Heavenly Creatures (Blu-ray)

Directed By: Peter Jackson Starring: Kate Winslet Melanie Lynskey

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Product Overview


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 224885327
UPC 031398146872
UPC 14 00031398146872
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 2/11/2014
Rating Rating
Essential Cinema
Theatrical Release
True Story
Editors Note
Note HEAVENLY CREATURES represented a departure of sorts for horror director Peter Jackson and was the first film to earn him widespread critical acclaim. Jackson both co-wrote and co-produced the picture, which is based on an actual 1954 murder case. The two protagonists, New Zealand schoolgirls Pauline Parker and Juliet Hulme, first meet when Juliet (Kate Winslet in her silver-screen debut) is introduced to Pauline's class as a new student. Pauline (Melanie Lynskey), an introvert who feels misunderstood by her family and peers, is instantly smitten with the sophisticated and self-confident newcomer, and the girls become best friends.^Eventually, Pauline and Juliet begin spending more and more time together, withdrawing into a magical land of their own invention--Borovnia, a fairy-tale kingdom populated by lifesize clay figures. The girls' distraught families fear that the friendship is becoming unhealthy, and Juliet's parents decide to end things by sending their daughter away. Faced with their impending separation, the girls decide nothing will tear them apart, leading to an unexpectedly grisly denouement made even more unnerving by the ignorance of their own delusion. A harrowing story of misdirected adolescent creativity, Jackson's HEAVENLY CREATURES is chillingly unforgettable.
Plot Summary
Summary Set in a small New Zealand town in 1952, this disturbing yet fascinating film is the story of two girls from different social backgrounds who become inseparable friends. The stronger their unique bond grows, the more reluctant they are to interact with the outside world, and they begin to invent an alternate reality for themselves from which everyone else is barred. When their parents' intervention finally threatens to disrupt their fantasy, the girls decide to strike back--with horrific consequences.
Premiere "...Exhilaratingly weird....Cruel logic and pitch-black humor..." - Recommended 06/01/1995 p.117
Rolling Stone "...A startling and haunting film....Blazing performances..." 11/03/1994 p.104-106
New York Times "...A feverish intensity to recommend it....[Lynskey and Winslet are] disturbingly effective..." 11/16/1994 p.C17
Entertainment Weekly "...Intense and disturbing....Breathtakingly vital..." -- Rating: A 05/19/1995 p.72
Film Comment "...Major passion, seamless narrative...and a berserk admonitory vibrancy....The film is inspired..." 11/01/1995 p.80-1
Los Angeles Times "...CREATURES has a witty, overwrought visual style that the girls themselves would probably favor, and it makes good dramatic use of state-of-the-art special effects..." 11/23/1994 p.F1
Chicago Sun-Times "...Enthralling and frightening..." 11/23/1994 p.54
USA Today "...Unknowns Melanie Lynskey and Kate Winslet are exceptional finds..." 05/26/1995 p.8D
Peter Jackson
Kate Winslet
Melanie Lynskey
Cast & Crew
Kate Winslet - Star
Clive Merrison - Star
Diana Kent - Star
Melanie Lynskey - Star
Sarah Peirse - Star
Simon O'Connor - Star
Peter Jackson - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1994
UPC 00031398146872
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 109 minutes
Color Color
Uncut, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Digital Audio
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray

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