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Shame [Blu-ray]

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Michael Fassbender , Carey Mulligan , Steve McQueen    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Ware, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie
  • Directors: Steve McQueen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Momentum Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2012
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006512ESY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,574 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Firmly planting itself near the top of the memorable performances and films that have been overlooked by the Oscars, Michael Fassbender's astonishing work in Shame is genuinely something to behold. Stripped bare, both physically and emotionally, he plays Brandon, a man struggling with a sex addiction, whose life gets yet more complex when his sister, played by Carey Mulligan, comes to stay. It's comfortably one of the least titillating films ever made about sex, and in this case, it's all the better for it.

Directed by Steve McQueen, who also worked with Fassbender on the acclaimed Hunger, Shame is an ambitious, raw drama. As a study of a character in the depths of an addiction, it both breaks a taboo or two, and is unflinching in its portrayal. And while there's an argument that the film itself isn't quite the equal of its leading man, Shame is both important and courageous. McQueen, certainly, is a director who very much does things his own way.

The disc's extras inevitably focus on Fassbender's provocative work, with a special Q&A with the actor himself. There are also individual interviews with key members of the cast, although hearing a little more from Steve McQueen would have been welcome. Still, it's a solid package of extra features, and it's a starting point of discussion for a film that lends itself to dissection and analysis. At the very least, though, Shame's place in history is assured, just for the quality of acting on display. --Jon Foster

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Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a 30-something man living comfortably in New York, balancing a busy job and active social life. When the wayward Sissy (Carey Mulligan), turns up at his apartment unannounced, Brandon’s carefully managed lifestyle spirals out of control. From award winning director Steve McQueen (Hunger), Shame is a compelling and timely examination of the nature of need, how we live our lives and the experiences that shape us.

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151 of 165 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best films of 2011 2 Jan 2012
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This is a wonderful, powerful film which made a great impression when shown at the Leeds Film Festival in late 2011.

Brandon, brilliantly played by Fassbinder, works in New York in an unspecified job, but he is clearly successful and on the top table. His relationships at work are defined by his position in the hierarchy: his boss is his mate, but it is pretty clear that Brandon is eager to please him and that they are certainly not close. He has a series of sexual relationships with women in the film which are driven purely by sexual gratification: he visits prostitutes, seems skilled at picking up women in social encounters for no-strings sex and is clearly heavily into porn sites, including webcams and chat. He is sexually predatory, but only in seeking consensual sex. His home laptop 'sleeps' in porn access mode, it seems, and his boss complains that Brandon's computer check reveals a hard drive swamped with extreme porn: responsibility is deflected onto a recent intern. His flat is clean, characterless and monochrome: there are no signs that any of his frequent encounters leave any trace in his domestic life and it seems little more than a space to live in.

Into this emotional desert arrives his sister, Cissy, a singer. Despite her need for somewhere to stay, he is so determined on keeping his life uncluttered by an fetters, emotional or otherwise, that his agreement is only reluctantly given and given with very bad grace. Cissy's presence in his life once more and the emotional neediness which comes with it is something he can barely tolerate, not because it is simply inconvenient but because it stirs up unspecified emotional trauma from the past. She self-harms, desperately needs warmth from someone, but Brandon is unwilling or unable to provide it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Shame - A shame I wasted time watching this 9 Feb 2012
This was a dismal viewing experience that really did nothing for me. Turgidly directed, this is a tedious and banal affair that the critics will probably love for it's supposed `edginess'. It tells the story of Brandon (Fassbender), a rich city type with an addiction to sex. But only sex where women are objectified and degraded, when it comes to a real relationship he just can't function. Thrown in is a contrived troubled relationship with his sister Sissy (an unimpressive Carey Mulligan) who comes to stay. There is obviously something bad between them from the past but this is not explored.

