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Burning Palms [Blu-ray] (2010)

Adrianna Barraza , Lake Bell , Christopher Landon  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Adrianna Barraza, Lake Bell, Jamie Chung, Shannen Doherty, Robert Hoffman
  • Directors: Christopher Landon
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: May 24, 2011
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KSA0NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,536 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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You've never experienced a movie like Burning Palms; five stories so twisted, they could only take place in Los Angeles. A father's relationship with his precocious teenage daughter is too close for comfort for his fiancée. A woman becomes undone by her boyfriend's kinky bedroom request. A gay couple brings home the ultimate lifestyle accessory: an African child. An unsupervised young boy leads his brothers in disturbing games. A lonely woman confronts her attacker with a bizarre request. Dylan McDermott (In the Line of Fire), Rosamund Pike (Pride and Prejudice), Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas), Zoe Saldana (Avatar), and Nick Stahl (Sin City) head an "uncommonly good cast" (Hollywood Reporter) in this macabre comedy from the co-screenwriter of Disturbia and Paranormal Activity 2.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Christopher Landon's "Burning Palms" is a cult oddity that has yet to be discovered. Macabre, ridiculous, disturbing, hilarious and sometimes harrowing--this dark anthology of five stories, told as an adult comic book, highlights the eccentricities and perversions to be found within different neighborhoods in the greater Los Angeles area. As a former Angeleno, I appreciated the specificity of each tale as it related to its geographical locale--but a knowledge of the city is not essential to enjoy this provocative film. For make no mistake, the goal of Landon is to provoke and push buttons with his uncompromising satire. Many people will loathe this film, I'll tell you that right now. But whether you love it or despise it, one thing is certain--it will elicit an emotional reaction from you. I may be wrong, but I think this film will continue to attain an audience through the years simply because of its willingness to be different, absurd and challenging. In no way is this a perfect film as some resolutions didn't always push far enough, but I admire a film willing to take chances in this world of formula movie making.

To highlight the stories, in particular, might be to lessen the surprise factor. But very briefly--the tales include (1) a father/daughter bond that gets uncomfortably close for his new fiancee, (2) a love making experiment that haunts the psyche of a young college student, (3) a spoiled brat whose bad acts might lead to surprising discoveries, (4) a male couple who takes on the latest designer accessory--an African orphan, and (5) an act of assault that has unexpected repercussions. I won't reveal any more as the tales really should unfold on their own merits for maximum impact.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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"Burning Palms" is a graphic novel (i.e., a comic book for adults). As the pages are flipped by the wind, five stories unfold in this bizarre, extremely sexual anthology . "Palms" are the tropical trees of Los Angeles County, which is the setting for all five tales. "But "palm" is also a part of the hand from which all five fingers extend outward. "Burning" can describe uncontrollable, perverse lusts or desires which grip numerous characters in this film.

Expertly directed by Christopher B. Landon ("Disturbia"), "Burning Palms" reminded me of Stephen King's "Creepshow." Whereas "Creepshow" relied heavily upon gore, "Burning Palms" relies upon sex for both shock value and dark humor. Because of its strong sexual content, it also reminded me of the classic HBO series "The Hitchhiker," which contained a lot of sexual violence; each episode's ending was rather shocking and provocative.

The huge cast for "Burning Palms" is a talented, gorgeous one. My favorite performer was Lake Bell who portrayed the wisecracking, hippie-looking, acid tripping nanny, Mary Jane. On numerous occasions, she made me laugh out loud. Even her name is slang for marijuana. Her character reminded me of Tipper whom she also portrayed in the hit romantic comedy "What Happens in Vegas."

Zoe Saldana ("Avatar") gave an emotional tour de force as the distraught rape victim, Sarah Cotton. Other beautiful actresses who gave outstanding performances as sexual victims are Rosamund Pike ("Surrogates") and Paz Vega ("Triage"). The handsome Dylan McDermott ("The Messengers") gave a great performance as the father, Dennis Marx, whose relationship with his fifteen-year-old daughter Chloe (Emily Meade) borders on incest.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars They were not kidding about the twistedness! June 3, 2011
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I probably would have given it 3.5 stars, but giving the extra boost up vs down because this is a very bold and original set of stories. Reasonable production quality with decent performances. Not sure I would have liked it if the cast was not as effective as it was. Good example of how a cast can make or break something. Some subject matter is very unsettling, so be warned. The tag line is actually the most accurate one I have ever seen!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No big deal November 30, 2011
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The short stories that make up this movie kept me interested and the actors did a great job, but overall, this movie is no big deal. Also, I didn't think they "messed me up for life" as the cover claims. This is not a movie I would watch over and over again. I'd say, don't buy it if you can rent it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars five twisted tales, not for the easily offended August 21, 2011
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This film is a collection of five twisted, unexpected, disturbing tales, set in contemporary Los Angeles. The vignettes are well-acted, and they are at times laugh--out-loud funny and at other times on the verge of offensive (I found the last vignette featuring Zoe Saldana very difficult to enjoy, even though I was well-aware that it was satire). The most laughs, by far, came in the vignette depicting a gay couple's experience adopting a child, which in itself is worth the price of the film, although even that vignette was not without its disturbing points.

This film is not for the faint of heart. Each of the five segments stands alone, so there is no need to take them all in in a single setting. I found that I enjoyed the film more watching just one or two vignettes at a time, as they are pretty twisted.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars oy vey!
good lord how does stuff like his get made??!!
Published 8 days ago by Marco34la
3.0 out of 5 stars An interesting movie, but not for all tastes.
I didn't really care for this, but others may have different opinions
Published 2 months ago by steamduck43
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful, horrible, disgusting
This movie was horrible. Could not watch the whole thing. It is absolutely disgusting. Can't think of enough bad things to say about it. Awful.
Published 5 months ago by Matilda Josephine
3.0 out of 5 stars A misguided tour around Los Angeles
Writer/Director Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity 1- 4, Disturbia, Dirty Sexy Money) has pasted together five unrelated stories and placed them before the audience like an... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Grady Harp
5.0 out of 5 stars Alfred Hitchcock and Twilight Zone for the 21st Century ...
Initially, I procrastinated viewing this DVD due to the cover description of the films as "so twisted, they could only take place in LA". Read more
Published 16 months ago by Erika Borsos
3.0 out of 5 stars hummmmm
I honestly was ready to be shocked. I was like what hell/ rather than shocked. The stories were entertaining good. But not great. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Aldine
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual stories
It's about life and includes all the quirks that make up different people's lives and behavior. My favorite was the 'Green Eyed Monster'! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Byron Bader
3.0 out of 5 stars Very weird movie
This movie was a total shocker for me. I watched it with friend one night while have a girls night. I didn't know what to expect when I popped it in. The cover so innocent. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Nia
2.0 out of 5 stars Great production for disturbing material
If you like the perverse, this is the DVD for you. Well-acted and well-produced, but the content is disturbing (to say the least).
Published on February 23, 2012 by JSB Morse
1.0 out of 5 stars Needy characters - High Drama - Lacks Empathy
I love indie films. I love the way they make you question what you know. I love the way they make you empathize with the characters, and I love that they don't always have a... Read more
Published on February 1, 2012 by Barbara Bell
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