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Repulsion (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1965)

Catherine Deneuve , Roman Polanski  |  Unrated |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: July 28, 2009
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0026VBOJ2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,414 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Repulsion (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough, Knife in the Water, with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis, starring Catherine Deneuve as Carole, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up over the course of a terrifying weekend. Left alone by her vacationing sister in their London flat, Carole is haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent pitch. Thanks to its unforgettable attention to disturbing detail and Polanski’s unparalleled adeptness at turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, Repulsion remains one of cinema’s most shocking psychological thrillers.


• New, restored high-definition digital transfer with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

• Audio commentary featuring director Roman Polanski and actress Catherine Deneuve

A British Horror Film (2003), a documentary on the making of Repulsion, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor

• A 1964 television documentary filmed on the set of Repulsion, featuring rare footage of Polanski and Deneuve at work

• Theatrical trailer

• PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar and curator Bill Horrigan

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cinematic masterpiece. March 5, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
This film charts the slow descent of a French girl, Carol, played by Catherine Deneuve, into madness and horror. The acting in this film is superb, and especially by Deneuve, who brings to her part a delicate balance of vulnerability and strangeness. Right from the start, there is a sense that this beautiful, introverted, seemingly harmless girl, is not 'quite all there.' Give her a slight push, and she will tumble into total madness. As a performance, it is reminiscent of Anthony Perkins in Psycho.
The camera is on Carol all the time, and we see events unfold through her paranoid and schizophrenic mind. We feel her isolation. The mundane is amplified -the ticking of a clock, the sounds of the street outside, the toiling of the bell from the next door nunnery-and made to seem menacing. She is dependant on her sister to such an extent that when her sister goes to Italy on holiday, leaving her alone, she loses her lifeline on which to grasp for human contact. Her isolation is so intense that other people become a threat. Those who are a menace to her, such as her landlord, are treated in the same manner as those who wish her well, such as her boy friend. She can no longer tell the difference. The madness in her mind is made manifest on the screen: Huge cracks appear in the wall symbolising the cracks appearing in her mind. Hands come out of the wall and touch her. Her nightmares torment her with physical contact of men, the one thing that horrifies her, and which are made utterly believable by the vagueness of the camerawork and the silence on the soundtrack-how very much like a real nightmare. The structure of the film is marvellous, as is the cinematography. There is not a shot or a frame wasted as every scene, every shot, builds up to show Carol's loosening grasp of reality.
One of the greatest films of the 20th Century. On every level, this film not only works, but works brilliantly. Roman Polanski is a genius, and this film is his cinematic masterpiece.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pathetic DVD transfer of an excelent film noir... May 10, 2006
Polanski explores the mental universe of a young girl who finds any kind of sexual contact most repelent.

Catherine Deneuve plays Carole, a young French girl who lives with her older sister in London.She works as a manicurist and sees her sister's sexual life as something extremely repulsive: She can't stand her boyfriend who leaves his toothbrush in her glass,not to mention the fact that he is married.Carole is left alone in the London flat after her sister leaves for a short holiday in Italy. Soon enough, Carole is the subject of byzarre experiences which eventually lead her to commit atrocious crimes.Polanski masterfuly takes the audience on a strange journey through this girl's mental decay.The acting is great and the story very original and avant garde for its time.

Nevertheless, the DVD treatment itself is not worth a dollar.The movie wasn't at all restaured: the image is grainy, blurry at times,jumpy.The sound is terrible.The DVD comes in Fullscreen which is also very annoying, and forget about special features like trailers or subtitles because simple there are none.

Hopefully some smart studio will take the time to restaure this cult classic and deliver it in a decently treated DVD in the future...
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TRULY DISTURBING. May 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
I gave this flick 5 stars because it will haunt you for weeks after it's been seen! Many feel that REPULSION is quite simply one of the most frightening movies ever made. Catherine Deneuve's portrait of Carol, the Belgian manicurist working in London borders on genius because her seemingly simplistic journey into madness is strangely believable and her eerily spontaneous yet intensely complex performance is phenomenal and unique among actors playing roles in the "Psycho" genre. Carol is repelled and repulsed by sex in general (for obscure reasons), and when she's left alone to fend for herself while her sister and lover go to Italy for holiday, she begins to hallucinate......Polanski's first English speaking film has a quirky command of the language - yet this seems, strangely enough, to work for the film: it gives it an eclectic quality. The passage of time using rotting potatoes and rabbit carcass is memorably effective as is the scene in which we briefly see a man's image reflected on the bedroom closet door mirror. Ironically, in the final conclusion, Deneuve's actions would appear entirely justified in this offbeat psychological thriller which has received world-wide cult status.
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54 of 65 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb--and Terrifying--Psychological Examination March 5, 1999
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Roman Polanski's first English language film, made three years following the international acclaim for "Knife in the Water" and three years before his American masterpiece "Rosemary's Baby," is a marvelous dissection of paranoia and sexual psychosis amidst contemporary culture, with a phenomenally subtle, moving performance by Catherine Deneuve and camerawork so coldly precise that the horror seems to bloom naturally from the mundane landscape of the film. Deneuve plays Carole Ledoux, a Belgian beautician who lives in London with her frivolous sister. When the sister and her married boyfriend leave to vacation together in Italy, Carole begins to isolate herself in her apartment in a sexual and violent frenzy. The movie becomes more and more subjective as Polanski plunges into Carole's mind and her psychoses, but what's stunning about Polanski's dissection of Carole's consciousness is the way that the director moves so brusquely from an objective perspective into his protagonist's fears without bluntly heralding the transition. We've already become part of Carole's awareness before we realize it. In this sense, "Repulsion" mirrors both Luis Bunuel's "Belle de Jour" and "Un Chien Andalou" in its precise, logical progression that expresses what is in fact illogical. The movie never feels like it's caught up in dream logic whatsoever--it's all starkly real and flat, until the scene reveals itself to be a subjective or illusory perception. This idea that Polanski can thrust us into the mind of his protagonist before we're ever really aware of the fact that we're in a subjective reality becomes more and more frightening as the film progresses, making us complicit in the camera's perspective. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars it got better.
This movie always ends up on Horror movie lists, so we had to see what the fuss was about. More psychological thriller than horror if you ask me, but well done. Read more
Published 11 days ago by William Deming
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product. Excellent service.
Published 20 days ago by Pyramid
1.0 out of 5 stars The worst part is that it was directed by a notorious ...
This is a story of a woman haunted by sexual assault. It's not a psychological thriller as much as it is a witness to a downward spiral into hell. Read more
Published 24 days ago by IncognitoMom
5.0 out of 5 stars A superbly creepy piece of psycho-horror from Polanski
Made in 1965 Repulsion was Roman Polanski's second feature film after Knife in the Water (1962), and his first made in English. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Ford 55
Great Film That Really Benefits From An Upgrade to High Definition.
Published 1 month ago by John Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars although she is beautiful, it becomes clear very quickly that she is...
This movie rewards the patient. I sat through the first 20 minutes increasingly thinking, WTF? To say the pace is languid is an understatement. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Adam S. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
best ever! love Roman Polanski
Published 2 months ago by Crystal B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
one of my all time favorites
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by D. Brown
3.0 out of 5 stars Deneuve in a MAGNIFICENTLY MAGNETIC Performance......
Deneuve literally CHEWS up the movie.
And that brings us to consider the role of a director when it comes to a movie like this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Raymond Louis Llompart
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