Blu-ray, DVD Release: Passion (2013)

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Nov. 5, 2013
Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98
Studio: Entertainment One

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Rachel McAdams (l.) and Noomi Rapace engage is some sexy scheming in Passion.

Two beautiful young corporate executives engage in a dangerous and tantalizing competition that will take a deeply personal and violent turn in Passion, the latest erotically-charged crime thriller from Brian De Palma (Blow Out).

Christine (Rachel McAdams, Morning Glory) is a driven, devious executive at the sleek Berlin office of an international advertising agency. When her ambitious but outwardly shy subordinate Isabelle (Noomi Rapace, Prometheus) comes up with a brilliant ad campaign for a smartphone, Christine shamelessly takes credit for it, hoping it will bring her a promotion and a transfer to the New York office. While appearing strangely forgiving, Isabelle in fact takes her elaborate revenge on her superior—which leads Christine to counterattack by setting up her own elaborate and deliciously sexy scheme to ultimately get her way.

Passion represents a return-to-form of sorts for De Palma, the man who made the sexy thriller Dressed to Kill, Body Double and Femme Fatale. (More recently he directed the Iraq War drama Redacted and the period crime story The Black Dahlia).

The R-rated Passion received a limited release to theaters and VOD premiere in September, 2013. Critics’ responses—along with the box office—were generally lukewarm, but all agreed that it was a sexy piece of work in De Palma’s trademark style.

The Blu-ray and DVD both contain bonus features, including interviews with director De Palma and stars McAdams and Rapace.

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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.