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Antichrist (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2009)

Willem Dafoe , Charlotte Gainsbourg , Lars von Trier  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Willem Dafoe, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Storm Acheche SahlstrÝm
  • Directors: Lars von Trier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • 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 (167 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,936 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Antichrist (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" 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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    317 of 337 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The COMPLETE, UNCUT Criterion Edition! September 21, 2010
    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!


    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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    46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Honestly, One of the Ten Best Films of 2009 September 3, 2010
    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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    131 of 147 people found the following review helpful
    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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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    2.0 out of 5 stars Just O.K.
    Just another horror movie with a small amount of gore, not great on suspense. I always like Willem Dafoe but it was just an o.k. movie
    Published 10 days ago by Greg L. Pennington
    1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
    Don't try to disect the meaning of this movie. It is just the perverted mind of the director.
    Published 13 days ago by Jane A.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
    Man this film is dark.
    After it ended you sort of feel disgusting or disturbed, most themes revolving around sexism, feminism, satanism, mental disorders etc. Read more
    Published 20 days ago by Chris
    1.0 out of 5 stars A steaming pile for conversations at the coffee house.
    I always considered myself at least somewhat intellectual, definitely not stupid. I have always enjoyed film, whether it be silly Hollywood blockbusters, twisted thrillers, clever... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by J. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Wild,,,,,,, but ok
    Published 1 month ago by Jim Quinn
    5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece
    Antichrist is a genuine Lars von Trier masterpiece. An unflinchingly dark and disturbing movie that casts a ominous spell over the screen. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by gavin miller
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    entertaining movie for once
    Published 2 months ago by dana l.
    4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent acting. I couldn't watch the cringe worthy stuff
    Excellent acting. I couldn't watch the cringe worthy stuff. That was just too gut wrenching for me. A little disappointed in the vague ending. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by Dione
    4.0 out of 5 stars but beautifully
    Disturbing, but beautifully done
    Published 2 months ago by David Atherton
    5.0 out of 5 stars THE SUFFERING BODY EXPOSED
    A gut wrenching rendition of bodily responses to extreme pain. Trier intersperses images of unforgettable beauty with a profound religious exploration. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by P. Fernandez Kelly
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    Does Antichrist DVD have a subtitle?
    I understand the frustration, my girlfriend is hearing impaired and requires subtitles and sometimes it's a crap shoot as to whether or not the DVD has them (some DVDs say they have them and don't, some say nothing and do).

    Fortunately this is one that says nothing but has English... Read More
    Feb 2, 2011 by Jason Cullen |  See all 2 posts
    When U.S. dvd for Antichrist
    that's what I'm wondering! there's 3 or 4 versions on DVD and blu-ray, but only for other countries/regions. what the hell?! are U.S. distributors scared of the content, when they have embraced the content of crappier, more socially irresponsible movies?!
    Feb 1, 2010 by Bryan R. Hiltner |  See all 5 posts
    pre -order price on Amazon vs. The Criterion Collection site
    Yeah, Amazon's price for this has got to be wrong. They have this DVD priced at $35.99. The Blu-Ray for this same release on this website is $32.49. That doesn't make any sense. The price on Criterion's website is $23.96, their standard DVD price. Hopefully Amazon will update their price on this... Read More
    Oct 31, 2010 by Cody Ussery |  See all 2 posts
    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.
    Mar 16, 2012 by DaniDarko |  See all 15 posts
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