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Melancholia [DVD]

Kirsten Dunst , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lars Von Trier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kiefer Sutherland, Charlotte Rampling, John Hurt
  • Directors: Lars Von Trier
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Jan 2012
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PWVK7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,343 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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Justine (Kirsten Dunst) and Michael (Alexander Skarsgård) are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister (Charlotte Gainsbourg) and brother-in-law (Kiefer Sutherland). Meanwhile, the planet, Melancholia, is heading towards Earth... MELANCHOLIA is a psychological disaster movie from director Lars von Trier.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Slip the shiny silver disc in to your player, sit back and enter the disturbed, nightmarish but ultimately strangely comforting world of Melancholia. Like other Lans Von Trier films, this story is centered on strong female characters. Charlotte Gainsbourg is utterly believable and empathetic but the performance of Kirsten Dunst is amazing and totaly absorbing. The male characters are at best weak buffoons or downright unpleasant. What does that mean? I don't know and and not always looking for a logical progression of events is perhaps key to enjoying this outstanding film.

The special effects are understated and life-like and with the lighting and cinematography build an alternative reality which at the same time is utterly real. Even the Wagenrian soundtrack which grated a little at the start is utterly right by The End.

I suppose I should look for something critical to say. Perhaps it is a little too long and perhaps the first part doesn't connect so well with the second. But that's nit picking. Melancholia is one of the best films I have seen in ages and some images will play forever in the private cinema of my head.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not" The Tree of Life 14 Feb 2013
My favourite film in a very long time [probably since South Park the Movie]. Visually gorgeous, I have watched it on Blu-Ray but am desperate to see it in the cinema. Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Charlotte Rampling are impeccable. And it is hard to think of another film that coldly strips away our comforting distractions from death such as science, marriage, work, shopping - and indeed art and culture - but does it so beautifully. And with an ending that despite its complete rejection of hope or self-deception, still feels utterly human and real. A work of art.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other film you'll ever see 4 May 2013
I feel sorry for two groups of people: those who have seen this film and don't appreciate it and those who have never seen it. Personally, I think this is one of the best films of the last few years and my favourite Lars von Trier film, nudging Dogville Dogville [DVD]into second place.

The film is beautiful to watch, intelligent, thought-provoking and a true original. I will probably wear out my copy soon as I can watch it over and over; there's always something new to discover and wonder at.

Unlike any other film you'll ever see and a paradigm shift from the director's other work.

If you don't appreciate it, perhaps you weren't the intended audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant! 16 Mar 2014
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A stunning and very beautiful film, totally unique in every way, I was brought to tears by the wonderful music and cinematography.
You'll find no Hollywood silliness here at all, no cheesy emotions or ridiculous dialogue, just a very realistic depiction of what human beings are really like and how different we all are, yet the same.
It's hard to describe just how amazing this film really is, I suggest you watch it and let yourself just sink in to the whole experience.
10 out of 10
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, eerie, melancholy 24 May 2014
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This film works on all levels for me. It is sublimely beautiful; music, acting, locations. The camera work is perfect and the script original and psychologically true.

I have watched this film several times and will watch it many more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Von Triers Best? 11 Aug 2014
Where do you even begin with Lars von Trier? Exasperating? Enigmatic? Enthralling? Enraging? Or any other adjective beginning with "e" though having said that economical may not apply. So here we are again. Time to sit down and strap ourselves in.

Melancholia open with a sequence of evocative slow-motion dream-scape shots (woman carrying child sinking into a putting green, another woman pondering electricity sparking off her fingers, a bride marching across the screen with ropes attached to her dress - you know the usual stuff). This sequence culminates with the Earth being headbutted by another planet... the titular Melancholia. So, it's the end of the world and it's all downhill from there.

We switch to a wedding. A very posh wedding. Where we find Kirsten Dunst's Justine about to marry. However, all is not well. Familial relations are bordering on toxic and the nuptials unravel as Justine is dragged back into the depths of an apparently on-going depression. Her sister Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) stoically tries to keep her sister's head above water. However, facing a vitriolic mother, lovable but loveless father and a (unt of a boss Justine resembles a knackered racehorse being whipped to make it across the finishing line (keep that metaphor stored away for when you watch the film).

So what do we have here. Strip aside Von Trier's mixture of art-house and realist technical fireworks and underneath you'll find a surprisingly human and humanist drama. Well drawn and, dare I say it recognisable characters, (believable is bit to much of a stretch for Von Trier) jostle for position and orbit Justine and Claire.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
This is a difficult starkly beautiful meditation on melancholia (the old clinical picture rather than more modern conception of severe depression) and the inescapability of death. The wedding of Justine forms the first act as the planet Melancholia appears from behind the sun...a wonderful metaphor which anyone familiar with myth, alchemy and the works of Jung, Campbell and Hillman would appreciate...just as Justine's attempts to mask her illness and 'smile' at her wonderful wedding fail and lead to disintegration with caustic discontent and sabotage. The second act finds Justine being cared for by her sister and wealthy husband who presents a positivistic illision of hope as the planet moves nearer to earths orbit. The ending, with the suicide of the husband and the construction of the willow branches as the planet looms nearer is gripping and moving. A previous reviewer has commented that the lack of tv, radio broadcasts, other 'people' ect was bemusing. I think these facts added to the film and focused it rather than descending into stereotypical hollywood 'hysteria'. A powerful film with a powerful message about human fragility and the paralysing inescapable existential awareness of death and annihilation. Loved it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 4 days ago by Mrs. P. J. Clark
1.0 out of 5 stars not for me
Only film I ever walked out of a cinema. Only film that I have given a one star "I hate it" on Amazon. Maybe it says more about me than it does about the film. Read more
Published 1 month ago by tiredoldgit
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!
A beautiful film, I have just watched it for the third time and I am even more impressed and moved. It has so many levels I'm sure I will come back to it over and over. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ambagreen
1.0 out of 5 stars 30 minutes of jiggly nothing
I'll have to come clean and state that this review is based on the first 30 minutes of the film, because that's all I could withstand. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Frank Hollis
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film great service
Great film great service. Lars Von Trier still purging; if you're a fan, this film will not disappoint you. See it!
Published 5 months ago by Paul M Stennett
2.0 out of 5 stars just an arty disaster movie
Well, I'm obviously not enough of a 'higher life form' for this. I was hoping for a lot after enjoying Anti-Christ, but essentially it's a disaster movie without the drama, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by gille liath
5.0 out of 5 stars one of my favourite films
This is a very unsettling portrayal of depression and mental isolation. The acting and writing are excellent and I haven't met anyone who hasn't responded strongly to it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by a saleh
5.0 out of 5 stars The end of the world
A little bit creepy, could happen or could it not?
A beautifull story, beautifully filmed, a wonderfull Kirsten Dunst and of course Wagners Tristan and Isolda, the appropreate... Read more
Published 6 months ago by GJ Veenbrink
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious drivel.
The opening 'imagery' should have given it away really. 8 minutes of slow moving images. I ff them, but it still went on a long time. Read more
Published 7 months ago by raven_guest
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