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The Exterminating Angel (The Criterion Collection) (2009)

Luis Bunuel  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Directors: Luis Bunuel
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: February 10, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001LMU19G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,058 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Exterminating Angel (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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Extraordinarily powerful and imaginative. --The Spectator

Brilliant. --Roger Ebert

Product Description

A group of bourgeois cosmopolitans are invited to a mansion for dinner and inexplicably find themselves unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel's daring masterpiece The Exterminating Angel. Made just one year after his international sensation Viridiana, this is a furthering of Buñuel's wicked takedown of the rituals and dependencies of the frivolous upper classes, full of eerie and hilarious absurdity.

SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DISC SET FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel, a 2008 documentary featuring Jean-Claude Carrière and Jean Luis Buñuel
New interviews with filmmaker Arturo Ripstein and actress Silvia Pinal
Theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Marsha Kinder and a reprinted interview with Buñuel

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. October 11, 1998
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
When invited guests arrive for an elegant dinner party and find themselves unable to leave the dining room, Spanish surreal master Luis Bunuel, enters the undeworld of human desires and relations, peeling the crust of the burgoeis thinking and emancipating the subconcious of all the characters. After three days, hunger, thirst and desperation take over, leaving the semi-savage guests to undergo a formidable transformation of both, mind and spirit. After hearing the disturbing news, the social institutions (police, army, politicians, even other citizens) are unable to even enter the house, moved by the same invisible force. Filmed in 1962 and considered by many his greatest surreal film after L'age D'or, Exterminating Angel gives Bunuel a chance to go back to his cultural roots of the French Surrealism, not allowing culture, education, religion or other institutions to interfere with the content of characterization but to allow his characters to roam free like dreams or sometimes nightmares in a world of pre-fabricated emotions.
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26 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bunuel's BEST - and that's saying quite a lot. August 26, 2004
Format:VHS Tape
A brilliant concept if I've ever heard one, Bunuel's finest film involves a group at a dinner party who are inexplicably unable to go home. Absolutely nothing is holding them back -- doors are unlocked, there are no barriers -- but they just can't leave the house. Kind of a precursor to Godard's 1967 masterpiece, WEEKEND, we then witness socialites and the upper-class reduced to barbaric acts of desperation. Although Bunuel claims ANGEL has no literal meaning, his contempt for the rich has never been more obvious, and he would return to similar terrain with 1972's DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, where dinner guests find themselves unable to sit down and eat. Subtle surreal touches round off this film, as random scenes repeat for absolutely no reason and sheep run about the house; not to mention the frustratingly incomprehensible yet inexplicably appropriate final scenes.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All Time Classic December 31, 2002
By Scott
Format:VHS Tape
The Exterminating Angel is a brilliant movie. Luis Bunuel is one of the few directors to be able to create a completely fascinating world with seemingly mundane ideas. The film is about guests arriving at a dinner party and for various reasons are unable to leave. This simple, but interesting premise illustrates how we do not live our lives in any logical fashion and how the situations with which we are faced are what shape our world not anything as ridiculous as free will. For anyone who can see life as it really is and not brainwashed by our societies propoganda this is the most entertaining movie ever made about human nature. This is not a movie to take a date to it is one to be savored the rest of your life as you watch an innocent situation turn into the most thought provoking film you will ever see. The pace is slow, but in the hands of Bunuel it is also very entertaining and yes funny.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The real Surreal February 7, 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
For those of you who have never seen a Luis Bunuel film, The Exterminating Angel is both an excellent beginning and one of his very best.
The famous dinner party. The guests that can't leave. The animals (human and otherwise). The dark house. The repeating scenes. All this and more await you.
But it's the camera work that really leaves no doubt that we are seeing the work of a master of masters of the cinema. LB moves right and left, in and out without changing the lens setting, which sets up an erie feeling in perfect relationship to the subject matter of the film. A film not to be missed, and a movie to take a chance on. You won't be disappointed.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterwork March 3, 2003
Format:VHS Tape
The film's central characters are overcome by their bourgeois sense of propriety and, due to pretense, are seemingly trapped in an opulent parlor room by their incapacity to overcome their own outrageous forms of hypocritical propriety. The inability to leave the dinner party first grows to absurd proportions leading to the inability of all attendees to leave at all. They are psychologically impaired and degenerate, slowly, into their basest elements until they realize, collectively, that escape is possible.
Rejecting rationalism, and accessing the unconscious desires of mankind, is at the heart of this film. The constructs of man, the masks of artifice he appropriates, are fashioned out of rationalism and serve to obfuscate reality. Man becomes pretentious, corrupt, immoral, and despondent because he has lost sense of himself. For Buñuel, the bourgeoisie is ripe for attack, given that they shape and determine the values of their society. If our social leaders reject true humanity, then how can society hope to find truth? For Buñuel, humanity cannot thrive under such conditions. Hell is divestiture from the self.
This film is for anyone who enjoys an intelligent and beautiful film (Cinematography by Mexican master Gabriel Figueroa). Buñuel is clearly one of the greatest pillars of modern film.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A bizarre imprisonment May 24, 2005
Format:VHS Tape
Spanish Surrealist film director Luis Bunuel speaks loudly in his criticism of the upper classes in his stunning 1962 film "The Exterminating Angel".

