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Antichrist [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [2009]

  • SKU: 18794064
  • Release Date: 11/09/2010
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    75% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6 out of 8)

    Special Features

    • Disc one:
    • High-definition digital master, approved by director Lars von Trier and supervised by director of photography Anthony Dod Mantle
    • Audio commentary featuring von Trier and film scholar Murray Smith
    • Theatrical trailers
    • Disc two:
    • Video interviews with von Trier and actors Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg
    • Collection of seven video pieces delving into the production of Antichrist through interviews with von Trier and key members of his filmmaking team, as well as behind-the-scenes footage
    • Chaos reigns at the Cannes film festival, a documentary on the film's world premiere, along with press interviews with Dafoe and Gainsbourg


    This enormously controversial psychodrama-cum-horror film from Danish enfant terrible Lars Von Trier charts the degeneration of a marriage into apocalyptic violence, chaos, and insanity following an unthinkable domestic tragedy. The film opens with a prologue. While they make love in their apartment on a snowy winter afternoon, a husband and wife known only as "He" and "She" (Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg) fail to keep an eye on their young toddler. In a horrific turn of events, the child wanders over to an open window, entranced by the snow cascading down, and falls two stories to his death. Von Trier then divides the remainder of the film into four chapters, beginning with "Grief." In that segment, the woman finishes a month's hospitalization, and accuses her husband of apathy over the child's death, but proceeds to take responsibility for it herself; he calmly and rationally guides her through this process. In the second segment, "Pain," she confesses to him that she's most terrified of their property in the forest, because she spent time with her son there over the preceding summer; as a form of therapy, he takes her to that locale on a wilderness retreat. She appears to grow more calm and rational over their first days in that milieu. Yet the recovery, it seems, was only illusory, and the subsequent two chapters, "Despair (Gynocide)" and "The Three Beggars," depict the woman's shocking and abrupt regression into unbridled insanity, culminating with grotesque sexual violence against herself, gruesome acts of destruction against her husband, and an apocalyptic climax. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Willem Dafoe
      Willem Dafoe - He
    • Charlotte Gainsbourg
      Charlotte Gainsbourg - She

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.3 out of 5 stars with 8 reviews

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Horror Hits the Family and Hard

      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      No matter what you hear or know about it, nothing can truly prepare you for Lars von Trier's horror opus "Antichrist". Written in the midst of von Trier's infamous crippling depression, "Antichrist", similar to "Don't Look Now" (another surreal horror film released by Criterion), focuses on a married couple dealing with a traumatic death and the inevitable intensity and violence that seems intertwined with their relationship couple with observations of gynocide in history. Relentlessly brutal both emotionally and visually from start to end, "Antichrist" works as a horror film and as a haunting psychological study about the uncertainty of parenthood. It also begins an incredibly collaboration with leading lady Charlotte Gainsbourg, who's simultaneously sympathetic and monstrous. Criterion's team once again delivers a set with incredible picture and sound quality for the film and a bountiful collection of piercing bonus features that really gives the audience insight into the process. Highly recommended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      An interesting and unique film.

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Lars von Trier's best film to date. It's not for everyone though. The anticipation is disturbing as well as the graphic nature of certain scenes. However, I found those scenes to be necessary and the film as a whole well done. As far as recommendations go, I would strongly suggest those interested in seeing it for the first time to rent it before making the purchase. This of course goes back to my "It's not for everyone" comment. In terms of picture and audio quality, Criterion has provided us a fantastic release worthy of ownership.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      A cinematic wonder<3 this movie, though disturbing, was absolutely amazing. Beautiful in the acting, the plot, and the way it was shot <3 NOT A MOVIE FOR THE WEAK OF MIND, THE IGNORANT, AND THE NON ARTMOVIE LOVER

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars



      Rarely ever do movies shock me now adays. However,this film definitely assured me that there are still things that have yet to be put to film that will indeed shock and captivate most audiences.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      You will be Disturbed!


      This film sent chills down my spine. Trust me and buy it. This is a must have for any movie collector

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      For fans of Lars Von Trier

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      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      It's a difficult but good movie to watch. Not for the faint of heart.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      I did not care for this at all


      Don't bother with this one. To me it was not a good movie.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Dont know what to think


      What a trip this movie was dont know what to make of it

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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