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Kiss of the Damned [Blu-ray] [Import]

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  • Format: AC-3, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • Release Date: July 23 2013
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Kiss of the Damned [Blu-ray]

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x991f1294) out of 5 stars 14 reviews
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HASH(0x9909e468) out of 5 stars A movie very much like Interview With A Vampire. If you liked that movie you will most likely enjoy this one too. I say B-. June 23 2013
By Tony Heck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
"I would have done anything to be with you, however insane." Djuna (Baume) lives a lonely life. Only going out at night and mainly renting movies that she watches by herself. She has a huge beautiful house but the only person that visits is her housekeeper. One night at the video store she meets Paolo (Ventimigilia) but is afraid to talk to him. When he persists she reveals her secret to him. Djuna is a vampire. Both lives are changed forever. I have to admit that I am not a vampire movie fan at all, mainly because of the Twilight movies. This one has more of an Interview With A Vampire feel with the sexual aspect of True Blood. The movie had a very classy, almost operatic feel to it which really helped the movie. This is not a teen geared vampire movie, but it's also not Dracula either. If you are looking for something in the middle then this is for you. If you are a vampire movie fan you will enjoy this. I thought it was OK, but again I am not a big fan of this genre. Overall, if you liked Interview With A Vampire then you will most likely enjoy this one too. I give it a B-.
HASH(0x9b07b348) out of 5 stars Romance of the night Feb. 6 2016
By E. A Solinas - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Ever since Anne Rice's first novel came out, vampires have become creatures of elegance and romance -- all roses, wine goblets, sensuality and twilit marble mansions.

"Kiss of the Damned" seems to be for those who love such stories of "moral" vampires who live lives of beauty and love, which gives this slow-moving character drama a dreamlike quality. Director Xan Cassavetes has created a truly lovely piece of work, misted over with half-light and soft voices, but the denouement definitely leaves something to be desired.

Young screenwriter Paolo (Milo Ventimiglia) meets a beautiful, exotic woman named Djuna (Josephine de La Baume), and instantly falls in love with her. At first, she seems shy of getting too intimate, and soon reveals why -- she's actually a vampire. But when they sleep together, she ends up drinking his blood and turning him into a vampire.

Paolo quickly moves in with Djuna, and the two of them begin a moonlit romance that can last for all of eternity. But then Djuna's sister Mimi (Roxane Mesquida) comes to stay with them for a week -- and her mind games and reckless blood-drinking throw their lives into turmoil. As Djuna introduces Paolo to the local circle of vampires, led by the actress Xenia (Anna Mouglalis), Mimi begins destroying their romance.

In many ways, "Kiss of the Damned" is a rather cliched vampire romance -- a vampire loves a mortal so much that she turns him so they can be together forever. Some lip service is paid to how awful it is to be rich, hot and immortal, but there aren't a lot of real problems. And oh yeah, the admirable vampires abstain from human blood.

But Xan Cassavetes wrings every last drop of sensuality from her movie. Every scene is draped in a misty, almost dreamlike atmosphere, as though time is slowing down for us as it is for Paolo. Lots of lovemaking and quiet conversations, and rooms filled with eerie pale light in the absence of the sun. When something nasty happens -- such as the most gruesome burning-in-the-sun scene EVER -- it stands out like a bruise.

However, the denouement is lackluster. It feels like Cassavetes didn't know to handle the web of manipulations that Mimi had spun, so she took the easy way out. It's beautifully filmed, but... it leaves you thinking, "Really, that's it?"

Though their characters' love blooms a bit too fast, Ventimiglia and de La Baume have a fragile, sweet chemistry, as if they're still fumbling their way into a relationship. It's rather sweet. Husky-voiced Mouglalis -- who is not in enough English-speaking movies -- is a stately vampire matriarch who finds herself manipulated.

And Mesquida is a cruel, vindictive little girl in a beautiful woman's body; she doesn't care who she hurts or destroys, as long as she gets her way. Blood, sex or control -- if Mimi wants it, she will destroy those around to her get it.

"Kiss of the Damned" is a rather cliched vampire love story, but it wears the cliches with elegance and beauty -- and it all leaves me hoping to see more from Xan Cassavetes.
HASH(0x992099f0) out of 5 stars Vampire-family drama with a classical feel Jan. 12 2015
By Karl Weaver - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this film: the director is Alexandra Cassavetes (nicknamed Xan Cassavetes), the daughter of the actor and director John Cassavetes and the actress Gena Rowlands, the granddaughter of the actress Katherine Cassavetes, and sister of the actor-director Nick Cassavetes. I think it’s safe to say film is “in her blood”.

This won favorable attention at the Venice Film Festival, London Film Festival and SXSW Film Festival. In other words, it has a strong European influence, consistent with the Cassavetes family background. As the lead male said about reading the script and accepting the role [I’m paraphrasing I’m sure] “I realized this is like a classic European love story—with a little bit of vampire thrown in. Nobody makes these kind of movies in the US anymore. So I said yes, immediately.” That lead male incidentally is Milo Ventimiglia, who plays the character named “Paulo”. The other main characters are Josephine de la Baume, whose character is named Djuna, and who falls in love with Paulo (and he with her), Roxane Mesquida, who plays Mimi her sister, and Anna Mouglalis who plays Xenia, who is like a mother to Djuna and Mimi—probably not their biological mother, but at least emotionally so.

