Repo the Genetic Opera (Blu-ray)

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In the not-so-distant future, a worldwide epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet. Out of the tragedy, a savior emerges: GeneCo, a biotech company that offers organ transplants...for a price. Those who miss their payments are scheduled for repossession...and hunted by the Repo man!


Studio Lions Gate
SKU 210477334
UPC 031398106418
UPC 14 00031398106418
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 10/9/2012
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Widescreen  1.78:1
Review Cult films are best when they sneak up on the fringe audience, battling failure and disgrace to become something special, appreciated by a select few willing to cherish imperfection. "Repo! The Genetic Opera" is a motion picture that thirsts for alternative acceptance, positioning itself as a juicy piece of unlovable gothic muck that's guaranteed to turn off mainstream audiences, thus assuring it life beyond the normal distribution timetable. "Repo!" is horrifically calculated to appeal to outsider mentality, but it clicks together rather marvelously, riding an offbeat sense of the macabre to peculiar, yet quite interesting results...As much as "Repo!" impressed me, it's far from a perfect creation. Bousman's narrow depth of field reveals the production's limitations with a cringing severity, underlining actors trying much too hard to indicate and special effects that aren't very special. Also of irritation is Moseley, a fine genre actor who is miles out of his range when it comes to singing and dancing. His few moments onscreen are brutal to endure and break the spell "Repo!" is sweating hard to cast. After hearing Moseley's wounded pipes and watching his rigor mortis footwork, I think the world owes a heartfelt apology to Pierce Brosnan...The finale of "Repo!" lives up to its blown-out opera origins by serving up a volcanic display of tragedy and exaggerated sweep of fury. The film looks to close on a dramatically profound note, yet the entire picture feels caught up in a certain level of hysteria, leaving the last act push to gothic justice somewhat redundant. Still, "Repo! The Genetic Opera" lingers long after it ends, due in great part to a handful of memorable tunes and its persistent funky attitude, marked by an impressive desire to savor oddity and unconventional displays of heartache.
Reviewer Brian Orndorf
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource USA Today
Review The biggest mystery about Repo! The Genetic Opera is why the grisly Goth-horror musical is opening the week after Halloween...The second-biggest mystery is why this unfunny, unscary, preposterous bloodbath about organ transplants is opening at all. And why did a serious singer like Sarah Brightman sign on and donate her pipes to this infernal, self-indulgent misfire?...Director Darren Lynn Bousman must have hoped to make a cult favorite along the lines of Rocky Horror Picture Show. And since he directed Saw II, III and IV, perhaps out of professional courtesy he didn't want to open on the same day as the most recent installment of the franchise. But such a macabre affair would seem to have a short shelf life...It's 2056, and an epidemic of organ failures has made transplants big business. As the operations grow more popular, surgery becomes a status symbol and fashion statement. Only the coolest people sport designer body parts and organ upgrades. Rotti Largo (Paul Sorvino), the malevolent head of GeneCo., offers easy financing. But miss one payment and the Repo Man (Anthony Stewart Head) comes a-calling, knife in hand...Paris Hilton plays a surgery addict, adding a bizarre glam factor. With forgettable tunes, from generic power pop to overbearing heavy metal, Repo! makes hackneyed observations about genetic engineering...Photographed in a murky style ostensibly to feel futuristic, the movie is a convoluted mess, rife with sado-masochism. As if that weren't enough, viewers must slog through a sappy conclusion, accosted by some of the most banal songs imaginable...Repo! might have been an SNL or MADtv skit, but as a movie, it should be repossessed by its financiers.
Reviewer Claudia Puig
ReviewRating 5
Widescreen, English, Subtitled, Spanish
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes Stunning and original.
Joseph McCabe, FearNet instant cult classic...
Michael Gingold, Fangoria ...guaranteed to attain [cult status]...
Paul Fischer, Dark Horizons Stunningly original...a mind-blowing experience!
Sean O'Neal, The Onion A.V. Club Piles on the glam-rock spectacle and coal-black comedy...

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