HTF REVIEW: "Lost and Delirious" - Remarkable!

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Lost and Delirious

    Three girls share a secret cult of love and sexuality
    I am going to step out of my professional mode
    and tell you the real reason I bought
    Lost and Delirious...
    Ever since I saw Piper Perabo in The Adventures
    of Bullwinkle, I had a crush on this New Jersey
    actress. She is extraordinarily cute. So, when I
    heard that she was starring in a film playing a
    lesbian, and doing nude scenes, there was nothing
    more than I wanted than to own this DVD.
    I suppose other guys like myself had the same
    idea, because it took a long time for me to be able
    to get this disc. Most places were out of stock.
    Finally, 5 weeks after its release, the disc showed
    up at my doorstep.
    After watching this film last evening, I was totally
    amazed at what an incredible movie this is and how
    much it differed from my expectations.
    The story concerns a young girl named Mouse (Mischa
    Barton) who arrives at Perkins Girls College, leaving
    behind her father. She's a young, inexperienced girl
    who immediately gets befriended by her two senior
    roommates, Tori (Jessica Pare) and Paulie (Piper Perabo).
    One evening, Mouse awakens to find Tori and Paulie
    passionately kissing each other. Through time,
    Mouse learns that these two friends share a passionate
    sexual bond. When this bond is discovered by other
    classmates, Tori and Paulie are forced to drift apart
    as Mouse becomes intertwined in the struggle of the
    breakup.
    The first misconception I had about this film was
    that it was about two lesbians. In actuality, the
    film is about the love that bonds two souls. The
    film is essentially poetic, tastefully done, and
    beautifully filmed with the proper lighting and shadows.
    How does the transfer look?
    This is actually the first Lions Gate DVD that
    I have had the chance to watch and I did not know
    what to expect from this small company.
    The transfer is exceptional. Picture is very
    clean, colors are warm and precise.
    The DVD has a nice active Dolby Digital 5.1 mix
    with most of the music enveloping the rears. During
    outdoor scenes, you can clearly hear other students
    passing from the front to rear soundstage. It's a
    far better mix than I expected from a film like this.
    The DVD has no extras other than subtitles and
    original trailer.
    Final Thoughts
    Yeah, yeah, it was great to watch these beautiful
    young women. Each of them have beautiful bodies
    that the film doesn't hesitate to show off in its
    few nude sequences.
    However, once you get past that initial draw, you
    realize what a beautifully deep film this is. For
    anyone that had second thoughts about the acting
    ability of Piper Perabo, watch her performance
    in this film. It's worthy of an Oscar nomination.
    The film is just absolutely remarkable!
    Lost and Delirious is certainly one of
    those films that never went mainstream, but is better
    than most of the mainstream movies out there in the
    past year. It's one of those little gems that is
    a must rent -- but for under $19, is worthy of owning.
     
  2. PeteD

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    Oh yeah Ron, I'm a Jessica Pare man myself [​IMG]
     
  4. Jason Whyte

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    Pete, are you talking about the Seville version? It does have a Dolby 5.1 track (but also has a 2.0 soundtrack) but you have to select it through the audio menu.
    The only addition the Seville disc has is a 10 minute production featurette which is so-so (and I think can be downloaded somewhere anyway). Either version is strongly recommended.
    Jason
     
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    I had the same problem like Ron did. I ordered my Canadian version at X-mas, and I finally got mine last week, from it being on backorder for 5 weeks.
    I too, got the movie for one sole purpose. Piper!
    Well, and the girls in the school outfits.
    Another strong [​IMG] for this DVD! I might actually rate it higher with a second viewing this week.
     
  6. Mark McLeod

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    I think both retailers and etailers everywhere under estimated sales on this puppy. Both the US and Canadian versions were put out by small companies and I think demand exceed supply in both cases. My positive review of Seville's Canadian edition and the confusion regarding the US release (widescreen?? sound format?? ) at the time also probably drove sales of the Canadian one up.

    Anyways, In the end I'm glad that you both received your copies of this terrific movie (in my top 3 of the past year). As soon as the DVD was announced in Canada, I hunted down Seville's contact information and was lucky enough to have a copy to review in advance of the street date.

    And heck.. It's lead to a great relationship between Seville Pictures and myself.
     
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    "you definitely need to see Coyote Ugly."
    No you don't! [​IMG]
     
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    Loved this movie also, I hope they release a soundtrack cd. I thought the music great!

    I did some searching and found the names of some of the songs :

    Meshell Ndegeocello - Beautiful

    Cowboy Junkies - River Waltz

    Ani DiFranco - You Had Time
     
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    So... what, exactly, are all the differences between the US and Canadian versions?
     
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    The Canadian version's cover art is also the theatrical onesheet for people who care about those things.

    I have a review of the Canadian edition on my website (address in signature below)
     
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    The Canadian version's cover art is also the theatrical onesheet for people who care about those things.
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    I pointed it out before because I feel the Canadian cover captures the feeling of this film a little better than the US one.
    I think it's hotter too [​IMG]
    P
     
  13. Mark Pfeiffer

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    Very good film. I bought the Canadian DVD because I saw very little release information about it on US e-tailers sites and didn't expect stores to stock it. For those who care, I too have reviewed it. A link should be in my signature.
     
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    Just watched this yesterday.

    Great film. Great acting.

    Thanks for the recommendation. Another great less well known movie I would never have seen if it were not for the HTF.
     
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    This film was too heavy handed and corny for me. It did have some really good acting but that's the only thing I liked about it.
     
  16. Jim Badger

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    To those who have this DVD, does yours have an insert card? Mine doesn't, and I thought maybe it didn't have an insert card since the chapter listing is on the back cover anyway.
     

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