The Hunger

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  1. johnmar

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    Does anyone have any info about a DVD release of "The Hunger" by Tony Scott? I absolutely love this movie and it's surprising that I haven't heard anything about it being release on DVD.
     
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    Susan Sarandon topless YES
     
  3. Reverenddave

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    From the MGM Home Video Chat at Home Theater Forum on March 6, 2001:

    QUESTION - Also, I was wondering if you can comment on any plans for these excellent unreleased titles: a). <b>The Hunger </b> ('83DavidBowie,SusanSarandon OAR:2.35:1),b). and State of Grace (Gary Oldman, Ed Harris OAR:1.85:1), c). Deceiver('97) (TimRoth, Michael Rooker OAR:2.35:1).

    ANSWER - All 3 titles are scheduled for 2002.

    QUESTION - Not sure if this was asked, but is Wild at Heart and <b>The Hunger</b> coming?

    ANSWER - Wild at Heart is not our title. <b>The Hunger</b> is under consideration for a future release.

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    From the Digital Bits Rumor Mill on October 19, 2001:

    "Among the many titles MGM has in production for DVD in 2002 are special editions of ...<b> The Hunger</b>."

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    From the MGM section of DVD File's Studio Day Report on September 29, 2001:

    "Some oft-asked about titles are also on the way, including ... <b>The Hunger</b>."
     
  4. johnmar

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    Thanks for the info, Reverenddave.
     
  5. wizzer

    wizzer get outta here ewe

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    i thought i saw her boob. otherwise-this movie: huh? :hum:
     
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    Watched this one tonight, and while I am a fan of David Bowie, the 80s, vampires, and topless lesbian vampires, The Hunger lost me. It was just kinda goofy, with a great, classic 80s opening ("Bela Lugosi is Dead"), and then...I don't know what. Why was Bowie aging so rapidly, but his sire was not? Why was that guy roller-skating in an alley, and why not kill him, really? And was that Willem Dafoe?

    Not sure what to make of this one.
     
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    Yes, the beginning is remarkable and makes great use of Bauhaus musically and in appearance (was it the full band or just Peter Murphy in this scene-it's been a while).

    It definitely slows down after the opening scene but I found it to still be very entertaining. You just have to be in the right mood. Not an adrenalin rush kind of film.
     
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    Saw it in the theater many moons ago.Remember it as being stylish but odd.Good makeup.Tony Scott went more commercial in his later films.
     
  9. Mazurka Macabre

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    Short answer: There was some kind of in-story rational.

    Long answer: Major critical interpretations of The Hunger center around AIDS, as does much academic discussion of vampire literature and film from the '80s and early '90s. Vampirisim = insatiable sexuality and the exchange of blood = risky sex. Bowie's rapid deterioration in The Hunger is commonly viewed as a metaphor for contracting and dying from the disease.
     
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    interesting. haven't seen it in a long time, maybe its time to revisit.
     
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    The Hunger is probably the greatest movie ever made.
     
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    But, he would have caught it from Catherine Deneuve's character, who did not show signs of this metaphor, which brings me back to my question. :confused:

    edit: unless he caught it from that guy(?) in the beginning, which I think was the only other time we saw Bowie's vampire feed. Maybe. Interesting interpretation. I didn't account for the time period when I considered that plot...point.
     
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    My understanding from age-old recollection is that Deneuve is some sort of vampire queen, giving her eternal life and youth. All of her lovers, while long-lived eventually decay but do not die. That is the point of the room that she "buries" Bowie in.
     
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    @Workshed: I haven't seen The Hunger or read the essays about its relationship with sexuality and AIDS in is such a long time that I can't be sure. You can find some mentions of it in Google Scholar, but it didn't turn up the specific essay I was thinking of.

    @Anaestheus: Yeah, something like that. Deneuve can be seen in very brief flashbacks as a vampire in ancient Egypt. I can't remember if they actually say it or not, but I think the assumption is that she cannot or will not make a vampire companion that lives forever.
     
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    I don't know how hard I'd push the vapirism-as-AIDS-metaphor in reference to The Hunger. I don't think AIDS was quite in the public consciousness in 1983 the way it is now.
     

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