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Overview

Lucky McKee's May was a little-seen horror film that was greatly admired by genre enthusiasts. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by McKee and members of the cast. They have a very good time sharing their experiences of making the movie, and teasing leading actor ...
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Overview

Lucky McKee's May was a little-seen horror film that was greatly admired by genre enthusiasts. The film comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by McKee and members of the cast. They have a very good time sharing their experiences of making the movie, and teasing leading actor Jeremy Sisto (who is not there with them). The director and some of the production crew have recorded a second commentary. They provide more filmmaking insights than the actors, but are occasionally less entertaining. The internet trailer for the film rounds out this solid release from Lion's Gate that should help the film find a wider audience than it did in theaters.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Cast and crew commentary; Production commentary; International trailer; 16 x 9 widescreen; English and Spanish subtitles; 5.1 Dolby Digital
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
Though it may not be the high body-count slasher film the trailer made it out to be, the debut feature from director Lucky McGee does, when all is said and done, offer some intriguing psychological horror and an interesting modernization of the Frankenstein mythos. Alternately funny, sad, and disturbing, McGee strikes a commendable tone by means of smart pacing, while offering lead Angela Bettis a chance to shine and never giving viewers quite what they might expect. At times too self-consciously quirky for its own good, the film may have been more effectively horrific had it not been straining so hard to be hip, and some scenes straddle the line of unintentional humor by delving into surreal excess. As previously mentioned, Bettis' portrayal of the troubled titular character is rich and complex, convincingly shifting from somewhat sympathetic loner to menacing misfit, and peppering her descent into total psychosis with just the right amount of detached self-abandonment. Once she realizes that she has crossed the line, all bets are off. Though the final shock could prompt knee-jerk laughter in the hands of a less-talented director, by the time the viewer has followed May down her dark path, it offers a chilling moment viewers aren't soon to forget. While May might not be the best horror film of recent years, as some claim, it does merit a space near the top of the list for its unique tone, and it signals director McGee as a talent to watch for.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • UPC: 031398838920
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 6,448

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Angela Bettis May Canady
Jeremy Sisto Adam
Anna Faris Polly
James Duval Blank
Nichole M. Hiltz Ambrosia
Kevin Gage Papa
Merle Kennedy Mama
Chandler Hecht Young May
Nora Zehetner Hoop
Technical Credits
Lucky McKee Director, Screenwriter
Brad Arnold Asst. Director
Marius Balchunas Producer
Jaye Barnes-Luckett Score Composer
James Dehr Sound/Sound Designer
Mariano Diaz Costumes/Costume Designer
Debra Goldfield Editor
Charlie Gonzales Art Director
Lorri Jakubuv Set Decoration/Design
Rian Johnson Editor
Leslie Keel Production Designer
Eric Koskin Executive Producer
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Richard Middleton Co-producer
Marcelo Pequeno Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Sturgeon Producer
John Veague Executive Producer
Steve Yedlin Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Isolated [4:06]
2. Eye Doctor [3:48]
3. New Attitude [4:35]
4. Masochist [2:22]
5. Beautiful Hands [2:14]
6. Intrigued [2:35]
7. The Park [4:49]
8. First Date [2:43]
9. House of Paine [2:54]
10. Cheer Up [5:00]
11. Surprise Visitor [2:55]
12. Farfetched [4:09]
13. Not Right [3:24]
14. Girl's Night [5:07]
15. Cat Lover [4:40]
16. Quiet Place [3:46]
17. Tears of Blood [4:38]
18. Clearer Understanding [4:35]
19. Taking Measurements [3:14]
20. Piece By Piece [4:12]
21. Unexpected [4:23]
22. Finishing Touches [4:27]
23. Personal Sacrifice [3:44]
24. Credits [5:02]
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Menu

Side #1 --
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   Subtitles
      English: On/Off
      Spanish: On/Off
   Commentaries
      Commentary 1: On/Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Dark, but endearing. Twisted, yet strangely sweet.

