Irreversible

Irreversible

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Director: Gaspar Noé

Cast: Gaspar Noé, Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel

     
 
This powerful and controversial drama from France has been given a respectful treatment for its North American DVD release. Irreversible has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (letterboxed on convention television sets and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors), and the French-language audio has been

Overview

This powerful and controversial drama from France has been given a respectful treatment for its North American DVD release. Irreversible has been transferred to disc in its original widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 (letterboxed on convention television sets and enhanced for 16 x 9 playback on widescreen monitors), and the French-language audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. The disc also features optional subtitles in English and Spanish. Bonus material includes an alternate audio commentary track featuring director Gaspar Noé and several members of the cast; a collection of deleted scenes; a short documentary on the film's special effects; and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Formally audacious, stylistically sound, and stomach-sickeningly grisly, Gaspar Noé's stateside breakthrough is unarguably the work of a filmmaker with technique to spare. Whether or not this year's Gallic enfant terrible has anything to contribute to cinema other than skillful button-pushing, however, remains to be seen. Irreversible's facile tale of a once-idyllic couple caught in a torpor of rape, drugs, and retribution is loaded with easy ironies and horror-flick set pieces. Noé's technical gymnastics keep it undeniably compelling: Shot in fluid, color-saturated, whirling-dervish long takes, edited in reverse, and given a throbbing, hypnotic sound design from Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter, Irreversible's deft moves don't allow the viewer a second to ponder some of the script's more implausible, trumped-up conceits. An early-film cab-ride in which our anti-heroes assault a foreigner, for instance, serves as little more than an intentionally disorienting emotional red herring. Likewise, copious screen time is allotted to setting up the three lead characters' dynamic, which is of little use to Noé other than to upset audience expectations. And it's more than a little disingenuous that Monica Bellucci's much-discussed rape scene happens to be the only sequence shot with a steady camera. Noé purportedly relished the severe reactions provoked by screenings of Irreversible -- walk-outs, cat calls, and the like -- which would only make sense for a person whose ultimate goal is to create the cinematic equivalent of car-wreck gawking.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2003
UPC:
0658149815926
Original Release:
2002
Rating:
NR
Source:
Lions Gate
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
21,482

Special Features

Closed Caption; Trailer; Deleted scenes; French teasers; The making of the special effects

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Monica Bellucci Alex
Vincent Cassel Marcus
Albert Dupontel Pierre
Philippe Nahon Philippe
Jo Prestia Le Tenia
Jean-Louis Costes Actor
Stephane Drouot Stephane
Mourad Khima Mourad
Gaspar Noé Actor

Technical Credits
Gaspar Noé Director,Cinematographer,Editor,Screenwriter
Jean-Luc Audy Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas Bangalter Score Composer
Marc Boucrot Sound/Sound Designer
Rodolphe Chabrier Special Effects
Valerie Deloof Sound/Sound Designer
Richard Grandpierre Producer
Cyril Holtz Sound/Sound Designer
Alain Juteau Art Director
Christophe Rossignon Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. --:-- [3:04]
2. 03:59 [9:12]
3. 03:11 [12:15]
4. 03:07 [:30]
5. 03:03 [2:04]
6. 02:58 [2:41]
7. 02:57 [4:31]
8. 02:14 [4:59]
9. 01:43 [1:38]
10. 01:09 [13:04]
11. 00:57 [12:20]
12. 22:35 [9:03]
13. 21:22 [14:04]
14. 20:01 [:41]
15. 19:27 [2:16]
16. 88:88 [1:07]

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Irreversible 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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This is a movie of Incomperable dimension. Despite what you hear about the brutality involved in two of the films scenes, this movie will redeem itself to even the beggest skeptic of you can make it to the end. for a film to take the audiance from sheer terror to laughter and then affirm life and love in such a beautiful way is absolutely astounding. i know this is all very vague, but trust me, when you see this for the first time you will be glad no punches were pulled, and no one spoiled anything for you. even if you know certain elements of the movie, as most people do when going in to see it, dont judge it ahead of time. it truely has to be seen to be believed. you will not regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was of great importance at the 2003 Galway Film Fleadh in Galway, Ireland. This film's content was held under great debate. This movie is definately not for the faint of heart. It is both physically and mentally exhausting. Noe stops at nothing to bring our attention to real issues and is not coy or discreet about anything. The 12 scenes are all uncut and the cinematoghraphy is wonderful in adding to the effect that Noe wants this film to have on you. Just as a side note, this film was presented in Galway in the Genre of ''Extreme Cinema''.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is brutal to your senses and the way you look at the world. Very often we become numb to the violence we see on TV and in the movies. If you watch the two most violent scenes in this movie , you will see what reality looks like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Absolutely incredible movie, must see if you are a film-maker or/and especially if you are a student of film theory. Talk about developing extra-ordinary characters in ordinary circumstances!
Gonzo84 More than 1 year ago
I saw this film recently for the first time, I've always had been aware of it, but it's not a film you can find at any random video store, so finally after years of hunting it down, I found a copy and it was well worth the wait. The only thing I knew about the feature was that it contained an infamous and grueling rape scene. I didn't know anything more than that and how it was one of the most shocking films of all time. So within seconds of starting the film, I knew that this was going to be nothing I've ever seen before and I've sure seen my fair share. I won't give away anything, but this film will shake you in your bootstraps. It's a mind-pounding, thought provoking, intense, gritty picture. Very similar to the groundbreaking "Momento," in structure, but with it's own original style. The cinematography is not for everyone, since it does have a handheld bouncy effect to it, but not like a Paul Greengrass flick, this has a very stylized look and feel and it's visuals and editing work hand in hand. You really feel for the three main characters. I read more about this film after watching it and found out that the film was originally only 3 pages long and that most, if not all the dialogue was improvised to give it a much more real perspective and angle of the story and characters and it shows. Bellucci, Cassel and Dupontel all work extremely well off each other and at times it's "surreal" how "real" the characters go about themselves. The film's beginning starts off the way it ends in a way and by the end of the film, I was left speechless and motionless. This is one of those rare gems that I am glad to have not only have purchased but have been apart of in a way. Gaspar Noe is a master of his own and takes filmmaking to a level that needs to be studied upon...so watch this film with warning and be ready for your perception distorted, cause this film is as gritty as it gets and I can definitely tell you, "You've never seen a film like this before..."
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