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Black Swan (Blu-ray/Digital Copy) [Blu-ray] [Blu-ray] (2011) (2011)

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  • Language: English, French, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (819 customer reviews)
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Feverish worlds such as espionage and warfare have nothing on the hothouse realm of ballet, as director Darren Aronofsky makes clear in Black Swan, his over-the-top delve into a particularly fraught production of Swan Lake. At the very moment hard-working ballerina Nina (Natalie Portman) lands the plum role of the White Swan, her company director (Vincent Cassel) informs her that she'll also play the Black Swan--and while Nina's precise, almost virginal technique will serve her well in the former role, the latter will require a looser, lustier attack. The strain of reaching within herself for these feelings, along with nattering comments from her mother (Barbara Hershey) and the perceived rivalry from a new dancer (Mila Kunis), are enough to make anybody crack... and tracing out the fault lines of Nina's breakdown is right in Aronofsky's wheelhouse. Those cracks are broad indeed, as Nina's psychological instability is telegraphed with blunt-force emphasis in this neurotic roller-coaster ride. The characters are stick figures--literally, in the case of the dancers, but also as single-note stereotypes in the horror show: witchy bad mommy, sexually intimidating male boss, wacko diva (Winona Ryder, as the prima ballerina Nina is replacing). Yet the film does work up some crazed momentum (and undeniably earned its share of critical raves), and the final sequence is one juicy curtain-dropper. A good part of the reason for this is the superbly all-or-nothing performance by Natalie Portman, who packs an enormous amount of ferocity into her small body. Kudos, too, to Tchaikovsky's incredibly durable music, which has meshed well with psychological horror at least since being excerpted for the memorably moody opening credits of the 1931 Dracula, another pirouette through the dark side. --Robert Horton

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313 of 408 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant December 3, 2010
Format:DVD
Darren Aronofsky has been circling movie news sites pretty frequently as of late. He recently signed on to direct the stand-alone sequel to X-Men Origins: Wolverine (appropriately titled The Wolverine). He also developed a rather large and devoted fanbase over the course of directing fantastically surreal films such as Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and The Wrestler, but his psychological thriller Black Swan has also been gaining quite a bit of steam leading up to its December 3rd release. Despite Aronofsky's already well-established reputation and the rather high anticipation for the film, Black Swan still delivers a product that is even better than expected.

Like most ballerinas, Nina (Portman) lives, breathes, and is completely devoted to dance. Artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) is preparing a new spring production of his interpretation of Swan Lake. Nina is next in line to become prima ballerina after the former dancer to hold that spot, Beth Macintyre (Ryder), reluctantly retires. Everything seems to be shifting in that direction until a rather unorthodox, provocative, and unstable (in a dangerous kind of way) dancer named Lily (Kunis) arrives. Lily seems to have an eye for Nina's spot as soon as she walks through the door. Thomas begins to see Nina as the White Swan, which signifies innocence and perfection and Lily as the Black Swan, which is more sensual and deceptive. The problem is that one dancer is required to play both parts. Other than the stiff competition she has to deal with, The Swan Queen role begins to take its toll on Nina who begins to think Lily wants even more than her spot in the production. Nina's obsessive behavior leads to her releasing her dark side that she must now struggle to control.
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127 of 171 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dark And Dangerous Delirium Of The Dance December 21, 2010
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With this dark and audacious look at artistry and dance, bad boy auteur Darren Aronofsky once again pushes a film's intensity past all point of reason. "Black Swan" will be alternately hailed a masterpiece and an over-indulgent piece of excess. Or, more appropriately, perhaps it is a masterpiece of excess. More akin to the fantastical setting of "The Fountain" than to the confrontational realism of "The Wrestler," Aronofsky has created a remarkably vivid bit of lunacy with "Black Swan." And to be fair, I think he absolutely succeeds in what he has set out to do--creating a hyper dramatic nightmare that blurs the lines between reality and madness. Thematically, many films have covered the same ground--but few so visually, stylishly, or in so unapologetic a way. No matter how many films Aronofsky unleashes on the world, I will always hold the feverish "Requiem For a Dream" closest to my heart--but for visceral thrills, "Black Swan" rates a very high second.

