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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002NPY7F4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE OUTCAST TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Dec. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Wonderful film by bill Paxton, i have to admit when I read bill Paxton was going to direct this film, I had second thoughts about watching it, but thank god I did, it has a top screenplay with Paxton who has been visited by the lord almighty, he has been chosen to do a special job, he is sent to find and kill evil people and with one the touch of his hand he can see there evil ways.

There are some great performances from his two young sons as one believes but the other doesn't, the eldest son puts up a fight against his farther, who is trying to teach him and help him kill his victims. The good news is the US Blu-ray is region free so will play on your uk blu-ray players, plus the picture quality is very good.

***FEATURES BELOW***

Audio commentaries with Bill Paxton & writer Brent hanley
Production commentary with Arnold Glassman, David kirschner & Brian tyler
Anatomy of a scene Featurette
The making of frailty
deleted scenes director commentary
Storyboards
Photo Gallery
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fandingo on 21 Sept. 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I gave this a five star rating even though it's not perfect because the one gripe I have about the film (Powers Boothe says four words too many at the end for my liking) doesn't merit knocking the score down by a fifth. It's still an original and genuinely unsettling ride and it's a shame that Bill Paxton hasn't been given more directing gigs.

No complaints about the blu-ray (US import) which is clear as a bell and has bonus features that add to the enjoyment rather than pad out the disc. There are several different commentaries, from Paxton and others involved with the film, deleted scenes (with commentary to explain why they weren't used) and a making of feature. One of my best buys and worth every penny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Bouhana on 12 Nov. 2012
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what a movie !! i rediscover it in bluray and it is great i loved it
and the quality is super
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Blood Freak on 17 Dec. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Bill Paxton's director debut is very good and atmospheric,and this blu ray makes it look really good.

Loads of extras and nice picture,plus its region free so it will play on UK players. And its dirt cheap!
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A Disturbing Thriller You Will NEVER Forget. 21 Sept. 2002
By Michael Crane - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Yes! Finally, it is here on DVD! I could not wait to purchase it!
"Frailty" is a dark and terrifying film that surprised me so many times. Just when I thought I knew what was going on, the next scene would prove me wrong. The complexity and creativeness that went into this film is so mind-blowing. It takes risks, and forces us to ask questions that are better left unanswered.
A series of murders has been contaminating a small town. The case is known as the "God's Hand". The movie starts with McConaughey entering the FBI station, claiming that he knows who the "God's Hand" killer is. With this, he tells his story and we witness shocking flashbacks to when he was a kid.
Paxton, who is also the director, stars as a very religious and loving father. His two sons, (remember, this is all McConaughey's story, so this entire part is the flashback) mean all the world to him. Everything seems perfect, until Paxton awakes his sons, telling him that an angel visited him at night, telling him that there were demons lurking around and they took the form of human-beings. He instructs his sons that they must "destroy" them. (Meaning, "killing.") The oldest son thinks his father has lost it, but he has no idea how far things are about to go. I cannot tell you anymore, otherwise it'll ruin the movie for you. Know this, however, you will be shocked, and you will feel disturbed when it is all said and done.
Bill Paxton does an outstanding job as a first time director. This is the type of movie that really requires talent from famous and acclaimed directors, but Paxton proves to us that not only can he act, but he can direct. Every shot in the movie is very well planned and laid out. He also proves exactly what kinds of emotions he wants his actors to show us. That task, I'm sure, is not a very easy one. The acting was really impressive, and must've been quite a chore to accomplish in this type of film. It is the direction and the acting that makes this movie so unique and chilling.
Yes, this film is very disturbing and very violent. Not in graphic detail; there's hardly any blood or gore. It's just the overall idea and the way the "destruction of the demons" are presented to us. Be warned; this is not for people with weak hearts or stomaches.
This movie still shocked and frightened me, even seeing it for the second time. Even though I knew exactly what was going to happen, I still felt very uneasy and disturbed, as if I were just experiencing it for the first time.
Now, on to the DVD. For it being an independent film, it has some pretty neat features, including commentary, a making of feature, theatrical trailer, and more. The picture and sound quality was also very good.
This movie isn't for everybody, especially if you are the really religous type who get offended easily. This movie IS NOT FOR YOU! Don't even attempt it! If you can handle dark and terrifying thrillers, than chances are you will enjoy this film. All in all, "Frailty" is gut-wrenching, dark and twisted thriller that will keep you guessing until the very end. And even after it's all over, this movie will still be on your mind.
Want to try something fun? Watch this movie really LATE. Right before bedtime. See if you can get a goodnight's sleep after that.
38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
FRAILTY - A Very Surprising/Shocking/Effective "Sleeper"... 15 Mar. 2004
By Sheila Chilcote-Collins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This film is a great respite from the usual characature of the insane axe-wielding human (in this case The God's Hand Serial Killer)and takes us through a more spiritual journey.
After being visited by an angel and given three special weapons by God, himself - Bill Paxton and his two sons are drafted in God's Army. Bill has been given a list of "demons" by an angel and instructed to destroy them, with explicit details on how to accomplish the destroying and burying of the corpses. A waitress, a young man, and an elderly gentleman are just a couple of the demons on the list.
One by one, Bill lays his bare hands on the demons/people before chopping them up with an axe named Otis, and he can "SEE" what evil they have done. Or so he says...
This film has lots of surprises, twists and turns, a ton of biblical prophesying along with the psychological/brainwashing aspects of the story. PLUS - Of course a GREAT ENDING!
Bill Paxton directed this sleeper and the two boys that play the younger, Fenton & Adam are great little actors. A nice bit part by Powers Boothe also... The DVD has lots of extras including some great deleted scenes. Highly recommended!
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
A CHILLING MASTERPIECE OF GOTHIC HORROR... 21 Feb. 2005
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I happened to catch this film on the Sci-Fi Channel on cable last night, and am I ever glad that I did! This has got to be one of the best films that I have ever seen in this genre. It is a veritable masterpiece, delivering a great storyline, an amazing directorial debut by Bill Paxton, and excellent performances by the entire cast. What could be better?

