Flesh + Blood

Flesh + Blood

3.8 5
Director: Paul Verhoeven

Cast: Paul Verhoeven, Rutger Hauer, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Burlinson

     
 

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Say what you will about Paul Verhoeven's body of work, the fact remains that the man is just as entertaining and engaging as any film he's been behind. For years, the controversial director's first English-language film, Flesh + Blood, had been forgotten, relegated to the bottom of the video racks and virtually unseen since its release in 1985. Finally, MGM

Overview

Say what you will about Paul Verhoeven's body of work, the fact remains that the man is just as entertaining and engaging as any film he's been behind. For years, the controversial director's first English-language film, Flesh + Blood, had been forgotten, relegated to the bottom of the video racks and virtually unseen since its release in 1985. Finally, MGM Home Entertainment has given Verhoeven the chance to not only bring this gem to the digital age, but also to release it in its international cut, reinserting the graphic sexual and violent content for which the director's work is infamous. Thankfully, Verhoeven has also supplied one of his trademark, mile-a-minute commentaries -- a treat that any enthusiast will agree is enough to justify the the purchase of the disc. Here, he spins the sordid tale of the film's history, with praise going toward his leads, especially Jennifer Jason Leigh (whose fearless performance can now truly be realized in this extended cut). While his love for the material is rich, it doesn't stop the man from criticising its weaker points -- most notably the budget restraints and multiple accents throughout his cast. Also on the disc is a 15-minute featurette on Basil Poledouris and his score for Flesh + Blood, which is similar in tone and quality to his Conan scores. Poledouris crafted yet another medieval masterpiece for the film, the first in a long working relationship with Verhoeven (something about which only Jerry Goldsmith can equally boast). The inclusion of the original theatrical trailer rounds out the disc, which, along with the brilliant 1.85:1 widescreen picture and Dolby Digital surround track, create a fine package for this long-forgotten brutal film.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2004
UPC:
0027616902184
Original Release:
1985
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
2:08:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Extended international version; Audio commentary by director Paul Verhoeven; "Composing Flesh + Blood" featurette; Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rutger Hauer Martin
Jennifer Jason Leigh Agnes
Tom Burlinson Steven
Jack Thompson Hawkwood
Susan Tyrrell Celine
Ronald Lacey Cardinal
Brion James Karthans
John Dennis Johnston Summer
Simon Andreu Miel
Bruno Kirby Orbec
Kitty Courbois Anna
Marina Saura Polly
Hans Veerman Father George
Jake Wood Little John
Héctor Alterio Niccolo
Blanca Marsillach Clara
Nancy Cartwright Kathleen
Fernando Hilbeck Arnolfini
Jorge Bosso Sterz
Mario De Barros Herman
Ida Bons Roly Poly
Jaime Segura Lord of the Castle
Siobhan Hayes Child of the Castle
Bettina Brenner Lady of the Castle
Susan Beresford Sturdy Woman
Monica Luccetti Tongueless Girl

Technical Credits
Paul Verhoeven Director,Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Jan de Bont Cinematographer
Joe di Gaetano Special Effects
Juan Majan Stunts
Felix Murcia Art Director
Basil Poledouris Score Composer
Ine Schenkkan Editor
Miguel Sese Makeup
Gerard Soeteman Original Story,Screenwriter
Gijs Versluys Producer
Jose S. Vicuna Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Title [1:56]
2. 1501 [9:56]
3. Evil Vapors [7:45]
4. Sinners, Saints, Signs [6:00]
5. Sons, Wives, Lovers [10:51]
6. "Ambush!" [6:04]
7. An Angel Bleeds [10:18]
8. St. Martin's Castle [12:45]
9. The King Takes a Queen [2:11]
10. A Willing Captive? [3:29]
11. War Machine [7:15]
12. A Puppet in Evil Hands [2:50]
13. Watery Grave [8:16]
14. "Set Me Free!" [9:06]
15. To the Death! [8:32]
16. Final Choice?/End Credits [6:11]

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Flesh + Blood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is utterly amazing in every way. I wanted for like two years after first seeing to just find it on DVD. Its got medivel glamor and gore, what more can I say.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The first time I saw this movie, was when it just came out. I was not yet in my teens and fell in love the movie. I've been waiting to find it on either DVD or VHS. Everyone should see it at least once.
Mondayn More than 1 year ago
I first saw Flesh + Blood on late night TV just by happenstance. What I saw drew me in and kept my attention till the bitter end. This story is a remarkable mirror of Epic Literature and follows the archetypes to the very letter. The acting is mild for such a rich story, indeed it might have been a hit had they of been able to afford some Class A actors. The visuals are absolutely stunning and paid more than enough attention to. The music flows perfectly with the stories dark themes of the very animalistic nature that man is capable of. The film does possesses relevant humor as long as you understand the cultural background that they reference to. It's a wonderful film for deep thought and allusions to the human condition and how far someone would go for their desires. If human sexaulity and brutality disturbs you then be forewarned you may find this to be uneasy to watch. The one performance that stands out over the rest of the cast is Rutger Hauer's St. Martin who conjures a frighening and realistic Anti-Hero identical to what people may think of Achilles as they read from Homer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Clete_Purcel More than 1 year ago
This film fails on almost every count. The action scenes are too brief. The love scenes are too shallow. The conflict is senseless. It is full of ugliness and squalor without redeeming value. The sex scenes are uncomfortable because of the unattractiveness of the performers (although in a historical context this may be the most realistic part of the film). If you just must see Jennifer Jason Leigh naked, you might be able to sit through this though she looks like she's about twelve years old in this. On a slow, rainy Sunday afternoon this might be passable viewing if there isn't anything else available.