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Black Swan [Blu-ray] (2010)

Natalie Portman , Mila Kunis , Darren Aronofsky  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder
  • Directors: Darren Aronofsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: March 29, 2011
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (863 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0041KKYEW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,596 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Black Swan [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Disc 1: Theatrical Feature Blu-ray

Metamorphosis: A behind-the-scenes documentary with Darren Aronofsky

Behind the Curtain – An inside look at the ballet’s influence on the film’s costume and production design.

Ten Years in the Making – Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from “preparing for the role” to “dancing with the camera.”

Cast Profiles – Roles of a Lifetime: Presented by Fox Movie Channel, the stars reflect on the their challenging and rewarding characters.

Disc 2: Digital Copy


Editorial Reviews

“You can’t tear your eyes away” (Entertainment Weekly) from this “wicked, psychosexual thriller” (Daily Variety) starring Academy Award® Winner Natalie Portman and directed by Darren Aronofsky (The Wrestler). Portman delivers “the performance of her career” (Vanity Fair ) as Nina, a stunningly talented but dangerously unstable ballerina on the verge of stardom. Pushed to the breaking point by her driven artistic director (Vincent Cassel) and the threat posed by a seductive rival dancer (Mila Kunis), Nina’s tenuous grip on reality starts to slip away – plunging her into a waking nightmare.

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316 of 407 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing short of brilliant December 3, 2010
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars "I Had The Craziest Dream Last Night" November 2, 2011
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With a story based on Russian folk tales, Pyotr Tchaikovsky composed SWAN LAKE about 1875. Although it was not well received on its debut, over time the ballet has become a world-wide favorite, and it is particularly noted for the fact that the prima ballerina must play both the virginal White Swan "Odette" and her alter ego, the wanton and evil Black Swan "Odile." Directed by Darren Aronofsky and with story and script fashioned by writers Mark Heyman, Andres Heinz, and John McLaughlin, BLACK SWAN pivots on this schism--and owes a significant debt to three other notable films: PERSONA, in which two women have a relationship that confuses their personalities; THE RED SHOES, in which a ballerina becomes excessively involved in her role; and REPULSION, in which a sexually disturbed young woman collapses into insanity. The film also owes a debt to such films as MULHOLLAND DR in the sense that it is difficult to know what is really happening to the ballerina and what is only occurring in her own mind.

In a general sense, the story concerns ballerina Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), who has spent her career in the corps de ballet and whose great ambition as a dancer is to be absolutely perfect--an ambition that has rendered her flawless in precision but a shade lacking in passion. When the company's leading ballerina Beth Macintyre (Winona Ryder) is essentially dismissed due to increasing age and an unstable temperment, Nina is announced as the star of a new production of SWAN LAKE. Her confidence, however, is undermined by competing ballerina Lily (Mila Kunis), her suffocating mother (Barbara Hershey), and her choreographer (Vincent Cassel.
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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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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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Anyone think the movie looks too grainy?
Its not the digital transfer. They made the decision to shoot many parts of the film in 16mm.
Feb 26, 2012 by Mark bennett |  See all 3 posts
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Does anyone know if the Amazon Blu-Ray comes with a digital copy? It says so in the product description, but usually Digital Copy is mentioned in the title.
Mar 23, 2011 by JMM |  See all 8 posts
natalie portman DIDN'T do most of the dancing in "black swan"?
"I'm a journalist who interviewed Portman's trainer Mary Helen Bowers (for over a year) at length and reported on the finished film, and Portman did indeed (1) dance MOST of her own work in the film, including en pointe work -- and (2) what few scenes she didn't dance she graciously credited... Read More
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Problems with Black Swan Blu-Ray
I just called FoxConnect and they told me to go into my system settings and delete the Cache.... and then it worked!
Apr 9, 2011 by A. Proto |  See all 5 posts
why did amazon take black swan off it's shelves?
I haven't seen the film myself but dvdbeaver.com said this about the transfer:

"Unlike just about every other major studio's offerings these days, Black Swan was shot, not on 35 mm film, but mostly with a 16 mm camera with the support of the Canon 5D Mk II full frame digital camera (I have... Read More
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