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Heavenly Creatures Remastered - Limited Edition [DVD]

Kate winslet , Melanie Lynskey , Peter Jackson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kate winslet, Melanie Lynskey
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Format: PAL, Original recording remastered
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Peccadillo Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sep 2011
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00528170C
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,736 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

Not all angels are innocent...

It was the film that put Peter Jackson on the international film circuit. It was the film that rocketed Kate Winslet to fame. It was the film based on a crime that shocked a nation. Discover the grim and wonderful world of Heavenly Creatures.

Pauline is a student in New Zealand who has no affection for her family or her classmates, but when the beautiful and wealthy Juliet enrols at her school the pair become best friends. Through their shared tastes in art, literature, and music they begin to build an elegant fantasy world. However, when Juliet s parents threaten to separate the girls, they make a ruthless pact to preserve their fairytale forever, whatever the cost...

Starring Academy-Award winner Kate Winslet (Titanic), Melanie Lynskey (Up In The Air) and directed by Academy-Award winner Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings trilogy), Heavenly Creatures is a gripping and intelligent account of friendship with a dark edge.



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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
For those who wondered how the director of "Bad Taste" and "Brain Dead" got to direct "The Lord of the Rings," this 1994 film from director Peter Jackson supplies the answer. In 1954 two teenage girls brutally murdered one of the their mothers in what must be the most sensational murder in New Zealand history. "Heavenly Creatures" tells the strange story of these two girls and their unique relationship. If you think this is just a reality based splatter flick, then you are going to be much more than surprised and impressed by what Jackson has accomplished.
Pauline Rieper (Melanie Lynskey) is a simple and rather dull young girl who is totally dazzled when Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) enters her life. Juliet is impressed as well, because Pauline has a scar on her leg from an operation. Juliet declares that: "All the best people have had chest and bone disease! It's all frightfully romantic!" Eventually both the romance and the frightfullness of it all reaches a tragic conclusion. In their all consuming friendship Juliet and Pauline create a "Fourth World," better than heaven (because it has no Christians), inhabited by the clay figures they have fashioned to represents their friends and where the music of Mario Lanza, the greatest tenor on earth, is always in the air.
Jackson brings this fantasy world alive, which allows him to explore the pivotal theme of juxtaposition throughout the film. This comes into play most notably at the beginning and ending of "Heavenly Clouds." Jackson begins with a 1950s newsreel about Christchurch, New Zealand, which is interrupted by the appearance of the two screaming and bloodied girls, thereby symbolizing the way this sensational case shocked the nation.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Lawrance M. Bernabo HALL OF FAME VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
For those who wondered how the director of "Bad Taste" and "Brain Dead" got to direct "The Lord of the Rings," this 1994 film from director Peter Jackson supplies the answer. In 1954 two teenage girls brutally murdered one of the their mothers in what must be the most sensational murder in New Zealand history. "Heavenly Creatures" tells the strange story of these two girls and their unique relationship. If you think this is just a reality based splatter flick, then you are going to be much more than surprised and impressed by what Jackson has accomplished.
Pauline Rieper (Melanie Lynskey) is a simple and rather dull young girl who is totally dazzled when Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) enters her life. Juliet is impressed as well, because Pauline has a scar on her leg from an operation. Juliet declares that: "All the best people have had chest and bone disease! It's all frightfully romantic!" Eventually both the romance and the frightfullness of it all reaches a tragic conclusion. In their all consuming friendship Juliet and Pauline create a "Fourth World," better than heaven (because it has no Christians), inhabited by the clay figures they have fashioned to represents their friends and where the music of Mario Lanza, the greatest tenor on earth, is always in the air.
