Paul Thomas Anderson

Punch-Drunk Love

Punch-Drunk Love

Chaos lurks in every corner of this giddily off-kilter foray into romantic comedy by Paul Thomas Anderson. Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty-toilet-plunger salesman Barry Egan (Adam Sandler, demonstrating remarkable versatility in his first dramatic role) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affection of a mysterious woman named Lena (Emily Watson), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (played with maniacal brio by Philip Seymour Hoffman). Fueled by the careening momentum of a baroque-futurist score by Jon Brion, the Cannes-award-winning Punch-Drunk Love channels the spirit of classic Hollywood and the whimsy of Jacques Tati into an idiosyncratic ode to the delirium of new romance.

Film Info

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Blossoms & Blood, a short 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion
  • New interview with Brion
  • New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake, used in the film
  • Additional artwork by Blake
  • Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2002
  • NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, the “pudding guy”
  • Twelve Scopitones
  • Deleted scenes
  • Mattress Man commercial
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker, author, and artist Miranda July
    New cover by Dustin Stanton

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director Paul Thomas Anderson, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Blossoms & Blood, a short 2002 piece by Anderson featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson, along with music by Jon Brion
  • New interview with Brion
  • New piece featuring behind-the-scenes footage of a recording session for the film’s soundtrack
  • New conversation between curators Michael Connor and Lia Gangitano about the art of Jeremy Blake, used in the film
  • Additional artwork by Blake
  • Cannes Film Festival press conference from 2002
  • NBC News interview from 2000 with David Phillips, the “pudding guy”
  • Twelve Scopitones
  • Deleted scenes
  • Mattress Man commercial
  • Trailers
  • PLUS: An essay by filmmaker, author, and artist Miranda July
    New cover by Dustin Stanton
Punch-Drunk Love
Cast
Adam Sandler
Barry Egan
Emily Watson
Lena Leonard
Philip Seymour Hoffman
Dean Trumbell
Luis Guzmán
Lance
Mary Lynn Rajskub
Elizabeth
Lisa Spector
Sister
Julie Hermelin
Sister
Karen Hermelin
Sister
Hazel Mailloux
Sister
Nicole Gelbard
Sister
Mia Weinberg
Sister
David Stevens
Brother
Jimmy Stevens
Brother
Nathan Stevens
Brother
Mike D. Stevens
Brother
Ashley Clark
Phone sex sister
Robert Smigel
Walter the dentist
Credits
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Written by
Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by
Joanne Sellar
Produced by
Daniel Lupi
Produced by
Paul Thomas Anderson
Director of photography
Robert Elswit
Production designer
William Arnold
Music by
Jon Brion
Editor
Leslie Jones
Costume designer
Mark Bridges
Artwork
Jeremy Blake
Casting
Cassandra Kulukundis

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