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Barber, the [DVD] [Import]

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  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O15JAA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #489,589 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Luan Gaines HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 6, 2005
Format: DVD
"The only people who make the news are psychopaths and serial killers." So begins the narrative of the local barber, Dexter Mills (Malcolm McDowell), who watches as the town of Revelstoke, Alaska, slides toward panic with each new murder that is visited upon their small town. Everyone who lives in Revelstoke suffers from Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), a result of the 24-hour darkness that afflicts this part of the world at a certain time every year.

Slyly narrating, Mills is the consummate actor, always gregarious, listening avidly to gossip or the sheriff's woes, the absurdity of the investigation, even the lovelorn stories of young women who find him comforting: "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." Dexter has plenty to say about the murders, the incompetent FBI agents, his neighbors and the bumbling police. He warns in advance of his eccentricities, as the bodies fall, one after another, "I can tell you from experience, psychopaths hold grudges. I never forgive."

This small Alaskan town is literally blind-sided by the murderer that strikes from nowhere, lurking under the cover of eternal night that weighs upon all the residents. Dexter Mills is the natural center for assorted conversations, never under the least suspicion, watching, listening, either in the barber shop or the local pub, where the citizens gather, drinking away their fears.

McDowell is at his grisly best, carrying on his monologue for the entertainment of the audience, making us his confidants. The other characters are merely window dressing for McDowell's acting prowess, the Police Chief (Jeremy Ratchford) and a number of supporting actors who serve as fodder for the psychopath whose identity is evident from the first. Eerie and seductive, Mills manages to escape the notice of law enforcement, his clever machinations directing the actions of his unwitting pawns. A final thought: "If you think you know a psychopath, you're probably right." Luan Gaines/ 2005.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Schnaitmann on January 3, 2003
Format: DVD
Hair today, dead tomorrow, life goes on. In a remote town in the far north of the world lies a town where citizens die out of blue, but to [heck] if they die without great hair thanks to the barber known as Dexter Miles (Malcolm McDowell). In a town where everybody sleeps with the same woman, hunters kill in the off season, and the chief of police is about as smart as the village idiot one would never suspect a serial killer to waste his time messing with these people since their existence alone is as depressing as the 24 hr darkness they live in.
Suffice to say, bodies of the few and pretty women of the town start showing up and the chief's answer is to get irate about his fax machine. The locals know the answer to this of course, it's called S.A.D. which stands for Seasonal Affection Disorder and blame the darkness for making people crazy. ... With all of this going on who would ever think it would be the one man who wields a blade as a living?
Wonderful serial killer flick with a smooth mix of dark comedy and thriller fare. Malcolm McDowell was the only known star in this and the main role as the satirical mass murdering barber was made for him and no one else. He also narrates through most of it and with his voice that only helps.
The town is covered in darkness throughout the entirety of it's runtime and it only brings out joy from me. Living in darkness would be wonderful, minus a barber that imbibes in killing of customers of course. This brings a wonderful morose mood to the movie and FOR ONCE the serial killer isn't some lame one dimensional single tracked fiend set out on getting himself caught no matter what.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rsub8a on February 3, 2005
Format: DVD
The plot of this film, at least in the exposition phase, seems predictable, as is the identity of the killer. However, that's just fine, in my opinion, because what's most entertaining about this film is the way the plot and choice of cast are intertwined.

If you ever wondered what ever eventually happened to Alex in the film "A Clockwork Orange," well, here is one possible answer to that question. Malcolm McDowell, in a way, reprises the role, but in an obtuse, cynical, low-key manner that provides an extra dimension to savor while watching the film. Playing the title character, he sometimes rewards you with an Alex-inspired leer or behavioral quirk that could only have been inserted or deliberately encouraged by the director, aware of McDowell's performance in Orange. The narrative bent of Orange also is mirrored here. This adds a black comedic, "inside joke" element to what, at least at first glance, seems an almost formulaic slasher flick.

To reveal more about the plot might ruin the growing tension caused as awareness of the film's direction unfolds. The surprises mount towards the end, capped by an interesting twist that culminates in: is he going to get away with it? If you haven't already seen Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange, and can stomach that film's graphic depiction of extreme violence (though this aspect is very much downplayed in The Barber), it's a good move to have viewed Orange first, to improve appreciation of all of The Barber's facets.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Kresina on November 20, 2003
Format: DVD
"The Barber" - not your average murder mystery, this movie tells the tale of a serial killer (in his own words, no less!) who attempts to evade justice. His latest victim is discovered sooner than he thinks, and it is highly amusing to watch Dexter (McDowell) play along with the bumbling idiots on the case. What tops this movie is Malcolm's brilliant acting - he is extremely good, and makes the viewer root for him, although he is portraying a murderer! You want him to get away with it, as he eventually does, in the end. A must see for any Malcolm McDowell fan
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