Byzantium 2013

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Byzantium is an erotic horror fantasy that takes vampire mythology to a new level of modern terror.

Starring:
Gemma Arterton,Sam Riley
Runtime:
1 hour 58 minutes

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Byzantium

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller
Director Neil Jordan
Starring Gemma Arterton, Sam Riley
Supporting actors Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Daniel Mays, Jonny Lee Miller
Studio Studiocanal
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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3.7 out of 5 stars

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Rachel VINE VOICE on 24 Jan 2014
Format: DVD
A stunningly original film, full of yearning and sadness, this has to be one of the best things I have watched for a very long time.

Quality Vampire fiction is out there and relatively easy to find but quality Vampire films are a rare breed indeed. Byzantium manages to be one such film through a combination of original elements, intricately woven amongst staples of the genre.

Two female Vampires live a transient existence, fleeing from those who hunt them. The pursuers are no Van Helsings but their own kind. In languorous, dreamlike flashback and modern day counterpoint, their relationships to each other and the strikingly different ways they view the world unfold. Flashback in film is often tricky to pull off, making one element always seem to over power the other but Jordan skilfully interweaves the narratives making both equally compelling and surprising.

Part horror, part drama laced with love and loss, this film is one for true Vampire fans. Saoirse Ronan, who plays Eleanor and Gemma Arterton, (of whom I am not normally a fan) playing Clara act their socks off, fully inhabiting the strange and lonely lives of the immortal. Caleb Landry Jones, who plays Frank, a teenage lad who tries to befriend Eleanor is a revelation in a pivotal role that would have been easy to crash and burn. His yearning is painfully real to watch and it is he that in many ways drives the piece, providing a glimpse of a life that Eleanor wants but can never have.

Neil Jordan's direction and vision is utterly perfect for the subject matter, rendering the film a visual and aural delight as much as an absorbing story. The colours, the lighting, the setting and above all, the knife edge between savagery and vulnerability is handled with masterful subtlety.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By connorf95 on 2 Jun 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Here, we are given a pair of two hundred year old vampires Clara (Gemma Arterton) and Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), who drift from place to place in hopes of finding peace and comfort, without any trouble. To uphold the average human lifestyle, Clara 'works' for the money to support her and her daughter Eleanor, as they approach a quiet seaside town, one which holds distant, dark and harsh memories for both of them, which begin to resurface with the return of certain characters from the past.
Neil Jordan has directed yet another entertaining and dark, historical vampire horror, that focuses more on a gritty atmosphere and a well-structured storyline with a narrative, much like IWTV, than the gore-laden sub-category of a vampire film. The blood isn't frequent compared to other modern-day horrors, but on the occasions when blood is present, there's a lot of it. The dark atmosphere and the quiet location of the seaside town add to the story as it creates references that connect with Whitby; the location of Bram Stoker's original novel. The soundtrack for Byzantium perfectly reflects the strained relationships between Clara and Eleanor as well as Eleanor and Frank (Caleb Landry Jones), especially Ronan's hypnotising piano sequence in the restaurant, which creates a somber atmosphere. Thankfully the atmosphere is held throughout the film and it never distracts us from the main storyline. I love this film because I had relatively low hopes for it, as I was more interested in watching The Purge, which we went to see straight after Byzantium finished in the cinema. It's funny how Byzantium proved to be much better than The Purge. The acting, the location, the story, and of course, the Blood Red Waterfalls on the coal black island, all contribute to this fine piece of cinema which I would surely watch again. It is well worth a watch.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By moi on 29 Sep 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
The actors are really brilliant, and so are the director and the screenplay. I hadn't enjoyed a vampire film so much since Jordan's Interview with the vampire. Watching Byzantium is the perfect way of rinsing your mind if, like me, you once had to watch insipid, mawkish and boring Twilight.The Blu Ray edition achieves great picture and sound quality.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By sk8erboy on 19 Oct 2013
Format: Blu-ray
This movie is utterly beautiful. A great storyline, ravishingly beautiful and competent actors, great locations and camera work second to none. Highest recommendations! You won't regret buying this splendid bluray!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. W. Graham VINE VOICE on 31 Oct 2013
Format: DVD
A slow burn but well acted and tense horror film, this sees Neil Jordan's first vampire movie since Interview With A Vampire about 2 women who move to a small coastal town. They have a secret that soon becomes clear, they are vampires. While not the best vampire film or best that director Neil Jordan has ever done either Byzantium while slow is a haunting film and certainly not a film for the Twilight crowd with good performances from Gemma Areterton and Saiorse Ronan in the lead roles.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JayTee on 25 Mar 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
An almost too slow start which just manages to hold the interest long enough to draw you in. Once inside the ride is slow and beautifully understated; no 'Hammer Horror' cliches here. Characters are real and there is a strange, beautiful inevitability in the lives (and deaths) portrayed. The acting quality is superb throughout. A little masterpiece with only a few (minor) moments of obviousness in the storyline which spoil the dark beauty of the piece only marginally.
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