The Love Witch (2016) - Blu-ray

Discussion in 'High Definition' started by baggio, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. baggio

    baggio Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    8,825
    Likes Received:
    693
    Trophy Points:
    113
  2. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    7,149
    Likes Received:
    715
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Canada
    Heard good things, and really enjoyed Anna Biller's previous film Viva, so looking forward to checking this one out.
     
  3. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    Really, really want to see this for the groovy aesthetic alone.
     
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2017
  4. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]
    [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2017
  5. othervoice1

    othervoice1 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 24, 2004
    Messages:
    4,435
    Likes Received:
    278
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Indiana
    95% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes - visually it looks awesome - may have to blind buy this one
     
  6. Harry Warden

    Harry Warden Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    3,848
    Likes Received:
    1,105
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Hermitage, Pennsylvania
    Loved the trailer. It kinda reminds me of a Hammer horror film in some ways..and it looks hilarious at the same time.
     
  7. baggio

    baggio Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    8,825
    Likes Received:
    693
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Apparently this can be purchased at other retailers besides Oscilloscope. Like Amazon....
     
  8. ImmortalSlasher

    ImmortalSlasher Active Member

    Joined:
    Dec 22, 2012
    Messages:
    615
    Likes Received:
    141
    Trophy Points:
    43
    Location:
    In a dark moonlit forest.
    I can't wait to see this one. It was on a few best lists from AintitCool and the images look beautiful.
     
  9. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2003
    Messages:
    20,525
    Likes Received:
    1,281
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Missouri
    This really looks damned cool! The visuals alone look like it's worth checking out.

    Interesting that Oscilloscope are releasing the Blu-ray here. I only own one other release from them, which is Rare Exports, but that was a solid release.
     
  10. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    There's a UK sneak preview on Feb 23rd--booked my tickets! Also, the director/writer will be Skyping in after for a Q&A.
     
  11. MorallySound

    MorallySound Mad Mutilator

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Messages:
    7,149
    Likes Received:
    715
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Canada
    Caught The Love Witch at a one-off theatrical screening last Friday and loved it! Hilarious, witty, campy and smart throughout with stunning 35mm photography, and Anna Biller (writer/director/set designer/costumer designer) knocked the look, mood, and atmosphere out of the park. Great use of existing Italian soundtrack music too. It takes place in the modern day but everything around the characters is set to look like the 60s/70s which actually transports you to that time until someone pulls out a cell phone or a modern car drives by - a very interesting diversion. I need to re-watch her first feature Viva which I remember also being pretty good, and similar in style/tone but replace the witch/witchcraft elements with her take on the era of Russ Meyer films.
     
    Workshed and Harry Warden like this.
  12. soxfan666

    soxfan666 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2004
    Messages:
    1,120
    Likes Received:
    52
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Location:
    SW Florida
    Looks super cool. Also, I basically fell in love with the lead woman! I mean wow!!
     
  13. Harry Warden

    Harry Warden Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2008
    Messages:
    3,848
    Likes Received:
    1,105
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Hermitage, Pennsylvania
    That first poster/artwork is beautiful. It would have made a great cover for Famous Monsters in the day.
     
  14. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

    Joined:
    Mar 1, 2003
    Messages:
    7,878
    Likes Received:
    600
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Illinois
  15. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    Great review over at the NYTimes:

    full review here
     
  16. Natas

    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,291
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Texas
    This might have to be a blind buy for me. I was not entirely sold when I first heard about this flick but now I'm with it.
     
  17. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    Sneak preview is tonight in London--sold out show! Looking forward to finally checking this out. Will report back.
     
    Natas likes this.
  18. Natas

    Natas Theres no such thing as the boogyman

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2016
    Messages:
    1,291
    Likes Received:
    1,000
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Texas
    Yeah, it's playing for one night only at the Alamo Draft House in Houston as well....... tried to convince the wife to take a ride for the night. But after putting up with 4 drunk Bostonians for 3 days after the super bowl, I knew I was pushing my luck. Big old laugh and thumbs down LOL guess I'll be waiting for the blu ray.
     
    Workshed likes this.
  19. Workshed

    Workshed a.k.a. Villyan Shit

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2004
    Messages:
    9,627
    Likes Received:
    1,303
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    London
    Shot in 35MM, The Love Witch is a singular vision by writer, director, editor, costume designer, and everything else-r Anna Biller. This is one outstanding-looking film. The color palette, the sets, the costumes, the makeup (also done by Biller) are rich, consistent, and lovely. The film itself is very high on camp and sexiness--in fact, this may be the all-around sexiest film I've ever seen, given how deliberate the costumes and sets and makeup and hair are designed to allure. The lead, Samantha Robinson, whom Biller found through a casting call, is a stunning actor, which is what makes the camp so entrancing, as every male character in this film falls under her spell. I did, too, easily.

    Seven years in the making (two years spent researching Wiccan culture and five years in production--Biller even sewed one of the rugs because she couldn't find the perfect one for a specific shot), The Love Witch is light on traditional horror (the deaths are mostly offscreen) and heavy on message. This is not to say that the film is heavy-handed, but, like the NYTimes review states, this is very much a subversion of traditional female roles in witchcraft horror narratives and in Wiccan culture in general. It begins with a number of goofy laughs and out-there moments, but through repetition, the themes grow quite dark, so much so that many laughs in the later third of the film are uncomfortable. In a post-film Q&A last night, Biller said she was often surprised at some of the laughs her film generated during these preview screenings, attributing them to audience bewilderment at how "weird" her vision is realized on film.

    It's this light-and-dark-hearted nature of The Love Witch that is fascinating. How can Biller maintain such a consistent message while also featuring a gorgeous woman who is topless and scantily clad through much of the film, let alone involved in sexually submissive witchcraft rituals? I cannot explain it, but it works. Be aware: it's not as much of a thriller as the trailer led me to believe--there are no scares whatsoever--and it maybe runs 30 minutes too long (a few viewers around me dozed off). But wow, what a film to watch, and what a stunning directorial talent. See this in the theater if possible and if not, definitely in as high-def as you can.
     
    Hatchetwarrior and Natas like this.
  20. satans-sadists

    satans-sadists Ghost

    Joined:
    Sep 22, 2005
    Messages:
    8,046
    Likes Received:
    1,640
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ

Share This Page