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The Skin I Live in (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2011)

Antonio Banderas , Elena Anaya , Pedro Almodóvar  |  R |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes, Roberto Álamo
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Thierry Jonquet
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Bárbara Peiró, Esther García
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006KSAPV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,170 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Skin I Live in (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Q&A with Director Pedro Almodovar
On the Red Carpet: New York Premiere

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For his maiden voyage into horror, Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar leaves the gore behind for a plunge into truly disturbing territory. If he suggests more than he shows, the human body still takes center stage, starting with Toledo plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (a chillingly understated Antonio Banderas), who did his best to restore his wife to her former glory after a fiery car crash, only to have his efforts be in vain. Since then, he's concentrated on a skin substitute that repels damage. Like Dr. Frankenstein, he's a single-minded obsessive, and even his housekeeper, Marilia (Marisa Paredes), describes him as "crazy," but that doesn't dim her devotion to him any less. After tragedy reenters Ledgard's life, he finds the perfect subject on which to test out his superhuman skin. Almodóvar begins in the present before backtracking six years to explain how Vera (Elena Anaya) came to Ledgard's attention. Now, he keeps her locked in a room through which he observes her every move via surveillance cameras and one-way glass. At all times, she wears a surprisingly flattering body stocking in order to heal properly, and spends her days reading Alice Munro novels and making Louise Bourgeois-inspired sculptures until Marilia's hotheaded son drops by, at which point the household dynamics spin out of control. In adapting Thierry Jonquet's Tarantula, Almodóvar has embarked on his most perfectly controlled project. Like the lovely Vera, the film offers cool, attractive surfaces, but the secret behind the woman and the world she inhabits will chill you to the bone. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a driven plastic surgeon haunted by personal tragedies. After many years of trial and error, he finally perfects a new skin – a shield which could have prevented the death of his wife in an accident years earlier. His latest “guinea pig” is a mysterious captive whose true identity masks a shocking mystery. The Skin I Live In is a masterful tale of secrets, obsession and revenge from Oscar-winning (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2002) writer/director Pedro Almodovar.

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88 of 93 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The most important thing I can tell you about Pedro Almodóvar's film, The Skin I Live In (original Spanish title: La piel que habito) is that you should avoid as much as possible knowing anything about it beyond the most basic setup before seeing it. This is one of those cases where spoilers truly can rob you of the full experience of a film. I say this as someone who went into the movie knowing little about it beyond the fact that Pedro Almodóvar directed it and that it had to do with a plastic surgeon obsessed with a mysterious female patient. And that really is the best way to see it.

Adapted from Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula (original French title: Mygale) by Pedro Almodóvar and his brother Agustín Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In is a complex and, as the background layers are peeled away through revelation, deeply disturbing and chilling film.

It begins in the present day where we see Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas), a prominent plastic surgeon and medical researcher who, because of the tragic death of his wife in a fiery auto accident several years earlier, is obsessed with creating a new kind of skin superior to the skin we're born with, one that is not only both tougher and more resistant to burning and injury but also heals quicker and with little to no scarring. In his mansion, Dr. Legard has a special patient under his private, personal care, a young woman named Vera (Elena Anaya), on whom he is trying his new skin out. Our first impression is that Vera is a burn victim that Legrand is caring for, but it quickly becomes clear that Vera is more prisoner than patient. But just who is Vera? And how did she come into Legrand's rather questionable 'care'? And why does she so strongly resemble Legrand's dead wife?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of Pedro Almodovar - March 15, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I was telling a friend last night that there is no way you could adequately describe a plot of a Pedro Almodovar film. They are so over the top, so larger than life, so filled with twists and turns. There is always some sort of car chase or people escaping the scene of the crime on a moped. There is always a lot of drama. There are always many quirky characters - in this case a mad scientist and a man running around in a tiger costume and cowboy boots. You have to enter a very surreal, crazy world in order to enjoy a Pedro Almodovar film. All of that said, I love his films and they bring me great joy. I told that same friend that I love Pedro Almodovar films as much as I love the idea of him. He is truly an icon in the world of film. When I read the first review of this film by Roger Ebert, he was also reviewing the film Mission Impossible 4. In a film world where almost everything is a sequel or of a certain genre, the world of Pedro Almodovar is unique and refreshing. He is truly an original - someone who has a very unique identity and a strong sense of self. I don't want to get into any plot specifics because it would ruin the drama for you. However, if you "get" his film, if you are willing to open yourself up to his world, then The Skin I Live In is a treat indeed.

Update - May 7, 2012
I just got back from my second trip to Spain. Spain has changed a lot in the last few decades. A very conservative Catholic country that never went through the Protestant Reformation, Spain was under the control of the Church for decades, and then endured decades of rigidity and repression under the military regime of General Francisco Franco. To understand Pedro Almodovar and his world, you need to understand a little about the country of Spain from which he comes.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, powerful and thought provoking April 7, 2012
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A fascinating and powerful departure for Almodovar, or perhaps more
accurately more an terrific hybrid of the best of his old and new.
This has the darker, more actively perversely disturbing and violent themes
of some of his early work like 'Matador' but shot and directed with the
far smoother and more mature hand he has developed over the years. It
also uses the more complex and fractured time structure style of
Almodovar's more recent work, to great effect.

In the end it's a gorgeous looking, philosophically complex mystery and
horror film. Although not gory, this is a disturbing work, both on a
literal story level, and also for the questions it raises about sexual and personal
identity, love, sado-masochism, and passion run amok.

These themes are all Almodovar touchstones, but delivered here with a
visually stunning icy touch, and with much more complete logic than in
his early works, which often felt less fully thought through, and had
more frustrating plot holes and character leaps.

Not a 'scary' film, but a creepy, moody and highly effective one. A
dark fairy tale as told by, say Stanley Kubrick.

It's good to see Antonio Banderas reunited with Almodovar, and he
delivers a wonderfully complex and quirky modern day Dr. Frankenstein.

Less emotional than my two very favorite Almodovar films (Talk to Her,
All About My Mother), but its exciting to see this extremely talented
film maker continue to evolve and grow, and I think this represents
work that can stand among his best.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful, makes your head spin and your chin drop
Scary, beautiful, makes your head spin and your chin drop.
Published 5 days ago by re1payne
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and enthralling.
I have been on a mission to watch the so called "most disturbing films of all time." This one is usually ranked pretty high on the lists. Read more
Published 15 days ago by J. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
master piece.
Published 17 days ago by MsPickyG
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Sick-Good!
Published 18 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I am in awe of components orchestrated in this film. The writer/director surpasses all other psychological dramas.
Published 19 days ago by A. Nat Curtis
3.0 out of 5 stars " Almodovar has made better films, and Banderas is a hoot as a ...
Peculiar version of French horror film "Eyes Without a Face." Almodovar has made better films, and Banderas is a hoot as a mad scientist. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Alan Torrise
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not horrible...
Very interesting. Way better than the english remake.
Published 1 month ago by Kathryn Ellingsworth
3.0 out of 5 stars Other actors did a good job with their roles
Interesting and very different plot. Antonio Bandera's acting was somewhat stiff. Other actors did a good job with their roles. The editing was off.
Published 1 month ago by E. Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Almodovar
My goodness... what a story! It unfolds slowly, with flashbacks here and there, giving you enough time to think over, guess (unsuccessfully) what's going on, understand characters... Read more
Published 1 month ago by amazonka
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent nevertheless. A must for Almodovar fans
A disturbing movie, excellent nevertheless. A must for Almodovar fans.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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