release of SECONDHAND LIONS on DVD and VHS, replete with
a whole host of wonderful extra features such as deleted
scenes, an excellent commentary by writer and director,
Tim McCanlies , and thoughtfully-made bonus featurettes
, is seeing Secondhand Lions garnering a slew of new,
certainly appears that many are taking a second look at
this incredibly under-rated film and giving it the critical
acclaim that it deserves .
was overwhelmed and lost in the pure goodness of the "Secondhand
Lions" DVD. By lost I mean the kind of lost where you
just don't want to come back....
If ever there was a DVD made from simple and honest love...
this has to be it.
, kidactors message board
the DVD release of Secondhand Lions an astonishing rating
of 8.8 out of 10, Jeremy
Slater of www.chud.com has this to say of Secondhand
Joel Osment received a critical drubbing for his role
here, but again I strongly disagree. Many reviewers mocked
Osment for his awkward, self-conscious performance, completely
missing the point that his character is meant to be awkward
is a timid and uncoordinated kid on the verge of puberty,
frightened and badly out of his element. His transformation
into a confident and assertive young man is handled remarkably
well, and while he cant always hold his own against
Caine and Duvall, its not for lack of trying. Lets
Osment is easily the best child actor in
recent memory, and his work here is perfectly suited to
Lions isnt the best film ever made
it. And its not even the best film of last year.
But it *is* a great film, full of heart, imagination and
wonder. After my first viewing I liked it quite a bit.
Now, after seeing the film three times, I think I love
it. Its one of the best surprises of 2003.
Peters in his review for www.dvdreview.com
echoes similar thoughts :
theatrically last year by New Line Cinema and just now
available on DVD, Tim McCanlies "Secondhand
Lions" is that rarest of rarities: a family film
that targets the parents as much as the kids. Rather than
rely on CGI or hip of-the-moment cultural humor, as in
the Pixar movies or "Shrek" (thats not
a bash to those movies, honest), "Secondhand Lions"
draws on the power of sterling acting and a truly heartfelt
Lions" really deserves a look. Maybe it didnt
set the box office on fire, but it should have. Any movie
told with this much heart and so much goodwill toward
its characters and audience demands our attention.
Dale McClean from www.celebritycafe.com writes:
magnificent Haley Joel Osment is quite an exceptional
young actor who I'm sure will make it huge in Hollywood.
He not only has the gift, but a goodness that sets him
apart from being just an actor, to a great performer.
Secondhand Lions is full of comedy, adventure, spirit
and, most of all, believing in what makes happiness surround
you and the trust that it rests on. It is a wonderful
family movie and should amply be seen and acknowledged
for its kind and giving message of family bonding and
appreciation of life in all its glory-filled joy and excitement.
a wonderfully detailed review of the Secondhand Lions
DVD , Brian
Calhoun from www.digitallyobsessed.com writes
of the appeal of Secondhand Lions can be attributed to
the fantastic performances from the three leads. Unsurprisingly,
both Caine and Duvall exude an innate knowledge of their
craft, yet it has been a while since I have seen either
of them deliver such honest, heartfelt performances. It
would have been easy for less experienced actors to overemphasize
the personalities of Hub and Garth so much as to reduce
them to unpleasant codgers. However, these seasoned veterans
demonstrate tremendous erudition and restraint in creating
simultaneously credible yet affable personalities. It
would be quite intimidating for any actor, much less a
child, to interact with such accomplished performers,
but Haley Joel Osment blends right in, bringing an equal
level of talent to his role. Appearing all grown up and
void of his child-star persona, Osment proves that his
tour-de-force performances in The Sixth Sense and A.I.
were no flukes. I expect to see a long and prosperous
career from this gifted talent.
crowning achievement of this production is Tim McCanlies'
screenplay. It is rare that the Hollywood system does
not obliterate the integrity of such an earnest piece
of work, yet, McCanlies fought tooth and nail with major
studios to keep his vision intact. Through McCanlies'
struggle to preserve his artistic intentions, the genuine,
heartfelt qualities of the screenplay remain wholly evident
in the finished product. Also directing the film, McCanlies
shrewdly blends humor and drama into an emotional tale
of empathy. While overall a bit sappy, Secondhand Lions
is a rare family film that will actually appeal to the
entire family rather than one narrow age group.
reviews to come when we receive them !