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Director: Peter Jackson     Starring: Kate Winslet Melanie Lynskey
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Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 224885327
UPC: 031398146872
UPC 14: 00031398146872
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's 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.


Video Features Uncut, Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish, Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 2/11/2014
Video Play Time Running Time: 109 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1994
Video UPC UPC: 00031398146872
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Kate Winslet
Video Cast Info Clive Merrison
Video Cast Info Diana Kent
Video Cast Info Melanie Lynskey
Video Cast Info Sarah Peirse
Video Cast Info Simon O'Connor
Video Cast Info Peter Jackson - Director
Plot 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.

Professional Reviews

"...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

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