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Irreversible (2003)

Director: Gaspar Noe     Starring: Vincent Cassel Monica Bellucci
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Format: DVD
Sku: 40224133
UPC: 658149815926
UPC 14: 00658149815926
Category Keywords: Couples  Gays  Rape  Sexuality  Theatrical Release  Violence
Rating: UR
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Time destroys everything.
Alex and marcus are a couple whose story is told over the course of a fateful evening in a series of long takes. An emotional odyssey that unspools in reverse from gut-wrenching violence to sweetly observed moments of sublime tenderness.

"Powerful and profound.  Rex Reed, New York Observer
"A very artfully conceived disturbance with a lot on its mind.  Bob Strauss, Los Angeles Daily News

Editor's Note
After what would normally be the end credits (which run backwards), IRREVERSIBLE begins with a heated hunt through a gay S&M club. It is a chaotic sequence shot from a wildly spiraling camera seamlessly edited together to appear as one single shot and culminating in one of the most violent murders ever portrayed on celluloid. Following this crescendo, Gaspar Noe's (I STAND ALONE) film uses a reverse narrative structure similar to MEMENTO through which the audience learns the motivations for the murder and the relationships of three parties directly involved, the beautiful Alex (Monica Bellucci) and two men who adore her (Vincent Cassel and Albert Dupontel). The frenzied style of the opening gives way to increasingly static camera work throughout leading to an idyllic final shot of Alex, who the audience has long known is a doomed woman, set to Beethoven and alive with color and youthful innocence otherwise absent from this bleak urban nightmare. The film disregards conventional editing by ending each scene with a dizzying camera whirl. Since each scene is intended to look like a single take (although there are seamless cuts throughout), this gives the film the appearance of one continuous shot.

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Video Features DVD, Dolby, Digital Audio

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Lions Gate
Video Release Date Release Date: 8/5/2003
Video Play Time Running Time: 99 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2003
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 8159-D
Video UPC UPC: 00658149815926
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: French
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], French
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Albert Dupontel
Video Cast Info Jo Prestia
Video Cast Info Monica Belluci
Video Cast Info Vincent Cassel
Video Cast Info Benoit Debie - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gaspar Noe - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Gaspar Noe - Director
Video Cast Info Gaspar Noe - Editor
Video Cast Info Christophe Rossignon - Producer
Video Cast Info Gaspar Noe - Screenplay

Professional Reviews

Sight and Sound
"...A seductive and powerful film..." 03/01/2003 p.47-8

Rolling Stone
"...Noe's considerable accomplishment is to examine the relationship between life and art, time and memory. IRREVERSIBLE means to knock you for a loop. It does..." 03/14/2003 p.74

Entertainment Weekly
"...An amazing, and profoundly disturbing, experience....[Noe is] a new kind of film wizard: a poet of apocalyptic shock..." 03/14/2003 p.45

Premiere
"...This confrontationalist is a moviemaker worth confronting..." 04/01/2003 p.20

Chicago Sun-Times
"...Moral at a structural level..." 03/23/2003 p.5

Total Film
"...Taken as an exploitation flick -- Noe's preference -- this is 100 effective, guaranteed to shock and pummel..." 07/01/2003 p.120

Chicago Sun-Times 8 of 10
As I said twice and will repeat again, most people will not want to see the film at all. It is so violent, it shows such cruelty, that it is a test most people will not want to endure. But it is unflinchingly honest about the crime of rape. It does not exploit. It does not pander. It has been said that no matter what it pretends, pornography argues for what it shows. Irreversible is not pornography. - Roger Ebert

James Berardinelli's ReelViews 9 of 10
An individual's appreciation of Irreversible will be based in part upon what he or she expects from movies. Those seeking light entertainment or something traditional and/or civilized probably won't make it through Irreversible's 99 minutes. Those up to a challenge who attend with an open mind will find something to gnaw at the soul. Whatever else it may be, Irreversible is disturbingly unforgettable. It is impossible to have a blase reaction to a film this visceral. Indifference is not an option. - James Berardinelli

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Bellucci,Monica
Product attributeLabel:   Studio Home Entertainment
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD