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Passion [Blu-ray] [2012] [US Import]

3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Format: AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Ent. One Music
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00EVU3S4U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 43,102 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Although this film isn`t a classic by any means it deserves to have a second life on DVD as it didn`t get a proper cinematic release. It saddens me that a film by someone as renowned as Brian De Palma is ignored by the distributors in favour of (mostly) soulless blockbusters. Said blockbusters need to make at least 3 times their budget to be in profit. They rarely do so it surely makes sense to give low budget offerings like this a greater push.

Anyway the film finds De Palma in his element with a dark & twisting plot which allows him to let loose with his characteristic sly wit and stylistic flourishes. The first 30 minutes or so are surprisingly static and mundane but even so it`s nice to see a film unfolding in such an elegant & unfussy style which is rare these days. It allows the actors to shine and you really get to know the emotionally complex main characters played by Noomi Rapace & Rachel McAdams. Soon after however De Palma ramps up the tension with emotional and dramatic scenes with more than a few red herrings. It`s also worth mentioning Pino Donaggio`s brilliant, lushly orchestrated soundtrack which is by turns charming and jaunty then swirling and darkly romantic according to the onscreen action.

I just hope De Palma isn`t becoming demoralised by the short thrift his last few films have been getting & that we can look forward to more from him. He deserves more for never becoming a director for hire & sticking to his guns. Don`t forget this is the man who gave us true classics such as `Carrie`, `Blow Out`, `The Untouchables` & `Carlito`s Way`. I for one would rather queue up for one of his films than the likes of `Transformers 7` or `The Fast And The Furious 13`
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3.0 out of 5 stars DVD Passion review 27 Mar 2014
By Nono
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DVD in perfect condition, arrived very quickly. Only rated it with 3 stars as didn't find the film to be good.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not a bad remake... 25 Feb 2014
By pompeyman VINE VOICE
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I really loved the French original and although this remake is not bad its not as good. I find the casting odd. McAdams is too young and I would have thought she and Rapace would be better if they had each other's roles. The last third of the original was brilliant but in this remake its all a bit dull in comparison. Not bad but watch the original instead!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Disapointing De Palma Film 16 Dec 2013
By j.r
Sadly I have to give Passion only 1 star as it doesn't really have anything to recommend it. I love most De Palma movies, including Body Double(5 stars), Blow Out(5 stars), Carrie(5 stars) and many others. I think I'd rate almost everyone of his movies 4 stars or above, apart this movie and Redacted. I didn't hate this film and watched it till the end. But I was waiting for it to get going or find something in it I liked or could care about, but there was nothing to grip me. It's 1 star for a De Palma film, but I can still tell that at least he tried to make a good film, it's just that for me this time it just didn't work.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film. 1 Dec 2013
By aatholm
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Although I did enjoy this film, it was quite hard going at times. It's a bit like an abstract painting, difficult to understand but if you stick with it, quite a good watch.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All I have to do is press send.... 12 Nov 2013
Rapace and McAdams are bitter rivals working for the same company, in this return to form movie from De Palma.

Rapace is the underling to McAdams exec, and when the latter takes credit for Rapaces work, rivalry ensues. But McAdams takes things a little too far, and eventually it leads to humiliation, and murder.

If you are a fan of De Palma, the first thing you realise is that this movie harks back to his best Hitchcockian 'homages' , such as Dressed to Kill, Blow Out, and Body Double. And in my opinion, these movies are his best pieces of work (Carlitos Way is his best film, but his big budget movies in my opinion, are just side projects).

What you also notice is, besides all the technology (especially Apple), how eighties the film feels, and how sanitised the film, and the sets look.

But I really cannot understand why this has such a low rating, and why it never had a wider release. Yes its schlocky, and almost parody, but one of Hitchcocks final movies was Frenzy, and that was almost parody as well, and this movie owes a lot to that movie.

The film is very humorous, and some of the overacting is intentional, such as Rapaces maniacal laugh, and McAdams little hissy fit, add only to the whole fun of the movie.

But what makes this film so good, is the wonderful story, and the usual plot twists that Depalma delivers in droves.

Just when you think you know the plot twist, he pulls the rug from under you, and gives you a dream within a dream sequence, and the best part of the film, the split screen,showing you the lead up to the murder, and a haunting Debussy Ballet sequence.

A lot of people may balk at the movie, and yes, the product placement sucks, but its so good to see DePalma make another Schlocky movie with so many red herrings, once again.

Would make a great triple bill with Femme Fatale, and Body Double.
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4.0 out of 5 stars NEARLY A 5 STAR DE PALMA 2 Nov 2013
By A. W. Wilson TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Just not quite. However this is a splendid on form De Palma. A slow burn for 45 mins or so, then a murder, and a whodunnit, that works very well thanks to direction and acting. I love Noomi Rapace and she is given every acting opporunity here and turns in a terrific performence. I am not too sure about Rachel McAdams, but she sure does a good "Nasty". I loved this film tho perhaps it isn't to everyone's taste (What is?). Don't expect too much sex tho Noomi and Karoline Hepburth share a kiss, but you have to see the film to see how and why. De Palma remains one of my favourite directors, and with a fair price and an excellent print (1.85 Ratio) you can't go far wrong. No Extras (not that that matters to me). Highly recomended and like I said, almost 5 stars-In fact....
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