Equal parts "The Turning Point," "All About Eve," and "Repulsion," "Black Swan" tells the story of a ballerina struggling for perfection. Natalie Portman is cast as the dancer given the shot of a lifetime--to play the lead in a new revival of "Swan Lake." It's a dream part, but one that is fraught with peril. The director, Vincent Cassel, thinks Portman is perfect for the technical aloofness of the program's White Swan but lacks the fire and abandon when the dance transforms her into the Black Swan. And Portman pushes herself and pushes herself, to the point that her body is manifesting strange physical trauma. Cassel tries to unleash the passion of the Black Swan while the company's newest dancer (Mila Kunis) seems to embody the darker freedoms that Portman needs to embrace to be successful.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another triumph for Aronofsky January 3, 2011
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Natalie Portman stars as Nina, a ballerina fighting for the top part in a production of Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake." She replaces an older ballerina (Winona Ryder), but not without competition from a younger doppelgänger (Mila Kunis). It is similar to director Darren Aronofsky's previous film "The Wrestler," in that it is about someone who earns a living from their body (most of Nina's dancing was done by Portman herself, and it is excellent), the stress aging has on their careers, and the fear of becoming irrelevant. However, this film is closest in tone to Aronofsky's second (and best) film "Requiem for a Dream," in that, while you may not want to watch it again for a while, it is a thoroughly engrossing and heartbreaking portrayal of someone on a downward spiral. Hypnotic and brilliant. A strange, sad and great film.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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It's easy to see that Darren Aronofsky was influenced by the classic THE RED SHOES ('48), except that the '48 film did not telegraph its tragic ending which came as somewhat of an abrupt surprise. On the other hand, BLACK SWAN telegraphs its outcome from Scene One, the major fault of the film which ends on an extremely downbeat note.

The highlight of BLACK SWAN is the presentation of the ballet music and all of the behind-the-scenes tension brought on by the determination of ballet maestro VINCENT CASSEL to find a dancer who can be both The White Swan and The Black Swan with equal expertise. He is impressed by NATALIE PORTMAN's skill as The White Swan but tells her she must experience life and love to the utmost in order to provide the proper passion for her darker side as the evil swan. It's hard to believe that he doesn't spot the flaws in her personality that make her unable to face the demands of the ballet world. However, he's excellent in his role, as is MILA KUNIS as her cunning rival.

Portman's mother (BARBARA HERSHEY) seems to be as neurotic as her unstable daughter in a Mommie Dearest sort of way. Their scenes together amp up what we know is bound to be a fatalistic end to an unhappy story. As the rival ballerina, MILA KUNIS provides plenty of jealousy for Portman, already unnerved by the demands that Cassel places on her emoting. Inevitably, Portman is pushed over the edge by all of her hallucinations and insecurities until she falls into a pit of darkness from which there is no escape.

Portman's skill as an actress is evident, overcoming any objections some might have to the heavy use of a body double for the difficult ballet moves. She gives her character dimension and pity, despite the unpleasant aspects of the character's irritating personality.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 1 day ago by Francisco Rivera
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay
Published 4 days ago by bianca whalen
1.0 out of 5 stars how is this gonna be good for kids who love dancing
dance is hard. you dont have friends and its cold.
but still, what the heck? this is phsyco.
well, it juest tell you to live a little, not thake your role too seriously. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Ying Xin Zhang
5.0 out of 5 stars The Black Side of Perfection
Darren Aronofsky shows the dual nature of life as portrayed by the black swan in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake Ballet. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Tahseen Nakavi
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Was Perfect..."
Make no mistake, "Black Swan" is a difficult film to watch, and leaves you with an uncomfortable feeling in the pit of your stomach and on the nape of your neck long after... Read more
Published 20 days ago by R. M. Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars Don't waste your time
Personally, this was a waste of time to me. I like psycho thrillers. Maybe not my favorite genre but I like a good one now and then. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Jean
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
I found Black Swan to be an intriguing dip into the human psyche. Is this how mental illness begin? Hmmmm!
Published 25 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, odd, and beautiful.
Love this movie. As beautiful as it is dark. Beautiful cinematography as well. Could watch it a dozen more times.
Published 25 days ago by Holly Swenson
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB!!!!!
Raunchy, delicious, psychologically abusive, this film is a STUNNER! The images, the story! My favorite scene? The scene when Natalie Portman hurts her mom! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pablo Sergio Rivera
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing.
So underplayed!! Portman plays the role with incredible believability. Writing and direction develop the story in very subtle ways so that many details being left unresolved lead... Read more
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