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Stoker [DVD] [2013]

Mia Wasikowska , Nicole Kidman , Chan-wook Park    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 1 July 2013
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BJ0RE4A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,786 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Stoker is a masterful psychodrama that teems with unsettling vibrations that hark directly back to Alfred Hitchcock, but also to the wave of contemporary cinema that has been surging in South Korea for the past decade. It is the first American feature by the auteur Park Chan-wook, whose widely seen trilogy of "revenge" films, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance, paved the way for the meticulous craftsmanship of Stoker. The inspiration for Wentworth Miller's haunting script was Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt, though Stoker makes for an altogether creepier tale of a mysterious uncle, his melancholy niece, and the deadly interplay of family secrets slowly revealed. Park's delicate weaving of style transforms the material into a narrative symphony, with thematic elements conveyed in the smallest details of composition, art direction, and graceful cinematography. Mia Wasikowska is India Stoker, the teenage niece who just lost her father to a violent auto accident. It's a complete surprise to India and her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) when his handsome younger brother Charlie (Matthew Goode) shows up at the brooding family mansion (itself a character that is integral to the story). Charlie's enigmatic smirk signals both calm and danger, and his presence is a catalyst that ratchets up the emotional turmoil India and Evelyn are already experiencing. India senses the danger even as she is drawn to Charlie, and her mother's repressed sexuality turns into a bonfire under his mysterious charm. He tempts and teases them both in an expertly choreographed dance of menace that fuels the rage building in India and puts further pressure on her mother's cataclysmic despair. Charlie's psychopathic presence infests the brooding, yet deceptively airy surroundings of the Stoker estate with a sense of peril that is just out of reach. Several key scenes unfold at the family dinner table, where poison lurks in Freudian undercurrents and maybe in the food and wine, too. The most mesmerising sequence captures a visit from the sheriff, who's investigating the murder of one of India's schoolmates. The crime is just one of many acts of deadly violence that erupt with jarring force in the past, present, and future of Stoker's disturbing timeline. As the sheriff talks to India and Charlie, the camera swirls around to the rhythm of the scene, separating, uniting, then retreating from them in a virtuosic room-to-room sweep. The extended take says much more about the interplay of India and Charlie's dread connection than the oblique dialogue. It's also a breathtaking illustration of Park's obsessive attention to shot design. But Stoker is much more than an exercise in style; it is also an unnerving and understated thriller that gives big rewards for all that attention to detail. To say that there are plot twists is an understatement for a movie whose elegant creativity is the biggest twist of all. --Ted Fry

Product Description

From celebrated Korean director Chan-wook Park (Lady Vengeance, Oldboy), comes his first English-language film starring Nicola Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode. After India’s father dies in an auto accident, her uncle Charlie, whom she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother. Soon after his arrival, India begins to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

“Superb” ***** Empire
“A Masterpiece” ***** HeyUGuys.co.uk
“Ravishing” ***** Glamour
“Mia Wasikowska is a revelation” **** Kevin Harley, Total Film

Special Features:
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  • Featurettes: • The Making of the International Limited Edition Poster • Characters • Director's Vision • Designing the Look • Creating the Music

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
South Korean director Park Chan-Wook makes his American debut with `Stoker', a story of 18 year old India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) coming to terms with the loss of her father Richard (Dermot Mulroney). Evie (Nicole Kidman) has not been the best mother to her so far, India's emotional future doesn't look promising.

India was always daddy's girl, regularly going on hunting trips with Richard, he even stuffed her kills as mementoes of their time together. India is quietly distraught and abandoned, uncomfortable in her home without her father. The brittle and selfish Evie just does not know how to comfort and care for India. Relief appears for both in the form of India's long lost Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode). Mystery surrounds the handsome and cultured Charlie, India didn't know he existed, all Evie knew was that Charlie spent all his time all across the globe on business. Charlie decides to stay at the Stokers home for a while, helping out around the house, trying to develop a friendship with Evie and the mis-trusting India.

Considering Chan-Wooks pedigree as a master of stylish ultra-twisted tales, `Stoker' has the right ingredients for another tale of terror with themes of sexual awakening, death, obsession and dark family secrets. However, `Stoker' is quite a conservative film by his standards, `Oldboy' this most certainly isn't! The central arc of the film, of who Charlie really is, is shown too early for me. Wasikowska (looking very much like a young Cate Blanchett) is a suitably unruly mix of menace and innocence, Kidman doesn't really have much to do throughout the film other than look lonely and pathetic. Matthew Goode is excellent as Charlie, a perfect blend of charming devilment, and that's just in those piercing eyes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film with brilliant music. 24 Nov 2013
By David H J Ashdown TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Brilliant film about the power of the mind and its effect on those around you , the psyche is a powerful thing that is brilliantly displayed in this excellent film , all parts are well acted and the overall effect leaves you with a haunting afterglow that makes you want to watch it again. Charlie and his niece India are two sides of the same coin - amazing camera work and a brilliant soundtrack ( especially the final number ) blend to make this a Gem of a film and it's nothing like Dracula nor does it have any vampire or gothic leanings it's purely an excellent film about what can go wrong if we don't realise the evil that some people possess that cannot be cured or taught out of them. - not to be missed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Striking yet intimate 13 July 2013
By P. Sanders VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Park Chan-wook's first Hollywood film shows that he's not about to join the mainstream. Part gothic family drama, part Hitchcock thriller, the film is a subtle, intimate character study of a peculiar family.

