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Burning Palms [Blu-ray] (2010)

Adrianna Barraza , Lake Bell , Christopher Landon  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adrianna Barraza, Lake Bell, Jamie Chung, Shannen Doherty, Robert Hoffman
  • Directors: Christopher Landon
  • Format: 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: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004KSA0NA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #169,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Burning Palms [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars unusual stories March 8, 2013
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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'! Became a big turn on fan of the sexy actress Rosamund Pike.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very weird movie March 15, 2012
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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. But we were both in for a surprise. Our mouths were gaped open much of the movie. It tells of 5 stories each with a twist at the end. If nothing else it was interesting to watch. It was very weird but at times disturbingly funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A VERY unusual movie NOT FOR EVERYONE!, May 25, 2011
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This movie isn't what I expected. This actually came sugested to me as 'suited' for me through the Vine program.
Otherwise I wouldn't have likely ordered this movie, but it looked interesting, so I did.
It turns out that it's not suited to me, go figure the Vine.

This is a VERY unusual movie of five different segmants. ALL of which are quite disturbing.
The D.V.D. case said "It's like "Crash", but with crazy, perverted people".
"Crash" had some continual connectivity. This movie does not, nor do I see any other likeness to "Crash".

The editoral review, nor the description on the D.V.D. case prepares you for this content.
It has beem repeatedly stated what the content is about,
so I'll only say that this movie is for a select group that may enjoy this style of Macabre,
twisted satirial excitement.

This movie IS DEFINITELY R RATED OR MORE, as said on the editorial review.
This is obviously NOT family entertainment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Original June 27, 2011
By Es209
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I really liked this movie. I thought it was very original. I enjoyed the way it was structured. It takes topics that are unfortunately very real and turns them around in a different direction. I give kudos to the writers for disecting topics that are very "taboo" and exposing them in a way that really makes tou think. Good job all around by the cast. I really wish there were movies that take such a great leap in something so inspring that you really have to take a close look in our society these days. Kudos all those involved in this production.
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5 of 7 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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5 of 7 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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9 of 13 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 10 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 13 months ago by Aldine
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 Joseph 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
2.0 out of 5 stars Shock Just for the Sake of Shock Value
It seems like all the movies these days with multiple storylines all tie in together by the end. Not Burning Palms, it is a true anthology with five completely different stories,... Read more
Published on January 2, 2012 by Scooter McGavin
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint of heart
Well I can't say that I wasn't warned when I ordered this film. I wasn't so much offended as deeply disquieted and uncomfortable. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by Judith Paley
1.0 out of 5 stars Sick and disgusting
I was out. When I walked in my wife was watching this movie on Netflix. First thing I saw was one guy on top of another having anal sex. Read more
Published on September 23, 2011 by Mel
3.0 out of 5 stars five twisted tales, not for the easily offended
This film is a collection of five twisted, unexpected, disturbing tales, set in contemporary Los Angeles. Read more
Published on August 21, 2011 by Carol C.
2.0 out of 5 stars trying too hard and not quite making the mark
This movie is comprised of five vignettes. The vignettes tell twisted little tales of modern L.A. life. Or at least L.A. Read more
Published on August 8, 2011 by Melkor
5.0 out of 5 stars This is so Sick & Twisted that I'm gonna have to watch it again...
Whatever Rating people give this Film Good or Bad, Buy it, Rent it, Borrow it or Steal it from whoever has it. Yes! good or Bad it is still worth seeing. Read more
Published on July 18, 2011 by Leon Roberts
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