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Melancholia [DVD]

Kirsten Dunst , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lars Von Trier    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (124 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005PWVK7U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,676 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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unlike any other film you'll ever see 4 May 2013
Format:DVD
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Nihil 31 Mar 2013
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
At the end of it all, despite all best endeavours of forever clambering human beings, the silent forces of the universe will eventually roll on in and smother the world. These forces will trundle over all beliefs, creeds, races, life forms and dreams, leaving nothing, not a trace. The universe will continue as if they never existed. Therefore, as the film highlights, what do we do in between - being born and the final destiny is vital.

To describe those characters who inhabit the film - they operate within an invented surrogate world, residing within the secret cave, where the real external world not longer exists, expelled by a force of imagination. This has allowed them to hide away from the over arching reality which blows outside their bubble - a common problem which exists external to the film, which the viewer inhabits. When this show piece is fatally punctured to show the ever hurtling abyss, the human shutters are quickly closed and the conversation about house prices formally resumes.

All external threats are drowned within the tedium of ennui, as the beginning of the film highlights. Reality is swamped within various life costs; sex, money displays, advertising tack, social clambering and other conspicuous forms of consumption to impress the neighbours. For as the director points out, human beings are very unsure of themselves and so need to seek recompense in continuous projections of ill afforded lifestyles otherwise their life lacks meaning. So within the current malaise they embark upon a pretend existence.

Meanwhile, outside of the socially composed bubble, soundless forces rage around the universe, each operates external to this collective human hallucination, grounded upon more primal elements - the origins of the time.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Not" The Tree of Life 14 Feb 2013
Format:DVD
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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Offbeat and artistic end-of-the-world yarn 27 July 2012
By Cartimand TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Blu-ray
Melancholia is an utterly original, borderline pretentious, but occasionally stunningly beautiful take on the old end-of the world scenario.

The extended opening sequence, employing extreme slow-motion effects and astronomical imagery is gorgeous to behold, every scene from which could be hung in The Tate.

This leads into Justine's story (Kirsten Dunst), which cleverly parallels her inner melancholy with the approach of Earth's aptly named nemesis. The message I took from Part 1 is that humans tend to focus on trivia whilst failing to observe the bigger picture. Things gather pace with Part Two - Claire. Here, the focus switches to Justine's sister (superbly played by Charlotte Gainsbourg) as she attempts to balance her life as a wife, mother and sister/nursemaid with her growing feelings of impending doom.

It all sounds pretty grim and depressing doesn't it? Any yet, somehow, the film manages to be, well if not exactly uplifting, at least stirring and inspiritional about the human spirit. At 135 minutes, Melancholia threatens on occasion to overstay its welcome, but stay the course and you will be rewarded and, believe me, many scenes will remain with you for a long time. On Blu-ray it all looks magnificent and the audio, which includes a Wagnerian score, is suitably grandiose. Interviews, making-of and a trailer completes the package.

Whilst I found much to enjoy here, Melancholia will clearly not be to everyone's taste and, as apocalyptic movies go, Melancholia is about as far removed from say 2012 as you can get. If you are a patient soul and are happy to sacrifice action for more profound and contemplative material, then Melancholia is worth adding to your collection. 3.5 stars seems about right.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars just an arty disaster movie 4 Mar 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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 with a lot of fancy photography and angst-filled gazing into the distance. As someone else says, the two parts of the film don't really dovetail; the first is a stagey, slow, kitchen-sink affair about a family wedding, the second the lowest-key Armageddon movie you've ever seen. Even the Goodies' end-of-the-world episode is harder hitting, more chilling. In fact the biggest service this movie can render mankind is possibly to reassure us that it's not an eventuality worth getting too upset about.

There will be those who convince themselves it's a bleak commentary on the human condition and/or searing indictment of bourgeois this-that-and-the-other. Good luck to them. To me, it's more like the rubbish later work of M Night Shyamalan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars It's the end of the world as we know it - and I feel fine ...
Slip the shiny silver disc in to your player, sit back and enter the disturbed, nightmarish but ultimately strangely comforting world of Melancholia. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Northern wit
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Brilliant!
A stunning and very beautiful film, totally unique in every way, I was brought to tears by the wonderful music and cinematography. Read more
Published 1 month ago by man
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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Paul M Stennett
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 1 month 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 2 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 2 months ago by raven_guest
5.0 out of 5 stars "Festen meets the The Sacrifice"
Impossible? Well, this is what Lars Von Trier achieves in "Melancholia"; the dogged adherence to social tradition explored by Thomas Vinterberg's drama is successfully blended with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stefan Brenner
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Film
Masterpiece ... nothing else to say, except thank you Lars von Trier for a great film in an era of few original stories in the cinema.
Published 3 months ago by Wayne Wilmot
5.0 out of 5 stars A memorable work of art
A film that begins with the ending. Unusual? Well, this is a Lars von Trier film after all. A word of caution: if you don't like the hand-held style of filming you won't like this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gandalf's Hat
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