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The Adjuster [DVD]

Elias Koteas , Arsinée Khanjian , Atom Egoyan    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Elias Koteas, Arsinée Khanjian, Maury Chaykin, Gabrielle Rose
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 22 July 2013
  • Run Time: 102 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00CFKBAFW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 60,016 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Noah is not your average insurance adjuster. Specialising in house fires, Noah will do anything to ease the pain of his tragedy-stricken clients - including bedding them. But as his desire to sexually underwrite strangers swells to the point of obsession, Noah realises that his wife and son are steadily fading out of his life. And when a bizarre twist of fate turns Noah's entire world upside down, he just might find that the only person he can't save is himself.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This motion picture on DVD (its North American edition being Alliance Atlantis ADVD-3191) is a masterpiece of artifice. The lives of the principal protagonists, an insurance claims adjuster and a film censor, are only the departure points for what is really a story of the human heart`s capacity for self-deception and uncomprehended depravity. "The Adjuster" is deeply disturbing and very profound, but just how much so may take more than a little prompting and urging to comprehend. I would leave a real review of this to truly sophisticated Films Studies adepts and, perhaps even more appropriately, to those well versed in Semiology. There is level upon level of dumbfounding, amazing, unsettling complexity. However, fear not, Atom Egoyan, for the home viewer, provides an eye-opening (downright eye-popping!) illumination of all of this in his masterfully helpful director`s commentary (or "feature commentary" as this DVD calls it).

This is not a film for chewing popcorn to, that`s for sure! However, this is one viewer who never shall forget it. What the film portrays, on the surface centring about oddities in the lives and personalities of the assurance claims adjuster and the woman who is the film censor, who seems to be his wife, really is the depth of the heart`s darkness as only the greatest films of so profoundly psycho-spiritual an orientation can provide. See it, but definitely then follow it by (or view before, if that seems better to one`s own preference) Atom Egyoyan`s revelatory running commentary. Egoyan mentions in the commentary several scenes, even sub-plots, in the unreleased footage of "The Adjuster" that would be fascinating to view if ever a "special edition" of the film be issued with such scenes included as bonus material or reincorporated into the film as part of a "director`s cut" edition.

No more to say than that: the film is just too deep for my own words to express it all.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
There's no mistaking the visual 1080p upgrade from sd-dvd, however someone has made the blind decision to push the colour timing into blu/green/teal territory. Having experienced this at a repertory cinema, on film, last year I can state this is not how the theatrical prints were. Which transfer is correct?...
The other egregious issue with Artificial Eye's blu ray, no extras!

I'd suggest waiting until this missed opportunity is heavily reduced before spending your hard earned on it!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizarre film about value, power and corruption 12 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
The Adjuster is a very strange but thought provoking Canadian film about the parallel between an insurance assessor - who adds up the monetary value of lost personal affects - with a film censor - whose job it is to often devalue an artists work through alteration. Both of these roles, husband and wife, are corrupted - he seduces the clients and delivers them to a religious cult - she illicitly records the films for her sister. The couple live on a half completed suburban housing development which a deranged movie director is using as a film set. A truly bizarre film from a country which has a pedigree for the adventurous in cinema.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:VHS Tape
This motion picture on DVD (its North American edition being Alliance Atlantis ADVD-3191) is a masterpiece of artifice. It is deeply disturbing and very profound, but just how much so may take more than a little prompting and urging to comprehend. I would leave a real review of this to truly sophisticated Films Studies adepts and, perhaps even more appropriately, to those well versed in Semiology. There is level upon level of dumbfounding, amazing, unsettling complexity. However, fear not, Atom Egoyan, for the home viewer, provides an eye-opening (downright eye-popping!) illumination of all of this in his masterfully helpful director`s commentary (or "feature commentary" as this DVD calls it).

This is not a film for chewing popcorn to, that`s for sure! However, this is one viewer who never shall forget it. What the film portrays, on the surface centring about oddities in the lives and personalities of an assurance claims adjuster and the woman, a film censor, who seems to be his wife, really is the depth of the heart`s darkness as only the greatest films of so profoundly psycho-spiritual an orientation can provide. See it, but definitely follow it by (or view before, if that seems better to one`s own preference) Atom Egyoyan`s revelatory running commentary. Egoyan mentions in the commentary, which is included with the DVD but probably not on the VHS tape, several scenes, even sub-plots, in the unreleased footage of "The Adjuster" that would be fascinating to view if ever a "special edition" of the film be issued with such scenes included as bonus material or reincorporated into the film as part of a "director`s cut" edition.

