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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez, Bárbara Lennie
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: 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: 15
  • Studio: Pathé
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec. 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004X9YNNO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,049 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar comes The Skin I Live In

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After 12 years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Dariush Alavi on 13 Jan. 2012
Format: Blu-ray
A sense of camp horror (or should that be 'a camp sense of horror'?) has lurked in the background of several Almodóvar movies, but here it's allowed to take centre stage in an engrossing, flashback-heavy tale of a plastic surgeon's attempts to create artificial skin. Antonio Banderas is suitably creepy in the lead role and Elena Anaya is a vision of flawless, silver screen beauty as the subject of his experiments, but the real stars here are the style and the ideas. Almodóvar has always enjoyed blurring the boundaries between genres and your enjoyment of his latest effort will almost certainly depend on the extent to which you're willing to follow the leaps he makes from melodrama to sci-fi to psychological thriller and, of course, to horror. It's worth sticking out the twisted ride, especially as there's an intriguing - not to mention provocative - revelation about two-thirds of the way through.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 500 REVIEWER on 23 Nov. 2011
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A fascinating and powerful departure for Almodovar, or perhaps more
accurately more an terrific hybrid of the best of his old and new.
This has the darker, more actively perversely disturbing and violent themes
of some of his early work like 'Matador' but shot and directed with the
far smoother and more mature hand he has developed over the years. It
also uses the more complex and fractured time structure style of
Almodovar's more recent work, to great effect.

In the end it's a gorgeous looking, philosophically complex mystery and
horror film. Although not gory, this is a disturbing work, both on a
literal story level, and also for the questions it raises about sexual and personal
identity, love, sado-masochism, and passion run amok.

These themes are all Almodovar touchstones, but delivered here with a
visually stunning icy touch, and with much more complete logic than in
his early works, which often felt less fully thought through, and had
more frustrating plot holes and character leaps.

Not a 'scary' film, but a creepy, moody and highly effective one. A
dark fairy tale as told by, say Stanley Kubrick.

It's good to see Antonio Banderas reunited with Almodovar, and he
delivers a wonderfully complex and quirky modern day Dr. Frankenstein.

Less emotional than my two very favorite Almodovar films (Talk to Her,
All About My Mother), but its exciting to see this extremely talented
film maker continue to evolve and grow, and I think this represents
work that can stand among his best.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By old man and the sea on 15 Oct. 2011
Format: Blu-ray
This is a horror film. Not of the blood and gore, or suspense with sudden shocks variety, but one showing the real horror of careful vengeance that goes deep. This film questions identify in a way that no other does. And it is filmed beautifully. The image is pin-sharp and the colours are rich; the night-time scenes are well lit and vivid. The cinematographer, José Luis Alcaine, is one of the very best. Providing the transfer is good this should look excellent on BluRay. And Antonio Banderas is very good in this film.

Warning: see this film cold. Avoid spoilers. Let the story unfold as you watch.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By foodyfilmygeek on 4 July 2012
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There seem to be a lot of bad reviews about The Skin I Live In but I really like it. It features some the same old Almodóvarian themes, but this time in the guise of a thriller/suspense film.

You'll appreciate it more if you watch Eyes Without A Face [1959] [DVD] first. It's a French film from which I assume Almodóvar must have derived much of the inspiration for this film, coupled with many of the ideas he has played around with in past films. It's made in the style of older horror: little to no gore, but a horrific idea illustrated with suggestion rather than a blood bath. Almodóvar throws in his usual dose of dark humour.

Almodóvar uses a couple of his sort of 'family' of regular actors in this one: Antonio Banderas plays the Surgeon, Robert Ledgard, having been absent from Almodóvar's work for so long (at least 20 years, I think), and Marisa Paredes, who seems to be knocking up as many Almodóvar films as Carmen Maura, is his housekeeper.

I can understand why people may not have liked Broken Embraces [DVD]. I didn't either. But The Skin I Live In is the continuation of Almodóvar's brilliant directing career and if you like his films in general then you should certainly see (or indeed buy) it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nathaniel Browne on 13 Mar. 2012
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In true Euro' cinema fashion, "The Skin I Live In" delivers a superb and riveting tale of good ol' fashioned bitterness, revenge, unexpected love and large helping of "just plain weird." Superbly directed, your attention is kept throughout and even in scenes where almost nothing is happening you can't not keep watching.

This is a quiet and captivating story of exceptional quality. For all ye appreciators of European cinema, if you've not seen "The Skin I Live In" before, you will not be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. W. Jones on 4 Mar. 2012
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Almodovar's latest film,featuring an extreme act of revenge, gains from repeated viewings. Initially it appears to be a mystery thriller which the viewer has to unravel. On subsequent viewings the horror element seems stronger but,at the same time, the film becomes more moving, following the moment when the recipient of the revenge sees a previous newspaper clipping. Is this, perhaps, Almodovar's best film to date?
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