How would I describe the film? Like a classic European love story with a little bit of vampire thrown in. In many ways, it’s like an intimate family drama film. See, there’s the essential problem with falling in love with and marrying or living with someone. You end up involved not just with them, but with their WHOLE FAMILY too, for better or for worse. Their family dynamics inevitably end up YOUR family dynamics, too.
As for the vampire business, this is not a movie heavy on gore. Mostly the vampires are more like the “Cullen” clan in the notorious Twilight series—trying not to kill humans for their survival, but surviving instead on animal blood (and even synthetic blood). There are some brief but interesting conversations among the vampires about the morality and/or superiority of vampires vs humans, which [as I’ve recently also been reading about World War I] one can easily extrapolate to the attitudes of the British, French or Germans toward the “natives” in their various colonies, like the Americas, Africa, India, China, and the Middle East…

I liked the musical score which also had a neo-classical tilt. Many of the interior scenes are extremely lavish, playing off the notion that vampires living for hundreds or thousands of years, they have plenty of time to accumulate a lot of wealth—and again one can compare this to imperial wealth earned off the sweat of subject peoples, or the more modern-day version of capitalist inequalities. The exterior scenes for the most part are at night because…well, you know, VAMPIRES…have some kind of problem with daylight, so they are generally visually much less impressive.

The dialog is almost entirely in English and the subtitling is also very well done. There wasn’t a lot to boast about in special features, though there are several interviews and a commentary track, for the terminally addicted. Audience ratings were not great; for example IMDb gave it a 5 out of 10, maybe because people were expecting a lot more vampire, and less family-dynamics going on. In that way, It’s one of those hybrid films which are hard to categorize and hard to properly advertise too, but it was way better than I feared, going in.
HASH(0x9a4d8f90) out of 5 stars "Kiss of the Damned" is not your typical special effects, high tech and werewolf movie because it doesn't have to... Dec 7 2013
By Sunny Von Tepperoff - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
It was nice to see a new take on the old romantic vampire type of movie.(Just a note: in Bram Stoker's "Dracula, the Book, Dracula is not a romantic figure at all.) The acting was good and entertaining. All the lead characters drew you into their world.
I am not a Hammer vampire film fan, however if Hammer vampire films would have been like this, they would have been much more popular and would have made a ton of $$$!
I liked that this film was not a slick high tech, with guns and werewolves, vampire movie. Don't get me wrong. I loved the 1st Underworld movie!! It is still the best of all the "Underworlds". I thought the timing for that type of vampire movie was perfect; it was new and fresh and had better effects than all the others with bigger budgets. It makes me wonder what Xan Cassavetes could have accomplished with a bigger budget herself.
I bought on blu-ray to see all the lushness of the film. The more I watch it the more I enjoy it!
I am a vampire film fan going back to Carl Theodor Dreyer. I also like Universal's "Dracula" and "Dracula's Daughter" which reminds me that the female model character named "Lili" (played by Nan Gray)who was victimized by Dracula's daughter and the fan named Ann who was also a victim of a female vampire in "Kiss of the Damned" have a striking physical resemblance.
I also like "Dracula" with Frank Langella as well as "Bram Stoker's Dracula" by Francis Ford Coppola not to mention "Moth Diaries", "We Are the Night", "Let ME In" (I also have the Swedish version), "Byzantium", "Perfect Creature" "The Breed", "Bled" "Night Watch" and of course "The Hunger" to name a few films.
There are some tv series besides "Forever Night" and "True Blood" that are good but not always well known or never got past a 1st or 2nd season to better develop them such as "Ultraviolet" from England and "Kindred the Embraced" Sorry, not a "Buffy" fan. I liked "Moonlight" better.
And no... I did not forget "Blade", "Twilight" or "Interview With a Vampire". They are entertaining of course. I just mentioned a few films.
"Kiss of the Damned" is only one of my many favorites...I just hope there is a second vampire film for "Xan"to do. Perhaps some "nice" studio will give her the budget that Len Wiseman received for "Underworld Evolution" and she will "run with it"!!
HASH(0x98c70210) out of 5 stars Fantastic Take on Vampire Mythology and Culture July 25 2013
By Alejandro - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Kiss of the Damned is a beautifully filmed, well-acted, and thought-provoking treat if you like vampires and want a change of pace. Everything about the cinematography and the musical score is mesmerizing and worth a viewing for that alone. The plot, while a love story, also delves into topics such as vampire ethics and the vampires' life in the shadows, unable to be who they are in public (unlike True Blood where they are "out of the coffin"). There are a good number of scenes that stand out as fantastic, and they really stick with you post-viewing. Really, if you want to see an "adult" vampire film that isn't a juvenile exercise in just churning out vampire stuff because that is what's popular right now, give KOTD a try.

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