‘Shame’ Blu-ray Review
Shame is now available on Blu-ray and DVD. Shame tells the story of Brandon, a somewhat average man, with a huge sexual addiction. In the beginning, it just seems like an ordinary obsession with sex, however, after Brandon’s sister appears on the scene, the viewer quickly realizes that there is much more beneath the surface. Although there were inclinations of stories left untold, there was not much clue given as to what exactly that story was. Abuse? Neglect? Incest? Almost anything seems to fit.
Brandon is played by Michael Fassbender who is the perfect good looking, affiable, loner type in Shame. He has no problem getting women, however, he never really wants anything meaningful from them. Things seem to be going along according to plan until his sister, Sissy, played by Carey Mulligan, shows up at his apartment, hoping to crash for a while. Not only does Sissy just interfere with Brandon’s perfectly carved out life and handling of his addiction, but she brings back to light old memories, feelings and downright loathing.
Although Shame is a dark, dark movie, I found it quite intriguing. After watching the entire thing, I realized that we are never given the answers to any of the questions. Instead, the director, Steven McQueen, merely plops us into a moment in time in Brandon’s life when he is ultimately struggling with who he is and the effect on his life and family, and then takes us right back out. It is difficult to watch Brandon’s interaction with his sister and even more painful to watch him attempt a real realtionship.
While I would not recommend Shame as an entertaining movie so much, I would recommend at least one viewing because it is a movie that will make you think and ponder about what you just saw and one that will leave lingering remnants in your head for days to come. As a perk, it is full of sex and you get to see Carey Mulligan naked, if that is your thing.
In addition to the Blu-ray version of the movie, Shame also includes a regular DVD version and a digital copy so you can watch it on the go from almost any loadable device. The Blu-ray version is in English 5.1 DT-HD Master Audio, Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, AVC @ 38 MPBS, 50 GB Dual Layer, and Widescreen 2.35:1.
The Blu-ray also contains limited extras and bonus materials:
Focus on Michael Fassbender – Michael Fassbender talks about the role and how he plays, Brandon, an average guy with a sexual addiction. This is not an indepth look as the entire bonus material is approximately 3 minutes long.
Director Steven McQueen – The directors gives perspective on the film and the characters. He describes Brandon as loathing and his sister as ex-loathing, which I found to be a spot on description. Again, this feature was only just over 3 minutes long.
The Story of Shame – This feature contains a lot of what Michael Fassbender said in the Focus on Michael Fassbender feature so it seemed mostly repetitive. It clocked in at just under 3 minutes long.
A Shared Vision – More repetition with Michael Fassbender and some of the other characters. Just under 3 minutes long.
Fox Movie Channel Presents In Character With Michael Fassbender – This one again features Michael Fassbender, but is just over 5 minutes long and is a bit more in depth. However, as I got to this last extra feature I realized that there is not much bonus material to be had here. As indicated above, Shame is a dark film that shines a light on one dark moment in time. There are not going to be any gag reels and there is not much to say about it. Perhaps that is why the bonus material seemed recycled.
Once again, Shame might not be a movie that you want to view repeatedly, but it is definitely worth seeing at least once.
Shame is available on Blu-ray and DVD on Amazon.com