Repo! The Genetic Opera

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Overview

Saw series mainstay Darren Lynn Bousman reunites with Twisted Pictures producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for this futuristic shocker detailing a terrifying epidemic of organ failures. The denizens of planet Earth have been devastated by inexplicable and widespread organ failures, and as a result scientists begin planning a substantial organ harvest. Though an innovative biotech conglomerate subsequently offers the fearful public a means of maintaining their health by enacting a series of hassle-free organ ...
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Overview

Saw series mainstay Darren Lynn Bousman reunites with Twisted Pictures producers Oren Koules and Mark Burg for this futuristic shocker detailing a terrifying epidemic of organ failures. The denizens of planet Earth have been devastated by inexplicable and widespread organ failures, and as a result scientists begin planning a substantial organ harvest. Though an innovative biotech conglomerate subsequently offers the fearful public a means of maintaining their health by enacting a series of hassle-free organ payment plans, things begin to get messy when it's revealed that the financed body parts are subjected to legal default, and that failure to maintain proper payment will result in forceful repossession of the organs. Paul Sorvino and Spy Kids' Alexa Vega star alongside celebrity socialite Paris Hilton in the Lionsgate film.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; From Stage to Screen featurette; Audio commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman and actors Bill Moseley, Alexa Vega and Ogre; Audio commentary with director Darren Lynn Bousman, co-creators Darren Smith and Terrence Zdunich and music producer Joseph Bishara; Legal Assassin featurette; Theatrical trailer
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Editorial Reviews

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Because Darren Lynn Bousman had just soullessly toiled away on the second, third, and fourth Saw movies, it would be easy to dismiss him as a hack with no vision beyond that required to see his next paycheck. But if churning out those movies was a necessary evil toward making his passion project, Repo! The Genetic Opera, then all is forgiven. Repo! was excoriated by critics for such reasons as the casting of Paris Hilton, as well as its risky premise: an R-rated opera in which surgically implanted organs are repossessed for nonpayment. It seems many critics couldn't get past their knee-jerk reactions, because if they had, they would have recognized Repo! as the ambitious feast of originality that it is. This is what Tim Burton should have gone for with Sweeney Todd: a dark, dystopian epic that's emotionally satisfying, but also sometimes funny, and lives up to the expected scope of its format. As the father and daughter at the center of the story, Anthony Head and Alexa Vega bring terrific depth of feeling to their characters, and Buffy fans will be especially delighted to see Head their beloved Giles in the leading role he so richly deserves. It helps to have plenty of feeling built in to the songs from the original stage musical, composed by Darren Smith and Terrance Zdunich, whose lyrics stop just short of being comically literal. The supporting performances are also effective in context, from Paul Sorvino to soprano Sarah Brightman, with even Hilton herself fitting into the film's thrust. It's important to remember that Repo!'s trash factor is intentional, as this film actively aspires to join the lurid ranks of film's great exploitation movies. But there's nothing unintentionally trashy about it, either in terms of its sentiments the tragic story is plenty involving, its social commentary our appearance-obsessed society gets a wicked skewering, or its production a balance between sweeping digital cityscapes and low-tech sets that embrace Repo!'s stage origins. Even the comic-book panels that advance the narrative work perfectly with Bousman's design. "Narrated" by a sympathetic gravedigger who traffics in street surgical drugs, Repo! The Genetic Opera has got "future cult classic" written all over it. It could be the Rocky Horror Picture Show of gothic rock operas, to a receptive audience. And Bousman proves he has good creative vision after all, free from those snapping traps that had shackled him.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/2009
  • UPC: 031398104353
  • Original Release: 2008
  • Rating:

  • Source: Lions Gate
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Time: 1:37:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 7,173

