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In a nutshell:
An unnamed insomniac, bored of his life, meets a strange man who liberates him from the constraints of society.
Mischief, mayhem, soap.
'Only after disaster can we be resurrected.'
'Now, a question of etiquette - as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch?'
Edward Norton plays an insomniac, bored of his menial life. He begins to join counselling groups under false names, in order to feel emotion again.
It is here he meets Marla Singer (Helena Bonham Carter) another phony at the counselling groups; she seemingly takes an instant dislike to him, as he does to her.
Later, on a business trip, the Narrator meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), an eccentric, uncompromising soap salesmen. After the Narrator’s house is destroyed by an unexplained explosion, he goes to Tyler in order to find a place to stay.
During his first night with Tyler, the pair end up in a fight. From this grows 'fight club', where the hard working, average man comes to fight others in a friendly environment.
Tyler’s next move is engaging in an unconventional relationship with Marla, which consists of loud sex and silent breakfasts.
However Tyler begins changing the fight club, without consulting the narrator, until it becomes something far removed from the simple idea it began with.
Tyler’s fight club is now an organized crime syndicate, whose soul ambition is to wreak havoc, specifically to corporations, and other elements of the consumerist civilization that the world has become.
Tyler is determined on bringing down the capitalist society he lives in and his plans grow far beyond what the narrator had ever wanted.
To combat Tyler and prevent him from reaching his ultimate goal of social meltdown, the narrator must reflect on himself to find the answers.
Written By: Kieran Mallon
Better on Blu-ray:
David Fincher’s bone-crunching beat-’em-up throws a hi-def knockout...
Think you’ve seen Fight Club? You ain’t seen nothing yet… David Fincher’s visionary adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s modern-man satire is a perfect sparring partner for Blu-ray.
Right from the opening credits – a twisted journey through the synapses of the human brain set to the Dust Brothers’ pulsating score – to the Pixies-soundtracked closing scenes of mass-scale destruction, the format proves the perfect showcase for the film’s unique style and unflinching action.
Supervised by Fincher himself, this flawless high-definition transfer also boasts an array of exclusive bonus features on everything from the innovative sound design to the ambitious visual FX, as well as commentaries and interviews from stars Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.
But it’s the raw, brutal fight sequences that pack the most punch – here’s three of the best…
The scenes you have to see on Blu-ray...
'The Narrator vs Tyler Durden'
Stumbling out of a bar and into a grimy, neon-hued parking lot – which looks so realistic on Blu-ray you can almost smell the asphalt – the mayhem-wreaking Tyler Durden challenges his new friend to a fight. “Go crazy,” he enthuses.
The dull thwack of the Narrator’s ear blow and the thud of Tyler’s gut punch resonate across the speakers in thundering surround sound. No fancy choreography here – this is bloody and very, very real.
'The Narrator vs The Narrator'
Fired on the spot, The Narrator decides to negotiate his redundancy package… “I am Jack’s smirking revenge,” booms the voiceover, as he clenches his fist and punches himself square in the face.
“Why would you do that?” he begs of his boss, who can only look on in horror as his employee throws himself into a display cabinet. The crystal clear hi-def transfer, meanwhile, picks out every shard of glass and gurgle of blood. Ouch!
'The Narrator vs Angel Face'
Spurred on by the Fight Club’s baying crowds, the sounds of the outside world fade to a distant hum as the narrator gains the upper hand – landing a flurry of vicious blows on his pretty-boy opponent.
Heightened by Blu-ray’s superior sound and picture quality, we feel the bones cracking and flesh squelching as he literally beats Angel Face to a pulp. His reason? “I felt like destroying something beautiful.” Chilling.
• New HD Master Supervised step-by-step by director David Fincher
• Exclusive to Blu-Ray:
• A Hit in the Ear: Ren Klyce and the Sound Design of Fight Club
• An interactive experience introduced by the sound designer Ren Klyce, in which the user can mix the sounds of selected scenes of the movie.
• Insomnia Mode: I am Jack's search Index
• A new navigation mode, that allows the user to tag any topics during the movie and access to all content available in the disc that refers to the tagged topic.
• Flogging Fight Club
• Backstage at the Spike TV Awards: Hangout with Brad Pitt & Edward Norton in the Green Room shortly after being inducted into the Spike TV 'Guy Movie Hall of Fame'.
Click here to buy Fight Club on Play.com – it’s better on Blu-ray!