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Nymphomaniac: Volumes I and II 2013

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A self-diagnosed nymphomaniac recounts her erotic experiences to the man who saved her after a beating.

Starring:
Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

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  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio FUSION MEDIA SALES
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 3 hours 52 minutes
Starring Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Christian Slater, Stellan Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Stacy Martin
Director Lars Von Trier
Genres Drama
Studio Curzon Film World
Rental release 28 April 2014
Main languages English

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Format: DVD
It was quite the surprise when my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati recently announced that it would be showing this (both Vol. I and II), starting this weekend and only for one week. I saw Vol. I and Vol. II on consecutive, and have posted my reviews of each of them under the separate Vol. I and Vol. II listings here on Amazon.

This particular combo set brings you the two Volumes in one handy package. Vol. I runs 118 min. and Vol. II runs 123 min, hence the total running time for this combo-pack is correctly listed at 241 min. There are no bonus materials of any kind on this release. If that is what you are intending to buy, by all means, go for it.

However, if you think you've seen all of Nymph()maniac with these two movies, you are mistaken. Nymph()maniac was originally shot as a 5 1/2 hr. movie. For various reasons, Von Trier's production company decided to release the movie into most international markets (including US theatres) as a two-parter of 2 hrs. each, with the intent of releasing the full 5/12 hr. movie at some point later in 2014 (presumably directly on DVD/Bly-ray), and supposedly with lots more explicit scenes deemed too daring for the theatrical release.

Bottom line: just make sure that what you are buying is in line with your expectations. If you just want Nymph()maniac Vol. I and II as you saw it in the theater, this combo-pack will do the trick. If however you want the full running time as originally intended by writer-director Lars Von Trier, you should hold out until that "Director's Cut" is released (supposedly) later in 2014.
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Format: Blu-ray
Obviously I saw this at the cinema not the bluray so I can only speak of the film, please ignor the mass of bad reviews this is getting and give it a try, I really enjoyed it, it is long, it is painful to watch and drains you, but that's the idea, a lot of people are going to see this thinking it will be something it isn't and never could be, it is not a 4 hour non-stop polished Hollywood blockbuster, it is an experience, it will grab you by the balls one minute and the next plant a seed of an idea in your head and give you time to explore it.
Please give it a try bit don't think this is your 50 shades of grey feature film come early!
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Format: Blu-ray
"Nymphomaniac" is a complex, serious and dark movie which amounts, in my opinion, to nothing less than cinematic gold. It's dramatic and bold, representing a piece of sexual art on film. This Blu-ray set contains both Volume 1 & 2, and is the theatrical release (at approx. 4 hours in length). Yet a complete version of this movie - the director's cut - is available, with an additional 90 minutes of material. Both versions are similarly priced. I recommend the extended edition (which I've reviewed separately, at 5 stars).

This is a superbly made movie, directed by Lars von Trier (whose earlier work includes “Melancholia” and “Antichrist”), and who is known for making explicit and artistic films. It is a two-part drama, and involves both fantastic writing and great acting. There are several well-known actors in the film, including Christian Slater, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman, Willem Dafoe, and Stellan Skarsgård. Yet the stand-out contributions are by Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stacy Martin – especially Martin, who takes lead role as the central character Joe aged from 15 to 31. But in many ways, it's an ensemble piece - and all contributions are top notch.

The film is about a woman who's telling her life story, from childhood to her 40's. And the defining aspect of her life is that she's a nymphomaniac. The movie explores her sexual adventures, which are many and varied. And full-on sex is shown ... I'm impressed that the film received an 18 rating, rather than an 18R (attitudes are obviously becoming more liberal). The Blu-ray has excellent picture and sound quality. Note: the movie is in English.

It's not a happy film, and the lead character is often very depressed with her life.
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Format: Blu-ray
With all the hype built up around its release, one's first thought would be that "Nymphomaniac" is just glorified porn. Actually, it is far from being even pornographic. Split into 2 parts (Volume I-118 mins, and Volume II-124 mins), and divided into 8 chapters, the film follows Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg), a woman in her fifties, a self-diagnosed sex maniac, spinning a tale about her sex life from childhood through to her middle-age. Unfolding a series of flash-backs, Volume I recounts Joe's vigorous childhood and youthful erotic experiences, while Volume II contemplates her desires against the overpowering pressures and constraints of adulthood. Taking in the whole of the singular human experience, including the body and the mind, sex and love, and all the connections between them, in the end the story comes full circle, almost as if it were a thought-provoking psychological insight into a world of sexuality, loneliness, and love.

Director Lars Von Trier, as the passionate, creative film-maker that he is, once again overflows his self righteous, controversial views into his work, not worrying about how outrageous these may be. Being mostly narrative and drama, the movie contains about 20 minutes of sexual material throughout the entire 4 hours, featuring some explicit adult scenes. Some may find these depictions erotic, but this material is relatively restrained, and so is unlikely to offend anyone, especially those familiar with the director's work. Obviously not an easy film to watch, but a very interesting one which requires close attention and an open mind. Complex, dark, raw, repellent, stimulating, lyrical, shocking, intelligent, often hilarious, occasionally exhausting, "Nymphomaniac" is simply not the pornographic epic that the press have been claiming to be.
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