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Head Dr. Nathan Wallace/Repo Man
Alexa Vega Shilo Wallace
Paul Sorvino Rotti Largo
Terrance Zdunich Grave Robber
Bill Moseley Luigi Largo
Nivek Ogre Pavi Largo
Paris Hilton Amber Sweet
Sarah Brightman Blind Mag
Technical Credits
Darren Lynn Bousman Director, Executive Producer, Producer
Peter Block Executive Producer
Mark Burg Producer
Jason Constantine Executive Producer
Sarah Greenberg Executive Producer
David Hackl Production Designer
Daniel Jason Heffner Producer
Jenny Jue Casting
Alex Kavanagh Costumes/Costume Designer
Oren Koules Producer
Carl Mazzocone Producer
Jonathan McHugh Executive Producer
Tim Palen Executive Producer
Johanna Ray Casting
Harvey Rosenstock Editor
Darren Smith Score Composer, Screenwriter
Joseph White Cinematographer
Terrance Zdunich Score Composer, Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Repo! The Genetic Opera
1. An Epidemic of Organ Failures [3:14]
2. Genetic Repo Man [4:19]
3. Things You See in a Graveyard [5:59]
4. Legal Assassin [5:50]
5. Mark It Up [3:37]
6. Thankless Job [6:55]
7. Payment Past Due [7:06]
8. Zydrate Anatomy [3:29]
9. Night Surgeon [7:51]
10. Chase the Morning [2:44]
11. Seventeen [6:05]
12. At the Opera Tonight [7:57]
13. Testify! [3:06]
14. Chromaggia [4:23]
15. Let the Monster Rise [4:03]
16. I Didn't Know I'd Love You So Much [8:09]
17. Genetic Emancipation [3:22]
18. Geneco's Story Continues... [3:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Repo! The Genetic Opera
   Testify
   Scenes
   Features
      Also From Lionsgate
      Featurette: "From Stage to Screen" - "Legal Assassin: A Repo Man on the Edge"
      Theatrical Trailer
   Set Up
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: EspaƱol
      Subtitles: Off
      Audio Commentary: Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Actors Bill Moseley, Alexa Vega & Ogre: On
      Audio Commentary: Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Actors Bill Moseley, Alexa Vega & Ogre: Off
      Audio Commentary: Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Co-Creators Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich, Music Producer Joseph Bishara: On
      Audio Commentary: Director Darren Lynn Bousman, Co-Creators Darren Smith & Terrance Zdunich, Music Producer Joseph Bishara: Off
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Not what you would think it would be. Pretty freaking good!

    This was one of those movies I took a chance on, and a good chance it ended up being. The movie tuned very hypnotic as it went on, the music rocked, and the story line actually worked well. It is pretty much a musical, so prepare yourself for singing. And saying that, a couple of the performers in this movie could barely carry a tune, but don't judge the movie on that, because you end up not paying attention, due to the awesome visuals on the screen. This movie is definitly worth seeing, its dark, sexy, and brutal, all in one. What more could you ask for? Oh, and one more, Sarah Brightman stole the show on this movie.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    bought it for my daughter

    She loved this movie called it her generation "Rocky Horror Picture Show"

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT YOUR EVERYDAY MUSICAL

    This movie came out in very limited release, but it was worth the drive we endured to see it. It's actually a unique concept...combining a rock opera with the gruesome shock of the SAW movies. The rock music is excellent, often driving and danceable, and the cinematography is admirable. Most people will be surprised at what an outstanding tenor that veteran actor Paul Sorvino is. Another surprise was the performance of Paris Hilton. I never thought she had any sex appeal until this film. Repo is not for the faint of heart, as there are many scenes of gore and mayhem. But the scenes of the Repo Man singing while removing body parts has to be seen to be believed. If you have the stomach for horror, see this film (even if you do not like musicals).

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Why the bad rap

    I do not understand how so many critics can give this movie a bad rap claiming that it is unoriginal, boring, cliche, poorly made, and has lame music. What movie were these critics watching? If you ask me, this movie is everything that critics like Kurt Loder said it wasn't. The dark seedy futuristic world that this movie takes place in is the perfect setting for the dismal, gruesome, and at times heart wrenching story that it portrays with just the right ammount of humor. Definitely worth a watch. The music is great and catchy, the visuals are incredible, and the acting is amazing. Throw in an original storyline and an emotional plotline and you are in for a treat. Please give it a chance. It is definitely the cult movie that so many critics don't think it is.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Love Love Love Love

    It's everything that makes a fantastic opera.
    The music is fantastic.
    It's sad and heart-wrenching.
    It's happy, it's funny
    It's creative, it's artistic.


    It's just...awesome.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Oh, REPO!

    I love this movie. It's moderate corny-ness gives it some comedy, while the plot is actually quite sad. If you have a weak stomach you may want to avoid this flick, as it can get pretty nasty, but a certain scene involving Paris Hilton is well worth it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AWESOME!