No more to say than that: the film is just too deep for my own words to express its worth fully enough.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  17 reviews
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Modern Drama about Sexual Obsession 26 Oct 2003
By OverTheMoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Surreal as it may "The Adjuster" is still streaks and bounds ahead of most other sexual dramas. The story basically revolves around an insurance claims advisor (Elias Koteas) who helps people come to terms with the lose of their homes and possessions to some form of accident. He wife Hera (Arsinee Khanjian) works as a film censor who secretly films the pornography that she is viewing. There are various other characters who come into contact with the pair and sexual fantasies are the main theme that drives the story forward.
In many ways it is hard to describe without actually seeing it. There is very little plot but the movie does have some very memorable characters and it does have a good climax. It is sort of like a tone-downed version of a David Lynch movie and film director Atom Egoyan does wonders with the cinematography. The film looks visually wonderful and is very pleasing to the eye.
All in all this is a great drama but do not try and find too much of a plot here. It is more about the characters and their sexual dysfunctions. Some very memorable scenes throughout.
Well worth seeing.
18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A CLASSIC OF CEREBRAL CINEMA 15 Aug 2002
By L. S. Slaughter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
What little hope I held for the future of mankind retaining any intellect, capacity for introspection, or sense of humor is now gone due to the asinine, stupid, brain-dead comments below that this film is slow and stupid.
THE ADJUSTER is a great film. Wicked, funny as all get out, darkly comic, sexy as hell, and perhaps the most chilling and dead-on critique of '666' and consumer-society ever filmed. Mychael Danna's score is Byzantine-perfect; Elias Koteas is at his peak as an enigmatic, lost soul.
What's it about? Well, it's about us. Modern people in a listless, overindulged, sensate-conscious lifestyle flailing about in a Northern American state of emotional repression doing anything they can to give meaning to their lives, or rather, just accumulate more stimulation. And in such a society, who becomes a 'Christ' figure to people who can't afford one due to their lukewarmness? Well, an Insurance Adjuster, pal. Who else? The guy who evaluates your 'lifestyle' and returns a semblance of it to you. I mean, it is ALL 'lifestyle' now, isn't it? You don't need a Diety, do you? No, all you want is an insurance adjuster. He will even sleep with you.
The ending quotes from "The Sound of Music" in a comic/horrific finale. One of the main characters - unable to 'play house' anymore in the landscape of modern time and space - decides to burn down the Insurance Adjuster's house he has rented - starts singing "My Favorite Things" as he proceeds to extinguish them all. Filmmaking doesn't get much more sly than that.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bizzare gem 3 July 2001
By David C. George - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Truely the strangest of movies; at the same time disturbing and hilarious. Only somewhat like director Egoyan's later films "The Sweet Hereafter" or "Felicia's Journey." A bit confusing, but well worth multiple viewings - underated actor Elias Koteas gives a great performance, as does the rest of the cast. Certainly not for the narrow minded or viewers of film purely as entertainment. Incredible visual imagery. This film is "very special" !
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars To my view, the masterpiece of Atom Egoyan! 19 July 2005
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Through two merciless human beings: a insurance agent and his wife conform a miserable duo: he practices the voyeurism and she edits, after taping, the private sexual affairs of his clients. As you see, the dramatic plot will engage you from start to finish.

Its boldness, intriguing and provocative nature make of this film one of the most attractive, original and striking films of 1991 and one of the most remarkable of the nineties. Egoyan is one the most controversial film makers in the world and maybe, the best Canadian director of the last thirty years.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars mal-adjusted cinema 13 Jun 2003
By Doug Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Of all of the early Egoyan's this is the one most like Sweet Hereafter as both are centered around a character whose job it is to assist victims of a tragedy but it doesn't hit as many notes as Sweet Herafter in fact mostly its just dark and occasionally darkly comic. Perhaps too dark in places and in other places just too bizarre to be taken seriously. I like Egoyans cast of actors many of whom appear over and over again in his films. Egoyan is sort of like Altman in his use of tangled narratives and ensemble casts but unlike Altman he doesn't give us much variety. Everyone in the Adjuster is wounded beyond repair and after awhile one longs for at least one character who is not emotionally crippled but its a vain hope. Sweet Herafter had its share of bizarre characters and moments but many of those characters had moments of self realization and found their way toward some form of redemption and though the film focused on human vulnerability and weaknesses and imperfections the film also offered glimpses of human strengths and will and capacity to endure. The Adjuster focuses on the weaknesses and imperfections exclusively. The Adjuster himself played by Elias Koteas is a complex character who has collected the victims of various tragedies around him. Its his job to help these vitims collect on their insurance claims but his interest in the job has him doing more than that. Apparently others tragedies arouse him in some way and he ends up sleeping with many of the people he is supposed to be helping. No one seems to notice what hes doing, in fact all the victims inexplicably see him as some kind of angel there to help them through their suffering(perhaps they see him in this light because they need something to give them strength)but of course the Adjuster is no angel. Since most of the victims have been burned out of their homes they all live in the same hotel and this makes for one of the more inspired dark comic scenarios in memory. A few of the characters are interesting but some of the story lines are so outrageous that they dwarf everything else in the movie. At points the film feels like overkill. For instance the adjuster's wife is a censor who watches porn flicks all day and then along with other censors casts her vote as to which bits need censoring. However she actually really enjoys watching the stuff and shes strikingly beautiful so its not a scenario without considerable appeal. But the scenario gets out of hand when Egoyan makes the censors offices (as well as the people working there) look and act like something out of Kafka or Orwell. Egoyan seems to be trying too hard to be clever and so the point he is making about humans fascination with forbidden or dark subjects gets lost or misplaced. And then the nymphomaniac/exhibitionist seemed like a character from a very adult version of Saturday Night Live. The ending of the film reveals how Elias Koteas met his wife but reveals very little as to why Elias Koteas is so turned on by the victims that seek his services. Tragedies induce strange maladies is all we know. Koteas deserves credit for finding something human in his character. The film itself seems to be a study of the various ways we become dehumanized but the study seems superficial. Unlike Sweet Hereafter the film never digs deep enough into its characters to give us a chance at knowing them as sufferers of one bizarre affliction or another. Koteas does an excellent acting job with what hes given but even he seems a frustratingly incomplete sketch.
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