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  • Actors: Hugh Grant, Sam Neill, Elle MacPherson, Portia de Rossi, Tara Fitzgerald
  • Directors: John Duigan
  • Producers: Sue Milliken
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 20 July 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002B847M6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,566 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A young Priest (Hugh Grant) and his wife Estella move to an Australian parish. Before they arrive the bishop asks them to visit an eccentric artist prone to sexual depictions and requests that he voluntarily withdraw a controversial work called 'Crucified Venus', which depicts a naked female from his show.

Upon their arrival at the studios the young couple become drawn into the seductive world of the Lindsay family and their provocative models.

The sensuous models Sheela (Elle Macpherson), Giddy (Portia De Rossi), and Pru (Kate Fischer) captivate the very proper Estella and lead her on a journey of sexual awakening amidst the erotically charged, guilt-free environment.

The longer the couple stay, the more they find themselves drawn into the sensuous pleasures of the world and begin to question their own beliefs and values.

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Sirens is an affectionate, semi-fictional comedy of manners set in 1930s Australia. In an audacious stroke of casting Hugh Grant plays a stereotypically awkward and diffident Englishman, in this case a Church of England priest. The priest is despatched into the Blue Mountains west of Sydney in an effort to press the Good Word upon Norman Lindsay, an artist whose lurid works are scandalising the upright citizenry. Lindsay--capably played here by Sam Neill--really existed and though he fancied himself as a dashing Bohemian artist, his paintings were dreadful.

Sirens sees Grant's rigidly decent young priest and his equally prim wife (Tara Fitzgerald) gradually tempted further and further into the rustic bacchanalia that Lindsay has founded up in the bush. This sensual world is represented by Lindsay's young muses, played by supermodel Elle MacPherson, a pre-Ally McBeal Portia De Rossi and Kate Fischer. The three are more or less unclothed for most of the film, and spend what seems an unnecessary amount of time washing each other in rock-pools. This may or may not reflect awareness on the part of the producers that the film's predictable plot and overwrought dialogue weren't going to fill a lot of seats without some help.

On the DVD: Sirens is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, but there are no extra features.--Andrew Mueller --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Joe HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
SIRENS is a beguiling film that pokes fun at the sexual repression that may result from an overactive religious zeal. Hugh Grant, as the Anglican minister Anthony Champion newly arrived in early 20th century Australia, is asked by the bishop to pay a call on a local artist, Norman Lindsay, and to beseech him to withdraw from exhibition a painting considered scandalous. Horror of horrors, it includes scantily clad ladies. Starkers, actually.
Anthony and his young spouse Estella, played by Tara Fitzgerald, arrive at Lindsay's estate to find the artist, portrayed by Sam Neill, busily painting away. Norman's earthy wife and three resident female models serve as his inspiration, and clothing on the four is, more oft than not, unabashedly optional. This in-your-face display of live, nubile flesh leaves the Reverend rather tongue-tied and confused (as only Grant can play it). At first, wife Estella shares her husband's righteous indignation. Then, the lush, humid, tropical surroundings and free-spirited lifestyle of the Lindsay estate, along with the presence of a hunky handyman, begin to work their liberating magic on her repressed desires. (A very nice touch is the representation of Temptation as a large serpent that slithers through occasional scenes unnoticed by anyone but the viewer.)
It all sounds potentially raunchy, but never is. Rather than being a manipulative, licentious debauchee, Neill's on-screen persona is one of an amused, live and let live observer of human nature - a sort of detached Hugh Hefner. There's an abundance of casual nudity, but it's almost artistically presented. The sexual nature of a couple scenes is more sensuous than bawdy. And, one of this film's undeniable attractions is real-life model Elle MacPherson, who plays the role of one of the uninhibited SIRENS, and who shows an eyeful. Boy, does she ever. It's an amusing and well-done adult, fairy tale.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. C. Harris on 21 April 2011
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An amusingly delightful fun film of whimsical fictional fantasy served on a platter of historical fact. It is set in rural Australia's beautiful Blue Mountains in 1930. The action takes place mostly in Springwood - the homestead of Norman Lindsay (who is now regarded, somewhat ironically, as one of Australia's greatest artists).

Provincial vicar, Anthony Campion (Hugh Grant) - accompanied by his wife Estella, (Tara Fitzgerald) - is sent by his Bishop from England to persuade the nonconformist Lindsay (Sam Neil) to withdraw a controversial painting from a forthcoming exhibition.

Hugh Grant plays his usual affable rather bumbling middle class Englishman to perfection. One could imagine his idea of naughtiness being an additional scone with afternoon tea! So it is with increasing disconcertment that he and his sexually repressed wife are exposed to the alternative bohemian lifestyle of Lindsay and his outrageous entourage!

However this film is not about Lindsay per se, but the gradual sensual enlightenment of Estella.

There is fairly prolific nudity, which is tasteful and whereas it might raise the eyebrows of a maiden aunt, it's unlikely to cause a frown. The naked magnificence of Lindsay's voluptuous free thinking models, including Elle Macpherson, project naïve innocence, rather than raunchy exhibitionism.

The unfolding sensual awakening of Estella is handled with earthy humorous sensitivity, as she is gradually immersed into the erotic guilt-free surroundings. Ultimately she begins to question her own unbending beliefs and moral constrictions.

There was some poetic licence as, the film was supposedly set in May / June, and the Blue Mountains would not have been nearly as warm and sultry as depicted!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Johan RF on 7 Sept. 2011
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The DVD quality is average and by no means poor but this film will be transformed one day if it gets a Blu-ray makeover. The Audio is superb. Rachael Porter has produced a classic soundtrack by anyones standards. The movie is often treated as trivial but the more you watch this film, the more it offers up. There are great performances by Sam Neill, Tara Fitzgerald and Portia De Rossi. Hugh Grant does ok for such a challenging role and Elle McPherson gives an incredible performance bearing in mind her background and skills. The sensuality is clever and this is not soft-porn despite what some may say. The cinematography is well above what you would expect for a low budget movie and certainly does deserve the HD treatment one day. great movie.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. W on 7 Sept. 2013
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I thought the transfer would be reasonable given the age of the film but this is terrible. The colour and clarity on the dvd upscaled is better than this. If you have the dvd, don't waste your money. Bought from entertainmentsupermarket.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 4 Sept. 2007
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This is one of those films that was made enjoyable by the quality of the acting.The story is basically about a reserved english vicar and his wife who are made more sexually adventurous by some models who work for an artist in the Australian countryside.A film with a lot of nudity in it but the naked bodies are always used to tell the story rather than make it appear shocking or daring.If you've seen Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a funeral - the production he is most famous for - you'll see in this movie that he really is a rather good actor and can do the serious stuff too.And watch out for a fine acting performance from Elle Macpherson who shows she is more than just the most attractive tall woman in the world!
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