We follow Brandon as his addiction and frustration with his sister lead him to dark places. There's not really enough to the story to sustain the film through its 100 minute runtime, the character study elements are tedious and heavy handed. Though Fassbender (who impressed me earlier last year in Jane Eyre) is a good actor and manages to bring some life to Brandon despite a terrible script, the rest of the cast let the side down badly, especially Mulligan. The lack of any chemistry or emotional impact from the interactions of the characters makes this a pointless viewing exercise. With not much story and its failure as a character study I am guessing the sex scenes are there to raise viewing figures by drawing in the dirty mac brigade. Sorry to disappoint, but the scenes are shot in such a way as to emphasise Brandon's objectification of women rather than with titillation in mind, and as such there is no entertainment to be found there either. On top of all this there is a truly painful scene in which Mulligan sings `New York, New York'. It's a great song, and she's a surprisingly good singer, but whoever forced her to sing it in that fashion should be locked up.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
By Darcy
A powerful and at times a shocking film, yet all credit to Michael Fassbender who pulls off a brilliant performance as a sex addict. I am still not sure where I stand with this particular movie, yet as I write this review after a week of watching the film... goes to show that the film is still playing on my mind.

The director gets the very best out of Fassbender, who plays Brandon, a sex addict who knows no limits!! He prefers no strings attached relationships, whether it's a one night stand or a threesome, in Brandon's world, there is no emotional attachment. He lives in his little cocoon, full of online porn and masturbation, that is, until his little sister turns up unexpectedly. The film then starts to focus on his decline, as he finds his privacy being invaded by the unwelcome guest, who seeks to get closer to her brother for the sake of her own loneliness.

A brave and bold attempt by the director who in my view manages to cleverly weave together a story that goes deep inside human psychology. Put the sexual scenes aside and what you will find is a clever film which manages to keep you gripped to the very end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fassbender and McQueen work together so well 29 May 2014
By Link
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Sometimes there are books or films that come along that you just love. They don't really say anything, not much happens, it's just about how it makes you feel at the end. For whatever reason, be it Fassbender's performance or McQueen's direction, it gets to me. You'll either love it or you won't.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Addict or everyman? 24 May 2012
I read all the reviews and they all seem to see Fassbender's character as an addict, someone who is atypical, an unhappy outsider, sick. The sister, too, is perceived as emotionally damaged. What if we were to see these characters as TYPICAL, as representing what life is like for many younger adults today living in massive anonymous ugly-chic cities, dividing their lives between workplaces where they are in constant anxiety about losing their job (or worse, not at work and not having a properly paid job at all), boxy apartments where they squat in front of screens watching mainstream movies or porn online, and dangerous night streets. As I watched this I couldn't help thinking, too, of Damian Lewis in Keane, an even more uncomfortable look at very similar themes. Maybe what we are seeing here is the present and future for young people. Three stars: the film is very memorable, but not at all enjoyable.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Got to see Michael Fassbender nude a lot so that's good
Published 20 days ago by catt
1.0 out of 5 stars Thin and dull
Vastly overrated- thin on plot, superficial analysis, self-regarding performances.
Published 1 month ago by BJD
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good movie
Published 1 month ago by Chhetri
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent film. Bleak and poignant and beautifully shot.
Published 1 month ago by RedEGazelle
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
So poor
Published 2 months ago by IAN DORAN
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lonely Young Professional Who Masturbates
I think this film is better than '12 Years A Slave'. Michael Fassbender is a good actor and has been great in every film I've seen him in ('Hunger' might be an exception). Read more
Published 2 months ago by Samuel Barber
5.0 out of 5 stars Fassbender is brilliant
Michael Fassbender brilliantly portrays a man filled with self-loathing about his sex addiction. Beautifully shot, extremely explicit but never titillating as this is about what... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sizebel
5.0 out of 5 stars Good film
I bought this film as research for my therapy work and I am reliably informed that the life and emotional issues are true to life. Well acted and gets to the underlying issues.
Published 3 months ago by HSP Sensitive
4.0 out of 5 stars Walk like a Man
A brave, intriguing and intelligent contemplation on the subject of sex addiction, not to be confused with Ingmar Bergman's 1968 film of the same name, Shame deservedly cemented... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robinski
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair film but dark subject to film
Not bad but not great, Fassbender is consistently good, but Mulligan could have played it better.

Worth a look at and shows the bridge as to where 12 Slaves came from.
Published 3 months ago by Jo Marshall
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