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  • Actors: Jodie Foster, John Lithgow, Michael Murphy, Harry Andrews, Dan Shor
  • Directors: Michael Laughlin
  • Producers: Jodie Foster, Anthony I. Ginnane
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: None
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: None
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Pegasus
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001NIXNM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 39,212 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Set in New Zealand during the 1880s this film is based on the true story of an orphaned 18-year-old girl (Jodie Foster) who marries a much older man. However, he constantly abuses her and keeps her under his thumb until, using hypnotism, she kills him.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Peters on 28 May 2010
Format: DVD
Ok - so this was a cheap film, purchased because Jodie Foster was in it. - but the quality of the recording was on a par with a pirate dvd and the sound was out of synch with the film. As for the story content - very weak.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Duncan on 15 Feb. 2011
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Not a brilliant movie at all. Slow, ponderous and rather disappointing. The badly manip'd front cover should have given me a hint, but Jodie Foster and John Lithgow in the cast persuaded me to give it a try. However, this was rather more 'period' than 'drama'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Chioti Penelope-Helen on 28 Feb. 2013
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I had seen the a part of this film years ago and wanted to know the whole story.
The story is a sad one and I recommend it for those who are interested in acting.
Jodie Foster is great.
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5 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Duty on 26 July 2009
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I thought the write up sounded good but can't say I will rush to watch it again as got a bit bored bith it
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Amazon.com: 28 reviews
37 of 39 people found the following review helpful
SHOCKED THAT THIS FILM WAS EVER RELEASED IN THE FIRST PLACE. 25 Nov. 2001
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The premise for the film is intriguing. It is based upon the Victoria Thompson murder trial that took place in New Zealand during the late nineteenth century. Victoria is raised is some sort of orphanage from birth. At the age of seventeen, it is arranged for her to marry Mr. Thompson, a weird, older man whom she has never before met. She dutifully marries him, and when she comes of age goes to live with him in his home, which is run by his two creepy servants. Victoria soon discovers just how weird her husband really is. She ultimately takes the bull by the horns and finds herself standing trial for his murder by the time she is nineteen years old.
Jodie Foster places the role of Victoria Thompson, as if she were doing so under duress. She takes a character that is potentially sympathetic and makes her merely pathetic, leaving the viewer cold. John Lithgow fares somewhat better, as he does a credible job playing the weird Mr. Thompson, doing the best he can with the material with which he has to work. The film, unfortunately, is choppy and poorly edited, the story so muddled as to be nearly incomprehensible. The direction seems to be almost nonexistant, as it looks like it is every man for himself.
This film was originally released under the title, "Mesmerized". Word about the film must have traveled fast, as bad news so often does. When the DVD was released, it was retitled as "Shocked". The only thing shocking about this film is that it was ever released in the first place. It is a complete travesty.
The DVD itself has no meaningful special features of which to speak. The quality of the film is very poor, grainy and fuzzy. Even the cover art of the DVD has nothing to do with the film. It is simply a photograph of a contemporary Jodie Foster. All in all, this DVD is not worth buying. The only reason this film was not rated one star was due to John Lithgow's performance. If you are not a John Lithgow fan, deduct one star.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Beware! 1 Oct. 2005
By Hoseman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I'd have to agree with the other viewer that I'm shocked as well this film was released on DVD. At least the price is in check with the quality, although in spite of this, I still don't it's worth it. I can't understand why a title such as this would be brought to DVD, when so many other quality movies have yet to be released on DVD. And speaking of quality, that's the biggest problem with this movie - it looks like it was recorded from a tv with 'rabbit ears' tuned to a distant station. Picture quality - grainy. I do give it 2 stars though (instead of one), because it's based on a true story, and John Lithgow does a fine acting job.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Orginally titled Mesmerized 25 Nov. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This movie was orginally titled Mesmerized and was a 1984 movie. While I don't recall it being released in theatres, it is out on video and now DVD under the name Shocked. It is a strange twisting plot, but the acting of Foster and Lithgow is, as usually, very good.
All in all, though, I'd have to say it is not one of their best works, but if you are a fan of either, it is worth viewing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Not totally horrible... 25 Mar. 2007
By Heather Cuoio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I got this DVD at the Dollar Tree for $1 and so went in not expecting much from it. I was pleasantly suprised by it being better than I expected it to be... I like Jodie Foster, which is the reason I bought it and watched it. I think she did a good job for what she had to work with, which was a pretty dull script. The costuming and sets were all pretty top notch, as was most of the acting. John Lithgow, who played her husband, did a good job, in that he gave me the creeps. There was pretty good chemistry between she and her brother in law, making you believe they could be 'in love'. However, I only give it three stars because the editing was not so good, it jumped around too much and didn't explain very well... I am happy I've watched it, but I wouldn't pay more for it than I did.
9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
FAR FROM MESMERIZING... 31 Aug. 2004
By Lawyeraau - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
The premise for the film is intriguing. It is based upon the Victoria Thompson murder trial that took place in New Zealand during the late nineteenth century. Victoria is raised is some sort of orphanage from birth. At the age of seventeen, it is arranged for her to marry Mr. Thompson, a weird, older man whom she has never before met. She dutifully marries him, and when she comes of age goes to live with him in his home, which is run by his two creepy servants. Victoria soon discovers just how weird her husband really is. She ultimately takes the bull by the horns and finds herself standing trial for his murder by the time she is nineteen years old.

Jodie Foster places the role of Victoria Thompson, as if she were doing so under duress. She takes a character that is potentially sympathetic and makes her merely pathetic, leaving the viewer cold. John Lithgow fares somewhat better, as he does a credible job playing the weird Mr. Thompson, doing the best he can with the material with which he has to work. The film, unfortunately, is choppy and poorly edited, the story so muddled as to be nearly incomprehensible. The direction seems to be almost nonexistent, as it looks like it is every man for himself.

This film was originally released under the title, "Mesmerized". Word about the film must have traveled fast, as bad news so often does. When the DVD was released, it was retitled as "Shocked". The only thing shocking about this film is that it was ever released in the first place, as it is a complete travesty. It is unfortunate that they should release this film again, this time under its original title, when there are so many other good films worthier of release for the home market.

The DVD itself has no meaningful special features of which to speak. The quality of the film is very poor, grainy and fuzzy. Even the cover art of the DVD has nothing to do with the film. It is simply a photograph of a seemingly contemporary, though pensive, Jodie Foster. All in all, this DVD is not worth buying. The only reason this film was not rated one star was due to John Lithgow's performance. If you are not a John Lithgow fan, deduct one star.
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