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Heavenly Creatures
     

Heavenly Creatures

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Director: Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse

Cast: Peter Jackson, Melanie Lynskey, Kate Winslet, Sarah Peirse

 

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Peter Jackson directs Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, based on a true story that took place in New Zealand in the 1950s. Buena Vista's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is fine save for a few instances of edge enhancement and grain in the image. Otherwise this unrated cut of the film (featuring previously unavailable footage) looks to be in

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Peter Jackson directs Kate Winslet in Heavenly Creatures, based on a true story that took place in New Zealand in the 1950s. Buena Vista's work on this 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer is fine save for a few instances of edge enhancement and grain in the image. Otherwise this unrated cut of the film (featuring previously unavailable footage) looks to be in fine shape with sharp colors and dark black levels. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround in English. This is a fine sound mix that aptly supports the film. While directional effects, dynamic range and surround sounds are generally lacking, overall the mix is free and clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. Fans of this cult classic will be disappointed to learn that the extra features on this disc are at the bare minimum -- all that's been included on this first ever DVD edition of Heavnely Creatures is a full frame theatrical trailer for the movie.

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Brimming with both feral energy and surprising humanity, Heavenly Creatures was best defined by its director Peter Jackson, who called it "a murder story about love, a murder story with no villains." This idea is reflected in the film's treatment of its "heavenly creatures," two schoolgirls whose consuming fantasy world is much more fulfilling than what the real world offers them: reality, in the end, is the film's true villain, as its intrusion on the girls' fantasy world ultimately brings everything crashing down. As seen by Jackson, a director previously known for such gory gross-out films as Bad Taste and Dead Alive, the girls are intelligent, creative creatures hurtling along on a weird trajectory towards madness; as played by Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey, they are vibrant characters undone as much by their vulnerability as by their destructiveness. Winslet and Lynskey are the film's strongest assets, playing off each other in perfectly nuanced harmony. Where Winslet's Juliet is cocky and brash, Lynskey's Pauline is subdued and glowering; together, they glow with a righteous fire bordering on lunacy. Jackson refuses to condemn or apologize for them, leaving viewers to elicit their own conclusions from the story's parade of horror and beauty.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/2002
UPC:
0717951002976
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:49:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dolby Digital surround sound ; Widescreen (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Melanie Lynskey Pauline Parker
Kate Winslet Juliet Hulme
Sarah Peirse Honora Parker
Diana Kent Hilda Hulme
Clive Merrison Henry Hulme
Simon O'Connor Herbert Rieper
Peter Elliott Bill Perry
Elizabeth Moody Miss Waller
Liz Mullane Mrs Collins
Ray Henwood Professor
Barry Thomson Farmer/Policeman
Peter Jackson Bum outside theater

Technical Credits
Peter Jackson Director,Co-producer,Screenwriter
Alun Bollinger Cinematographer
Jim Booth Producer
Carolynne Cunningham Asst. Director
Peter Dasent Score Composer
Ngila Dickson Costumes/Costume Designer
Jill Gormack Art Director
Allen Guilford Cinematographer
Michael Hedges Sound/Sound Designer
John Hubbard Casting
Ros Hubbard Casting
Hanno Huth Executive Producer
Grant Major Production Designer
Liz Mullane Casting
George Port Special Effects
Jamie Selkirk Editor
Richard Taylor Special Effects
Frances Walsh Screenwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [6:24]
2. The New Girl [3:58]
3. Enduring Ailments [3:39]
4. Playful Girls [7:31]
5. Saints of the Fourth World [6:37]
6. "Finding the Key" [6:41]
7. Letters to Pass the Days [9:34]
8. "John Has Fallen In Love With Me" [9:42]
9. An Unhealthy Friendship? [8:06]
10. New Resolutions [5:48]
11. "Poor Father" [6:11]
12. "Sink Or Swim Together" [5:36]
13. "Stark Raving Mad" [5:41]
14. "In Pursuit of Happiness" [6:01]
15. "The Happy Event" [6:45]
16. Honora's End [7:33]
17. End Credits [2:50]

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Heavenly Creatures 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
Deeply disturbing, incredibly crafted. One cannot help one's feelings of sympathy for these naive ''heavenly creatures'' whose devotion to one another plunges them deeper into delightful worlds of fantastic (fentistuc!) imagination. Any woman who, as a young girl, experienced loneliness and isolation can identify with the bond between these two brilliant teenagers who found, in each other, a friend and soulmate. Tragedy, a romantic concept to the young, is not so glamorous when real blood flows. Stunning, intense, funny, heartbreaking, and all the more so for being true - or almost true. A very different ''coming-of-age'' tale. Kate Winslet is a jewel. Melanie Lynsky is riveting, astonishing.
Hugo-Z-Hackenbush More than 1 year ago
I had no knowledge of this film until I watched it. The plot, with a diary narration unfolds slowly and inevitable like a fetid orchid. Kate Winslet is superb, but young Melanie Lynskey almost steals the movie. Their adolescent relationship is not quite innocent, but compared to our present culture, they seem almost wholesome. At first. That is what makes the movie so gripping. You could never set this film in present day because girls today buy Bratz dolls and listen to Brittany. They don't bicycle to their friends house and listen to Mario Lanza. Jacksons direction is very good; such a different movie from his later projects. Overall 4 out of 5.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie was well done and hauntingly creepy. its the story of best friends and an obsession like no other with a fantasy and etc. melanie did a good job and looks like drew barymore as she grew older. winslet was also good and surprised how young she looked.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Stunning,emotionally devastating early work from Peter Jackson,with pitch-perfect performances and incredible visual control. Kate Winslet,in her debut,has never been better,the underused Melanie Lynsky in her first film as well shows a maturity beyond her years (why has this actress been so undervalued in later years?) and the finale is both horrifying and deeply moving..get the American dvd,for this is the full version with an extra 10 minutes that most territories sadly never got to see on it's original release,and yes,for once,the extra scenes are not filler but are crucial to the plot. Still possibly Jackson's best film,barring The Return of the King!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lest there be any doubt, Peter Jackson's skillful adaptation of this true story prepared the way for his masterpiece, "Lord of the Rings." Abandoning chronological order to focus on audience-pleasing drama, he takes the time to establish the fateful bond between the two leads and from it spins their trail of liberation and destruction. A must-see for any storyteller faced with adapting a true story.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Heavenly Creatures' has to be the best movie ever. Both girls give brilliant performances, but I think it's unfair that Kate Winslet has received so much more notice than Melanie, who is just as good. It's fast-paced, beautifully filmed and the fantasy sequences are lush. It captures perfectly the essence of adolescent rebellion, the era they grew up in (the Fifties) and falling in love. It's based on a true story, too, so what more could you want? The only sour note has to be the last ten minutes, which are horrifying. But it skilfully conveys how far things have gone out of hand, and in no way undermines the brutality and violence of the girls' crime.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I LOVE this movie. It is so moody and deep and it made me love all of Melanie Lynsky's films, due to her stunning performance in this movie. Kate Winslet is also wonderful, much deeper and darker than her lovey titanic counter-part
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the greatest movies ever made. Very dramatic and emotional. Both Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey deliver stunning performances. I loved it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This motion picture is the best yet i have seen on both actresses part !! Kate Winslet gave an astonishing portrayal of Juliet, and Melanie Lynsky gave an unbeliveable performance. This is more of the quiet and deep loving nurturing films that I have had the pleasure of watching !!!!!Together in this movie they brought to life some of the real life drama of young teens in thier position.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago