Catch-22

Catch-22

DVD - 2019
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Based on the acclaimed Joseph Heller novel, Catch-22 follows the adventures and misadventures of a US air squadron in Italy in World War II.
Publisher: [United States] : Paramount Home Entertainment, 2019.
Edition: Widescreen edition.
Call Number: DVD TV CAT
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (270 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
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ralwal
Feb 16, 2020

Didn’t enjoy George Clooney ranting and raving, didn’t watch.

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BONNIE S SAUNDERS
Feb 09, 2020

I enjoyed this limited series on the great book Catch 22. it was well acted, and like the book shifted between humor and the ironic brutality of a war that was supposed to be the good war. Well acted, made me want to re-read the book.

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tomhatch43
Jan 30, 2020

Shows the insanity of war and the deranged logic of military brass. It is broad, but wonderful. If you don't get this, you don't get much. Milo Minderbinder is a fine symbol of Capitalism: Always making a profit, never minding how.

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misatim
Jan 29, 2020

I am not sure what this is, it isn't a comedy, or a drama, or anything else. It is not based on fact or fiction. The camera work is not very good, and at times makes you sea sick. The story line is more a series of sketches rather then a story. It is a film that is perfect for someone who enjoys all male stories which I am sure why Clooney was involved, it has that "old boys" mentality. Save your time and look for something better

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swimfan4life
Jan 28, 2020

I had hoped it would be a good story, but I couldn't get beyond the first 5 minutes as it was filled with filthy language, blaspheming, as well as a full on pornographic sex scene. Very sad that so many movies have to resort to this gutter-style of entertainment. Be careful not to watch this while your kids are around. Very misleading as the DVD said Not Rated or given any age appropriateness rating.

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pswan007
Jan 22, 2020

I think most people understand that Catch-22 is a Dark Comedy.
I have seen other versions of this story that were a bit more lighthearted and made me laugh from time to time. This version is very dark! Lots of disspare and gore. I kept hoping our hero would catch some kind of break, but it just never happens. The power characters are "cartoon-ish" and did make me laugh at the same time wanting to through the remote at the TV! More like Saving Private Ryan.

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spfannkuche
Jan 10, 2020

True to the book. Beautifully filmed (not sure if everything is truly "accurate"). Christopher Abbot is simply amazing as Yo-Yo. This version shows the comedy but brings the tragedy just as hard. It's heartbreaking and in the end you do wonder if you are witnessing truth or a personal version of insanity. This is a true ensemble piece. Very powerful.

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maipenrai
Dec 29, 2019

Having read the book and seen the 1970 Alan Arkin film (plus being skeptical about remakes ) I approached this version of Catch-22 with great trepidation. Even though in the added discussions that come with the film, George Clooney / directors / producers stress the authenticity of the setting and planes, a WWII devote' has to suspend factual knowledge and go with the psychosis inducing, frustrating point of the film. Yossarian, a B-25 pilot is petrified and seeking to get sent home. No matter how he tries, the war and the American Army Air Corps commanders are determined to make him fly more missions. While the 1970 film captured the absurdity of the book, it did not show us the continual devastating losses of crew members / friends. You bond with these brave young men, many of whom were probably barely old enough to shave. As Yossarian becomes the oldest person in the planes he lies to frightened young fliers - everything will be fine. He has become complicit in killing and protests or truly finally loses his mind. The film leaves you wondering if we (Yossarian and the viewer ) are seeing reality at all at the end. Christopher Abbott does an amazing job. Catch-22 has been a part of my vocabulary for more than 50 years. If you are afraid and ask to be sent home claiming you are insane, you can't be insane. Any "normal" person would be terrified in war therefore you can't be insane. Merriam Webster: a problematic situation for which the only solution is denied by a circumstance inherent in the problem or by a rule - the show-business catch-22—no work unless you have an agent, no agent unless you've worked. We have all been there. Highly recommend. Kristi & Abby Tabby

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BeausPerson
Dec 10, 2019

A new look at a classic piece of fiction. Wothwhile.

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lindy919
Nov 30, 2019

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I attempted to read this book a long time ago but found the dialog to be inane and gave up. Then I saw the movie and understood that was intentional, by Heller, but all the Alan Arkin version showed were the comical scenes. This is much deeper and juxtaposes the comical with the tragic with the tender. I can't attest to the faithfulness to the book but it definitely seems more complete.
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swimfan4life
Jan 28, 2020

swimfan4life thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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