    BEST OPERA EVER!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Enjoyable

    The actors are perfect for the roles they were cast in. The plot is definitely thought-provoking, but I was left a little wanting in some areas. The music is AMAZING and, even if some plot points leave you a little cold, the music more than makes up for it. Over all, a very good buy for musical lovers and everybody else too!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    a little glass vile

    Violence and gore combined with a truly amazing and eclectic cast plus the stunning visual effects and you've got Repo the Genetic Opera. It's a rock opera and compares to no other. It moved to my favorite film slot very quickly after my first time seeing it in theaters. I've seen it 3 times in theaters. I bought the DVD right away (last copy at store) and then I ordered two more copies (one for brother, one for sister) because yes, it's that awesome. I cannot recommend this film enough, unless you're a very bland and boring person that likes boring and bland films. If that's NOT you, then grab a copy. The cast was just incredible and the songs are fantastic (3 are up for Academy Awards) and you WILL find yourslef singing them. So, if you want to be instantly cooler, watch this film and enjoy.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Wow

    Amazing play! As well as movie! The music was brilliant and witty! By far one of my favorite films!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    TESTIFY!!

    Repo! has been such an amazing experience for myself and a few of my friends. It isn't only a movie - it's an event! The music and performances are absolutely outstanding. Repo! is one of those projects that just brings people together. If you're a fan of horror films and great music - Repo! is for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

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    Cooler Than I Thought!

    I saw this movie not too long on Netflix, a little skeptical about it at 1st. I had rememberd seeing it on a shelf at a store and was kinda curious to see it, but was thinking it might be some kind of senseless bloody romp of some sort, though it looked to have a great cast...including Sarah Brightman and Buffy the Vampire Slayer's Anthony Stewart Head (I loved him in that show!) It also includes Paul Sorvino, who is pretty cool, and a grown up Spy Kids' Alexa Vega. When I watched it, I was actually surprised by it. The gore was very minimal, maybe a couple of scenes of it, and the rest of it was a well orchastrated musical, and most of the cast sang very well. I wasn't worried about Anthony Steward Head, becasue I knew he could sing after a few episodes I'd seen of Buffy, especially the episode entitled One More Time With Feeling...a fully musical episode of the show. Everyone was great though, or at least for what their roles were. It's definitely Gothic, but definitely in a cool way. All in all though, this is really not as bad as it might seem at a glance...it poses mainly as a cool and interesting musical, and not actually too bloody, like Repo Men, which deals with a similar premis. (Repo Men isn't bad, but definitely not for those of a weaker constitution). If you like musicals and aren't offended or grossed out by a small bit of gore, you should definitely check this out. I bought it on Blu-Ray! It's worth while!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A fantastic surprise.

    Intense, stylish, and over the top, a great addition to cult classic collections. The lyrics sometimes felt a little forced, it could have afforded a bit better writing in that respect, but the music made up for it. Paris Hilton was really surprisingly good in this, I didn't once want to stab her face. *Listens to Zydrate Anatomy on repeat*

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    New Cult Classic

    Repo! is the Rocky Horror for a new generation of cult movie watchers. It's a relatively dark story line, but the way in which it is told keeps things relatively light. Comic strip formatting is used in exposition, but the majority of the movie is live action. With the exception of Blind Mag (Sarah Brightman), the voices may not be the best of the best, but given that the cast is mostly actors who happen to be singing, they fit the characters and do an amazing job at keeping with character. Definitely a good movie if you can handle the concept of an organ repossession man.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    OMG!!!

    oK I LUV THIS MOVIE! THE MUSIC ROCKS AND THE ACTORS ARE AMAZING! i GOT IT REALLY FAST OFF b&n!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    much better than i could ever have imagined

    while a little dark, fantastic movie worth watching, with a moral and a point, go figure?

    enjoy!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Very Good. I Love Paris Hilton

    the movie was great and for all haters, Paris Hilton did very good in this movie at singing and acting. even my mom was surprised. i was never a fan of her but after this...i gained alot for her.great movie and its like a gothic wizard of oz

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Absolutely amazing!

    I saw this movie the other day with a few friends who had been wanting me to watch it for a while. I was slightly nervous, it seemed to be too gory for my taste, and I thought it would be filled with bad acting (I mean, Paris Hilton? Enough said) and mediocre music. But nevertheless, I watched Repo!. Not only did the movie completly blow me away, but as soon as I got home I downloaded all of the songs onto my computer. This movie is amazing, the music is outstanding, and it is easily one of my favourite movies of all time! And for Paris Hilton; I may not be a fan, but she did very well in this movie. I loved it! I'm buying it tomorrow actually, and am greatly looking forward to watching this over and over!
    Easily a cult classic, one I'll show to anyone and everyone.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Never thought it would be SO GOOD!!

    I simply loved this movie! It did everything it was supposed to do...and more. I have had my friends over many times to watch it! It WILL make you laugh & cry and also root for the "bad guy"!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Cult Classic

    Nothing is better than Anthony Head, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, singing as the Repo Man. This was truely a new Rocky Horror Picture Film and just as amazsingly beautiful too. Loved it!

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