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The Possession [Blu-ray + Digital Copy + UltraViolet] (2012)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan , Natasha Calis , Ole Bornedal  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Natasha Calis, Kyra Sedgwick, Jay Brazeau, Madison Davenport
  • Directors: Ole Bornedal
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Ultraviolet, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lionsgate
  • DVD Release Date: January 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009XTF8JM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #24,406 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

- Audio Commentary with director Ole Bornedal
- Audio Commentary with writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White
- “The Real History of the Dibbuk Box” Featurette
- Theatrical Trailer

Editorial Reviews

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) and Stephanie Brenek (Kyra Sedgwick) see little cause for alarm when their youngest daughter Em becomes oddly obsessed with an antique wooden box she purchased at a yard sale. But as Em's behavior becomes increasingly erratic, the couple fears the presence of a malevolent force in their midst, only to discover that the box was built to contain a Dibbuk, a dislocated spirit that inhabits and ultimately devours its human host.

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56 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror at its best April 16, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie was superb! Although the scares are sporadic, the story was intriguing and suspenseful. I was never bored. After watching horror movies for 40 years, I don't care for slasher films. I prefer intelligent, suspenseful horror with good acting and a great ending. This movie fits the bill. I recommend it for those who prefer stylish horror. Best of all, there are no vomiting scenes. I hate that!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the fluids out of me. March 22, 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I watch a lot of horror movies. Have for years. I was feeling numb to them but this one got me! Actually turned on the lights. Really great twists. This is not an Exorcist rip off. This one is based on old Jewish mythology of the dibbuk. A human who is so evil they are condemned to live as deamons for all time. The DVD includes the story behind the story and it is facinating.

I cannot say I have seen many movies that feature religious Jews. I am not Jewish so I am not exactly looking for them. This one introduces a Jewish exorcism which is not like the catholic one at all. I was facinated by that. A glimpse into a world I never see,

I have never seen a horror movie where a religious Jew was the hero.
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54 of 66 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
This was okay. But Raimi fans will find no Drag Me to Hell gross-out gore and generally horror fans will not see original scenes (regarding scares), provocative possession behavior, or unique plot elements. The newer you are to the genre (or, possession or demon box movies, per se) the more you will enjoy this finely prepared, but under-seasoned meal. While perfectly competent for a horror, let's call it the "Diet Coke" of exorcism; a series of missed opportunities and pulled punches.

Clyde (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick), Em[ily] (Natasha Calis) and her older sister are a family recently sundered by a rather civil divorce. But when young Em becomes fond of an antique puzzle box she finds at a yard sale things start to get strange. Em becomes temperamental, graduating to obsessive about the box while apathetic (even sociopathic) of the needs or wants of others. Clyde begins to suspect a malevolent force is at work and seeks the aid of the Hasidic elders, from whom we learn about demons (or dibbuks), their specially crafted, imprisoning boxes, and exorcism.

Most truly impressive was our young Natasha Calis as Em. She did an amazing job showing us that as the demon commanded more and more of her conscious self (to the point of entirety) that underneath she was aware of her uncharacteristic, marionetted actions. Her expressive eyes were the key. Somehow malevolent on the possessed outside, while only thinly veiling the sadness and desperation of the scared child trapped within behind the evil veneer. As her desperate and fearful father, Jeffrey Dean Morgan also does a spectacular job as the serial-recipient of her cold, lifeless gazes. But all of this amazing tone contributed to only minor tension with no real follow-through.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
There's been a rash of exorcism-style films these last few years. Some of them have been good, and, naturally, some of them have been bad. It could be that this trend is little more than an industry going through its creativity cycle, rediscovering some of what produces more authentic scares from yesteryear - that being stories grounded in reality - for audiences who've grown accustomed to and thus dismissive of more special-effects-heavy gore. I tend to believe that there's something a bit different going on; I think that we - as a society - tend to reach out for a renewal of these spirits-inhabiting-another tales when we're going through some cultural upheavals. Instead of accepting that Tinseltown drives us, I prefer to think that we tap find these special places all on our own. Then, some clever scriptwriters trap lightning in a bottle, and viola! That same ol' exorcism is now back in vogue!

(NOTE: The following review will contain minor spoilers necessary solely for the discussion of plot and characters. If you're the kind of reader who prefers a review entirely spoiler-free, then I'd encourage you to skip down to my last two paragraphs for my final assessment. If, however, you're accepting of a few hints at `things to come,' then read on ...)

Clyde Brenek (played by the reliable Jeffrey Dean Morgan) recently separated from his wife, Stephanie (Kyra Sedgwick). When their youngest daughter, Emily (Natasha Calis), begins displaying some weirdly erratic behaviors, they and her school are quick to chalk it all up to the inevitable side effect of a marriage in collapse. However, the girl's creeping obsession with an ornate, antique wooden box she picked up from a yard sale borders on the insane.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome movie! March 25, 2013
By Crystal
Format:Amazon Instant Video|Verified Purchase
This is one scary ass movie! It was great! Keeps you in suspense the whole time of what is going to happen!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Scared the sh*t out of me December 4, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I am the kind of horror movie fan who loves the ones that make you jump.
I've been trying to find something as good as "The Ring" for a while and I have to
say this is it.
It will make you jump, has a great story, and was totally worth the price of a movie ticket!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Eh
Published 1 day ago by May Peera-Ordonez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good flick!!!
Published 2 days ago by Michael Sorrentino
2.0 out of 5 stars This movie was beyond lame. Especially when the father says "Take me
Watch the Exorcist. That will actually scare you or send chills down your spine. This movie was beyond lame. Especially when the father says "Take me. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoy supernatural movies
I enjoy supernatural movies, so of course, i thought it was an entertaining movie. And i love Jeffery Dean Morgan anyway
Published 2 days ago by theresa
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie.
This movie was not disappointing at all! With this film you have: An "edge-of-your-seat" movie with your idyllic child turned monster and a much needed exorcism to cap it... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Ms. Sincere
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 6 days ago by Sharon Singer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Different twist for a horror movie.
Published 7 days ago by marcy parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
Great movie, I don't usually like horror movies, but this one has a good story, the acting was also good. I'm glad I choose to watch this movie.
Published 8 days ago by Javier Cabero
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 8 days ago by L&J
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable film ruined by sequel baiting
This is a decent movie. The acting is pretty well done and the writing is on par for most horror films. It's very predictable but still enjoyable. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Aaron Moyer
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