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Antichrist (The Criterion Collection) (2009)

Willem Dafoe , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lars von Trier  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche SahlstrÝm
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KGBISE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #30,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antichrist (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer
  • Audio commentary by von Trier and professor Murray Smith
  • Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
  • A collection of video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist
  • "Chaos Reigns at the Cannes Film Festival 2009," a documentary
  • Three theatrical trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Ian Christie

  • Editorial Reviews

    Lars von Trier (Europa, Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark) shook up the film world when he premiered Antichrist at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival. In this graphic psychodrama, a grief-stricken man and woman—a searing Willem Dafoe (Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ) and Cannes best actress Charlotte Gainsbourg (Jane Eyre, 21 Grams)—retreat to a cabin deep in the woods after the accidental death of their infant son, only to find terror and violence at the hands of nature and, ultimately, each other. But this most confrontational work yet from one of contemporary cinema’s most controversial artists is no mere provocation. It is a visually sublime, emotionally ravaging journey to the darkest corners of the possessed human mind; a disturbing battle of the sexes that pits rational psychology against age-old superstition; and a profoundly effective horror film.

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    299 of 318 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The COMPLETE, UNCUT Criterion Edition! September 21, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray
    So, a lot of people seem to be inquiring, myself included, about whether this version is the uncut or cut version of the film... so I decided to do a little digging...

    I E-Mailed Criterion at [...] yesterday and got an E-Mail back today from a Karen Mesoznik who works there and this is what she had to say:

    Hi Aaron,

    Thanks for your email!

    We are issuing the uncut version of this film (108 minutes). Our master is the same version as the one that premiered at Cannes; IFC did not edit the film for release here. It's possible there may be some confusion due to the French DVD which incorrectly states the run time as 120 minutes.

    I hope this information is helpful. Thanks you for supporting Criterion and please let me know if you have any more questions!

    Best,

    Karen
    The Criterion Collection

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    So, I wondered what she meant by the French DVD stating 120, so I dug a little deeper and found out that the French DVD in fact states the film at 120 minutes, but the film itself is actually 108 minutes (uncut). There is no 120 minute version of the film. 108 minutes IS in fact the longest running time. The cut versions range from 100-104 minutes (depending on where and how you view the movie). If you have seen the 108 minute version, then you've seen it all, and THIS is what Criterion will be releasing. (The film in all of its unsettling glory!)

    I hope this helped you guys! I will definately be purchasing this version myself. Hopefully this persuades people to do the same.

    If anyone has any further doubts, feel free to E-Mail Criterion yourself at the E-Mail address mentioned earlier in my post!
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    125 of 140 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Blu-ray
    A woman and a man lose their son in a tragic accident. Rather than trust in the medicine prescribed by her psychiatrist to ease her grief, he (a psychotherapist) decides to subject her to his own therapeutic regime. She (in an incredibly devastating performance by Charlotte Gainsbourg) will face her fears directly, and see that there is nothing to fear. He doesn't consider that he may have something to fear from her, or that he, with his clinical detachment from feeling and incessant preoccupation with the stance of observer, may be the one who truly needs therapy. (On that note it is hard not to detect a kinship of the themes of this film with the themes of von Trier and Jorgen Leth's The Five Obstructions, that set up von Trier himself as therapist to Leth, whose capacity for aesthetic detachment he found troubling).

    The imagery in the film is fascinating and frightening - it is certainly von Trier's most accomplished film in terms of cinematography, and it definitely deserves to get the Criterion treatment. The prologue and epilogue are highly formalistic, shot in a series of powerful black and white images that border on the unreal; the rest of the film, broken into four chapters, is shot handheld with washed out but saturated colors, with rippling natural imagery and occasional freaks of nature that as a whole evokes a darker vision of Tarkovsky's zone (from Stalker).
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    36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, One of the Ten Best Films of 2009 September 3, 2010
    Format:DVD
    Lars von Trier's latest film caused quite a stir when it made it's debut at the Cannes Film Festival this year. Audiences there were divided, with some calling it beautiful and brilliant, while many others called it repulsive and pornographic. Antichrist is essentially an art film with many horror film elements. It has very graphic scenes of sexual imagery, as well as sexual mutilation...This is what has scared many filmgoers who have not given the film the attention it deserves.

    The film's Prologue shows a couple (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) engaged in passionate (and, in one shot, explicit) lovemaking as their young son falls from a window to his death. This scene, shot in black and white, is one of the most beautifully filmed scenes I have ever seen in a film. The following is presented in four chapters; Grief, Pain (Chaos Reigns), Despair (Gynocide), and The Three Beggars, followed by an Epilogue. It follows He and She coping, He better than her. She is mad with grief, while He has found a way to muffle his emotions. The two go to their cabin in the woods (called "Eden"), so He (a therapist) can help her further.

    It's when chapter three begins that the scenes that had Cannes talking begin. This chapter specifically contains the most well-known image from the film of Dafoe and Gainsbourg under a tree, an image I find deeply unsettling in a film filled with unsettling images. Many viewers have mentioned the talking fox as being laughable, but I found it quite creepy and well-done. Von Trier uses CGI in this film, but it's a beautifully rendered use of the technology and it's not used often.

    This is a movie filled with symbolism; some obvious, some a little more inconspicuous.
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak stomached
    Holy god I have seen some things but never things like in this movie. This movie has three things in it sex, symbolizim and graphic scenes that I have never seen anything of the... Read more
    Published 6 days ago by Avery Saxton
    5.0 out of 5 stars One of Best Horror Films ever made!
    Beautiful camera work! Haunting. Smart. Pushes the limit on what is truly evil and disturbing. A real work of art.
    Published 7 days ago by Robert De Matteo
    5.0 out of 5 stars That define they Gravity
    That is seminal. Write they down. They a situation goin on, these kind folk don't even have they basement, living way up they apartment building, poor fat reject kid, he don't know... Read more
    Published 11 days ago by Paul
    5.0 out of 5 stars Yes and No
    This is the most difficult opinion I have ever given, for while I give this film a 5-out-of-5 as a work of art, I believe that 97 out of 100 filmgoers will be strongly offended by... Read more
    Published 14 days ago by Roscoe Joiner
    1.0 out of 5 stars Into the Crapper
    If you have ever taken CItrate of Lemon, e-lax, ducolax, and eaten a quart bucket of beans at one sitting, THIS is what the result would be
    Published 1 month ago by Lithuania's Pride
    5.0 out of 5 stars Intense
    This is a must see. The story keeps you interested and the visuals are mind blowing. the acting is perfect.
    Published 1 month ago by elrod
    5.0 out of 5 stars Special effects so sweet
    Director went out with special effects and added images to make storyline a good imagation of the symbols in the movie
    Published 3 months ago by stefrose
    1.0 out of 5 stars sucks
    this movie sucks really bad idk what the hype is over this movie..yes kinda disturbing but other than that...find a way to watch it for free..not worth buying.
    Published 3 months ago by blink543
    2.0 out of 5 stars Hoped for any excuse to give this Five stars !
    I was hoping for something visual, moody, with some life drama happening that I could give my own meaning to. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by R. Bass
    4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Cinematography
    Lars von Trier is a brilliant director based on cinematography alone. Visually his films are stunning and there's nothing else quite like it. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by B. Gentry
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    is charlotte gainsburg uglier here than in her other movies?
    I agree...and she is much sexier than the typical Hollywood bubble-head manufactured "sex-symbol". Additionally she is sublime in Anti-christ.
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