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Mysterious Skin [Blu-ray] [2004]

  • SKU: 24217563
  • Release Date: 03/18/2014
  • Rating: NR

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    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (5 out of 5)

    Special Features

    • Conversation with Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Brady Corbet at Sundance 2014
    • Director introduction
    • 10 years later with novelist Scott Heim
    • New stills
    • Commentary track with Gregg Araki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Brady Corbet
    • Script/sketches
    • Mysterious Skin book reading
    • Actors' audition tape
    • Deleted scenes
    • International trailer
    • Other Strand Releasing trailers
    • Isolated score & effects track in DTS-HD MA


    Mysterious Skin
    Two young men are haunted by similar events from their past, though the effects manifest themselves in very different ways, in this powerful drama from independent filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the summer of 1981, Brian (George Webster) and Neil (Chase Ellison) are both eight years old and playing on the same little league baseball team in a small Kansas town. One day, after a game, Brian blacks out after getting caught in a rainstorm, and five hours later he finds himself sitting in his basement with his nose bleeding and no memory of what happened to him. Over the years, the event -- particularly the missing five hours -- weigh heavily on his mind, and he becomes convinced that he was kidnapped by space aliens. Teenaged Brian (now played by Brady Corbet) becomes friends with Avalyn Friesen (Mary Lynn Rajskub), a woman who claims to have been abducted by aliens on several occasions, and she urges him to look to his dreams for patterns that might suggest what happened to him. Meanwhile, during the same summer, Neil developed a powerful crush on their little league coach (Bill Sage), who appeared to have also taken a shine to Neil. Neil's mother (Elisabeth Shue), seeing nothing wrong with their friendship, lets the coach look after Neil while she's off on one of her many dates, and before long Neil begins sexually experimenting with the older man. Neil's introduction to sex inspires him to become a hustler when he grows into his teens, and after burning his bridges in his hometown, Neil (now played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and his close friend Wendy (Michelle Trachtenberg) move to New York, where he continues to cruise for a living but under significantly more risky circumstances. One day, Neil is contacted by Brian, who after seeing one of their team photos from their days in little league suspects he might have some clues as to what happened to him in 1981. Mysterious Skin was based on the novel by Scott Heim, and marked the first time Gregg Araki made a film that did not originate with one of his own screenplays. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Brady Corbet
      Brady Corbet - Brian Lackey
    • Joseph Gordon-Levitt
      Joseph Gordon-Levitt - Neil McCormick
    • Michelle Trachtenberg
      Michelle Trachtenberg - Wendy Peterson
    • Image coming soon
      Jeff Licon - Eric Preston
    • Bill Sage
      Bill Sage - Coach Heider

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 5 reviews

    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      incredible, heart-wrenching, powerful film


      Mysterious Skin, based off of the Scott Heim novel, follows the stories of two boys-- Brian Lackey and Neil McCormick-- as they embark on their lives based around an event that happened in their childhood. I won't spoil it, but understand straight up that this is not for the light hearted and can be very triggering. The acting in the movie is phenomenal. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in one of his best performances here as Neil. Brady Corbet shines too in his own role as Brian. Bill Sage, Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeffrey Licon, and Elizabeth Shue are all just wonderful as is the rest of the cast. Gregg Araki has a director's eye that fits perfectly in the world Scott Heim created, and he creates some very beautiful cinematography. I haven't had the privilege of seeing very many of his films, but I would bet that this is one of his best. The score is understated in the most haunting way so very much kudos to Harold Budd and Robin Guthrie. The best part of this movie is that it doesn't pull any punches when dealing with the subject matter and manages to present it in a realistic light. The way Araki managed to cut together the film without allowing the young child actors (George Webster and Chase Ellison) to be aware of the disturbing subject matter is something to be absolutely commended.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Superlative Movie - Not For Everyone


      This is a mind-blowing movie that is superbly directed and incredibly acted -- and yet, when you say, "It's a movie about pedophilia," a lot of people will move away. How wrong they are. This movie does not condone pedophilia, and portrays the victims of it in a real, direct, sincere way. Two kids have shared the horror of being molested, and they grew up in very different way: one is a soulless individual, the other one is someone who needs answers. Gregg Araki is on top of his game, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt is mesmerizing. A sublime movie, too good to be ignored.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film, but a tough watch

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is one of Araki's more serious and probably his most important film. The subject matter makes is tough to watch at times, but the performances are amazing (especially Gordon-Levitt and Corbet). This special edition is what long-time fans of the film deserve!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie


      Great movie. I've watched it many times and still cry. Lives of two boys were screwed up forever by a sick pervert. It is a sad touch of the reality of life.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

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      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      JGL plays a great part in this film. Absolutely loved it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

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