Natural Born Killers [Blu-ray]  [US Import] 
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Mickey and Mallory Knox may appear to be your ordinary couple, but they aren't. In fact, the two are notorious serial killers who love to get their adrenaline pumping by destroying the lives of others. The media has pretty much made the villainous duo heroes to the public, as they can't get enough of them. They headline every single news program with absolute pride. As the two continue their bloody rampage through the states, the public is watching every step of the way with bloodshot eyes.
The structure of the film is usually what turns people off from it, but I thought it was all executed perfectly. It doesn't follow your basic plot structure in the same way most films do. We're presented with the characters, the conflict, resolution, etc.--but it's pieced together in random spots as if you were surfing through different channels on the TV. This is extremely effective for what Stone is trying to convey. It's a disturbing film because it actually sheds light on something most people don't want to fess up to, and that is the glorification of criminals and violence. I found it to be a breath-taking satire, as well as an outstanding film all together.
One of the many strong points that this film has is the amazing acting from the superb cast.Read more ›
The film is an ode to americas glorified fascination with the macabre and how serial killers for example can gain legendary status and thats because of the media.
Granted the films violent scenes are excessive but in understanding the reason for that one understands that people embrace these acts in what they read,what they watch and so forth in the news,america is a country that reigns in violence and murder,this film details with two killers who you cant help but love,but are the characters played by robert downey junior(the journalist) or tommy lee jones(the warden) any better,thats what you need to decide.
The content of the film is one of a couple,mickey and mallory,who go on a killing spree across america and how their fanbase grows as the media gives them iconic status,certainly even i as a viewer warm to them,sense of irony im sure.
This is a film that is more of a satire and is twisted in more ways than one and with 3000 edits involved(most films have 700) it is clear that there is alot going here,you shouldnt miss this.
Once again, we UK Blu-Ray fans get royally screwed-over! Despite being advertised as the 20th Anniversary Edition, this is NOT in fact the case!
What you get, is:
- The Uncut Director's Cut (122 minutes)
- NBK Evolution: How Would It All Go Down Now? (documentary)
- Commentary and Introduction by Oliver Stone
- Chaos Rising: The Storm Around Natural Born Killers (documentary)
- Deleted Scenes with Introductions by Oliver Stone (about 20 minutes worth)
- Charlie Rose Interview of Oliver Stone (featurette)
- Alternate Ending with Introduction by Oliver Stone, and the
- US Theatrical Trailer
. However, in the USA, Warners are releasing the proper 20th Anniversary Edition, which includes:
- The Original Theatrical Cut (119 minutes), PLUS
- The Uncut Director's Cut (122 minutes)
- Housed in a new DIAMOND LUXE, Steelbook-style case
- Natural Born Killers: Method In The Madness (All-new feature-length documentary, featuring director Oliver Stone, editor Hank Corwin and technical advisor Dale Dye, who unleash the cinematic tools of controlled chaos they used to make the film
- PLUS ALL of the other stuff listed above, on the new UK Blu-Ray!
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... and costs less than £18, including Standard Shipping to the United Kingdom! It's released on 9th December 2014.Read more ›
It cannot be denied that visually, the film is breathtaking. The variety of formats that Stone employs constantly vies for our attention, switching from colour to black and white, 35mm to 16mm, live action to animation, road movie to sitcom. Punctuated by superimposed hallucinations and visceral violence, this is one film that could never be accused of being boring. It is difficult to define exactly what it is that Stone has created here. Serial killer flick, road movie, twisted romance - Natural Born Killers crosses the boundaries of all three, at the same time carving a unique space for itself in cinematic history.
It is, perhaps, the central contradiction between the film's 'message' and the way that it is conveyed, that makes it so interesting. To some, Stone's critique of the media and its power to elevate such characters as Mickey and Mallory Knox to the status of national heroes, may appear to be nothing but self-indulgent hypocrisy.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I found this film very odd. I watched about 40 minutes and turned it off. Definitely not my cup of tea.Published 6 days ago by Sian Dyas
This is a very difficult film to rate. The filming is inspired but the subject matter (glorifying anarchy, murder, and torture) is appalling. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Dr. Michael J. Atkins
I bought this DVD remembering that I liked the film when it came out. So, I was looking forward to watching it. Boy was I disappointed. It was not nearly as good as I remembered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ruth