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Roman Polanski was still a newcomer to the world of cinema when he unleashed this unforgettable exercise in skin-crawling terror. Repulsion was the Polish director's first film in English, but that hardly mattered: much of the movie is as wordless (and as weird) as the silent Nosferatu. The young Catherine Deneuve plays a Belgian girl stranded in '60s London, a shy beauty with no social skills. When her sister leaves their shared flat, Deneuve goes gradually, quietly, completely mad. Her world becomes Polanski's paintbox, as the devilish director distorts reality via a series of surrealistic touches (grasping hands that protrude from elastic walls) and out-and-out murderous horror. Very few films cast the kind of eerie spell that this 1965 classic achieves, and it clearly points the way toward Polanski's Rosemary's Baby. As with most of the director's work, what is unsettling is not the overt violence, but the terrifying sense of emptiness and isolation, and the boiling unease inside one's own mind. --Robert Horton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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My rating reflects my disappointment. I'm still a fan of Polanski's films.
Transfer looks very good.
But instead of the usual Blu-ray 24fps 1920x1080p (progressive) Full HD, what you get is a 1920x1080i (interlaced) picture playing at 50 Hz, resulting in slightly flickering/pulsating parts of the image especially on bright surfaces like walls (eg TC 00:08:44; 40:36; 41:25; 43:43; 44:29; 44:58; 45:18) or even Catherine's face in the opening shot at TC 00:01:55.
Overall the print looks fairly good and will please fans of this particular movie, incl. myself.
Released "avec le soutien du CNC" and carrying audio commentary by both Roman Polanski AND Catherine Deneuve, I guess this must be an official release. But why they didn't use a FILM print, or even better - if still available - the orig. camera negative (instead of a 50 Hz video master), isn't entirely clear.
Picture quality: 8,5/10; 1920x1080i 50 Hz
Aspect ratio: 1,66:1 (orig.); Pillarboxed
Run time (50 Hz): 1:40'46"
ST: F o/-
- "A British Horror Movie", 24' SD
- Audio commentary R. Polanski and C. Deneuve (English; ST: F )
- Interview Prof. Richard Gregory, neuropsychiatrist, 11' SD
- 2 Galleries: Poster art, production drawings
- Trailer, SD
Studio: Opening Meridiane Group / Filmedia
This is not a "thriller" in the strict sense, it's a psychological study of a troubled young woman who retreats from the real world in order to deal with her past. To me, it seems that the repulsion that Carol feels towards men and towards sex is the result of childhood sexual abuse by a family member. "Repulsion" is a very frightening movie; it shows the fragility of the human mind and how easy it can be for any of us to have the seemingly solid floor beneath us crack asunder.
The look on the face of Carol as a child, shown in a family photo at the very end of the movie, will haunt you for days afterward.
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Even on her good days, Carol lives on the edge of sanity; she stares endlessly at sidewalks cracks, feels things crawling on her body, and doesn't respond to people. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2008 by Kona
Some people talk about the apartment Trilogy ,refering to three of Polanski's films. The Tenant, Rosemary's baby and Repulsion. I think Repulsion is not as good as the other two. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2006 by Eric Simard
One of the greal psychological horror movies I've ever seen. It raises an interesting question; is the world hell or do we create our own hell??Published on Nov. 6 2003 by Dhaval Vyas
The sound track is so bad as to render most of the dialogue useless if not downright irritating; it might as well have been produced as a silent film. Read morePublished on Sept. 27 2003 by Alvin H.Safanie