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  • Actors: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, Hannah Ware, James Badge Dale, Nicole Beharie
  • Directors: Steve McQueen
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD 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 (145 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006512BFU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,915 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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.


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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3.6 out of 5 stars

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159 of 174 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Williams TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jenny on 21 May 2014
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The acting and directing of this film is simply outstanding. McQueen is both brutal and frighteningly realistic in his representation of a repressed and corrupt side of the human psyche. I felt that the gradual and steady pace of the film, whilst creating suspense, added an even greater level of realism, which is very apt when portraying such a raw and graphic concept.
In terms of sexual content and nudity: the film is an 18, it is to be expected. Additionally, whilst the entirety of 'Shame' is structured around and based explicitly on sex, I felt that the core message of the film was nothing to do with sex at all. Sex is instead a tool to facilitate and express the harsh and sometimes painfully blunt realities of addiction and all that is bound up within it. Therefore, the scenes of sex, masturbation and pornography are not in the slightest romanticised, but honest, candid and as a result, uncomfortable to watch.
'Shame' is stripped bare to minimal dialogue and few main characters, ultimately allowing the exposure of a greatly thought provoking and emotive representation of the realities and consequences of addiction. A brilliant film.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HeavyMetalManitou VINE VOICE on 13 Feb. 2015
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I saw 'Shame' as part of Channel 4's Love and Sex season (which should have been called - if this movie is anything to go by - the Love and Yanking season). The film starts with a dude yanking off in the shower. This sets the tone for the rest of the movie. No sooner has the yanker (he has a name but it's not important, as whacking off defines this individual more than his name does) made a mess in the shower than he's at it again, this time in front of his laptop, while online sluts moan and finger themselves. Then he's off to work, which is - in the film - portrayed as an annoying interruption to yanking activities. He arrives back at his apartment, calls an expensive hooker and shags her. The following day he's back on the yanking, tugging himself as if his tadger were a rabid turkey that might attack if he doesn't strangle the life out of it. His sister moves into his apartment. To some males this would prove to be an inconvenient curtailer of knob-pulling, but not to this guy. His sister walks into the bathroom and catches him yanking off in the sink. (Surely such a seasoned yanker would know to lock the door?) He shags a few more whores and assorted drunken spunkbuckets he picks up at bars, but he always looks terrified while on the job. Not like when he's yanking himself, during which he looks blissfully happy. The only attempt at character development happens when the yanker - in a fit of self-disgust - throws away all his yanking paraphernalia, filling several binbags with tod mags, laptop, dildos, sex toys and assorted other perverts' playthings. He then tries to start a grown-up relationship with a beautiful exotic woman from his work. They come back to his apartment, where she comments on the view then strips, straddles him and is juiced up and ready to go.Read more ›
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By chubbagrubb on 21 Jan. 2013
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After hearing a lot of great things about Shame, I have to say I came away from it slightly disappointed. The story follows sex-addict Brandon Sullivan (Michael Fassbender), whose mundane and brutal existence is interrupted by the arrival of his sister, Sissy (Carey Mulligan). The film exposes the sordid underbelly of Manhattan and follows the breakdown of the relationship between the two siblings, as Brandon becomes increasingly irritated and suffocated by Sissy's presence.

McQueen purposely leaves out the protagonists' back-story, leaving it up to the viewer to imagine what 'shameful' upbringing led to their neurotic and isolated adult lives. The problem I had with this was that it was hard to feel any sort of empathy for the siblings as they unravelled desperately throughout the film, or to feel any emotional response towards them by the end. Thus when Sissy did her (agonisingly) slow rendition of `New York, New York' which brings Brandon to tears, I was left emotionally cold and slightly bored. Also, although I found the majority of the sex-scenes important in revealing Brandon's desires and motivations, I found myself really irritated by the final threesome, which dragged on forever and seemed entirely gratuitous. I was not convinced by the casting choice of having Mulligan play Sissy, as I did not find her quite manic or desperate enough and she appeared slightly one-dimensional throughout.

Having said that, there were a lot of great moments in the film - Fassbender's acting was phenomenal throughout and the film was well-paced and shot beautifully - showing the gritty underside of urban life and the cold, bare monotonous routine of Brandon's sex-obsessed existence.
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