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Fight Club 10th Anniversary Edition
BLU-RAY disk
11.25.2009 By: J.A. Hamilton
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Director:
David Fincher

Actors:
Edward Norton
Brad Pitt
Helena Bonham Carter

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A man’s lonely downward spiral into madness suddenly takes a turn for the better when he befriends Tyler Durden, a curious fellow who makes and sells soap.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I am Jack’s evil grin. Why? Because I’m holding the 10th Anniversary Edition of FIGHT CLUB on Blu-ray in my hands! One of the many things I love about Blu-ray is that they’re still releasing some of my favorite oldies and it is damn cool to not only revisit them in HD but review them as well. FIGHT CLUB for me was a surreal experience, and I can still remember how fast my mind was racing as me and my crew walked out of the theater. Not many films possess the power to change the way you think or view the world around you (in a good way), but that’s exactly how I felt afterward: Changed for the better.

On the surface this film begins rather innocently; Norton is an insomniac, a depressed, obsessed man going through a midlife crisis and on the verge of simply losing his mind. That last point is strongly debatable as the tale unfolds, but the way I like to see it is that Norton’s character not only woke up from the cruel dream he called a life, but did so with smart (if not a little cynical) solution in the form of outright chaos. This film is a hierarchy of intrigue, combined with a brilliant sense of clarity that most people are afraid to acknowledge, or wouldn’t understand if they did. There are also many subtle nuances to pick up on through multiple viewings.

I’ve always been a Norton fan (he’s one for choosing powerfully complex characters), his performance here was beyond words (much like his roles in PRIMAL FEAR and AMERICAN HISTORY X) and still leaves me in awe. Brad Pitt also became a hero of mine after this film. Tyler Durden is one of the greatest characters ever invented as far as I’m concerned, his witty dialogue, crazy attitude, undeniable charisma and sharp intellect are the stuff of legend. Helena Bonham Carter was morbidly sexy here as a trashy, parasite of a woman with more issues than politics (I’m still at a loss for words over her “I haven’t been f*cked like that since grade school” remark).

FIGHT CLUB is easily one of my top ten favorite films of all time. Nothing will ever bring back that jaw dropping feeling of revelation I got on my first viewing, but I can honestly say that knowing “what happens next” doesn’t phase or deter me from watching this film at least once a year. There is so much to love here (literally in the case of Bob’s man-boobs), and no matter how much this film is copied, quoted or imitated, there is no duplicating this baby and absolutely no substitute for the real thing. This film is truly one of a kind and looks amazing on Blu-ray. Happy ten year anniversary!
THE EXTRAS
Commentaries: There are four commentaries to choose from if you want to get each and every angle of the film covered. The most interesting by far is clearly the one featuring Fincher, Norton, Pitt and Carter. The “Marla Effect” was my favorite topic of choice, and I’m supremely glad they decided to leave out the “hateful masturbation” scene.

A hit in the ear: Ren Klyce and the sound design of Fight Club: Not only do we get an in depth explanation of all the film’s music, we also have the option of becoming an interactive DJ and remixing the tunes how we see fit. Very cool.

Flogging Fight Club: Mel Gibson inducts Fight Club into the “Guy Movie Hall of Fame”. This ten minute clip involves Mel riding around stage on a mule and the boys from the film looking rather speechless. I never heard of this but it’s funny.

Insomniac Mode: I am Jack’s search index: Much like it sounds, this interesting feature lets you scroll through and alphabetized index of all things Fight Club. Like the commentaries, you can jump from scene to scene based upon each topic.

Behind the Scenes: Here we have a rehash of commentary footage broken up into four categories. I remember this from the DVD, so I understand that it came first and isn’t just added filler.

Deleted & Alternate Scenes: I also recall these babies from the DVD. Most were run of the mill, but the infamous Marla line segment is still gold. The joke was on the studio for wanting Fincher to change the line.

Publicity Material: Here we have the trailers, TV spots, music video, internet spots, a promotional gallery and an interview with Norton. The trailers for this flick still give me goose bumps and are still some of my favorite of all time.

Art Gallery: Various forms of concept art; from storyboards to costumes and makeup. I would LOVE to get my hands on one of those pre-production paintings for my den.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you have yet to see FIGHT CLUB, shame on you and I’m afraid we can’t be friends. If you HAVE seen FIGHT CLUB (and are an avid fan like me), you’ll NEED to own this Blu-ray regardless of how many copies of the film you have at home.

Extra Tidbit: As you may or may not know, Brad Pitt chipped a tooth during one of the fight scenes and refused to fix it to pay homage to Tyler Durden’s tough guy persona.
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