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The Hunger (2004)

Catherine Deneuve , David Bowie , Tony Scott  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Catherine Deneuve, David Bowie, Susan Sarandon
  • Directors: Tony Scott
  • Writers: Ivan Davis, Michael Thomas
  • Producers: Richard Shepherd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (226 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KQNKE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,737 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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David Bowie, Catherine Deneuve, Susan Sarandon. A centuries-old female vampire gives her lover immortality as the couple carouses around New York nightclubs in search of victims. 1983/color/110 min/R/widescreen.

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98 of 104 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good art film that's entertaining October 17, 2004
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I saw 'The Hunger' when it was in the movie theatre in 1983. I didn't know what to expect but David Bowie's presence in the film made me go into the theatre.

Esthetics! Esthetics! Esthetics! Beautiful people, beautiful set, beautiful music wrapped into the warm womb of blood sucking and immortality and escapism. The storyline doesn't move me, though every performance is stellar. I never develop any empathy for the characters, though I would like to sit down and have lunch with them (on the condition I'm not on the desert menu.)

This is the kind of film one might call a guilty pleasure. No social or intellectual message or value, but imprints itself upon the emotional psyche. It provides a window into another side of one's usual self. Do I believe in vampires and the creature feature scifi world, no. But it can be fun.

The dvd quality is excellent. Much better transfer than the video we've had all these years. Really glad it's available and in our film library. Enjoy this world where beauty and pointlessness meet for no other reason than to entertain you.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sexy and sinful June 22, 2000
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Horror movies are not usually lush, well-photographed or erotic. Yet this one is! David Bowie, Susan Sarandon, and the immortal Catherine Deneuve all sport trendy clothes and buckets of blood in this vampiric love triangle. It is well-produced, and though it has been criticized for its "languid" pace -- I think it moves at just the right tempo for what the movie long slow seduction. Much is made of the lesbian sex scene, but it's actually pretty tastefully done and tame by today's standards. It's a nice reversal of the Dracula myth -- Catherine Deneuve as a bi-sexual immortal who choses her mates alternating sexes through the centuries. It's a fun idea! And who would say no to her anyway? It's got more style than substance, but oh what a joy to see a movie that captures a sense of elegance and beauty and wrap it around a horror story! And the music is divine -- from the underground gothic stylings of Bauhaus (Peter Murphy actually lip-synchs "Bela Lugosi's Dead" over the opening credits) to the beautiful duet from Delibes (the selection from LAKME it seems everyone used after this movie). It's an excellent movie, and one worth buying since it seems to be disappearing from rental shelves. And the price is the lowest you will find here at AMAZON as opposed to retail outlets!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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This cult art film classic is the quintessential vampire film of the 1980s and is one of my favorite vampire fliks of all time.
THE HUNGER is a very good film, even though, at times, it moves rather slowly. Deneuve plays Miriam, a stone-faced centuries-old vampire who has had a string of lovers of the many years of her life. As the film opens, she and her longtime bloodsucking paramour, John (played by Bowie), are coping with their own mortality. That's right, I said mortality. In THE HUNGER, vampires can die of old age.
Bowie's appearence in the film is somewhat brief, but he makes the most of the time he has with a well-developed character. The makeup used to age him into a shriveled old man is complemented by Bowie's ability to play age well, both physically and emotionally. There is a quiet poignancy to the romance of between Miriam and John, but when scientist Sarah Roberts (Susan Sarandon) visits the Blaylock mansion one day, Miriam's real romance begins.
As I mentioned, the movie can sometimes feel slow, but it's well worth sitting through as the film is not so much horror and gore (although when it's bloody, it's nicely bloody), but erotic and intellectual. Sarandon and Denueve are both excellently cast and create some rather arousing scenes together. Although there is little action, there are many themes and ideas to be explored in this story. As such, I would say THE HUNGER is definitely for fans of art films, rather than those who are attracted to Hollywood productions.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A question of Hemoglobin July 7, 2006
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Among the 674 films (so far) that have vampires as subject matter, Tony Scott's The Hunger (1983) distinguishes itself with its romantic, mythic, and erotic atmosphere, and of course the torrid sex scene (at least for the time) involving Catherine Deneuve and Susan Sarandon. The film is dark; its aesthetic is cold and sophisticated. In the years following its first screening, the acting, beauty of its images, and rather complex intrigue have transformed this unusual film into a major milestone of American film production of the 1980s, and for the fantastic and gay cinema genres.

As the film credits roll and the film begins, the gothic rock group Bauhaus is heard playing their famous song, Bela Lugosi's Dead, a nod to one of the most famous interpreters of Count Dracula in vampire films.

The action takes place in present-day New York. The beautiful and elegant Miriam Blaylock (Catherine Deneuve) shares a life of luxury and indolence with her husband John (David Bowie). Miriam, born in Egypt some 4,000 years ago, is an immortal being. Her continued survival depends on a diet of human blood, which she must consume once every seven days. She is also able to pass along, through "friendly" bites, some of her genetic material to human beings, thereby turning them into creatures like herself, in exchange for their eternal love. Miriam belongs to an ancient race of vampires, but since in life nothing is perfect, her progeny are not truly immortal as she is, and sooner or later, usually after 300 years or so, they find themselves suddenly and rapidly getting old. However, the progeny are unable to die, but continue to live forever withered, in a fully conscious, vegetative state. Miriam "packs" their decaying, aging bodies in caskets that she keeps in the attic of her residence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Hunger Still Holds Up!
Although The Hunger was released in 1983, it still holds up quite well! Catherine Deneauve is splendidly creepy while also being magnificently lovely here. Read more
Published 5 days ago by D. Mcmillen
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Wonderful movie.
Published 10 days ago by Robin Haspiel
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Published 16 days ago by Susan Allison
3.0 out of 5 stars Not hungry for more
Not the best transfer, okay but just avg, packaging was damaged, case had tear.
Published 1 month ago by Mike
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie the most tasteful films, vampire lovers will love this classic. Catherine Denuve is the most beautiful woman.
Published 1 month ago by Oz
5.0 out of 5 stars Great vampire movie.....not hokey........different angle on vamps for...
This is one of my all time favs........of course i LOVE David Bowie ... so i'm a bit prejudiced lol It was done wayyyyyyyyyy before the vampire stuff became so popular and was... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kathy M. Cadiou
5.0 out of 5 stars Very strange movie but great. You great to see Susan Suandian and...
Very strange movie but great. You great to see Susan Sarandon and Catherine Deneuve get it on....but in a classy way. The scene is great.....
Published 2 months ago by Thomas Weeden
5.0 out of 5 stars Good flick
Another David Bowie achievment
Published 2 months ago by tracy
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic with classics!
A classic horror film with some of my favorite performers. Susan Sarandon has come a long way from Janet in Rocky Horror!
Published 2 months ago by J. Callen
4.0 out of 5 stars "Atmospheric" is the best word to describe this film
"Atmospheric" is the best word to describe this film. Beautifully shot, with some scenes as lovely as paintings, yet contrasted with shocking scenes of blood and violence. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. A. Powell
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