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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive buy
This was Polanski’s first English language feature, financed by a company whose previous output mostly consisted of soft porn! It showcases the director’s talent as a creator of menacing atmosphere, following a beautiful young French girl (Catherine Deneuve) as she descends into madness after being left alone in her flat by her sister. The central theme is...
Published on 25 May 2004 by S. P. Maxwell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Laughable
I had high expectations of this film and I must say I was a little disappointed. It is definitely of its time, when the issues explored in this film could only be explored in the most simple and shocking manner. For me, there wasn't enough character exploration; especially of the central character. All we seemed to get was some pretty Belgian sweety who bumbled around the...
Published on 1 Aug. 2012 by KurtMcGowan


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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very attractive buy, 25 May 2004
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S. P. Maxwell (London, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Repulsion [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
This was Polanski’s first English language feature, financed by a company whose previous output mostly consisted of soft porn! It showcases the director’s talent as a creator of menacing atmosphere, following a beautiful young French girl (Catherine Deneuve) as she descends into madness after being left alone in her flat by her sister. The central theme is fear and hatred of sex, but this is a claustrophobic and haunting film, not an academic treatise on female sexual paranoia. Polanski observes the descent into madness because it is an interesting and disturbing thing to watch (at least when seen through his eyes/lens), not because he wanted to make a point about psychology. It has aged well, and during my viewing of it the only bit that seemed dated was the strange sixties music that plays as Denueve is walking round the streets of London. However, even this has its charm and is not off-putting. The masterly direction ensures that the slightly stricter censorship of the day does not diminish the power and horror of some of the more unsettling scenes (I won’t go into details because I don’t want to spoil the plot if you haven’t seen it) The extras are interesting, including some retrospective interviews, which are always nice. Truly, it is disturbing, voyeuristic entertainment at its best.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creepy, 22 Nov. 2008
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This review is from: Repulsion [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
Even on her good days, Carol lives on the edge of sanity; she stares endlessly at sidewalks cracks, feels things crawling on her body, and doesn't respond to people. But when her sister leaves her alone for two weeks, Carol loses her grip on reality and goes completely mad.

Roman Polanski's first English language film is almost a silent movie with just a bit of dialogue. The action is mostly in Carol's mind, as she sees, hears, and feels the things that go bump in the night, fears many have felt at one time or another, but she loses herself in her horror. Twenty-two year old Catherine Deneuve also made her English language debut in the film and gives a stunning performance. Her fragile beauty contrasts with the ugliness and brutality of her hallucinations and the audience is swept along on her journey.

This is not a movie to watch at night if you're afraid of the dark or of being alone. A very effective thriller.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, sad and authentic, 31 Mar. 2008
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This review is from: Repulsion [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
This is part of Polanski's trilogy on the horrors of apartment living in the city. Having lived in a very old Paddington flat furnished in the 60s, I found this film full of familiar stuff.

Carol is a French girl living with her sister in South Kensington. Her sister is quite tough, carrying on an affair with a brutish married man, but Carol is very sensitive and troubled. Cracks appearing in the walls, aggressive landlords, food left around the house, the sounds of music, and sexual activity next door. It's all true.

Deneuve is good. The pictures of 60s South Ken are interesting, and the film says something about the isolation you feel in the big city in any era.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a cinematic masterpiece., 5 Mar. 2002
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This review is from: Repulsion [VHS] [1965] (VHS Tape)
This film charts the slow descent of a French girl, Carol, played by Catherine Deneuve, into madness and horror. The acting in this film is superb, and especially by Deneuve, who brings to her part a delicate balance of vulnerability and strangeness. Right from the start, there is a sense that this beautiful, introverted, seemingly harmless girl, is not 'quite all there.' Give her a slight push, and she will tumble into total madness. As a performance, it is reminiscent of Anthony Perkins in Psycho.
The camera is on Carol all the time, and we see events unfold through her paranoid and schizophrenic mind. We feel her isolation. The mundane is amplified -the ticking of a clock, the sounds of the street outside, the toiling of the bell from the next door nunnery-and made to seem menacing. She is dependant on her sister to such an extent that when her sister goes to Italy on holiday, leaving her alone, she loses her lifeline on which to grasp for human contact. Her isolation is so intense that other people become a threat. Those who are a menace to her, such as her landlord, are treated in the same manner as those who wish her well, such as her boy friend. She can no longer tell the difference. The madness in her mind is made manifest on the screen: Huge cracks appear in the wall symbolising the cracks appearing in her mind. Hands come out of the wall and touch her. Her nightmares torment her with physical contact of men, the one thing that horrifies her, and which are made utterly believable by the vagueness of the camerawork and the silence on the soundtrack-how very much like a real nightmare. The structure of the film is marvellous, as is the cinematography. There is not a shot or a frame wasted as every scene, every shot, builds up to show Carol's loosening grasp of reality.
One of the greatest films of the 20th Century. On every level, this film not only works, but works brilliantly. Roman Polanski is a genius, and this film is his cinematic masterpiece.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece!, 12 July 2008
This review is from: Repulsion [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
I've seen "Repulsion" quite a few times over the years, and it never gets any less absorbing to watch in spite of knowing the outcome.
Catherine Denueve is incandescently beautiful in it but this all masks her real persona which I guess is shown in the early photograph of her when she was just a child. The rest of her family, involved all together in the event of having their picture taken, but her, aloof, distant, in the background, staring into space, not really wanting to be a part of it. I think this showed a real understanding on the part of the director of the type of personality she had that would later erupt into murderous rage as a result of her paranoia and mental isolation. Sad. Disturbing. And quite possibly one of the most brilliant movies ever made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Details +++ NB: The transfer is 1920x1080i 50 Hz, 4 Feb. 2013
-> BLU-RAY review

Transfer looks fairly good.
But instead of the usual Blu-ray Full HD 24fps 1920x1080p (= "progressive" - i.e. frame AFTER frame) , what you get is a 1920x1080i (= "interlaced" - i.e. 50 interlaced semi images per sec.) picture playing at 50 Hz, resulting in slightly flickering/pulsating parts of the image especially on bright surfaces like walls (eg TC 00:08:44; 40:36; 41:25; 43:43; 44:29; 44:58; 45:18) or even Catherine's face in the opening shot at TC 00:01:55.
Overall the print looks fairly good and will please fans of this particular movie, incl. myself.

