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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Isabelle Adjani
  • Directors: Andrzej Zulawski
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 2013
  • Run Time: 124 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CZB8IOW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,887 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A horror film like no other, Possession is an intense, shocking experience that was banned in the UK as a 'video nasty'. At Cannes Film Festival however the film was nominated for the palme d'Or and Isabelle Adjani won Best Actress for her mesmerising performance.

With thier marriage in pieves Anna and Mark's tense relationship has become a psychotic descent into screaming matches, violence and self-mutilation. Believing his wife's only lover is the sinister Heinrich, Mark is unare of the demonic, tentacled creature that Anna has hidden away for liasons in a deserted apartment and will stop at nothing to protect.

* Extensive bonus features:
The Otherside of the Wall: The Making of Possession
Audio commentary with director Andrzej Zulawski
Audio commentary with co-writer Frederic Tuten
Andrzej Zulawski interview
Repossessed: The film's UK and US reception, the 'video nasties' furore and the US recut
A Divided City: The Berlin locations
The Sounds of Possession: Interview with composer Andrzej Korzynski
Our Friend in the West: Interview with legendary producer Christian Ferry
Basha: Featurette on the artist who created the famed poster for the film.
Theatrical Trailer

Subtitles for Hearing Impaired: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1

Review

An Experience Like No Other --DVD Beaver

No Exorcist Can Handle Possession --rogerebert.com

No Exorcist Can Handle Possession --rogerebert.com

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Format: DVD
Possession is totally extraordinary.
Packed with symbolism it can be read on so many possible levels of interpretation it's bewildering.
Set in a European city (obviously Berlin during its partition) in an alienating mixture of ultra modern buildings and decaying grandeur, visually it evokes a sense of dislocation. The plot can't easily be summarised without foretelling too many of the surprises the film contains. Thematically, it seems to be a study of a marriage in the last phase of destruction, with Sam Neill returning from doing a mysterious job (spying?) and meeting his wife played by Isabelle Adjani, whose agitated reaction to his arrival only hints at the deep levels of disturbance she enacts as the film progresses.
What follows is a nightmarish and surreal two hours of startling images, bizarre acting and frequent bloodletting.
If you liked Antichrist you will be interested to see a lot of similar themes in Possession - misogyny, madness, faith, evil and lust permeate a fractured dreamscape with a sustained and unique oddness.
I was put in mind of J.G. Ballard, William Burroughs, Polanski, Cronenberg and David Lynch, but Zulawski's film is totally unique.
Possession was put on the banned list during the Video Nasties era, but don't come to it expecting anything like any of the more exploitation films I've seen off the DPP 39, Possession is as challenging an art-horror as I've ever seen.

Highly recommended.
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In Possession, Sam Neill plays a Spy who has come back to west Berlin after spending some time on assignment on the other side of the Berlin Wall. Upon arriving home he finds his marriage is slowly disintegrating and his wife has taken up with a new man called Heinrich, a free-spirited libertarian. However, as he investigates he discovers there is another lover in the mix, and uncovers a dark secret that his wife has been keeping from both him and Heinrich. Her new lover isn't human and she will kill to protect it!.

It's curious that Second Sight decided to release this so close to David Cronenberg's THE BROOD The Brood (Blu Ray) [Blu-ray] Both films are about the disintegration of the nuclear family in a bitter divorce and both films have their lead female protagonist give birth to a metaphor made flesh. In the case of THE BROOD Samantha Eggar's character gave birth to a physical manifestation of her rage, in POSSESSION Isabelle Adjani gives birth to something with a more political context than the psychological one seen in the Cronsnberg film. Set in Berlin and featuring plenty of shots of the Wall, and the guards observing things through binoculars, the film is set in a city divided both physically and psychologically. In essence the city is as divided as the characters who bicker, scream and self-harm and show little awareness of the people around them. As things continue to fall apart in their private lives, and the characters grow ever madder and the plot gets stranger, we get the impression the world itself is falling to pieces.
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I like horror films. I rather enjoy 'video nasties' as they were called, though merely to laugh at what was considered the worst of the worst back in the day before internet access to anything... This film however wasn't like anything I'd expected. I thought it would be silly to watch, a mess of cheap gore and over acting. Instead it contains one of the most phenomenal - and disturbing! - performances I've ever seen. Isabelle Adjani quite simply goes insane. Her performance is riveting. I found my fists clenched on numerous occasions, near breathless at the sheer depths she must have delved to find such energy, such madness! Zulawski's direction - his use of tracking shots, relentlessly following his actors, keeping the camera right in their faces, pulling out the very last morsel - must have been a nightmare to contend with.

The film is filled with symbols. It has no clear story, seeming at its heart to explore the break down of a marriage, but there is a great deal simmering underneath, and too much to fully comprehend on a single viewing. I found the whole film so oddly disconcerting, and yet for no specific reason. Though bloody, there is nothing overtly over the top in the gore department, while the near instant shifts in Neal's and Adjani's acting, from stylised control, to absolute edge-of-your-seat hysteria is breathtaking. I'm sure this isn't a film everyone will warm to, but I most certainly did. I think the trick is to give up on finding meaning, and just sit back and be engulfed in a very strange experience!
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Andrzej Zulawski's 'Possession' was one of the most controversial releases of the early 80s, even whilst it boasted a very well deserved Best Actress award at Cannes for Isabelle Adjani.

A nerve-shredding study of paranioa, claustrophobia and the complete disintegration of a family, all set against the backdrop of a gloomy and sterile Berlin, will not be a clarion call to the tastes of many, but this visceral and explicitly violent drama boasts superb camera work, art direction and some of the best performances of its actors' careers. The pace may begin a little slowly, but the viewer cannot help but be drawn in to this increasingly terrifying and disturbing nightmare.

Sam Neill, in one of his early roles, is a perfect smouldering foil for the almost screaming-pitch performance from his screen wife Isabelle Adjani. Indeed Adjani's extreme hysteria and physical degredations are almost too exhausting to watch, but it's a testament to her commitment and acting ability that she is able to sustain such a degree of intensity through much of the film's running time. The revelation of the 'dark secret' which lies at the core of her madness, and its gruesome aftermath, has much in common with the metaphorical body-horror genre of films a la Cronenberg which were popluar at the time, but 'Possession' stands out from the rest for taking the concept and its explicit representations much further than the rest....!

The blu-ray disc offers a wondefully pristine widescreen print, highlighting the stark sterility of the environment and lending the gore a whole new level of intensity. There are some great extras too, lending insights into the film's production and reception.

Be warned though - this is the full uncut version and there are at least two sequences which many will find hard to watch. Pregnant women should definitely think twice before entering Adjani's world!!!
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