Shame (Blu-ray + DVD Combo)

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Loneliness and addiction in the Big Apple

by Brad W on 12/3/2013

While Shame may prove to be a difficult viewing experience for some, it is nevertheless an interesting character study about a man with a sex addiction. New York City is gorgeously filmed and one can empathize with the main character’s feeling of desperation and loneliness in the big city. Steve McQueen is a great new director and although the film might not be a great entertainment, it is certainly well executed.

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Studio Foxvideo
SKU 228940467
UPC 024543797616
UPC 14 00024543797616
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 1/14/2014
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Editors Note
Note An outwardly ordinary man must come to terms with his inner compulsions in this powerful drama from filmmaker Steve McQueen. Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a successful businessman in his early thirties who lives in New York. To most around him, Brandon seems cool and introverted, but inside he is wrestling with a powerful sexual appetite; he's obsessed with pornography and prefers short-term relationships with women that allow him to keep the world at arm's length. The grim routine of Brandon's life is upended when his sister Sissy (Carey Mulligan) stops by for an extended visit without prior notice. While Brandon is reserved, Sissy is an outgoing and flashy musician, and she doesn't seem to care about her brother's need for privacy. When Sissy forces Brandon to look closely at his life, he comes to understand the circumstances that made him the man he is today as his veneer of calm begins to crack. SHAME won the Firpresci Award (presented by the International Federation of Film Critics) at the 2011 Venice Film Festival.
Hollywood Reporter "Driven by a brilliant, ferocious performance by Michael Fassbender, SHAME is a real walk on the wild side, a scorching look at a case of sexual addiction that's as all-encompassing as a craving for drugs." 09/04/2011
Box Office 3 stars out of 5 -- "Holding shots for many minutes at a time, employing extreme close ups and letting his actors do the heavy lifting McQueen is the auteur darling of the moment....He has undeniable talent and clear ideas of the story he wants to tell." 11/30/2011
Movieline "Mulligan is terrific here, and restrained in a way that suggests an actorly generosity unusual for someone so young..." 12/01/2011
Los Angeles Times "[B]oth unflinching and unnerving, this is a psychologically claustrophobic film that strips its characters bare literally and figuratively, leaving them, and us, nowhere to hide." 12/02/2011
USA Today "[W]orth seeing primarily for Michael Fassbender's mesmerizing performance....The camera lingers on Fassbender's subtly riveting face and chiseled physique." 12/02/2011
Washington Post 3 stars out of 4 -- "As in HUNGER, McQueen favors long, uninterrupted takes, which gives Fassbender's extraordinary gift for expression free rein....There's no doubt that SHAME burrows into one's consciousness and stays there..." 12/02/2011
Chicago Sun-Times 4 stars out of 4 -- "SHAME contains unblinking truth....This is a great act of filmmaking and acting." 11/30/2011
Wall Street Journal "[T]he director brings his artist's eye to every frame of the film..." 12/02/2011
A.V. Club "[I]t?s told with tremendous clarity and power....Again, Fassbender leaves nothing in reserve." -- Grade: B 12/01/2011
Entertainment Weekly "Fassbender delivers a riveting performance, giving himself over completely to become a man addicted to lust." 12/09/2011
Total Film 4 stars out of 5 -- "SHAME remains a provocative portrait of a man in thrall to uncontrollable desire. It's battering and ballsy..." 02/01/2012
Sight and Sound "[McQueen] is at his best when staging wrestling bouts -- be they psychological, intellectual or erotic." 02/01/2012
Nicole Beharie
James Badge Dale
Michael Fassbender
Carey Mulligan
Cast & Crew
Nicole Beharie - Star
James Badge Dale - Star
Michael Fassbender - Star
Carey Mulligan - Star
Marta Milans - Co-Star
Steve McQueen - Screenwriter
Aneikit Bonnel - Costumes
Nick London - Makeup Designer
Juanita Townsend - Hairstylist
Luke Butler - Optical/Digital Effects
Sound 24 - Sound
Amy Hargreaves - Co-Star
Robert Montano - Co-Star
Stanley Wayne Mathis - Co-Star
Alex Manette - Co-Star
Jake Siciliano - Co-Star
Chazz Menendez - Co-Star
Hannah Ware - Co-Star
Anna Hopkins - Co-Star
Lucy Walters - Co-Star
Mari-Ange Ramirez - Co-Star
Elizabeth Masucci - Co-Star
Rachel Farrar - Co-Star
Loren Omer - Co-Star
Lauren Tyrrell - Co-Star
Charisse Merman - Co-Star
Carl Low - Co-Star
Calamity Chang - Co-Star
DeeDee Luxe - Co-Star
Wenne Alton Davis - Co-Star
Craig Lindberg - Special Makeup Effects
Glenn Freemantle - Sound
Manny Siverio - Stunt Coordinator
Roy Farfel - Stunt Coordinator
Sean Bobbit - Director of Photography
Tim Naylor - Camera Operator
Abi Morgan - Screenwriter
Heather Loeffler - Set Decorator
Emma Zee - Post-Production Supervisor
Harry Escott - Composer
Niv Adiri - Sound Re-Recording
Ian Neil - Music Director
Paul Cotterell - Sound Re-Recording
LipSync Post - Visual Effects Designer
Tom Collier - Optical/Digital Effects
Atilla Yucer - Assistant Director
Danielle Blumstein - Production Manager/UPM
Steve McQueen - Director
Technical Info
UPC 00024543797616
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 202 minutes
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, Subtitled
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Video Format Blu-Ray

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