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Boxing Helena [VHS]

3.7 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews


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Product Details

  • Actors: Julian Sands, Sherilyn Fenn, Bill Paxton, Kurtwood Smith, Art Garfunkel
  • Directors: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
  • Writers: Jennifer Chambers Lynch, Philippe Caland
  • Producers: Brigitte Caland, Carl Mazzocone, James R. Schaeffer, Larry Sugar, Laurel Ayn Selko
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: entertainment M.TWO GmbH
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004ROXQ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #847,513 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Stanley Runk VINE VOICE on March 26, 2008
Format: DVD
This is a hard movie to defend, so most of the time I don't even bother to try. I really won't even try now, but just say that I really like this movie and I'm not sure why. It's reputation as a lousy film is almost legendary. Of course when you consider Michael Bay's filmography, you might want to re-evaluate this movie, or maybe not.
Julian Sands(an actor I love) is a rich surgeon obsessed with a woman he had a one nighter with. The woman, Helena, is played by Sherilyn Fenn, so it's easy to understand his obsession. However, Helena is a crass, mean, all around unpleasant woman who's on the search solely for boytoys. Julian's attempts to lure her in result in her being hit by a car. He now has the perfect opportunity to posses her as he brings her back to his home and begins a process of dismembering her. Julian quits his job and cuts off communication with his friends, even dumping his girlfriend so he can take care of Helena. She throws endless insults at him, screams at him, belittles him, and it makes you wonder just what it is that he's so in love with. Psychological games are played out between the two, and soon some sex is thrown into the mix(Sands brings home one of his tasty looking nurses and makes Helena watch him have sex with her to everybody's favorite Enigma song, Sadness Part 1). Meanwhile, Helena's sortaboyfriend, Bill Paxton, is trying to find out what happened to her. Now, this plot may sound kinda grim and gruesome, but it really isn't quite as demented as you'd think. I don't know why, but the movie sort of reminds me of one of those softcore Skinemax type movies even though there isn't much sex in it.
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Format: DVD
I saw this on cable late one night, when you should get up and go to bed because if you don't right at that moment, you're gonna be awake for three hours. Granted I haven't seen this movie in years but that should tell you how riveting it was, that I still recall it well years later. It isn't at all what people think. It's beautifully macabre yet surprisingly romantic at the same time. I wont give any spoilers but I will say it isn't twisted as you might think. It was an art house film.
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By A Customer on September 13, 2001
Format: DVD
The more people say they hate this movie, the more I love it.
But I must warn you, this is not the uncut version or even the director's cut. To get that you need to find the Laserdisc collection that came with commentary, extra "dirty" scenes(which are great btw) and the package-only 24KT musical score by the wonderful Graeme Revell. I really loved the music composed for this film, and it's terrible that this is the only way you can obtain this great score. The commentary is quite insightful, J Sands pops in for a bit to chat about it with Jennifer. For her 1st film, I thought Jennifer did a superb job handling everything from the actors, to the lush sets, editing, etc. Fenn, Paxton and Sands are all in prime form here, I really couldn't ask for anything more!!
Enjoy, and scream for "HELENNA!!"
DMSR
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This film has been on my shelf for years and I just recently decided to watch it. The shining moments are the dramatic elements and the eroticism. It relies heavily on artistic visuals which is sometimes used to mask any bad acting or melodramatic plot line. The one true standout however is the boldness of the director/screenwriter. She attempts to go where few if any have gone: exploring the fetish doctors have for their amputees, in fact revealing a deeper meaning to the limb-less beauty and the insecure doctor. Overall, it was surprisingly good and commanded my attention from beginning to end. It managed to create a high society, artsy film ready for any severing or amputations that may be necessary. Also I see that the DVD versions available are now out of print and the ones for sale are ridiculously priced. I'm glad I bought it when I did at a Circuit City for like $9.00
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As you can probably tell, I love this movie. All the negative reviews, goodness! Did you not get the point of the film? Maybe you need to watch again & this time, with an open mind. I don't want to spoil it for those that haven't seen it. I know quite a few reviews already spoiled it but just watch it for yourself. Obsessive love at its most unrelenting, or is it?
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Boxing Helena is one of the most chilling movies I have ever watched. It is riveting. I wanted my fiance to watch it and you can't get it through Red Box or Netflix or purchase at any store. So hard to find and I don't know why? My sister recommended I go through Amazon and I am just surprised I didn't think of it myself!!! Found it!!! Recently I couldn't find Mint Assure so I looked on Amazon and sure enough they had it so I bought it today. Thanks Amazon:)
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To fully savor this movie you need to suspend your judgement about the implausibility of the plotline, the stilted and artificial dialogue and the logistics of the central characters' lives. Once that is accomplished, you can enjoy the riveting sensuality of this production. That is, if you will yourself to overlook the deeply disturbing idea of a man resorting to deliberately mutilating a woman just so that he can keep her company.

The movie protrays the total and all-consuming sexual obsession that drives an urbane, wealthy, good looking and successful surgeon (Julian Sands) into being a grovelling submissive who repeatedly tolerates being humiliated by a beautiful woman (Sherilynn Fenn). The surgeon is the proverbial man who has everything, including the socially appropriate nice girlfriend. But he is driven to insanity by the woman who is initially out of his reach.

At the heart of the narrative is a purportedly deep psychological compulsion. This is the re-creation with a romantic partner of an unhealthy relationship with a rejecting parent. The movie shows short vignettes of the surgeon as a lonely little boy being ignored by his beautiful and seductive mother whose attention he desperately craves.

Whatever its other shortcomings, the movie is refreshingly different from others of this genre in its portrayal of sexual expression.The acting, soft-focus camera work and sensually swelling background music mingle to create an almost other-worldly dimension of eroticism. This is a marked change from the crude, mechanistic and predictable depiction of impersonal sexuality of most R-rated movies. For this reason alone, "Boxing Helena" is worth viewing.
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