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5.0 out of 5 stars A Slyly Transgressive Film of Amazing Subtlety and Psychological Power
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...
Published on 26 July 2012 by Gerald Parker

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2.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited UK blu ray, falls short, considerably
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,...
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Slyly Transgressive Film of Amazing Subtlety and Psychological Power, 26 July 2012
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Gerald Parker "Gerald Parker" (Rouyn-Noranda, QC., Dominion of Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Adjuster [1991] [DVD] (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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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
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This review is from: The Adjuster [VHS] (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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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Long awaited UK blu ray, falls short, considerably, 9 July 2013
This review is from: The Adjuster [Blu-ray] (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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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Surface Meaning Is Only the Beginning Point for a Story of Human Depravity and Self-Deception, 26 July 2012
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Gerald Parker "Gerald Parker" (Rouyn-Noranda, QC., Dominion of Canada) - See all my reviews
This review is from: The Adjuster [VHS] (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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