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Heavenly Creatures: Uncut - 15th Anniversary Edition [Blu-ray + DVD]

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Product Details

  • Actors: Kate Winslet, Melanie Lynskey, Sarah Peirse, Diana Kent
  • Directors: Peter Jackson
  • Writers: Peter Jackson, Frances Walsh
  • Format: Blu-ray, DVD + Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: eOne Films Distribution
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005WKH2WC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,727 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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The true story of a crime that shocked a nation... Not all angels are innocent.

The true story of a crime that shocked a nation... Not all angels are innocent.

A starkly original film-going experience based on a true life story, this film from New Zealand director Peter Jackson (Dead Alive, The Frighteners) is a stirring drama that offers up the unexpected. The story concerns two girls, outcasts who become best friends, whose bizarre fantasy life becomes more intense as their bond becomes increasingly more obsessive. When the mother of one of the girls tries to intervene and split the girls apart, they kill her and stand trial for murder in what is to this day still a celebrated and controversial case. Kate Winslet (Titanic) and Melanie Lynskey create two sympathetic and yet uncomfortably eerie characters in riveting portrayals. Featuring some startling and unique moments of visual brilliance as well as a disturbing love story between the two girls, Heavenly Creatures is at once both unsettling and beautiful to behold. --Robert Lane

From a secret world no one could see... Came a crime no one could believe.

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When circumstances bring together two bright and highly imaginative teenage schoolgirls – they quickly form an unwavering bond – creating a fantasy world that only they can share. But soon their parents, disturbed by the intensity of the friendship, threaten to keep them apart. The girls vow to stay together, devising a secret plan that leads to shocking consequences!

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Format: DVD
Please, save yourself some aggravation and wait for Miramax to release an official Region One DVD! Peter Jackson's luscious cinematography, originally screened in 2.35:1, when cropped to 1.33:1 is enough to make you cry. Audio is poor two-channel stereo, and there are no extra features. I purchased this Canadian import over a year ago because I love the film, but I've watched it only once because of its inferior quality. Have patience!
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on April 28 2007
Format: DVD
"How can these heavenly creatures be real?" asks one of the characters in of "Heavenly Creatures," the exquisite and horrifying docudrama of a shocking, real-life murder. Famed director Peter Jackson uses spectacular special effects and great actors to show us how these heavenly creatures became monsters.

In 1952, Pauline Parker (Melanie Lynskey) is a loner at her proper New Zealand school, until the day Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) arrives -- an intelligent, witty, daring girl who appeals to Pauline. Soon the two of them are nearly inseparable; even Juliet's four month stint in the hospital doesn't separate the girls through their letters and shared fantasies.

But soon their parents becomes concerned that their close friendship is "unhealthy." It is, just not in the way he thinks. The two girls' emotional attachment has turned incredibly intense: they barely think of anyone but each other, and the fantasy stories begin to seep into reality. Now Juliet is being sent to South Africa, and there is no telling when she will see Pauline again. Unless they do something about their parents so that they can stay together... such as murder.

Peter Jackson starts the movie by emphasizing what a beautiful, peaceful country (via a cheesy 1950s documentary) New Zealand is. But beauty is not everything -- fairy tales can become nightmares. Jackson doesn't just show the audience what the two girls did, but showed why they did it. Even then, he doesn't make excuses.

At first the movie seems almost whimsical, with fairy tale figures coming to life, beautiful woodlands, and hillsides transforming into blooming gardens. Nobody except Peter Jackson could have pulled off the idea of including living clay figurines or four-foot-wide butterflies.
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For those who wondered how the director of "Bad Taste" and "Brain Dead" got to direct "The Lord of the Rings," this 1994 film from director Peter Jackson supplies the answer. In 1954 two teenage girls brutally murdered one of the their mothers in what must be the most sensational murder in New Zealand history. "Heavenly Creatures" tells the strange story of these two girls and their unique relationship. If you think this is just a reality based splatter flick, then you are going to be much more than surprised and impressed by what Jackson has accomplished.
Pauline Rieper (Melanie Lynskey) is a simple and rather dull young girl who is totally dazzled when Juliet Hulme (Kate Winslet) enters her life. Juliet is impressed as well, because Pauline has a scar on her leg from an operation. Juliet declares that: "All the best people have had chest and bone disease! It's all frightfully romantic!" Eventually both the romance and the frightfullness of it all reaches a tragic conclusion. In their all consuming friendship Juliet and Pauline create a "Fourth World," better than heaven (because it has no Christians), inhabited by the clay figures they have fashioned to represents their friends and where the music of Mario Lanza, the greatest tenor on earth, is always in the air.
Jackson brings this fantasy world alive, which allows him to explore the pivotal theme of juxtaposition throughout the film. This comes into play most notably at the beginning and ending of "Heavenly Clouds." Jackson begins with a 1950s newsreel about Christchurch, New Zealand, which is interrupted by the appearance of the two screaming and bloodied girls, thereby symbolizing the way this sensational case shocked the nation.
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HEAVENLY CREATURES, directed by Peter Jackson of the new LORD OF THE RINGS movies, it is the true story of two mentally unstable young girls who eventually commit murder in their determination to stay together. Kate Winslet and Melanie Lynskey play two teenage girls growing up in New Zealand during the 1950's. Both are eccentric outcasts who spend their time talking of imaginary kingdoms and acting out elaborate fairy tales. Eventually, the girls become so attached to one another that their parents attempt to separate them...and they actually murder Lynskey's mother, thinking it will somehow help keep them together. A summary of the film's plot does not give an accurate impression of its brilliance, however; Jackson brings us inside the minds of the girls as they become increasingly more detached from reality. The result is a harrowing, flawlessly directed film (the scenes building up to the murder are both chilling and beautiful). While Jackson is currently receiving much attention for his admittedly wonderful handling of the commercially popular LORD OF THE RINGS movies, this little film (hardly seen by anyone but the critics) is well worth checking out--it's undoubtedly a better film than LORD OF THE RINGS and certainly much more emotionally powerful.
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