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Antichrist [Blu-ray]

Willem Dafoe , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lars Von Trier    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • Directors: Lars Von Trier
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 11 Jan 2010
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002IPH5B2
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,395 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg play a grieving couple retreat to Eden , their isolated cabin in the woods, where they hope to repair their broken hearts and troubled marriage. But nature takes its course and things go from bad to worse... Following its award winning success at this year s Cannes Film Festival and explosive box office performance, one of the most controversial films ever to receive a cinema release in the UK finally makes it way on to the DVD and Blu-Ray SPECIAL FEATURES: Feature Commentary with Director Lars von Trier, Interview with Charlotte Gainsbourg, Interview with Willem Dafoe FEATURETTES The Evil of Woman, The Visual Style of Antichrist, The Make-Up Effects and Props of Antichrist, The Three Beggars, Eden, Confessions about Anxiety, The Sound and Music of Antichrist, The Antichrist Test, Behind the test, Antichrist Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival

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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a challenge 11 Mar 2010
Format:DVD
If it hadn't been for the vociferous praise from a friend, wild horses couldn't have dragged me to watch Lars Von Trier's latest controversy. Not only did it seem to be thoroughly unpleasant but having recently been joined by our second son the timing couldn't have been any worse for a film which follows the tortured path of a couple grieving after the death of their toddler. It doesn't matter who you are though, or what your familial setup might be, Antichrist is always going to be an uncomfortable and uncompromising watch. Deeply troubling, controversial in the truest sense of the word and as admirable as it is repulsive, I'm still not entirely sure how I feel but after a week or two I am at least ready to get something out there.

It is an uncompromising start, Von Trier seems keen to set out his stall early. The first few minutes of the film, shot in beautiful slow motion black-and-white, show Willem Defoe as 'He' and Charlotte Gainsbourg as 'She' making love, including a close-up shot of a thrusting, erect penis so that you can accuse him of pornography and the simultaneous, slow, almost balletic sequence events that leads to the couple's son falling from their apartment window onto the snowy street below. We are then into Grief, the name of this first section, which has hospitalised and medicated her and left him, who is a therapist, with the cold detachment of a professional, searching for the best way to help her through her grief. At first we feel huge sympathy for Gainsbourg, crippled by her grief, lashing out for some kind of purchase on her emotions, whilst at the same time being repelled by Defoe's clinical and arrogant treatment of his partner.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very thought provoking. 1 Nov 2013
Format:DVD
This isn't so much as a review but how it made me feel. It was like car crash tv for me, it repulsed me but It also fascinated me to the point I had to watch it. I could tell it was beautifully shot and the brooding darkness only added to the atmosphere. I have always thought Willem Defoe has the most amazing facial expressions in any film he makes and what a fabulous actress too. Almost having the total opposite of Defoe's facial manipulation she made it all that more chilling. As a woman I believe i am totally broadminded but I was quite shocked as to how graphic the sex scenes were but I thought it was necessary to add to the sombreness of the film. If a film plays on my mind afterwards then I consider it to have been worth the watch. I really don't know what anyone would get out of this film as a night in and a DVD for entertainment but if you like diverse films that make you think about it's topic then I would recommend that you watch this.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nature is Satan's Church 6 April 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I guess this product doesn't really need another Review - there are plenty here already - but I "loved" this film so much I just had to say what I feel and think about it.

It should disturb people - I presume it is meant to. But only in the sense that it is crying out to people's denial of our terrible human condition here; the Evilness of planet earth. So much that is generally hidden or denied or labelled pathological, but which is actually normal. And of course to say such things is to immediately invite people's wrath, even if it is the Truth.

For me there is only one error in the movie - and that is the equation of nature with women only; and somehow men representing the mind/intellect/rationality. Because, in Truth, of course, man and the mind are as much a product of nature as everything else on the planet. There is the battle to try and rationalise an emotional event - and the portrayal of the fact that that is just not possible. Nor can it be. And ultimately the body and emotions win, as Dafoe himself finds out.

