Upstream Color (Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack)
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
A woman (Amy Seimetz) is abducted and hypnotized with an organic material harvested from a specific flower. When she falls for a man (Carruth), the two come to realize he may also have been subjected to the same process. They search urgently for a place of safety within each other and struggle to assemble the fragments of their wrecked lives, unknowingly drawn into the life cycle of a presence that permeates the microscopic world.
Having the movie wash over me was one of the most transcendent experiences of my moviegoing life --AV Club
A dramatically obscure, technically brilliant experiment in speculative fiction from Shane Carruth --Hollywood Reporter
Top Customer Reviews
From my perspective, the first thirty minutes of this ninety minute movie are absolutely spellbinding. Not to give too much away, but this sequence plays out as crazy crime caper in which a man systematically destroys the life of a woman (Amy Siemetz). It's absolutely chilling and completely original. When the woman, now fragile and uncertain, later meets an equally wayward soul (Carruth), they try to piece together some semblance of normalcy. Here the film becomes decidedly more fragmented as they bond AND wrestle with their demons. They, among others, may have shared a similar experience. But what is reality and what is illusion? I may not be smart enough to make sense of all of Carruth's dreamlike vision, but I just relinquished myself to the experience. The movie images start to flow over you. Between pig farming, mind altering worms, an errant sound technician, and Henry David Thoreau's "Walden," you can't be entirely sure where you'll end up!Read more ›
I'd like you to know why I think that's so, in the hope that you'll take it seriously while you watch, then watch it again, then tell others to do so.
The way into this film is to think of what you're seeing in terms of metaphor. If you start with that--the idea that the objects, actors, and scenes all represent something beyond themselves--the film isn't hard to follow.
If you start with plot--as you have been taught to do in American film since Jaws--you're lost. The progression is jarring, sometimes even disjointed, there's very little dialogue, and no character is going to suddenly appear and spell out everything for you.
But that's why you're reading this, so I'll play that character...
In a wild, impossible premise, the identities of the two protagonists, a man and woman, are removed from their bodies and surgically transferred to pigs.
This doesn't happen, however, until a botanist subdues and brainwashes both. We see only the woman's case, but can infer the other has gone through the same process, because both show a familiarity not only with the same memories, but also with phrases from Thoreau's Walden, as well as a propensity to repeat the mindless, repetitive gestures of taking pieces of paper and manipulating them into shapes.
The woman makes a paper chain out of folded sheets on which she has transcribed pages of Walden without thinking about them, and the man works with the paper casings of thousands of straws.
So that's the surface of the premise.
Let's look at a few other surfaces.Read more ›
"It's great. I've seen some great films."
"What's the best thing you've seen?"
"Oh. What's that about?"
I try to tell them that it can't really be explained. I could tell them that the discernible plot centers on a woman taken advantage of by a thief using a hypnotic plant as his weapon of choice, but that barely encapsulates a quarter of the half of the film I actually did understand. And I know most of us hate math.
What I can say with clarity and certainty is that if you enjoyed Primer, you should almost positively love this movie. If you haven't seen Primer, go watch it now and share your experience with the world. If you like the work of Gondry, Kaufman, Malick, Herzog, Cronenberg, Lynch, or Aronofsky then I'd be surprised if you didn't love this one.
At the end of my screening a man stood up and said, "Loved the film, but I'll be out in the lobby if anyone wants to try to explain it to me." It's really not that confusing. Don't be scared.
The Blu Ray pack I bought on Amazon came with the usual Amazon speed and quality packing. The disks inside were secure and the Blu Ray packaging was in no way damaged or flawed.
The Blu Ray version of the film had no issues. First playing was done in a Playstation 3 Blu Ray drive. There were no audio issues that I experienced. The video and soundscape quality are top of the line and better than some blu ray disks that have come out. Crisp clear picture, blacks were black, colors vibrant (as is the intention), and the audio on my Onkyo 7.2 surround system was atmospheric. Basically on the blu ray, enjoy the show. If you did have issues you may be able to replace your disk if there were fabrication issues. I would think amazon would trade in for a new copy or even Shane Carruth possibly.
I hope this review helped a little bit if some of you are on the fence with this. I will be watching this again a few more times and its time to watch Primer again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the more disappointing, because Primer was such a good hard-core sci-fi film. But Upstream Color is artsy and obscure and just not that interesting of a science fiction... Read morePublished 23 days ago by D. Mitchell
After watching Shane Carruth's "Primer" I was hoping for a similar experience with "Upstream Color" unfortunately I didn't care for this movie. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Steven T. Mahlberg
Beautiful and moving in a strange way, I saw it twice before it really clicked. The cinematography alone really carries it.Published 4 months ago by Max Roga
Very short and to the point this might be the worst movie of all time from an execution standpoint. Great visually. Lost me completely with a very unconnected story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
Browsing through Netflix and came across this gem with 4 stars rating. Now I want to be clear that I don't consider myself to be the most intellectual/artistic individual. Read morePublished 5 months ago by YIH-CHANG LI
I can't tell you about the philosophical beliefs underpinning this film, or a linear understanding of the plot, but I can tell you that this is a visually stunning movie with... Read morePublished 6 months ago by dwall
this is not primer. this is not even science fiction.
this is an allegory for substance abuse and the only people who might get into it will be... Read more