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Only Lovers Left Alive [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Tom Hiddleston
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 19, 2014
  • Run Time: 123 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KE7PC66
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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The tale of two fragile and sensitive vampires, Adam (Tom Hiddleston) and Eve (Tilda Swinton), who have been lovers for centuries. Both are cultured intellectuals with an all-embracing passion for music, literature and science, who have evolved to a level where they no longer kill for sustenance, but still retain their innate wildness. Their love story has endured several centuries but their debauched idyll is threatened by the uninvited arrival of Eve’s carefree little sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) who hasn’t yet learned to tame her wilder instincts. Driven by sensual photography, trance-like music, and droll humor, Jim Jarmusch’s ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE is a meditation on art, science, and the mysteries of everlasting love.

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It's wonderfully romantic, the dance scene is to die for.
T. Beasley
I think it's just to awkwardly air Jarmusch's anti-Stratfordian sentiments, but the significance of this character is... completely unknown.
E. A Solinas
So, when Adam and Eve have to revert to their more demonic selves in order to survive, you actually kind of cheer for them.
Mary Hanson

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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 10, 2014
Format: DVD
The premise of this movie might make the more jaded moviegoer roll their eyes. Another story of thin, pale, artistic vampires angsting over their immortality?

But consider: Jim Jarmusch is the director, and it stars Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton.

Yep. Even though the vampire craze burned itself out a year or two ago, "Only Lovers Left Alive" shows that it will never truly die. This is no teen romance starring gel-haired models -- this is a melancholy, bittersweet tale of love, blood and rock'n'roll, drifting in its own little moonlit world. Swinton and Hiddleston are truly sublime as longtime loves who draw strength from each other, but have trouble with the visiting relatives.

Adam (Hiddleston) is a standard vampire -- he's lived for many centuries, and now he's depressed by the way the world is turning out. He spends all his time hiding in a decrepit Detroit house, recording shoegazer music and uploading it anonymously onto the Internet. His only contact with the outside world is when he buys blood donations from a hospital, and when his "zombie" Ian (Anton Yelchin) brings him new vintage guitars.

So he pays Ian to make him a wooden bullet, planning to commit suicide by shooting himself in the heart. But his wife Eve (Swinton), who has been living in Tangiers for some years, senses his despair and decides to come visit him.

The two lovers reunite, and Eve manages to pull Adam from his stupor -- talking, dancing, chess, blood popsicles, lovemaking (implied) and late-night meanderings through the empty streets. But then Eve's sister Ava (Mia Wasikowska) makes herself at home in Adam's house, disrupting their lives with her reckless behavior. And when she does something unforgivable, she may force Adam and Eve to leave as well.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Mary Hanson on June 21, 2014
Format: DVD
I've been a long-time fan of the vampire genre, but was getting bored with the "same old, same old" regurgitations of the myth. It was SOOO wonderful, then to see this film. It takes the whole genre to another level.

As you see the vampires, Adam and Eve -- played to perfection by Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton -- meander through this film you gain an appreciation for their aching love of music and art and one another... and you come to realize that these creatures, feral as they might be actually embody the history of mankind's existence, and therefore need and deserve to be treasured and protected like the works of art they themselves admire so much. So, when Adam and Eve have to revert to their more demonic selves in order to survive, you actually kind of cheer for them. It would have been a great sadness, afterall, to see them lost to void simply because they were "hungry".

Some viewers might complain that the film is too "slow", but that's actually part of its beauty. For the long-lived vampires, time creeps by... And here, where we "zombies" (as Adam calls us mortals) are allowed a glimpse into their private lives, minutes get suspended and are drawn out... If you want to live with the vampires, you have to learn to see things from their perspective... and the film gives us that.

As I said Hiddleston and Swinton are perfectly cast in their roles: adding grace and an otherworldly ethereal quality to the characters through the deep innate talent both actors hold. Adam and Eve would have loved being friends with Tom and Tilda (and vice versa), I'm sure.

It's a must-see film. Grab a copy of the DVD as soon as you can.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By K. Boullosa on June 16, 2014
Format: DVD
I fully expected not to like this film, which from many reviews sounded a bit arch and self-aware. Well, it is - but I was pleasantly surprised to find that in this case, self-awareness is part of the film's quirky charm. It was also this reviewer's first Jarmusch film, although familiar with his work by reputation.

This is a film that will appeal most to those tickled by underground communities and subterranean lives, and to the adult die-hard vampire/Euro-Goth crowd. Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton play Adam and Eve, aged vampires who have been married for centuries. Unlike the case of most old married couples, the bloom of romance still clings to this rose - perhaps because the couple have been wise enough to live far apart: she in Tangier, he in an old house in burned-out Detroit. Adam is a musician whose work has ranged from classical chamber music in the 19th century and, in the 20th century, to rock 'n' roll, where Adam has become an elusive musical legend rarely seen (for obvious reasons) by his devoted public.

As the film opens, Adam is going through a phase of existential angst and is considering sending a wooden bullet through his undead heart. Hiddleston's understated delivery saves Adam from coming across as petulant rather than despondent. Eve, by contrast, is a serene, rather Zen sort of vampire: a student of life in all forms, interested in all that the cosmos contains, from botany to astronomy. When Eve realizes how dispirited Adam is, she flies to Detroit to find out what's bothering him, and the film unfolds from there.
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