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Exotica [Blu-ray + DVD]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Bruce Greenwood, Mia Kirshner, Don McKellar, Arsinée Khanjian
  • Directors: Atom Egoyan
  • Format: Box set, Dolby, NTSC, Color
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Alliance Films
  • Release Date: June 19 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0077VBXNS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,081 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Jusqu’à ce que le cinéaste réalise The Sweet Hereafter, Exotica était le plus accessible des films d’Atom Egoyan. Fidèle à lui-même, le cinéaste torontois mêle famille et voyeurisme, mémoire et désir, blessures intimes et fantasmes publics dans ce conte urbain trouble et séduisant.

À L’Exotica, un club de danseuses nues arabisant, on croise un veuf (Bruce Greenwood), fasciné par une jeune strip-teaseuse (Mia Krishner) ; un D.J. survolté (Elias Koteas) ; une maquerelle enceinte (Arsinée Khanjian), propriétaire de l’endroit ; et un jeune gai, qui fait de la contrebande d’oeufs exotiques (Don McKellar) ! En toile de fond, la police recherche un enfant disparu… Les intrigues se croisent, se chevauchent, et se répondent. Au centre de ce complexe réseau d’influences : la sexualité. Sublimée, interdite, magnifiée, banalisée ou réprimée, c’est elle qui tient lieu de moteur à tous ces personnages en quête de bassesses autant que de hauteurs.

Complexe dans sa forme, Exotica est pourtant le moins cérébral des films d’Egoyan. Délaissant les préoccupations formelles, au fur et à mesure que le récit avance, le cinéaste mène, avec beaucoup de doigté, un suspense qui débouchera sur une finale prenante. Ce film de 2 millions de dollars qui, à l’écran, semble en avoir coûté 10 fois plus, est d’une richesse autant visuelle qu’émotive. La marque d’un cinéaste en pleine possession de ses moyens. Éric Fourlanty --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I first watched this movie in a German cinema early in 1995. I was overwhelmed, as well as my attendance, a very good friend. As soon as the DVD releases came out, I started to collect them. Not only from North America, also in Europe and every region I could get access to. I haven't found one which was totally satisfying. Mostly, the pictures were too dark, the colours not adequate. And now, at last, after seventeen years, the Blu-ray release is here.

At last, the pictures and the light are satisfying. This is how it all should be. I haven't seen this movie in a cinema for many years now, but I always knew how the light and the colours have to look like. This is eventually realized on this disc.

I may be hypercritically cinephilistic, but I as a film-lover, I would have preferred the original 1.85:1 ratio, however, for whatever reason, the movie comes in 1.78:1. Just to fit the 16:9 screen? This is hard to understand, for me at least.

The sound comes in 2.0, which is like in 1994/95, but I hoped they could expand it to 5.1 to get the real experience, especially in the club scenes.

No extras but an audio commentary of the director and the composer - obviously very well done.

As this is one of my all-time favourites, I have to give the highest score, with a couple of stains remaining.
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One has to wonder if those who rated this movie poorly 'got it'. I gave this to a co-worker and he was highly confused at the end because he missed a critical link. For myself, I'm not sure what I expected. I knew I liked Mia Kirshner, and the pick-up of the DVD in a bargain bin was a "what the heck" purchase though I'd read reviews that seemed to promise a dark, disturbing, thought provoking movie.
Well, the packaging, as alluded to in the description, makes this seem like a standard erotic thriller. The addition of much of the action taking place in a strip club only seems to reinforce this as being standard, even shallow, fare. It's anything but. It might not be believable as a story, but the characters themselves are. Not only that, but fittingly enough, the shallowest seeming character through much of the film turns out to be potentially the most complex. It wasn't until after the end credits had rolled, and while still wrapping my mind around the whole canvas of the movie, it clicked as to why the character may have acted in a certain way.
I'll add a disclaimer here for anyone interested in the movie. If you are at all squeamish about the concepts of pedophelia, homosexuality, strip clubs, etc... well, just be aware that you might feel highly uncomfortable. I only plead discomfort to the first and parts were painful to watch even though nothing explicitly happens (and as is the case of the whole movie, nothing is anywhere near as simple or obvious as it first appears).
Highly recommended if you want a thought provoking, dark movie that at times makes you do a mental doubletake.
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I like movies that reveal their mysteries gradually. Films like Mullholland Drive, Memento, Following, etc. Like a good postmodern novel (no that's not an oxymoron - there are a few [Paul Auster comes immediately to mind]) these films are non-linear and one is kept guessing about not only what will happen, but whethere central characters are crazy, evil, benign, etc. The audience is kept intentionally in the dark, and thus on edge, and sometimes (as is the case with Mullholland Drive) there is no clear resolution, no tidying things up at the end. Egoyan seems to be operating in similar territory.
Another characterstic that these directors share is that often their characters are not what one would call likeable. This is the case in Exotica. A Canadian Customs Inspector (David Hemblen) is assigned to audit the books of a nervous Toronto exotic pet shop owner. From the outset, we see that this is not going to be your typical CPA/customer relationship. Things get more intriguing when the inspector finds a pistol in the pet-shop owner's drawer and reacts enigmatically.
As the film progresses, the inspector's psyche gradually disintegrates, until finally there is a denouement of denouements at the end of the film. Finally, Egoyan lets the audience in on the source of the inspector's descent into emotional breakdown. No spoilers here, but suffice it to say that the ending provides resolution, without relying on clichés.
Another satisfying Egoyan film. Thoughful script. Uniformly excellent acting, cinematography, direction. Worth re-viewing.
BEK
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Have been a fan of Atom Egoyan since seeing Exotica in movie theater here in Texas. Was not a fan of its video release on Region 1 DVD. This was the cruddiest looking non-anamorphic rendering of this classic that it was barely watchable. Could not believe after all these years, I came across this Canadian Region A blu ray (and region 1 NTSC DVD). I knew I had to get it. A boy, glad I did! The video is awesome in every way!! The colors are very bright and the detail just blew me away! This is probably better than what was in the theaters back in the day. Very glad to see Atom Egoyan provide a commentary also (along with the composer). The film is presented in hi def anamorphic (!!) widescreen 1.78 with DTS-HD 2.0 soundtrack (would have been nice to get a mix of the music in 5.1). But all in all, this is THE best I have seen Exotica look on home video here in the states.
Would like to see more of his films get this treatment on Region A blu ray. UK has just released Egoyan's masterpiece The Adjuster (my favorite) on Region B blu ray (and it looks phenominal!).
Exotica blu ray/DVD combo is a great buy if you are an Atom Egoyan fan.
Highly recommended.
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