Now first thing's first. If you haven't sen the film, watch it knowing as little as possible.

Still here? Okay. This movie is a feast for the eyes and the ears - the score and final song and elegant, and the use of sound is effective at portraying the world of someone who's senses are suprsensitive. It all adds to the effective double-mystery of both India and the creepy but suave Uncle Charlie. The film hints throughout - eveb the title "Stoker" has many wondering if this is about vampires. It reminds me of a series of stories Ray Bradbury wrote about a strange family where they all had weird powers. The answer when it comes is perfect - a bit gothic melodrama, but then that fits with the mood as a whole.

Not that it's without its flaws. The screenplay is a little clunky. The story itself is cracking but occasionally the dialogue is a bit wooden (though the actors mainly overcome this). Worst is the unnecessary exchange between Kidman and the aunt about Richard ("your husband, my nephew"). Some characters (all the teenage boys) suffer as a result of being sketchily written. And there are occasions (I'm thinking especially "letters") when an intriguing revelation is almost immediately followed by another that twists things around. These twists are good, but it's a shame the movie doesn't let these little timebombs sit for longer before revealing themselves as they could turn everything on their heads.

But these are minor quibbles. The direction, look and excellent performances bring a depth to the story that elevates this into a striking film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stoker, a shadow of a doubt about uncle Charlie 8 July 2013
Format:DVD
Uncle Charlie, Matthew Goode, comes to cheer up his niece and sister in-law after the death of his brother Richard.

Park Chan-Wook's Stoker is an interesting and sometimes striking psychological thriller that owes a clear debt to Shadow of a Doubt. Like Hitchcock's film, the arrival of a mysterious, seemingly worldly and charming Uncle Charlie at first lifts the household's spirits before things turn darker. He even shares an almost psychic link with his beloved niece, India, Mia Wasikowska. However, the undercurrents are more overtly sexual and even a little gothic. The film's title, alluding to Bram Stoker, is both deceptive and apt. Stoker is not a horror film and certainly not a vampire film, but the idea of the sophisticated outsider who is sinisterly magnetic to the female characters has a touch of Dracula about it. The film creates an odd ambience and is as concerned with mood as much, if not more, than it is with intrigue. Nicole Kidman is good as the mother and Mia Wasikowska excellent as the daughter. Dermont Mulroney plays the dead father at the core of the mystery.

Stoker is a good film, but not a pure thriller. The mini mysteries within the story, such as the gift of new shoes and the letters Charlie sends to Mia are not just devices to forward or deepen the plot. They drive a perverse coming of age narrative that revolves around a key character's unexpected naivete. The pace is deliberate, more arthouse than mainstream, and in this case that's a good thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I loved it despite the lack of vampires
I loved this film but am not sure why as it's very slow and drawn out. The characters are interesting and it's extrememly atmospheric. Read more
Published 7 days ago by The Reluctant Hermit
5.0 out of 5 stars Great directors make great films
Some years ago, when Nicole Kidman split from Tom Cruise, both did a film connected to Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 film Open Your Eyes. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Ian Watters
1.0 out of 5 stars Over long and dull
I kept waiting for the film that everyone was raving about, and I waited right until the closing credits. Read more
Published 3 months ago by raven_guest
2.0 out of 5 stars Cold and Lifeless
Not my cup of tea at all, I'm afraid. Flashy, tedious, 'clever' and utterly uninvolving, unpleasant characters. Style over substance. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mario
3.0 out of 5 stars Strange fruit
Korean auteur Park Chan-wook directs this enigmatic murder-mystery starring Nicole Kidman as the recently bereaved mother of sensitive teenage beauty India (Mia Wasiskowsa). Read more
Published 3 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this more than I thought I would
Surprisingly good film, watch Nicole Kidman being desperate and needy in a sad and disturbing way. Great main characters. I enjoyed the sound track a lot.
Published 4 months ago by C.P
4.0 out of 5 stars Stoker
Stoker may not have the most original or shocking story to tell but the way the story is told and the techniques used to convey elevate this to another level. Read more
Published 4 months ago by T. Cosens
4.0 out of 5 stars India Stoker the new Carrie?
A fresh thriller/family drama its very unique well filmed and acted. Would not appeal to wide audiences as its more of a art house theater production but i think it would appeal to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Neil Horn
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it
Great movie as well as great cast! Horror, thriller with romance thrown in loved it! Bought as a gift and sis loved it too.
Published 5 months ago by Sultana Begum
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
A viewer downer. Destroys ones faith in "family". Hardly credible.
Cannot understand how critics have highly appraised it. They must have mixed up heads!
Published 5 months ago by Lyn Clarke
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