New York City ballet dancer Nina (Natalie Portman) enters into an intense battle of wills with a talented and ambitious new arrival (Mila Kunis) who seems intent on edging her out of the spotlight in this supernatural-flavored psychological thriller from director Darren Aronofsky. Nina covets the role of the Swan Queen in a production of Swan Lake by acclaimed theater director Thomas Leroy (Vincent Cassel). The harder Nina works to win the part, however, the more overwhelmed she becomes by her suspicions that talented newcomer Lily (Kunis) is intent on stealing it away from her. As the production draws near and Nina struggles to master the duel roles of the White Swan and the Black Swan, she grows increasingly unstable to the point where she finds it difficult to distinguish fantasy from reality. Though her burgeoning friendship with the unconventional Lily helps Nina to jettison her perfectionist instincts and find her footing as the Black Swan, the closer she gets to perfecting the role, the further her sanity erodes until she begins to experience a bizarre and profound transformation.~Jason Buchanan
Metamorphosis: a behind-the-scenes documentary with Darren Aronofsky.
Behind the Curtain - an inside look at the ballet's influence on the film's costume design.
Ten Years in the Making - Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from "preparing for the role" to "dancing with the camera"
Cast Profiles - Roles of a Lifetime: presented by Fox Movie Channel, the stars reflect on their challenging and rewarding characters.
A great Blu-Ray transfer of a great movie. Also includes a digital copy. I redeemed it over Vudu and is Movies Anywhere. The movie is possibly the director's best work (though I might put The Wrestler up a notch). Performances are all top tier as well. There are several special features and I believe most are on Movies Anywhere as well.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rating 5 out of 5 stars with 1 review
Natalie turns to the " Dark Side" red eyes and all
(The above was a " Star Wars" joke. Being married to the galaxy's baddest and most well known sith lord Darth Vader. * wink wink.) Nina Sayers/ Natalie now flirts with the line of good and evil herself. Based on the popular Ballet Swan Lake. Her director "uses" her and her fellow dancers for pleasure. She is kept inside this bubble by her mother-almost sickeningly. When she goes to audition for the lead her director isn't sure she can master both the Black Swan( dark/evil one) and the White Swan Queen. So he gives her the part, but tells Nina she has to loosen up and let her self go. " Live a little". By the End Natalie lets loose on everyone and lives the part so much that it embodies her completely -physically and mentally.