Excerpt: Lars von Trier’s psychological horror tale Antichrist was one of the most-talked about films of 2009. Extremely graphic in detail and psychologically unsettling, the film garnered an enormous amount of controversy upon its initial release, splitting critics and audiences in half like few films of recent memory.
Conclusion: 'Antichrist' is definitely a hard movie to watch, both for its extreme content and its occasionally icky thematic intent, but it's still a movie that demands and deserves attention, and with repeated viewings your understanding of the film (and the filmmakers' intent) will likely evolve.
Excerpt: The films of Lars von Trier, the brilliant, bellicose Danish director of The Idiots , Breaking the Waves and Dogville , aspires to the condition of exquisite, immersive poetry -- that is, to be felt, rather than questioned, analyzed, critiqued . His dark fables of human extremity -- sometimes uneven and grasping, often sustained and commanding -- intend to swallow, if not defy digestion.
Excerpt: Finally, after four solid days of lackluster films ("Hey, did you see _____?" "Yeah, it was okay.") Lars von Trier — with his beautiful, violent, and cringe-inducing film Antichrist — has managed to wake up the festival in ways many people found, well, rather revolting. The press screening was by far the fest's most popular; high-level badges were relegated to the balcony and many members of the press were shut out. ( Zut alors!
Conclusion: Artificial Eye's Blu-ray release is practically identical to M6's release. With the exception of Charlotte etc. , all of the supplemental features from the French disc also appear on this disc. So, if you have the proper equipment to playback 1080i50-encoded discs, this one could be slightly cheaper to import to the U.S. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: Lars von Trier’s new film Antichrist opens with the writer-director’s name scrawled crudely on a huge title card, which makes for an apt overture. Antichrist is a boldly personal film, tossing all von Trier’s ideas about faith, fear, and human nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria, full of repulsive visions and fierce scorn. It’s also the most lush-looking movie von Trier has made in about 20 years.
Excerpt: It�s good to see that Lars von Trier still has it in him. To create a controversy, that is. Regardless of the qualities of his recent films, what seems to have been uppermost in the mind of the director when they each premiered at Cannes, was how much he could cause shock and outrage, if not through the films, then through some pretty outspoken interviews.
Conclusion: Danish director Lars von Trier's Antichrist is without a doubt the most disturbing film to appear on Blu-ray since the format was launched. It is difficult to like, but it isn't difficult to appreciate. As expected, Criterion have put together a fantastic package for it - the film looks and sounds terrific, and all of the supplemental features from the French Blu-ray release have been ported. Indeed, VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Conclusion: Bold and unconventional, Lars von Trier's Antichrist is not for the meek! Though expertly done, the film will fail to resonate with those who are not immune to human suffering. The Blu-ray disc herein reviewed, courtesy of French distributors M6, looks and sounds very good. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?