Shame Blu-ray Review
Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan’s performances save an otherwise lackluster film.
In case you haven’t heard about the NC-17 rated “Shame” before, it’s an adult, dark, risqué, unflinching film about sex addiction, the past, emotional connections, and a brother and sister’s strained relationship.
In today’s PG-13 driven film marketplace, “Shame” definitely deserves credits for tackling some intriguing adult themes. Unfortunately, I just wish the film had more to say. Once the ending rolls around, it feels like the film has barely scratched the surface in terms of the themes and characters. Had the film spent less time on tiresome and overdone long shots of running, we might have been able to learn more about the characters.
On the plus side, both Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan deliver award worthy performances here. Despite not getting an Oscar nomination for his work last year, 2011 was really the year of Michael Fassbender thanks to a trio of great performances in “X-Men: First Class,” “A Dangerous Method” and “Shame.” Fassbender takes this brave, daring role and certainly gives it his all here. He also bares it all as I’m sure you have heard by now.
The real surprise, however, is Carey Mulligan. Ever since I saw her in “Doctor Who,” I’ve been a fan of Mulligan’s work. She’s the type of actress who doesn’t limit herself to a character or film genre. She always tries something new and she does so again with “Shame.” She is absolutely perfect as the troubled sister with a troubled past.
Summary: With its adult content, “Shame” is definitely not for everyone. Cinema buffs and or fans of Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan might want to give it a spin though.
The film, which is presented in 2.35:1 1080p, is gritty, grainy, and dark (as it should be).
The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does a fine job juggling the quiet and louder moments of the film.
* DVD Copy and Digital Copy.
* Fox trailers including a theatrical trailer for “Shame.”
* “Focus On Michael Fassbender”- Fassbender talks about the themes of “Shame” as well as the character of Brandon.
* “Director Steve McQueen”- McQueen chats about the emotions, characters, and themes of “Shame.”
* “The Story Of Shame”- More conversations about the script/themes. In fact, some of the same interviews from the above mentioned extras are used in this as well.
* “A Shared Vision”- Fassbender and McQueen talk together about their collaboration for “Shame.”
* “Fox Movie Channel Presents: In Character With Michael Fassbender”- Another Fassbender interview.
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