Jackson brings this fantasy world alive, which allows him to explore the pivotal theme of juxtaposition throughout the film. This comes into play most notably at the beginning and ending of "Heavenly Clouds." Jackson begins with a 1950s newsreel about Christchurch, New Zealand, which is interrupted by the appearance of the two screaming and bloodied girls, thereby symbolizing the way this sensational case shocked the nation.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling and brilliant 15 May 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Director Peter Jackson, in time, may well become best known for his 'Lord Of The Rings' trilogy- a generic departure to say the least from 'Bad Taste' (1987), 'Braindead' (1992), and this- 'Heavenly Creatures' (1994)- his film based on the true story of two girls' intense friendship in 1950s New Zealand that culminates in murder. The two leads, (here) both new to the screen- particularly Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Parker- are remarkable as the two teenagers whose lives are so frequently merely blurred versions of reality. Visually arresting. Psychologically, very, very, frightening. Compelling and brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind twisting yet amazing 10 April 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
the only film to date that i have seen that is completly twisted and bizare to say the least, yet at the same time tells a deep story of love, friendship and commitment to each other,jam pack with emotions that will have you laughing,crying and absolutely cobsmacked all at the same time well worth watching just to see what i mean
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 2 July 2003
By "popmd"
Format:VHS Tape
Peter Jackson's "Heavenly Creatures" is a haunting cinematic masterpiece that will surely leave you shaken and wonderfully unsettled.
It follows, with riviting complexity, the deepening relationship between two young girls who find a passion in music and theatre, art and acting; bound together in how different they are from other girls.
Together, they create a fantasy world based on the clay models that they both love to build, a world that only they may enter together. A world that shields them, that eventually severs them from their families - and their sanity - causing them to eventually murder one of their mothers who threatens that they shall be separated.
Set in the 50's, this beautifully crafted film (including absolutely stunning performances from Kate Winslett and Melanie Lynskey, typically quirky early filmogrophy from Peter Jackson, plus a great script, beautiful soundtrack and New Zealand scenery) is closely based on the true story that made the headlines so long ago.
As a viewer, it is infinitely difficult to describe the intense emotions that take place during and after watching this great film; the end of childlike innocence, obsession with beauty, and homosexuality (which, in the 50's was still controversial and very much taboo) all play as major themes of the film.
In short, this film is be one of those that will leave you shocked at some scenes, nervously laughing at others, yet disturbed and brought to tears by the very moving finish.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant
Published 16 days ago by IAN DORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars An Early, Innovative Peter Jackson
This 1994 film co-written and directed by (now mega-famous) Peter Jackson, and based on the real-life, notorious Parker-Hulme (Christchurch, NZ) murder case, finds Jackson in... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Keith M
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
i like sci/fi but this movie its not bad
Published 22 days ago by Richard
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived instantly, lovely film
Arrived pretty soon after ordering, I think it was next day. Worked perfectly and lovely film. Thank you very much
Published 1 month ago by Zoe
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this creepy film
This is such a creepy film and I love it! A Peter Jackson film from before he was a household name. Based on a true story this is a strange film that draws you in.
Published 1 month ago by P. Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a very interesting DVD I recommended interesting
this is a great DVD I've been trying to get a copy of it ages and couldn't get anywhere so I would recommend this to anybody it is a really strange story veryinteresting
Published 5 months ago by william
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining viewing. Many skilled people coming together.
This is well worth spending some time to watch. Peter Jackson has such style and the girls performances are acting master classes.
I won't go into reviewing the film deeply. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Danimalstitcher
4.0 out of 5 stars A moving story
A very good interpretation of the true story of a murder - well cast and acted and an excellent portrayal of the times.
Published 6 months ago by hazelb
1.0 out of 5 stars no Just a closer walk with thee.
Just a closer walk with thee, was sung by a choir at the start of the film Heavenly Creatures, this is not on the disc, very dissapointing ?
Published 10 months ago by Anthony Lines
4.0 out of 5 stars Good acting, interesting price
I will recommend the dvd as the acting is great! The story is also interesting. I wilol recomend it to friends
Published 10 months ago by andrea mitrano
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