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Possession [DVD] [1981]

Isabelle Adjani , Sam Neill    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003WUXJ2G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,380 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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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art horror brain melt 17 Sep 2009
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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent release. 31 July 2013
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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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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars For lovers of the bizarre 2 Jun 2010
I'd love to know if David Lynch saw this film back in the early eighties and if so, what he made of it. I was struck by the amount of Lynchian tropes here - shifting identities, acting that veers from mannered to hysterical in an instant, disregard of narrative in favour of the symbolic, hell, even a pair of blue velvet curtains put in an appearance. As this was made in 1981, years before Blue Velvet and Lost Highway I figure it must have seeped into his subconscious somehow. I'm not complaining by the way, I love DLs films and I loved this, it looks amazing - brilliantly shot and hypnotic and it uses its Berlin setting wonderfully well. My only quibble - we could have lost some of the rambling, pretentious monologues and still retained the essential core weirdness of the film. Recommended (although not if you are seeking a gory horror - forget all that video nasty rubbish, the terror here is mainly of the cerebal variety)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Masterpiece 8 Aug 2013
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month 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 3 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 4 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 4 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 6 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 6 months ago by Tom
3.0 out of 5 stars A DISAPPOINTMENT!!!
APART from the very sexy and good looking Isabelle Adjani, this film is a disappointment. A case of not believing the sleeve notes.
Published 7 months ago by William Kelsey
5.0 out of 5 stars Good service, thanks!
Why did you choose this rating? What did you or not like dislike? Who would you recommend... This is not my office job... No go :-(
Published 7 months ago by Pam
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best horror films
Great film! Very thrilling and great actors! This is one of the best horror films ever. I recommend this to everyone.
Published 8 months ago by Petri Pentikšinen
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite horror films...
Possession is a strange art-house horror film starring Isabelle Adjani, Sam Neill and a plenty of crazy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Janis Livens
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