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Repulsion

Roman Polanski

 
Repulsion (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1965
  • 105 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #483

Roman Polanski followed up his international breakthrough Knife in the Water with this controversial, chilling tale of psychosis. Catherine Deneuve is Carol, a fragile, frigid young beauty cracking up in her London flat when left alone by her vacationing sister. She is soon haunted by specters real and imagined, and her insanity grows to a violent, hysterical pitch. Thanks to its disturbing detail and Polanski’s adeptness at turning claustrophobic space into an emotional minefield, Repulsion is a surreal, mind-bending odyssey into personal horror, and it remains one of cinema’s most shocking psychological thrillers.

Credits

DirectorRoman Polanski
ScreenplayRoman Polanski and Gérard Brach
Adaptation and additional dialogue byDavid Stone
ProducerGene Gutowski
CinematographyGilbert Taylor
EditingAlastair McIntyre
Associate producersRobert Sterne and Sam Waynberg
Art directionSeamus Flannery
MusicChico Hamilton
Orchestrated byGabor Szabo
SoundLeslie Hammond

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Roman Polanski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Polanski and actress Catherine Deneuve
  • A British Horror Film (2003), a documentary on the making of Repulsion, featuring interviews with Polanski, producer Gene Gutowski, and cinematographer Gil Taylor, among others
  • A 1964 television documentary filmed on the set of Repulsion, with rare footage of Polanski and Deneuve at work
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar and curator Bill Horrigan

    New cover by Steve Chow

Film Essays

Repulsion: Eye of the Storm

By Bill Horrigan July 28, 2009

We enter Roman Polanski’s harrowing Repulsion as if in the middle of the story, but it’s actually the beginning of the end. Polanski unceremoniously drops us into a beauty salon where a pampered . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Repulsion

By Michael Sragow January 07, 1991

In 1965, Repulsion was greeted as a brilliant, grisly potboiler that gave the thirty-two-year-old Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski commercial entree to the West. Some viewed it as Polanski’s . . . Read more »

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Photo Galleries


One Scene

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One Scene: Repulsion

By Ti West October 31, 2011

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Clippings

Checking in with Chico

February 25, 2011

Sweet Smell of Success has a lot of boldfaced names associated with it: Tony Curtis, Burt Lancaster, Alexander Mackendrick, Ernest Lehman, Clifford Odets, James Wong Howe. Maybe it’s because of . . . Read more »


Press Notes

Press Notes: Repulsion

August 06, 2009

Repulsion is finally out on DVD!” exclaims Paper’s Dennis Dermody about the long-awaited release of Roman Polanski’s “terror masterpiece”—in both standard-definition and Blu-ray editions—which . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Repulsion: Eye of the Storm

By Bill Horrigan July 28, 2009

We enter Roman Polanski’s harrowing Repulsion as if in the middle of the story, but it’s actually the beginning of the end. Polanski unceremoniously drops us into a beauty salon where a pampered . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Repulsion

By Michael Sragow January 07, 1991

In 1965, Repulsion was greeted as a brilliant, grisly potboiler that gave the thirty-two-year-old Polish filmmaker Roman Polanski commercial entree to the West. Some viewed it as Polanski’s . . . Read more »