he claims a Harmonium (A miniature organ, somewhat like a piano) that has been left on the street, and when one of his sister's mysterious friends named Lena takes an interest to him. In Barry's desperate attempts to free himself from his shell, he gets involved with all sorts of outlandish troubles and quests, to try and break free and become the free spirit he always wanted to be.

As previously mentioned, Adam Sandler is amazing in his role as Barry, giving us a surprisingly nuanced and touching look at this emotionally repressed individual. Emily Watson delivers a similarly mesmerising performance as Lena, with an out-of-this-world quality that draws not only Barry in, but also the viewer as well. There are other terrific and memorable performances, including the late great Phillip Seymour Hoffman, who is responsible for what may be the funniest scene in the film.

Punch-Drunk Love does a great job at balancing personal drama and emotional stakes with comedy that fits the mood of the film perfectly. The score by Jon Brion is at times very percussion-heavy and often reflects the emotional state of Barry at different points in the film, but when necessary, it becomes whimsical, orchestral, romantic and beautiful.

The visual direction is also a sight to behold, with a vivid use of colour and symbolism to create a genius example of visual storytelling.

If you are familiar with Adam Sandler's other comedy films, such as Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, or Big Daddy (The film that persuaded Paul Thomas Anderson to cast Sandler for this film!), or even his newer, less heartfelt "efforts", then Punch-Drunk Love will either be very refreshing if you dislike that style of humour. If you do like those films, there is a chance this may not be to your tastes. As someone who enjoyed Happy Gilmore, it was very refreshing to see him in a role that suited his unhinged nature, but didn't take a more juvenile path.

Overall, I would say that Punch-Drunk Love is not a film for everyone, it has a lot of quirks and at times can seem a little self-indulgent in terms of certain aspects of the presentation of the film (Random video art interludes anyone?), as they don't appear to hold any meaning or connection to the film, but all of that aside, it is a film definitely worth watching if you fancy something different. And Criterion have absolutely made the definitive home video version of the film, so that should be highly commended as well.

Blu-Ray (Packaging, transfer, bonus features etc.) - 5/5
Film - 4/5
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Christopher M. Rowberry
5.0 out of 5 stars Anderson at his quirkest
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 25 May 2009
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5.0 out of 5 stars Odd, beautiful little film. Loved it!!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 9 October 2013
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Rollo Robbins
5.0 out of 5 stars A Truly Wonderful Film
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 August 2017
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