New Release: Amer Blu-ray and DVD

Amer movie scene

Anna gives a straight-edge razor a taste in the 2009 "giallo" homage Amer.

2009 French horror-thriller movie Amer, an eroticized homage to 1970s Italiangiallo” horror films, arrived on Blu-ray and DVD on Oct. 4, 2011, from Olive Films. The discs carry the list prices of $34.95 and $29.95, respectively.

The film by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani is a collage of sorts that plays out in three movements. Each is presented in a different style that corresponds to the more carnal aspects of the childhood, adolescence and adulthood of its female protagonist, Anna (who’s portrayed by three different actresses over the course of the film).

Drawing its visual approach from the films of the highly regarded “giallo”-based filmmakers Mario Bava (Black Sunday) and Dario Argento (Deep Red), as well as directors Sergio Leone (Once Upon a Time in America) and Brian De Palma (Blow Out), Amer is the kind of senses-stirring visual filmmaking that critics often describe as “pure cinema.”

A film festival staple across the world, Amer received a well-reviewed limited release in theaters in the U.S. last October.

Bonus features on the DVD and Blu-ray include five earlier and no-less creepy short movies by Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani, along with introductory notes from the filmmakers.

Here’s the film’s trailer:


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.