Eric Bress/J. Mackye Gruber
With this hurdle out of the way, you’ll get a thriller that deals with something we’ve all thought about at one time or another: a chance to go back and fix that nagging little thing that’s always left us thinking “what if I’d done that?” or “what if I’d said that?” Think of all the random encounters or events we’ve all had in life that have created or destroyed relationships, friendships, careers, business opportunities, families, etc. THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT gives us one man who has had this chance, and seizing it, goes back in time and tries to fill in the blanks in his life by acting them out the way he thinks they should have happened in the first place. Unfortunately for him, he finds out the hard way that fate is sometimes inevitable and that trying to make one person happy could cost another person all they have. Kutcher is able to play the average guy well enough to place all of us into his shoes and he’s seconded wonderfully by Amy Smart who acts as Kayleigh, Evan’s childhood love and the person he tries to save from a miserable life at the hands of her perverted father and sadistic brother. Despite his track record as a goofball in pretty much every single role he’s held up to now, Kutcher never really betrayed any hint of the usual “duh” look he wears or his trademark Kelso eye-roll.
Beyond the Movie features
The Science and Psychology of the Chaos theory (9 minutes): The chaos theory, the same one that was brought up by Jeff Goldblum in the original JURASSIC PARK, stipulates that any small change in a system can bring forth massive changes later on. The example commonly used from which the title of the film is drawn in that something as small as the flap of a butterfly wing can create a typhoon somewhere across the globe. A bit of input is given from a physicist, a psychologist and a psychotherapist. Quite interesting as a whole.
The History and Allure of Time Travel (13 minutes): Here we get some info from so-called experts as to why the idea of time travel is so appealing to all of us. It also gets a bit into the history of time travel in cinema.
Fact Track (Full Length): I like this kind of track on movies. It allows you to check the film with random pop-up info passing on the screen.
All-Access Pass features
Filmmaker Commentary by Co-Directors and Co-Screenwriters Eric Bress and J. Mackye Gruber (Full Length): A decent track by a couple of young filmmakers who seem to really be into their movie and deservedly so. They go over the usual stuff in discussing the trouble they had to get the flick made and some decisions they had to make in terms of cuts and editing.
Documentaries (32 minutes): You'll be able to find two documentaries on this, the first one dealing with The Creative Process and the second with Visual Effects. They're both pretty self-explanatory and discuss in fairly standard manner a pair of topics that are established as standards of pretty much any DVD nowadays.
Deleted/Alternate Scenes (7 minutes): Nine pretty average deleted scenes are offered with optional commentary by the filmmakers.
There's also a Storyboard Gallery and the Original Theatrical Trailer.