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Disappearance of Alice Creed [Blu-ray]


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Product Details

  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: Nov. 23 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00422LQSC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,022 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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The British thriller The Disappearance of Alice Creed is a taut exercise in psychological manipulation, driven by three forceful performances, most notably actress Gemma Arteton (Clash of the Titans) as the titular abductee. On the surface, Disappearance seems to be cut from familiar cloth: ex-cons Eddie Marsan (Sherlock Holmes) and Martin Compston plot out and then execute the kidnapping of Arteton, the daughter of a wealthy businessman, for a sizable ransom. But as the minutes tick by in their dreary holding cell of a flat, relationships develop in unexpected ways, as do shifts in allegiances and motivations. To reveal these seismic changes would be to unleash spoilers of epic proportions, but suffice it to say that few will have expected the film's frenzied conclusion. Directed by first-timer J Blakeson with an eye towards pacing and atmosphere, The Disappearance of Alice Creed should please fans of adult suspense pictures with its smart scripting (by Blakeson) and fearless turns by its cast, especially Arteton in a role that requires her to play, by turns, victim and perpetrator; the DVD includes commentary by Blakeson, who discusses his influences (among them, Alien, interestingly enough), as well as two extended scenes with commentary and a collection of comic outtakes. A five-minute storyboard comparison, which shows preproduction sketches of the opening alongside the finished product, and the stateside trailer round out the extras. --Paul Gaita

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By Diran B. Horozian on May 28 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Worth the two hours of viewing. As good if not better than the stage play. A British gem dramatised to perfection.
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By Mathieu P on Oct. 17 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Un bon film, meilleur que beaucoup de films Américains. C'est rafraichissant. Pas de traduction française. Je dirais que c'est plus un film de location par contre.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Dec 21 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Alice Creed is snatched off the street and kept blindfolded and tied to a bed in a soundproofed apartment by a seemingly well-organized pair of kidnappers looking to collect a sizable ransom from Alice's wealthy father. Greed and deception erode the situation as twists in allegiances are revealed that make the film spectacularly suspenseful. This is a fast-paced, gripping thriller that is really well put-together. The whole thing is actually quite bare bones, with only three actors and using mainly one setting. Yet thanks to smart directing and some truly unpredictable twists it remains terrific. This is also aided by some really forceful performances, particularly Gemma Arterton as Alice Creed. Taut and tense, The Disappearance of Alice Creed delivers.
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By larry on Oct. 11 2014
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excellent
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Gordon TOP 50 REVIEWER on May 22 2013
Format: Blu-ray
Extremely tense, beautifully shot, generally well (if not quite brilliantly) acted, this is a clever and effective
exercise on making an exciting film on a tiny budget. Even though about 75% of this kidnapping tale takes
place in a two room apartment, director/writer Blakeson finds enough effective and compelling ways to
photograph his tiny set, and enough sharp plot twists and reveals that any claustrophobia becomes a
plus not a problem.

There are a few times when credulity is stretched, and a few plot turns that have that sense of being a ‘clever
twist’ instead of something organic to the characters or the story (you can feel them as they’re where the
acting is less strong, you can see the actors strain to make them ‘work’), but neither shortcoming is enough
to keep this from being a highly entertaining, and even ultimately oddly touching nail-biter.
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