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The Eclipse [Blu-ray] (2010)

Ciarán Hinds , Iben Hjejle , Conor McPherson  |  R |  Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Ciarán Hinds, Iben Hjejle, Aidan Quinn
  • Directors: Conor McPherson
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 29, 2010
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (94 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003DVB7BY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #256,541 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Eclipse [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Michael Farr (Ciarán Hinds), a teacher raising his two kids alone since his wife died two years earlier, has been seeing and hearing strange things late at night. He isn't sure if he is having nightmares, or if he's experiencing a haunting. Working as a volunteer for an international literary festival, he is assigned to Lena Morelle (Iben Hjejle), an author of books about ghosts and the supernatural. Establishing a rapport with one another, Michael opens up and shares his terrifying experiences with her. However, Lena's attention is distracted by another novelist, Nicholas Holden (Aidan Quinn), with whom she had a brief affair. The trajectories of these three people lead them into a life-altering collision where the challenges of love, fear of the unknown, and release from the burden of grief are explored.

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60 of 63 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modern Ghost Story May 24, 2010
By phil j
Format:DVD
There are many lovers and haters of this film. This is especially due (in my opinion) to the inexplicable title of the film that coincides with the laughable attempt of a vampire movie that shares the same name. This movie goes beyond any of the so-called horror movies that are on display at your local B-Buster nowadays, period. Think of classics like The Haunting and The Uninvited that are filled with subtleties that captivate the viewer while they do not feel cheap and overbearing. I can see why some feel cheated by this film since the horror aspect takes a back seat at times, but downplaying the horror is really effective in this case. There are many films that are not designed to be thrown into a specific category and this film is a perfectly blended cocktail of horror/suspense and drama/romance. Watch this film with the lights off and the sound up specifically for the scenes that will turn your skin as white as a ghost.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Engrossing Film About Loose Ends January 3, 2011
Format:DVD
I did not know what to expect from The Eclipse and was surprised to find myself involved in the characters, even the annoying ones (Aiden Quinn). What could possibly recommend a film more than that?

Not expecting the unexpected, I was genuinely creeped out at least twice, something I haven't "enjoyed" in many years. I suppose that's the beauty of not knowing what you're getting into. Thankfully, shocking the audience is not what this film is about.

The Eclipse is for adults in the sense that adults tend to be more interested in character development and relationship dynamics, both of which are here beautifully realized by committed performances. Also, it does not sensationalize, being rather discrete about the supernatural elements the intrude, almost gratuitously, into the plot.

I'm happy to recommend this well-wrought drama that does what good entertainment ought to do--transport.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Jump out of your chair March 27, 2010
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It took me about six viewings before I stoped jumping out of my chair at the ghost scenes. Celebrated Irish actor Ciarin Hines is a fantastic lead character, Michael. Paring him with Iben Hejejle was an inspired match. His humanity and her warmth kept me routing for a connection. The heart thumping kissing scene did not let me down. Aiden Quinn played a great selfish, drunk,jerk,Named Nicholous. I could not stand the guy. I hope it makes it to my small town so I can see it on the big screen. Im sure the video download was only an apetiser. Enjoy, RoseAnne
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It's unfortunate that this worthwhile Irish film has nearly the same title as the currently popular Twilight Saga "Eclipse" series about vampires. It might get overlooked in the confusion of titles. This is all the more unfortunate because the title "Eclipse" doesn't seem particularly apt to the traces of ghostly influence here. The film could so easily and so much more accurately have been given some other title, something referring to the wedding gown train of lost love.

Actually, this movie was based on a short story that was strictly about a widower's life in the wake of his wife's death from cancer. The short story had no ghostly elements at all. These were only added for the sake of boosting cinematic and box office appeal. And it shows. The brief appearances of actual ghosts here are often alarming, menacing, downright shocking, and so are at war with the general mood of this film. The film's essential theme is the possibility of finding another mature, tender love after one has suffered the loss of one's first partner in life. The occasional hair-raising intrusions of apparitions onto the scene are adventitious and unnecessary.

The main intended sentiment of the film is beautifully conveyed by the actors. Ciaren Hinds plays his part of the widower with just the right combination of a numbness that closes him off from the world and a longing that opens him up to future possibilities.

This is a rare adult love story, in which "adult" does NOT mean X-rated - but harkens back to an earlier, more essential meaning of the word "adult." Here the two adults express their maturity by being sane, stable individuals who put getting to fondly know each other first and foremost.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Should be recategorized July 4, 2010
Format:Blu-ray
The marketing of this film does it a disservice. Those expecting thrills & chills will be disappointed for the most part, as this is not a horror film. It's a film about the various ways we all are haunted in our adult lives. Note the key word "adult";the characters are fully grown (though not fully grown-up),and are wrestling with various demons they've encountered in their lives. Unfortunately,there's some other movie out now with the word "eclipse" in the title (so I've heard.) This is also being categorized as "Horror/supernatural" most everywhere I've seen, Amazon VOD included.
While some supernatural elements are present, this is about much more. It's also very well acted and photographed,and looks great on blu-ray. If you don't come looking for a frightfest you'll find a very worthwhile drama about real people.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
I was able to catch a sneak peak of this on HDNET before it was released in theaters. I think the reason this film wasn't received well it that they marketed it as a horror movie.....which it is not! The film it about loss and coping with that loss and in the area of showing different types of grieving I do think this film succeeds. The acting is very good and I for one like the marriage here of drama and a little horror. I can say this much, this film has some good scares and they come because the film isn't focused on "the ghost". It's not a perfect film, but I think this one hasn't gotten the credit it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent!
Published 9 days ago by CF Auguh
2.0 out of 5 stars Really?
Ciaran Hinds is always worth watching, but this movie was not worth his efforts. The couple of "scary" moments were just kind of thrown in. Read more
Published 17 days ago by catrober
1.0 out of 5 stars E X T R E M E L Y B ...
E X T R E M E L Y B O R I N G ! Trust me ...NOT worth the time.
Published 28 days ago by kayly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not scary, but still very good
Honestly, I couldn't decide what the heck this movie was about. I spent most of the time being puzzled. Read more
Published 1 month ago by sueksen
3.0 out of 5 stars An idea, like a ghost, must be spoken to a little before it will...
Somewhat lyrical drama with twists.
Published 1 month ago by Chuck Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars A Writer Struggles with Ghosts
Set in Cobh, County Cork, Ireland, Ivan McCullough's magnificent cinematography brings this evocative film, written and directed by Conor McPherson, to life. Read more
Published 1 month ago by FYI
5.0 out of 5 stars Just totally amazing, loved this movie before in regular format but...
Just totally amazing, loved this movie before in regular format but in Blu-Ray it was like seeing it for the first time, bright, crisp, better color, sound, you see and hear so... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lizabit
2.0 out of 5 stars Cinematograpy Really Lacks
I probably would have enjoyed this film if I could SEE it! Lasted about 20 minutes and then turned it off. Much, much to dark to be watched. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Happy Feet
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good
Published 2 months ago by M. Wise
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the Twilight movie
Beautiful ghost story about grieving loss, finding love, and breaching the physical world. Enjoyed the focus on the complexity of relationships between older adults and on family. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Teresa Aguinaldo
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