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on 10 April 2017
Sharp transfer, however the Dutch blu-ray is in the wrong aspect ratio (1.78:1 open-matte rather than 2.35:1) and 50i rather than 24p
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on 22 April 2014
probably the most surprising film you will ever see, a great story all the more so as its claims to be based on true events and characters? You will laugh, cry, be thoroughly nauseated and constantly surprised.

If your a "film buff" who like the unusual and surprising then this is a must see, the kind of film which you and friend will be talking about for years to come and a surprisingly star studded cast.
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on 6 April 2017
Good actors and acting just didn't like the end goid all the way through just don't expect to be amazed at the end
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon 17 June 2011
A truly beautiful film centered around a character who is obsessed with finding the ultimate perfume - even if that does include the scent of death. Not one for the faint hearted, but its not a film full of gore and violence, and you dont feel as if anything was done gratuitously. It starts slowly, but quickly builds its pace towards a satisfying conclusion.
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on 19 July 2017
very good
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on 12 April 2017
Great film. To be honest it was such a great price that I worried it wouldn't work but it did and quick delivery too! Thankyou
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on 9 July 2017
Good.
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on 12 May 2017
Don't remember buying this, so can't rate it!
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The year is 1766, and Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) is born amid the filth of a Paris slum with an unusually well-developed sense of smell. He grows up in an orphanage, never knowing a kind word or deed, perceiving and relating to his harsh life only through smell. When as a teen, he sees a beautiful young woman for the first time, he becomes obsessed with capturing her essence in a perfume, but to do this, he must kill her. She is but the first of many young women who will be used to create a scent of perfect beauty, innocence, and even love.

In the beginning, the ugliness and brutality of slum life are so realistically portrayed I often had to look away. In contrast, the second half is set in a beautiful countryside amid luxurious surroundings. The photography and set designs are excellent as are the period costumes. Whishaw gives an intense performance as the asocial, amoral anti-hero, a fascinating and sympathetic and yet unlikable character. Dustin Hoffman is miscast as an Italian perfume maker. His American accent and deadpan delivery are laughable and out of place. Alan Rickman is very good in the small role of a nobleman.

The story of a serial killer's desire to capture unattainable essences is engrossing, while the last scenes, involving 750 nude extras, cross the line from drama to fantasy and are quite bizarre. It's an unpleasant but curiously intriguing story. 3.5 stars.
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on 19 January 2014
A film adaptation based on a book widely considered un-filmable; and the result is one of the most underrated movies I have ever seen. Ben Whishaw gives a spectacular performance as the disturbed Jean-Baptise Grenouille whose highly developed sense of smell leads to his obsession to create the perfect perfume by any means necessary. Some might complain about the use of John Hurt's voice over, but for a film where the main characters rarely speaks it really helps the flow of the film.
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