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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Ringeisen View Post
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    Director's cut to include 30 minutes of new footage!

    https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/ar...ge-1202157294/
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    Director's cut to include 30 minutes of new footage!

    https://www.indiewire.com/2019/07/ar...ge-1202157294/
    Oh, great, the summer's most overlong and poorly paced major release really needs another half hour to slog through!

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    Haven't seen this.

    If the plan was to release a three-hour version later, I wish the theatrical cut was two hours. That's just me.

    If anything was cut for an R-rating, I welcome a director's cut. But I don't think that it was.

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    Coming off of his intense HERIDITARY, Ari Aster's follow-up certainly doesn't let up in the dysfunctional family drama department from the get go. A young woman, Dani (Florence Pugh), is stunned by tragedy as brutal and lacerating as anything in Aster's first film. But, even with that backdrop, the central story here is more about Dani's flagging four year old relationship with her boyfriend Christian (Jack Reynor). Still reeling, Dani discovers that her beau is going to go on a European road trip with two of his college buddies, Josh (William Jackson Harper) and Mark (Will Poulter). They have been invited by a Swedish student Pelle (Vilhelm Blomgren) to attend a summer festival in his homeland. Dani, kinda sorta invites herself.

    Once they arrive in Sweden, Pelle informs that this isn't just any annual fest - it's a very special once every 90 years bash. Of course, anybody who's seen the movie's obvious (and acknowledged) model, 1973's THE WICKER MAN, knows -- bad things are going to happen (more on that later).

    To Aster's credit, he doesn't just follow the typical horror movie playbook. He takes his time detailing the structure of the cult. The Scandinavian Midnight Sun setting gives it an eerie glow (the digital photography is both a plus and a minus here, with the gleaming whites sometimes veering into a milky artificial look). The story unfolds slowly and it takes a while for it to get to the heart of the matter. But, once it does, there is a certain intensity that builds, even if it never rises about a low simmer.

    On the downside, the characters aren't very interesting, save for Dani. Outside of Pugh (who, since her breakthrough in LADY MACBETH has continued to prove to be an actress to watch), the performances are mostly flat (and that's being kind to a couple of them). If you don't care about Christian or his friends, Dani's personal trajectory is trimmed. While showing admirable restraint, Aster's pacing eventually becomes more than a bit protracted. The viewer knows where it is headed, even if the characters are too dense to see it. Those intricate ritual details are interesting at first, but, soon one wonders if Aster and his editors fell so in love with them that they lost the thread along the way, more concerned with fetishistic attention to minutiae than telling a compelling story (Aster has recently said that he is going to add another 30 minutes or more to the already bloated 147 minute run time!). At a certain point, the torpid pacing, simpleminded characters and weak development veers it into unintentional humor (yes, there are some deliberate sardonic bits). The climactic scene (while predictable) has a certain grand guinol quality that partly redeems the bloat.

    P.S. On THE WICKER MAN comparisons. Aster has copped to the fact that his producers wanted a "bloodier" version of that tale. Now, as pointed out in the piece, Aster adapts Director Robin Hardy and writer Anthony Shaffer's (SLEUTH, FRENZY) piece with his own details and emphasis. Still, it's more than an homage. The outlines of the two movies are easily traced upon each other. Naming the male lead "Christian" is more than a bit obvious (I guess naming him "Edward Woodward" would have been too much?). Aster goes into far more details, but, all the elements are there in the original work (and, it's no small matter to point out that in a horror movie, what is NOT shown, can be more important - and effective - than what is). And, the ending? Really? Aster couldn't have come up with ANYTHING different?

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    Press release for the Blu-ray coming from Lionsgate:

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    Visionary Writer-Director Ari Aster Returns with a Whole New Kind of Terror Arriving on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD October 8 from Lionsgate®

    SANTA MONICA, CA (August 19, 2019) — Horror auteur Ari Aster, the filmmaker behind last year’s breakout horror film Hereditary, is back with the unnerving and viscerally disturbing sun-soaked horror film Midsommar, arriving on Digital and On Demand September 24 from A24, and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (plus DVD and Digital), and DVD October 8 from Lionsgate. The film stars Florence Pugh (upcoming Black Widow and Little Women) as a young woman who reluctantly joins her boyfriend on a summer trip to a remote Swedish village for a midsummer festival, which becomes more and more sinister as the days pass. The Rotten Tomato Certified Fresh™ film also stars Jack Reynor (Kin, Free Fire, TV’s “Strange Angel”), William Jackson Harper (TV’s “The Good Place,” They Remain, TV’s “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan”), and Will Poulter (The Maze Runner, Detroit, The Revenant). Executive produced by Philip Westgren (Hellboy), Fredrik Heinig (Thelma), and Ben Rimmer (Ibiza, TV’s “Mr Selfridge”), Midsommar is “an expert piece of daylit terror” (Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York).

    After a family tragedy, a young American couple joins some friends at a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. From the visionary mind of Ari Aster (Hereditary), comes this dread-soaked cinematic fairy tale where a world of darkness unfolds in broad daylight.

    Bring home Midsommar and unravel the mystery behind the making of this harrowing tale with a never-before-seen making-of featurette, offering insight into Aster’s vision. The Midsommar Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.99 and $29.95, respectively.

    BLU-RAY / DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
    • “Let the Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar” Featurette
    • “Bear in a Cage™” Promo



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    PROGRAM INFORMATION
    Year of Production: 2019
    Title Copyright: © 2019 A24 Films LLC. All Rights Reserved.
    Type: Theatrical Release
    Rating: R disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and language
    Genre: Horror, Mystery, Drama
    Closed-Captioned: N/A
    Subtitles: Spanish, English SDH
    Feature Run Time: 147 Minutes
    BD Format: 1080p High Definition 16x9 2.00:1 Presentation
    DVD Format: 16x9 2.00:1 Presentation
    BD Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio™
    DVD Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio
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    I was hoping that was a telephone pole in the cover art. I’m disappointed now.


    Now I wanna make a fan film about a cult that worships the telephone pole from Hereditary.

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    MIDSOMMAR is back in theaters this weekend in an expanded 170 minute (!!!) cut. It's not a bad movie, if flawed. But, length certainly wasn't one of it's issues. Even Director Aster admits that none of the added scenes are important. He said they just explain the details more fully. In other words, if you were too dense to figure out every beat after 147 minutes, here's even more repetition. Kind of admitting he didn't do his job well enough with the first cut. Skip.

    One intersting side-note: MIDSOMMAR has been oft-described (accurately) as a redo of THE WICKER MAN. It will almost certainly gross less than the adjusted total of the derided 2006 official remake with Nic Cage ($32M).
    MIDSOMMAR has been described as a successful horror entry, while the 2006 film is considered a major bomb. Yes, the official remake was released by a major (WB), while MIDSOMMAR is A24 and the 2006 had a larger budget, but, it's interesting to see that comparison. And, they opened in almost exactly the same number of theaters to boot!!!

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    The extended cut is being released exclusively to Apple TV.

    https://bloody-disgusting.com/home-v...ased-apple-tv/
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoeS View Post
    MIDSOMMAR has been described as a successful horror entry, while the 2006 film is considered a major bomb. Yes, the official remake was released by a major (WB), while MIDSOMMAR is A24 and the 2006 had a larger budget, but, it's interesting to see that comparison. And, they opened in almost exactly the same number of theaters to boot!!!
    The same number of cinemas is an interesting point. But you kind of gloss over the importance of the difference in cost and takings of the two films. The Wicker Man's production budget was about 150% of its box office take. That's a bomb. Midsommar box office is about 350% on its production budget and that's good business in anyones books.
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