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    We’re not going to lie: upon its release, Lars von Trier’s artful shocker Antichrist was a critically polarizing film, and judging by the reviews of its Criterion DVD and Blu-ray release this week, it still elicits both love and hate. For those who can endure it (unlike Todd Gilchrist, for the Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, who calls it a “must-see” despite admitting to not having “the testicular fortitude to watch the whole movie”), Antichrist can be a rewarding experience. In the Los Angeles Times, Noel Murray calls the movie a “boldly personal take on the horror film, tossing all of the moody Dane's musings on faith, gender, and nature into an unfettered phantasmagoria,” and mentions that it “contains some of the most memorably frightening images since Dario Argento’s Suspiria.” DVD File’s Mike Restaino asserts, “This writer found something almost Bergman-esque in Antichrist’s terrifying visual terror . . . Von Trier is best when he’s bold.” Slant’s Joseph Jon Lanthier writes that Antichrist is “one of the most personal films ever made about anxiety” as well as “one of the cruelest jokes ever produced and unleashed on the filmgoing public, but it shouldn't be mistaken for a practical one.” Blu-ray.com’s Svet Atanasov gives the film his website’s top rating after insisting that it is “without a doubt the most disturbing film to appear on Blu-ray since the format was launched.” Or just take it from David Harley, who, in his four-and-a-half-out-of-five-rated review at the horror movie site Bloody Disgusting, calls Antichrist “an experience that is not easily shrugged off or forgotten.”


  • By thevoid99
    November 12, 2010
    05:27 PM

    This is the most anticipated film (next to anything by Terrence Malick) that I've been waiting to see be released on Criterion. It's my favorite film of last year and it was definitely an experience that I will never forget. It's the kind of film that is rare in cinema. One that's confrontational and actually has something to say though no one should take Lars von Trier seriously. I'm already putting this film in my top 10 best films of the decade. BTW, any plans for "Breaking the Waves" to come out on Criterion. It's my third favorite film of all-time.
  • By M_Mayer
    June 27, 2012
    01:35 PM

    "Von Trier is best when he’s bold" is only true for his films. Some of the "bold" things he has said are contemptible. What's bold is putting 'Antichrist' out on Blu-ray