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Under the Skin [Blu-ray]


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  • Actors: Scarlett Johansson
  • Directors: Jonathan Glazer
  • Writers: Jonathan Glazer, Walter Campbell
  • Producers: James Wilson, Nick Wechsler
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, AC-3, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: LIONSGATE
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2014
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00K0MM4AM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,590 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.
M. Wabich
There is very little dialogue, no character development, and appears to be an art film gone wrong.
Brigit & Reid
I didn't make it to the end, this movie is just too boring.
J A

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298 of 330 people found the following review helpful By Corey Lidster on June 28, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
I'd heard various reactions to this film before watching it, some very positive, some negative, both commenting on how confusing and strange it was. David Lynch's 'Eraserhead' was the most popular comparison. While I think any attempts at comparison are going to fall well short of the mark, I'll say that 'Under the Skin' is a slow-burning SF-Horror film that's closer to Kubrick's meditative pace on '2001', with the realistic, semi-improvised dialogue of Gus Van Sant's 'Elephant' and 'Gerry'.

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Scarlett Johanssen plays one of two aliens who has taken human form. Just how alien they are cannot be fully appreciated until the second or third 'seduction'. After picking up a stranger in her non-descript van, she brings him to a dilapidated rural house. Leading her would-be suitor into utter blackness, she leaves a trail of clothes behind as she undresses; the unfortunate victim stumbles forward, oblivious to the impossible metamorphosis of the floor beneath his feet as he sinks into the black, like a sabertooth tiger chasing its' prey into a tar pit. Fully submerged in a viscous, translucent oil, other figures are visible... and so is she, somehow walking across the surface meters above. In a particularly haunting moment, two victims try to make sense of what's happened to them, and reach out to clasp hands in desperation, before one of them implodes in a shockingly violent manner that leaves nothing but his skin behind, like a discarded wrapper.

The black liquid is the alien life-form, 'digesting' humans and absorbing their consciousness along with their bodies. With each instance, she becomes more and more human. From an insectoid disregard for human suffering, she eventually appears to take pity on one of her would-be victims, letting him free.
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236 of 270 people found the following review helpful By A. Stribling on July 15, 2014
Format: Amazon Instant Video
First off, if you like how Michael Bay will have a character yell "Something exploded!" after something explodes because, y'know, you need that kind of exposition, you will not like this movie. There's hardly any dialog and very little plot and almost no "action." Second, if you've read the book, you will also probably not like the movie because it isn't a book. It's an adaptation, and a really loose one at that. The focus is on the imagery and eerie soundtrack to evoke an alien sent to Earth to hunt humans for meat that's sent back to her home planet. The subtexts about class inequality and sexual politics aren't there, so don't bother complaining about how this apple isn't an orange. So if you're looking for a narrative with a clear arc and plot points and resolution, or a shot-for-shot remake of the book, yeah, you're gonna hate this. But if you're into artsy, ambiguous European movies with beautiful cinematography and evocative soundtracks and nudity, you might have a good time. Or you might be bored out of your skull. It's tedious and beautiful and boring and lingers with you in the same way "2001" does.
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Format: Blu-ray
Let's get the elephant in the room out of the way first: Yes, Scarlett Johansson is nude in this film. She is fully frontal nude. Ok, post-pubescent testosterone-driven audiences, go on the internet and find screen caps and then go see TRANSFORMERS for a fifth time, because if that's why you're watching this film, you're going to be one of the haters.

However, if you're in the mood to see a proto-sci-fi film about the allegorical birth, life and death of an unearthly being in a very Kubrickian fashion, UNDER THE SKIN should be a perfect fit for you.

As directed by Jonathan Glazer (SEXY BEAST, BIRTH) the film follows our protagonist, as played by Johansson, as she travels around the Scottish countryside in a white van to seduce men and abduct them for what seem to be extremely nefarious and alien reasons. Almost all of the seduction scenes are set against a completely black backdrop as the men sink into a black abyss all while she's protected and guided by a mysterious motorcyclist. She meets a terribly disfigured young man, and suddenly, this emotionless sexual predator starts to feel things that make no sense to her; feelings like compassion and mercy. This leads her off her mission and into the presence of another man who takes her in, not understanding who she is or what she's capable of. The film ends in on a very strange, almost TWILIGHT ZONE-esque note which is disturbing, but makes a perverted sort of sense when you think about it.

Those who may have read the book might be very upset by this film as it seems to be, at least thematically, quite different. The film is very much about birth, life and death in both a very figurative and literal way.
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112 of 142 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 3, 2014
Format: Blu-ray
"Under The Skin" (2013 release from Scotland; 108 min.) brings the story of several aliens (one man, one woman) whom we see take the shape on a human. The woman, played by Scarlett Johansson, starts picking up one guy after another, leading them to her house where she "takes care of business" (how? I'm not going to spoil). Eventually the woman tries to fit better in and even tries getting into a 'real' relationship. To tell you more of the plot would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.

Several comments: this is the latest movie from British director Jonathan Glazer, best know for bringing us "Sexy Beast" some years ago. His previous movie "Birth" was also a take on things that are not quite your normal situation, but here he goes one better, and then some. Second, the science fiction tone of the movie is brought expertly, from the opening scenes where we're not sure what exactly is happening, it looks to be something in space like "2001: A Space Odyssey". Third, there are a number of stunning, if at times unsettling, scenes, including the extended beach scene, and the scene with the 26 yr. old virgin guy. Fourth, the movie is set in Scotland, and while we get glimpses of some of its beauty, the overall feeling is pretty grey and grim, and hence not necessarily an inviting "postcard from Scotland" (in contrast to that other seminal Scottish film from 30 years ago, "Local Hero"). Fifth, there is a very abstract soundtrack that matches the movie perfectly, scored by British artist Mica Levi (a/k/a Micachu). Last but certainly not least, what can you say about the performance from Scarlett Johansson.
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