The film revolves around the happy and loving Meeks family, which consists of a Texas widower (Bill Paxton) and his two boys, Fenton and Adam. All is well until late one night, when this pleasant, mild-mannered father claims to have received a visitation from an angel with a very special message for him from God. It seems that demons are among us, disguised as human beings. It appears that Dad, as well as his boys, are being given a very special mission. They are to destroy these demons. God will supply the weapons and the names of those who are to be destroyed. Dad will be able to ensure that he is destroying a demon simply by laying his hands upon the purported demon. Therein lies the tale, and it is a positively chilling one.

This living nightmare is recalled in flashback by one of the now grown boys (Mathew McConaughey) to FBI Agent Wesley Doyle (Powers Boothe), who is investigating a series of killings referred to as the "God's Hand" murders. He recounts what life was like for the Meeks family after dear old Dad got his divine calling and woke them up one night from a sound sleep to tell them of his new found mission. The boys are sworn to secrecy and are called upon to assist with this divine calling. While the younger boy, Adam, gets with the program, the older son, Fenton, is clearly disturbed by what he sees as the psychotic transformation of his formerly benign father. He is only hoping that things will blow over, and Dad will return to normal. Unfortunately, things will never again be the same.

Bill Paxton's directorial debut may best be described as stunningly self-assured. His direction is deft, yet restrained, as he is obviously someone who knows that less is more. He certainly realizes that what passes through the viewer's imagination can often be far more terrifying than any garish special effects. Consequently, this is not a film for those who look for mindless blood splatter and gore, as there is virtually none of that in this film. The camera rightly turns away at the crucial moment, leaving the viewer's imagination to work overtime.

The performances that are exacted from the cast are uniformly terrific, but there are two that merit special note. Bill Paxton is simply astounding, giving a bravura performance that is complex and compelling. The viewer believes all along that he is truly a loving father, even when he is seemingly at his most psychotic and on his divine mission destroying demons. Matt O'Leary also gives a singular performance as young Fenton, the son who has difficulty accepting the tune that his beloved father is now singing. His is an angst filled performance that will tear at the viewer's heart.

This is truly a terrific tale of gothic horror and one that deserves to become a classic. It boasts an intelligent and clever screenplay by Brent Hanley with enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing until the very end. It is a screenplay that has many layers of complexity. The question for the viewer is whether or not Dad was simply a delusional psychotic killer or truly acting upon a divine mission. This may not be as easy to answer as one may think.

All in all, this is a superlative film that is worthy of being in one's personal collection. Bravo!
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
A thriller that makes you think & scares the heck out of you 20 Sept. 2002
By Kcorn - Published on Amazon.com
This one has something to satisfy everyone. If you're looking for truly creepy, spooky events, you won't be dissappointed. But if you also like movies that aren't predictable and make you think, really think, about issues of faith and belief, this is also the movie for you.
While I'm not a huge fan of horror movies, this isn't really a typical horror movie -although I've heard it described as one. Instead, it has more to do with commitment to one's beliefs, even if following them means murder.
Bill Paxton is believable as a father who suddenly has a vision from God who gives him a list of demons to kill ( demons who are disguised as people living ordinary lives). When he tells his two young sons this, one of them, Fenton, is sceptical and, understandably, fears his father is going crazy. The other son is an instant believer.
From this beginning, the movie veers off in different directions, all of them fascinating. I thought could see the twists in this one coming but I was wrong. I'd say more but I think you should discover the special pleasures of this movie yourself. It isn't always an easy ride (I had to turn my face from the screen several times) but it is well worth the trip.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Great movie 13 July 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Frailty is...the BEST. I absolutely adore this movie. I saw this movie and I am 16...just used the kids version because I don't have an Amazon account. Anyways, this movie isn't your typical horror. it's not really scary as much as it is twisted. Matthew McConaughey plays Fenton Meiks (or is he?) who goes to the FBI,claiming he knows who the God's Hand Killer is.

The God's Hand Killer was orginally Fenton's father(Bill Paxton in flashbajcs) who claims he was visited by an angel who told him that God had chosen him and his 2 kids to be God's Hand. They would be given 3 weapons (an axe,a small pipe, and gloves) that would help them "destroy" the "demons' in the world.

Young Fenton (played brilliantly by Matt O'Leary,seen in Spy Kids 2 and Mom's Got A Date With A Vampire) doesn't believe his father at all. He says that his father isn't right in the head and he tells his little brother Adam (played by Jeremy Sumpter) that the two of them need to get away from their father for a little while. "Adam is the comic relief of the film"-Bill Paxton.

After many days of Fenton telling his dad he is crazy, his dad makes Fenton dig a huge hole in the backyard, which would serve as a dungeon for demons(and eventually Fenton's home for a week and a few days). After a week and a few days of no food, fenton tells his dad he saw God and Dad takes Fenton off to kill his first demon. They bring a "demon" back to the house and dad gives Fenton their best friend Otis(the axe...yes,it was inscribed in the axe,I'm not crazy,it's true) so he can swing it right into the guy. Fenton makes the "ultimate betrayal" and swings it right into Dad,the Demon Slayer. Bye bye,Daddy.

Adam,the younger brother who believed dad took the axe and killed the guy.

I won't say anymore because it will ruin it...but this movie is GREAT.
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