Released "avec le soutien du CNC" and carrying audio commentary by both Roman Polanski AND Catherine Deneuve, I guess this must be an official release.
But why they didn't use a FILM print, or even better - if still available - the orig. camera negative (instead of a 50 Hz video master), isn't entirely clear. Maybe the commentary by director Polanski will provide the answers, haven't checked that yet.
On the other hand blubeaver.ca (see their site for a review) list the "RC A locked" Criterion BD with 1080p and playing at 24fps. (quote: "the Criterion editions which are advertised as 'New, restored high-definition digital transfer(s), approved by director Roman Polanski")
As both BD releases are available on amazon, you can have your pick!

Film: 8/10
Picture quality: 8,5/10 (1920x1080i 50 Hz)
Aspect ratio: 1,66:1 (orig.); Pillarboxed
Run time (50 Hz): 1:40'46"
Audio: GB;F
ST: F o/-
black and white
Chpt.: 10
RC B
Extras:
- Making-of "A British Horror Movie", 24' SD
- Audio commentary R. Polanski and C. Deneuve (English; ST: F )
- Interview Prof. Richard Gregory, neuropsychiatrist, 11' SD
- 2 Galleries: Poster art, production drawings
- Trailer, SD
Studio: Opening Meridiane Group / Filmedia
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film about a descent into madness., 25 Jan. 2008
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Polanski had only recently defected from Poland at the time of this film,and so his English wasn't as yet fluent.Similarly,Catherine Deneuve's English was a bit shaky,expalining this film's silences and use of tone and mood rather than dialogue to get the point across.
It's a great depiction of a descent into schizophrenia,admittedly not entirely as this would happen in real life,about fear of relationships(? fear of sex)and lonliness in a big city.
One of the other reviewers points out how hard it is to imagine Deneuve,who is gorgeous in this film,managing to avoid male attention till she turns 20.Still,Polanski manages to make it work well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Polanski, 4 July 2010
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This review is from: Repulsion [DVD] [1965] (DVD)
Catherine Deneuve is brilliant in this early Roman Polanski psychological horror film. She plays Carol a young French woman living with a her sister in a small claustrophobic flat in London. She is socially awkward, mousy, emotionally repressed and quite clearly repulsed by anything and everything especially men. There is evidence of past possible sexual abuse. Carol's existence is alienated, sad and lonely. She seems to want to escape her world, even herself. Polanski's well thoughtout and meticulous attention to detail direction creates a frightening world relentlessly closing in on the terrified Carol. He uses sound to brilliant effect: water dripping, traffic outside, sudden ringing of telephone and doorbells to create and sense of claustrophia and this is heightened by the use of extreme close-ups. Much of the film is set in the small and cluttered flat in which it seems Carol's is constantly surrounded by closing in white walls and searing and glaring white light. Indeed Polanski's use of white light makes Carol look pale and ghostly and like a terrified deer in a powerful headlight. But it is the endless clock ticking that symbolises the timebomb of pent up rage within Carol...Polanski slowly builds the tension and suspense in his usual masterful way. If you are a fan of Polanski and indeed serious cinema then you should buy this. Those who want cheap thrills and instant gratification will be disappointed. A brilliant and atmospheric shocker.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Little known masterpiece, 1 April 2005
This review is from: Repulsion [1965] [DVD] (DVD)
There is so much in this film that is recommended, and I urge you to purchase it.
This film helped make the brilliant director Polanski and actress Catherine Denueve worldwide stars.
Set in 1960's London (Kensington?) the film deals with a beautiful but unbalanced young lady's (Denueve's Carol) descent from depression into madness. She becomes mentally unhinged when her sister leaves her alone for a week in a flat.
Even though this film is relatively low budget and does not have many special effects, the directors skill ensures this is a tense and often terrifying critique of madness.
Polanski does not waste a shot. He uses a number of interesting techniques to convey to the viewer the warped imagination of Carol and her isolation.
Denueve herself looks stunning. I have never seen a more beautiful actress then Deneuve in this film. Oh, and she is brilliant actress as well! There is not much dialogue in this film, but the viewer is kept interested by the intensity and reality of her acting.
1960's London and fashion in this film also look fantastic.
For me, it is a perfect film. I can find no fault in it, and I can not recommend it high enough. It is well worth five stars.
If you like this film, you should also watch Polanski's also excellent 'Rosemary's Baby' which has some similar themes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Repulsion" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With The US Release..., 28 Feb. 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" (London) - See all my reviews
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As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1965 Polanski cult movie “Repulsion”. And the 'BLU RAY' is available in the States and France. But which issue do you buy if you live in Blighty?

Unfortunately the desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the French release (with foreign language all over the rear of the box) is REGION B - so that will play the Catherine Deneuve film on UK machines (its said to have a great transfer).

Check you’re player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release (which is said to have a stunning transfer)...
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