Disgrace (Blu Ray)

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In a landmark performance, Oscar nominee John Malkovich (In the Line of Fire, 1993) stars as Professor David Lurie, whose world is shattered when he is fired for seducing a college student. He finds peace at his estranged daughter's modest farm in South Africa until a horrific incident of terror and violence forces Lurie to confront his beliefs and the disturbing racial complexities of the new South Africa. Based on the Booker Prize-winning novel, Disgrace stands out as a gritty, gripping drama of brutality, survival and hope.


Studio Image Entertainment
SKU 213887529
UPC 014381648553
UPC 14 00014381648553
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 6/7/2011
Race Relations
Social Issues
Editors Note
Note John Malkovich stars in director Steve Jacobs' adaptation of J.M. Coetzee's Booker Prize-winning novel concerning a Cape Town educator whose flight from scandal leads him into a direct confrontation with the lingering demons of apartheid. Fastidious Cape Town college professor David Lurie (Malkovich) may see himself as somewhat impervious, but he's about to bring about his own downfall due to a selfish and foolhardy relationship with a student who isn't afraid to drag their clandestine affair screaming into the light. When controversy erupts on campus as a result of the affair, David beats a hasty retreat to the countryside in order to lie low on his daughter Lucy's (Jessica Haines) remote farm in the Eastern Cape. However, David's fears for his daughter's isolation are soon confirmed when father and daughter are violently attacked by three black youths. In the aftermath of the horrific siege, David is deeply shaken to learn that one of their assailants is in fact a relative of trusted worker Petrus (Eriq Ebouaney), who lives peacefully alongside Lucy in the South African brush, and has even begun constructing a home at the edge of her property. Can these people somehow find grace in a country that's still struggling with its tragic history, or is that history destined to repeat itself forever into the future?
Box Office 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "A simmering lead performance by John Malkovich anchors Aussie director Steve Jacobs' surprisingly deft screen adaptation of South African Nobel Laureate J.M. Coetzee's wildly-acclaimed 199 novel DISGRACE..." 09/18/2009
New York Times "[A] faithful compelling screen adaptation....DISGRACE is all the more devastating for being so coolly dispassionate." 09/18/2009
Los Angeles Times "Jacobs and Monticelli have approached their challenging source material with a clear and committed cinematic vision." 09/25/2009
Chicago Sun-Times "Its characters are uncompromisingly themselves, flawed, stubborn, vulnerable....This is one of the year's best films..." 09/23/2009
Wall Street Journal ?[D]emanding but ultimately rewarding....Nothing is simple in this film, which ramifies into parallel meditations on race, the transformation of racial politics and lessons to be learned from the lives of dogs.? 09/25/2009
Entertainment Weekly "Newcomer Jessica Haines is transparent and heartbreaking as the prof's unorthodox daughter, a victim of violence as the old ways crumble." -- Grade: B 10/02/2009
Washington Post "John Malkovich's portrayal of an aging and sexually aggressive professor of poetry is enough to make the film worth anyone's while." 10/02/2009
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "Skillfully adapted from JM Coetzee's novel, DISGRACE is set in post-Apartheid South Africa....Powerful and clear-eyed." 12/03/2009
John Malkovich
Fiona Press
Eriq Ebouaney
Jessica Haines
Cast & Crew
John Malkovich - Star
Fiona Press - Star
Eriq Ebouaney - Star
Jessica Haines - Star
Antoinette Engel - Star
Charles Tertiens - Co-Star
J.M. Coetzee - Source Writer
Graeme Koehne - Composer
David Dennis - Co-Star
Anna Maria Montecelli - Screenwriter
Anthony Partos - Composer
Steve Arnold - Director of Photography
Sam Petty - Sound
Steve Jacobs - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2008
UPC 00014381648553
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 118 minutes
Color (unknown/unconverted)
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review I awaited the closing scenes of Disgrace with a special urgency, because the story had gripped me deeply but left me with no idea how it would end. None -- and I really cared. This is such a rare movie. Its characters are uncompromisingly themselves, flawed, stubborn, vulnerable. We feel we know them pretty well, but then they face a situation of such pain and moral ambiguity that they're forced to make impossible decisions. It's easy to ask them to do the right thing. But what is the right thing?...This is one of the year's best films. Before discussing Malkovich, I want to mention four other performances. Fiona Press as Bev, a warm, comfortable middle-aged woman who runs the animal shelter in town, is a necessary center of comfort and calm. Jessica Haines plays Lucy with unbending, clear-eyed conviction. Ebouaney has a crucial role and plays it wisely, not signaling what we should think of him but simply playing a man who is sure of his ground. Antoinette Engel has a smaller role, also crucial, with perfect pitch: She, too, doesn't parade her feelings. After the film is over, it may occur to you that Melanie and Lucy have undergone similar experiences...Then there is Malkovich, an actor who is so particular in the details of voice and action. After you see Disgrace, you may conclude no other actor could possibly have been cast for the role. He begins as a cold, arrogant, angry man, accustomed to buying his way with his money and intelligence. He is also accustomed to being a white man in South Africa. In no sense does David think of himself as a racist and probably always voted against apartheid. But at least it was always there for him to vote against. Now he undergoes experiences that introduce him to an emerging new South Africa -- and no, I don't mean he undergoes conversion and enlightenment. This isn't a feel-good parable. I simply mean he understands that something fundamental has shifted, and that is the way things are.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Ian Nathan, Empire Surprisingly successful adaptation of J. M. Coetzee's superb novel.
Stephen Holden, The New York Times Mr. Malkovich is one of the few actors capable of conveying genuine intellectual depth.

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