    May is one of my favorite movies. Funny and charming, with a dark underbelly. I'm not particularly keen on horror films, but this is not just a horror film, it's also a sweet, sad story with lovable characters and a quirky sense of humor. Definitely worth seeing, I highly recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Quite Possibly The Best Film I've Seen Since Ernest Goes To Hollywood

    There are no rules in this no holds barred horror film. Between all of the unadulterated sexual context and the amazing amount of strength/flexibility "May" exhibits, not only will you be surprised by its twists and turns, you will also be excited by them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest movie I have seen in years-- blew me away!

    I would highly recommend this movie for all lovers of horror movies, especially those (like me) who have become jaded and nauseated off of the tripe most horror directors try to feed us nowadays. I would also reccomend it to anyone who has ever been made to feel like a freak by those around them. The most frightening part (for me) was the extreme amount of empathy you start feeling for May. When she takes her revenge, you slice and dice right along with her.... Watch this movie-- you will not be dissapointed...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great story of the macabre.

    The girl who plays May is gonna be the next Bette Davis. Great macabre tale. Took a little too long for action to happen but worth it. Great ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    EXCELLENT

    May has become one of my favorite movies. It evokes humor, sorrow, and fear all in the same film. I even found the ending to be serene in a disturbing way. I usually don't enjoy horror movies because I rarely find them scary, but May truly bore beneath my skin and never left the back of my mind. The director Lucky Mckee uses a sense of low budget minimalism to make the film raw and realistic. May truly rises above stereo-typical mainstream horror movies which people have become so accustomed to. I would highly recommend this movie to anyone of appropriate age.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disturbing

    The movie was good but at the same time I found it very disturbing maybe because I'm not all into the blood thing. She as in may kind of freaked me out. Make you think what kind of people` are out there ...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Absolute Best

    This movie has a great story line. I was covering my eyes at some parts because of the gore, but other then that the movie was one of the best I had ever seen. I love how May has her revenge on the people who called her weird.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Twisted...

    I found this movie to be one of the best I've seen in a long time, not the type of movie you forget...May has a transformation after a series of friendships that left her hurt and alone. There is a lot going on in this movie, pay attention...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant horror film for our time

    May is only quietly scary compared to the teeny bopper slasher flicks of the late 90s, yet packs all the macabre punch of any other thriller classic. The cast is excellent - Jeremy Sisto and Anna Faris are both awesome in their roles as May's doomed lovers. The beautiful Angela Bettis is sublime in her portrayal of the lonely and awkward May, and completely breaks your heart in her ongoing quest for acceptance and love. A new classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Striking Visuals, Great Music, Frankenstein Qualities

    Loved the camera shots, well acted though disturbing, loved the music. Overall very alternative, striking movie. Yes, people with children should know better, but adults might appreciate this possible cult classic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Disturbing and original

    The movie was truly unique and stands aside from most other films in its genre. Anyone who enjoys non-conventional horror movies should see it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    disturbing but good

    Yeah I might be weird that I liked this movie, but it really was quite good, yes it was disturbing but at the same time it was interesting and scary what had led up to May doing what she did to have a perfict friend. But all i can say is that it was suspenseful, scary, and desturbing all in one...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CREEPY.

    this movie was very disturbing. do not see it. especially if you have children under the age of 13. it will emotionally scar them for life. only a cannibal can enjoy this movie (if they have a sick streak.)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dark disturbing movie

    It was an ok movie. Angela Bettis did a great job playing the crazy character May. The movie reminded me of Jeffery Dhamer in that she wanted someone to be her friend. She did not eat people like Dhamer. She kept parts of them.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wow!

    This movie was not only scary but it was actually good. Lately, horror movies have been given bad names. ''May'' alone brings the creepiness right back to the horror genre. This movie forces you to like these characters and then proceeds to do terrible things to them, which is nothing new to te genre. However, the beginning is rather witty and ends up very eye-openingly disturbing. The acting is excellent, especially from the two main characters (Bettis and Farris). I never thought Farris would be able to pull it off after seeing ''Scary Movie,'' but she passed with flying colors. Now I'm not just saying this, but this is most likely the best horror movie (and scariest) of all time. I highly suggest you BUY this. Don't even bother renting because I know everyone will like it if they're into that stuff.

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    Posted May 5, 2010

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    Posted May 29, 2009

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