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Possession [DVD] [1981]

Isabelle Adjani , Sam Neill    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2010
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WUXJ2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,626 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Beyond the realm of human desire there is a darkness ... A horror film like no other, Possession is an intense, shocking experience that was banned in the UK as a video nasty. With its dark subject matter and high gore quotient, it's not for the faint hearted. With their marriage in pieces 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 unaware of the demonic, tentacled creature that Anna has embarked on an affair with. The unhinged woman visits her monstrous lover in a deserted Berlin apartment and will stop at nothing to protect it. Written and directed by Andrzej Zulawski, Possession is a deeply unsettling experience, aided by the horrific effects of the great Carlo Rambaldi (Deep Red, Close Encounters, Alien). The film, though banned on video, was nominated for a BAFTA and the Palme d'Or and Adgani's astonishing performance earned her Best Actress awards at the Cannes Film Festival and the French Cesars. BONUS FEATURES include The Other Side Of The Wall (The Making Of Possession) & Interview with Andrzej Zulawski.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), WIDESCREEN (1.66:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Making Of, Photo Gallery, Scene Access, Uncut, SYNOPSIS: Usually misattributed to the horror genre, this challenging and highly unusual drama stars Isabelle Adjani as a young woman who forsakes her husband (Sam Neill) and her lover (Heinz Bennent) for a bizarre, tentacled creature that she keeps in a run-down Berlin apartment. In the beginning, her husband knows nothing about the monster and sincerely believes that his wife is insane. He has her tailed by private detectives, whom she kills and feeds to the creature. Still unaware of what has happened, the husband contends with the reserved and inadvertently seductive presence of his wife's look-alike (also played by Adjani), a schoolteacher who frequently comes to tutor his son while his wife is away. Though tempted by her quiet goodness and beauty, he is still passionately in love with his wife and even after he finds out about the murders, he stays by her side and helps her conceal her crimes. Filmed amidst the oppressive backdrop of the Berlin Wall by the expatriate Polish director Andrzej Zulawski (who was unable to work in his homeland after too many clashes with the authorities), the picture is so relentlessly intense and so deliberately esoteric, that most viewers would find it too hard to connect with. Still its symbolism, its unbridled and flashy directorial style, and the tour de force performance by Isabelle Adjani earned this unique tale a cult following in Europe. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Ceasar Awards, Fantasporto Awards, ...Possession (Uncut) (1981)

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art horror brain melt 17 Sep 2009
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strange film... 25 Feb 2012
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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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ...crikey.... 18 Jan 2013
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Right people... This film is tremendous. I knew hardly anything about it before I watched it & it blew me away.

What mainly grabbed me, is it's utter ferocity & intensity, it just keeps growing & growing as the film goes on (some real turned up to 11 stuff is delivered!) The performances are outstanding, Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill, Heinz Bennent, all giving seemingly everything they have - blood, guts & gristle. It must be said Isabelle Adjani's performance is particularly outstanding, the metro scene is astonishing, pure, visceral & truly unforgettable.

Even though the genre `horror' seems to be tagged to this film, it is far more than that. The first half portrays a relationship `break down' in such a brutal, grizzly way it brings Lars von Trier's Antichrist to mind (which I'm sure Possession must have been an influence). Science fiction, art house, comedy, noir are all here in buckets & having the Berlin wall overlooking the story is a wonderful idea.

The superb build of the film & answers given heading to the end, gave me a Hitchcockian experience (dare I say... better). The pink socks, the kid, the bath, Sam at the door, Isabelle's look to camera & whatever is happening in the sky.

Again, this film is tremendous. Owing to it's cult & kinda unknown status the price is a trifle more than a standard DVD....... It's totally worth it.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release. 31 July 2013
By Mr. K. Arts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great non-mainstream effort. Bitchin performance by Isabelle Adjani.
Published 1 month ago by Crustworthy
2.0 out of 5 stars Spirit Away
I first saw t his movie in the cinema at a late night showing of horror movies and it was really scary and horrorific. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Blade
3.0 out of 5 stars Opinions are just a passing glance put in to words.
Opinions are just a passing glance put in to words.

This is a spoiler so don’t read on unless you want to know. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D. cope
5.0 out of 5 stars Possession
I bought this as a gift for someone so am not able to give a review about the content of the DVD. However the service of the seller is very good and recommended
Published 4 months ago by Lynne Haynes
1.0 out of 5 stars Obviously, I missed something.
And the award for the most ridiculous film ever made goes to....I can't believe this merited a blue ray release. Caveat emptor. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Septic
3.0 out of 5 stars Complete extras menus
Unable to watch it, so far :'(
I've waited to catch it in the best quality since I first saw it in movie theatres, back in 1981. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Christian Landaeta
1.0 out of 5 stars Rubbish
What a load of c------
What the hell sam neil thought he was doing I'll never know.
I bet he never owners up yo this one.
Published 8 months ago by carol torley
2.0 out of 5 stars Damien's Eyes
Sam Neil-good actor. Isabelle Adjani-beautiful,and loved her in Polanski's 'The Tenant'. I'm partial to the surreal and the darkly psychological, but i just couldn't gel with this... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Mr. C. Davies
5.0 out of 5 stars Fore Lovers of the BIZARRE only
I don't have the skill to give a detailed description of this film but feel I must write something to recommend Possession to connoisseurs of the weird, grotesque and bizarre. Read more
Published 10 months ago by M P Crouch
1.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray version won't play on at least some BR players
Hello. I recently ordered this movie and found that it wouldn't play on three different players that I tried (one standalone and two BD-R/BD-ROM drives). Read more
Published 11 months ago by Tom
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