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The Presence [DVD]

3.6 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Mira Sorvino, Shane West, Justin Kirk
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 4 Digital Media
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Feb. 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00623N4RA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,850 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

In this darkly romantic ghost story, a woman (Academy Award Winner Mira Sorvino) travels to an isolated cabin where she finds herself stalked by an apparition (Shane West, "A Walk To Remember") who has come to inhabit her space as his own. With the unexpected arrival of the woman's boyfriend (Golden Globe nominee Justin Kirk, "Weeds"), the dark spirit's haunting grows more obsessive. Soon the woman begins to exhibit weirdly irrational behavior as the thin line between sanity and possession begins to unravel. The Presence is grounded in terrific performances, beautiful cinematography, a lush musical score, and a Hitchcockian style that explores the idea of pure cinematic storytelling.

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Format: DVD
This is not the typical Hollywood scary movie... there are not a lot of jumps, instead it creeps up on you. I guess in some ways it asks the audience to think and do a little work, which certainly seems to throw some people in the audience off. It's hard to explain without giving too much away so I will say take a chance and get the movie if you want something original and beautiful. The cinematography is amazing, and the first 20 or so minutes don't even have dialogue, which I thought was wonderful. (And seems like it would be difficult to pull off.) There are some very good twists and turns, and the acting is terrific. This is a movie that actually is trying to say something and do something different than the norm. We found it mesmerizing and I even cried at the end.
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I have to say, the thing I loved most about THE PRESENCE was that it did not resort to ridiculous, trite gimmicks and devices to scare and/or trick you. I've seen the trailer and it sadly does not capture what is most special about this film: it's artistry. Don't get me wrong, it's not artsy fartsy; however, it is made by someone who clearly loves cinema and respects it as art and not cheap entertainment.

For instance, the camera rarely comes off the tripod, rather than shake like crazy, which has become so boring. And rather than a bunch of unknown 20 year-olds stuck in a cabin, this film boasts top-notch performances from top talent in their 30s! You want blood? This film isn't for you. It tastefully and respectfully scares you without gore. And, believe it or not, there is a really good, solid love story amidst the fright!

Do you want to see something different, without stupid antics and cheap tricks? Watch THE PRESENCE...
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 July 2012
Format: DVD
First thing you need to know; THIS IS NOT A HORROR FILM. If you have a low boredom threshold don`t bother with this; you will not appreciate it for what it is and you will likely judge it by standards that are not applicable to it.

It is a pleasure to discover a film as sophisticated, thought-provoking and thoroughly well-crafted as this, even from independent film makers; this has been made by people who know the value of a lingering camera shot, effective use of sound, the integration of music and the merit of an evocative setting. Writer/director Tom Provost has delivered an unusual, subtly gripping, genre-twisting story that introduces the viewer into the secret from the outset, then creates tension and unease as the plot unfolds around the central characters, an unnamed woman and her boyfriend.
With the vast, empty Oregon landscape as a background and the remote, unsettling location of a cabin apparently only accessible by water, Mia Sorvino and the rest of the cast put in wonderfully measured performances; Tony Curran, especially, makes Mephistopheles look like a reasonable bloke.
I have no wish to give any of the story away - you'll have to watch this film and discover its meanings and depths for yourself.
"The Presence" deserves to be bracketed with classics like "The Haunting", "The Others" or "The Sixth Sense" - even realised on a very small budget, it is still a beautiful, polished piece of cinema.

The film is presented in a widescreen (2.35:1) format; there are no subtitles.
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The movie starts out showing us a boring, mostly mute ghost. One that stands around and stares. In a northern isolated cabin, Mira Sorvino returns to her family cabin where she used to spend her summers as a child. The ghost seems to tolerate her presence, but weird things happen such as doors closing by themselves and the Victrola playing by itself. The film moves slow...as does the ghost. The cabin has no electricity, and after a few days, she still has cell phone reception. Where is the tower? What kind of battery does she have? Hey! I want one of those!

Anyway, her slightly jerky boyfriend (Justin Kirk) shows up and wouldn't you know it, the male ghost has testosterone issues or so it seems. Creepy huh. Things start to happen to him. The film moves slow and just about when you think nothing will happen, Bam! it does. First slowly, then more dramatic things happen as the film progresses. The boyfriend turns out to be less jerky than he was at first and is the picture of understanding while the serene Mira is somewhat psychotic...or is it the ghost? or a demon from her past?

We soon discover this is more than a simple ghost haunting...

The film is done in a way you can feel the tension between the characters, the influence of the ghost, and the frustration of the boyfriend. The movie has an existential Christian theme to it, but shies away from stating any specific names that pin it to Christianity.

No sex or nudity.
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By PF Cope TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 5 Jan. 2015
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I suppose The Presence could be described as 'Arthouse Horror' but for me it's a movie that was both uneventful and uninspiring. I could live without dialogue for the first 20 minutes if it has a particular purpose, a lead in or a focus but to me it seemed so incidental. Mira Sorvino played her role well but there was so little substance to the story it didn't matter. I didn't get the point of this film...it certainly wasn't entertaining and when the end credits began to roll, I could only think 'thank goodness for that'.
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