Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II 2013

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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Starring:
Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Nymphomaniac

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Stellan Skarsgard
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English

Customer Reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars

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43 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 July 2014
Format: DVD
It was quite the surprise when my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati recently announced that it would be showing this (both Vol. I and II), starting this weekend and only for one week. I saw Vol. I and Vol. II on consecutive, and have posted my reviews of each of them under the separate Vol. I and Vol. II listings here on Amazon.

This particular combo set brings you the two Volumes in one handy package. Vol. I runs 118 min. and Vol. II runs 123 min, hence the total running time for this combo-pack is correctly listed at 241 min. There are no bonus materials of any kind on this release. If that is what you are intending to buy, by all means, go for it.

However, if you think you've seen all of Nymph()maniac with these two movies, you are mistaken. Nymph()maniac was originally shot as a 5 1/2 hr. movie. For various reasons, Von Trier's production company decided to release the movie into most international markets (including US theatres) as a two-parter of 2 hrs. each, with the intent of releasing the full 5/12 hr. movie at some point later in 2014 (presumably directly on DVD/Bly-ray), and supposedly with lots more explicit scenes deemed too daring for the theatrical release.

Bottom line: just make sure that what you are buying is in line with your expectations. If you just want Nymph()maniac Vol. I and II as you saw it in the theater, this combo-pack will do the trick. If however you want the full running time as originally intended by writer-director Lars Von Trier, you should hold out until that "Director's Cut" is released (supposedly) later in 2014.
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59 of 71 people found the following review helpful By DrSteeeve on 24 Feb. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
Obviously I saw this at the cinema not the bluray so I can only speak of the film, please ignor the mass of bad reviews this is getting and give it a try, I really enjoyed it, it is long, it is painful to watch and drains you, but that's the idea, a lot of people are going to see this thinking it will be something it isn't and never could be, it is not a 4 hour non-stop polished Hollywood blockbuster, it is an experience, it will grab you by the balls one minute and the next plant a seed of an idea in your head and give you time to explore it.
Please give it a try bit don't think this is your 50 shades of grey feature film come early!
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Format: Blu-ray
Sexuality is the key of this film and yet manages to be very unsexy. Granted i had heard before about this story of a woman obsessed with sexual feelings being a film that is about sex but not sexy. I started watching it with this in mind and it is a good job i watched it in two sitting,as i would've given up else. It is perhaps and interesting idea and so desperate to be clever about it,it is bound to impress those that like films to be arty and very long all to tell a simple story.
Some scenes are deliberately uncomfortable to watch,such as her being sexually aroused as a child and being a very slutty teenager. But i watched on thinking her story would get somewhere interesting,but for me,it didn't. She starts of desperate to be hated,but after so long i found her far to dull to have enough emotion to hate her or sympathise or anything,i just found her selfish and smug.
It isn't so much a bad film,but her smug use of the c word and desperate attempt at trying to be shocking renders this film as one too self impressed with its daring subject to really make an impact. As has been said by others,this is not a film to be aroused by,at least i hope it wasn't trying to be sexy,because sexy it isn't.
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19 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Scarlet Jupiter TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray
With all the hype built up around its release, one's first thought would be that this is just glorified porn. But "Nymphomaniac" truly is far from being anything pornographic. Split into 2 parts (Volume I-118 mins, and Volume II-124 mins), and divided into 8 chapters (Chapters 1-5 make up Volume I, and Chapters 6-8 make up Volume II), the film follows Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a woman in her fifties, a self-diagnosed sex maniac, spining a tale about her sex life from childhood through to her middle-age.

Unfolding a series of flash-backs, Volume I recounts Joe's vigorous childhood and youthful erotic experiences, while Volume II contemplates her desires against the overpowering pressures and constraints of adulthood. Taking in the whole of the singular human experience, including the body and the mind, sex and love, and all the connections between them, in the end the story comes full circle, almost as if it were a thought-provoking psychological insight into a world of sexuality, loneliness, and love.

Director Lars Von Trier, as the passionate, creative film-maker that he is, once again overflows his self righteous, controversial views into his work, not worrying about how outrageous these may be. Being mostly narrative and drama, the movie contains about 20 minutes of sexual material throughout the entire 4 hours, featuring some explicit adult scenes. Some may find these depictions erotic, but this material is relatively restrained, and so is unlikely to offend anyone, especially those familiar with the director's work.

Obviously not an easy film to watch, but a very interesting one which requires close attention and an open mind.
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