A group of 20 upper crust formally attired guests are invited to attend a post opera dinner in a palatial mansion. Prior to their arrival, the house servants with the exception of the butler, after preparing the meal, inexplicably flee the premises.

The guests, due to some unexplained force find themselves unable to leave the dining room. The proceed to bed down for the night but come the following morning, nobody is able to leave.

Gradually the water and food run out and they are forced to attend to their bodily functions in closets. As time and days pass, tempers flair and they shed all their pretenses and veneers and resort to acting like a pack of animals. If not for some more level headed guests, the threat of resorting to violence among themselves is a very real possibility.

While the guests are unable to leave, outsiders are unable to enter the house. Eventually the house is quarantined by the military.

After days of this strange incarceration the guests find themselves in the exact same positions within the room as when the force first overtook them. They replay their actions and dialogue and if by magic the spell is broken and they can now depart.

Bunuel, always one known for his social commentary, is extremely critical of distinctions formulated by wealth in the creation of a class structure. He portrays this group of cultured and educated people as no better than those in the lowest rungs of society when confronted with specific stimuli.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Buñuel's most entertaining films in a beautiful edition.
This disc is a joy to behold. My only complaint is that Criterion didn't release a blu ray. The transfer is great, though it does show some of the rougher edges of the production... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Gryphon X
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Allegory of Contemporary Life
Made in 1962, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL is a highly complex film to
watch, despite is ostensibly straightforward story. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Dr. Laurence Raw
2.0 out of 5 stars The Arrow Films Edition of "Exterminating Angel" does not play on...
The Arrow Films edition of "Exterminating Angel" is advertised as an "all region" DVD under "Product Details" and I bought it as such, expecting that it could be played in the USA... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Michael B. Green
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!
Great Movie! Full of Suspense! Worth the while watching! A true Classic! Highly Recommended Flick to for All to watch!!!
Published 13 months ago by ekleiber
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite Bunuel! A Masterpiece!
A college professor of mine, speaking of "The Exterminating Angel" prior to our veiwing it, told the class that this film should be X-rated! Read more
Published 16 months ago by Michael Waterman
5.0 out of 5 stars "Everything I've most hated since I was a child - rudeness, violence,...
Since I don't boast a degree in psychology, my summing up of Luis Buñuel's freaky THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL pretty much goes like so: damn, what an odd movie. Read more
Published 17 months ago by H. Bala
5.0 out of 5 stars The Exterminating Angel
Nearly 40 years have passed since first viewing Bunuel classic,still fascinates,tales within tales & Bunuel' comment on religion relevant to the Pythons - Spanish Inquisition... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Garry Evans
5.0 out of 5 stars Let's Party Till Death Do Us Apart
*** This review may contain spoilers ***

No one could throw a party on the screen like Don Luis Bunuel did - in his films people just can't get enough of the parties -... Read more
Published on December 5, 2011 by Galina
5.0 out of 5 stars Absurdist reviews...
I'll keep this very brief because there has been almost fifty years of discussion regarding this great film and I don't have anything new to add for the kinds of people who... Read more
Published on April 14, 2011 by xxgrendelxx
2.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea.
Believe me, I get what THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL was all about. It was a retelling of LORD OF THE FLIES. But instead of preppy boys, it was about their parents. Read more
Published on March 19, 2011 by Ron
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