There is nothing shocking about any of the sexual scenes; nor has it got anything to do with mental illness. Nor is it a horror movie, though it is of course horrific in certain scenes. People who want to take those lines are, again, missing the more distressing point that pain, grief, sorrow, anger and "madness" are major parts of our life as humans on this planet.

The primal scream is actually shown visually, as is the cruelty of nature. The images of the half-born, dead baby deer still trapped in its mother's body for example; the almost-dead bird eaten up by other creatures and so on. This is an exploration of von Trier's idea that "nature is satan's church".
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47 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not to be taken lightly 11 Jan 2010
Format:Blu-ray
Written while on the road to recovery following a serious bout of depression, Lars Von Triers film seems to portray one mans fears and discomfort out in the public view.

Do not watch this film if you're looking for a classic Horror movie, nor would i recommend watching this film if you 'wanna watch sum sick stuff legally'. Art-house? I think not. Pretentious? Hardly. Disturbing, uncomfortable, offensive and damn sure hard to watch? Yes.

Anyone who has suffered from a panic attack, spate of paranoia or depression will probably (as did I) find this film compelling on many levels. It's quite horrific in some parts as it cuts so close to the bone that you can't help but stare and become drawn in. The trouble with Antichrist is that it falls into no specific genre and therefore upsets the general public as they don't know how to approach it. The 'tutters' (you know the type, the folk who turn their noses up at Roy Chubby Brown jokes) are, of course, having a field day with this movie because they're undoubtedly unable to sit and view this movie, take in all the horrific images and hard to deal with subjects then consciously and unaffectedly ask the question 'why?'. They find it far easier to slag the film off and pick everything they don't understand. And that, remarkably (in my opinion of course!) is the reason why this film is so good.

If you can sit through this film and ask questions of it and you know of the director/writers' background of mental health issues (or have in fact been in a similar mental position yourself) then this movie can be like bathing in your own blood, you know its wrong but somehow your surrounded by a warm yet disturbing part of yourself.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars My sort of film
Was told to watch this by 2 of my mates, i absolutely loved it! William defoe was brilliant, when he is asking her what she fears, his voice is just deep (check the trailer and... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Alexander J. Horn
4.0 out of 5 stars Messed up masterpice
I have never watched a film like this before and I hopefully never will. It's discussing but also exceptionally powerful. To start with the good I have to credit the originality. Read more
Published 1 month ago by H.E.Cox
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I watched this film due to reviews and what a mistake it was. I have seen some slow paced crap in my time, but this is utter garbage. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Andrew Connor
3.0 out of 5 stars "..NOT FOR EVERYONE.."
I can see why this has many mixed reviews, its certainly a movie that is a must see even if just once for shock value, the story is very surreal and is hard to follow if your not... Read more
Published 4 months ago by S. Drury
3.0 out of 5 stars If You Go Down To The Woods Today.....
...you might just find this rather unconvincing, hyperbolic, mystical take on (predominantly) female grief and guilt directed by 'enfant terrible', Dane Lars von Trier in 2009. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
Twisted movie and an absolutely crazy watch, but Id recommend it if your into that sort of stuff. Delivery was fairly quick and in the described condition.
Published 8 months ago by R Wolverson
2.0 out of 5 stars Lars von Trier's 'Antichrist'
A grim warning for women who research into misogyny and psychiatrists who have relationships with their patients. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jbroad
1.0 out of 5 stars i hate it. so boring its brilliant like it says on dvd cover....
its unfaithful to the horror genre. its more than twisted. please i begg of u. dont buy this 1. no more said.
Published 11 months ago by tango
5.0 out of 5 stars Antichrist [DVD]
Antichrist [DVD]
You will either love this film or hate it. Had to watch it twice before everything sunk in. Read more
Published 13 months ago by V. Paynter
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea
I bought this film as i respect willem Dafoe as an actor but found that this film was not for me. The performances are great though.
Published 14 months ago by Jax Johnson
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