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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 20 February 2014
Approach this looking for plot, three acts, a script that makes sense, conventional acting or anything resembling reality and you will be profoundly disappointed. However if you love vintage SF like The Groundstar Conspiracy, Cronenberg, Fulci`s zombie music soundtracks, The Andromeda Strain, Phantasm and just a general WTF? quality to your movie-viewing you will ADORE this tone-poem to all that cool stuff. Don`t try and force a narrative onto what unfolds before your eyes, just let the film transport you back to those youthful, heady days when you could while away an entire afternoon just gazing at the box-cover artwork in your local video-rental store imagining the delights within. The director approached the movie with this desire in mind and viewers should do the same when watching it.

As if the visuals weren`t enough, the soundtrack by Sinoia Caves is similarly incredible though it remains criminally unavailable to buy.

Cannot recommend this highly enough.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Weeks ago I was wise enough to buy this film, until a few hours ago I was stupid enough to leave it on a shelf unopened, having just come down from the cinematic high of watching it I'll try to give it a coherent review which is easier said than done.

To exlain this gem in terms of linear structure alone is missing the essence of the experience but that's what I'll start with, the plot involves an experimental institute designed in the 60's to achieve great breakthrough's in self-understanding and inner-peace, cut to present day (a futuristic version of the 80's) and something has gone wrong, the institute is run by a quirky man seeming eccentric and perhaps not all there, the founder rots alone in a room pumping himself full off god knows what whilst watching idealist nature shows that no doubt let him see something closer to his original intentions than what he's created. A young girl, a telepath, is kept imprisoned as part of some experiment that is implied to be of some great importance, the man studying her seems obsessed with her and the plot focuses on the past of these two and the inevitable confrontation between captive and captor, to say any more would be pointless as the plot is quite loose and open to interpretation at times, its more a surreal audio-visual experience than the standard A-Z plot driven title and will therfore be quite offputting to many mainstream film-goers or film buffs who haven't went too far outside of the standard fare.

Now to the essence of the experience, the film has the look of an 80's or 60's sci-fi (varying between the two or perhaps blending them, can't tell which), the film at times feels like a wild Roger Corman produced sci-fi like "Forbidden World" but written for an art crowd and directed by David Cronenberg with Mario Bava on lighting and visuals, even the most restrained scenes have something beautiful about them you just won't normally see in a modern film and the wilder moments are like a Shinya Tsukamoto fever dream drenched in rainbow-colour. The audio is in contrast to all this quite subtle but sharp and effective, like a mix of 60's gothic horror and suspense sci-fi that amplifies the strange unease that something in this world isn't right and things could turn sinister any moment. If you know what I'm talking about you're probably already sold on getting this masterpiece if not you might want to give it a miss, the film is almost two hours long and very little happens to push the plot in a solid direction but I feel this works in the films favour and creates an atmosphere where you can lose yourself in the experience constantly admiring the little things and trying to build your own interpretation of the strange events as they unfold.

As for this edition it looks spectacular, a thin line of grain is apparent which makes me wonder whether the director added it to suit the filmstock feel of the older movies he tributes or shot the whole thing in 35MM, either way a good blu-ray transfer though only one effect test and a trailer appear as extra features, regardless this beauty is well worth getting for one of the greatest artistic achievements of 21st century cinema that proves that though in harsh decline good films do still get made.
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on 29 December 2014
One of the most interesting and inspiring films I've ever seen. Visual feast goes together with simply amazing soundtrack. The film is slow, captivating, engrossing, difficult to watch yet extremely rewarding. This is not an action-packed SF flick, so if you are looking for one, don't bother with this film. Art in pure form.
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on 17 December 2014
Brilliant movie - I've never seen anything like that before. Audio-visual trip - I watched it few times already.
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon 20 July 2013
The move starts out meticulously slow so you do not miss the subtle inferences. Then in the middle it slows down so you do not miss the intricacy, at the end it comes to a dead stop so you can erase the time spent properly.

Our antagonist Barry Nyle (Michael Rogers) just looks standard evil until one day his wife (Marilyn Norry) says ""Barry you are not wearing your appliances." And we recognize him as Nosferatu in a Noriega fine customer leathers outfit. They probably need some name recognition money to pay for the filming.

Not to sully Carl Mayer but this film plot has something's in common with "The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari" mixes with Logan's Run attempt at finding sanctuary. Even a tad of "The village".

There is lots of diverse music, smoke, colors, and heavy breathing (reminiscent of Darth Vader.)

Serenity [Blu-ray]
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2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 16 September 2013
I've purchased several Blu-Ray imports from the States and they've all played fine on my UK Blu-Ray Player. Unfortunately, this one is Region A and therefore will not play outside the States. It seems multi-region Blu-Ray players only play multi-region DVDs. Really disappointed as I'm desperate to see this.
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3 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 2 July 2013
This BluRay is locked to US blu ray players and wouldn't play on my European PS3 bought in the UK.
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