OVERVIEW: Would you give up a billion, for one in a million? Find out when “Arthur” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital Download on July 15 from Warner Home Entertainment Group. Meet the world’s most loveable billionaire in this fresh new look at the classic story, featuring the fun-loving and hilarious Russell Brand (“Forgetting Sarah Marshall”), Oscar® winner Helen Mirren (“The Queen”) and Jennifer Garner (“Valentine’s Day”).
On July 15th, Arthur will be available for rent ON DEMAND through Digital Cable, Satellite TV, and select game consoles. It is also available to buy through DIGITAL DOWNLOAD from digital movie retailers and select game consoles.
SYNOPSIS: Russell Brand reinvents the role of lovable billionaire Arthur Bach, an irresponsible charmer who has always relied on two things to get by: his limitless fortune and lifelong nanny Hobson (Academy Award® winner* Helen Mirren) to keep him out of trouble. Now he faces his biggest challenge: choosing between an arranged marriage to ambitious corporate exec Susan (Jennifer garner) that will ensure his lavish lifestyle, or an uncertain future with the one thing money can’t buy – Naomi (Greta Gerwig), his true love. With Naomi’s inspiration and some unconventional help from Hobson, Arthur will take the most expensive risk of his life and learn what it means to be a man in this reimagining of the beloved Oscar®-winning* romantic comedy Arthur.
FILM REVIEW: I’m a purist, a traditionalist and I am faithful to a fault, even to a movie. That said, I loved the original movie Arthur. I loved the late Dudley Moore’s portrayal of the affable, millionaire, alcoholic buffoon that is Arthur. When I heard that the movie would be redone, I swore that it could not possibly be anywhere as funny as the original. That is until it was revealed that Russell Brand would be taking over the iconic alcoholic millionaire man-child part. Still, I knew that Russell Brand could be funny, but as good as Dudley?
Dudley Moore played Arthur perfectly because Mr. Moore was a funny little alcoholic. Russell plays it well because he is funny and he has been an alcoholic. That sounds terrible you might say, but well, its true.
Mr. Brand, I must admit, was hilarious! Here is this incredibly rich, immature man getting away with the most outlandish adventures simply because he can throw money at any problem and make it go away. Arthur Bach is the heir to a the Bach Worldwide, a foundation which is losing investors due to his crazy antics. His mother, Vivienne (Geraldine James) has been running the foundation since Arthur’s fathers death and now needs Arthur to man up.
So as seen in many rich-boy needs to grow up and become a rich-man movies, Vivienne gives Arthur an ultimatum, marry Susan (Jennifer Garner) or give up your fortune. But that decision would be sooo simple and you need a some kind of glitch to make this story interesting. Into Arthur’s life walks Naomi (Greta
Gerwig) to complicate things. If he wants to keep the money and the lifestyle he‘s accustomed to he must marry someone he doesn’t love, but if he wants to be happy with someone he‘s sure he‘s in love with, he has to give up his fortune. What a dilemma!
Through all of Arthur’s fiascos of drunkenness and belligerence there is the voice of reason, his Jiminy Cricket, Hobson (Dame Helen
Mirren). I’ve always thought of Helen Mirren as someone regal and at first I didn’t think that her playing a nanny would be believable but she is truly an a professional through and through and makes her role believable.
I was commenting to my sweetie, Cine Marcos that apparently you must be Knighted by the British Crown to play the part of Hobson. Helen Mirren is a Dame and the original Hobson, was Sir John Gielgud. Coincidence? I think not! Both played the part beautifully and memorably.
Up until now, Arthur’s only goal in life seemed to be getting drunk, having great fun and spending too much money. There are some differences in the way the story is told, but in the end all of the important components are covered even if changed around a bit. Russell’s brand (pun intended) of comedy completely works for this character. His adorable accent can be quite cockney and shrill but that just adds to this character. As Arthur puts in in the film, Hobson is “a menopausal Mary Poppins” who loves and adores him the way only a mother would. Cine Marcos commented that Jennifer Garner would have been more believable in the part of Naomi, originally played by Liza
Minelli. Jennifer’s a great actress and all, its just that she is simply too sexy and earthy to be believable as an ice-princess, social climbing business woman. There’s a scene where Susan tries to be spontaneous and sexy and it should come off as unnatural for Susan, but instead, Jennifer’s totally sexy! It doesn’t work. No disrespect to Greta
Gerwig, but although she was cute and all, both Cine Marcos and I felt that Ms. Garner could have been much more believable as the spontaneous free spirit that is Naomi. There are a few cameos played memorably by Nick Nolte as Susan’s hard as nails father, Burt Johnson a contractor turned self made millionaire and Evander Holyfield as himself in a funny little scene as Arthur’s sparing partner. As for scenery, I present to you New York. ‘Nuff said! But seriously, the finest locations in the city of New York are the backdrop for this film. I mean you will see the inside of places you probably would never see even if you did win the Lotto. I happen to pride myself as a New York-a-file (is that a real word?), and I had a ball counting all of my favorite locations, such as Dylan’s Candy Bar, Grand Central Station (emptied for the perfect first date), St. Bart’s Church and the Pierre Hotel. In the end, I will admit it, this remake works. It’s good. Some might say it’s not great but, you can be guaranteed quite a few belly laughs to make it worth your time.
The film is
presented in 1080P widescreen in a 1.85:1 aspect ration
preserving its theatrical format. The picture is just
flawless.Not only the picture looks great in
this release, also the sound it is good, a 5.1 DTS-HD Master
Audio (48kHz/24bit) in English, Spanish and French that provides a
good complement to the picture. It also includes
English Spanish French
1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 1080P
English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English DVS 2.0 Dolby Digital,
French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital
English, French & Spanish English SDH, French & Spanish
Standard Definition DVD of the feature film
Digital Copy of the feature film
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