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Perfume [videorecording] : the story of a murderer /

by Eichinger, Bernd; Oeri, Gigi; Birkin, Andrew; Tykwer, Tom; Whishaw, Ben; Hoffman, Dustin; Hurd-Wood, Rachel; Rickman, Alan; Hurt, John; Griebe, Frank; Berner, Alexander; Gayraud, Pierre-Yves; Hanisch, Uli; Süskind, Patrick; Dreamworks Pictures; Constantin Film (Firm); VIP Medienfonds 4 (Firm); Nouvelles éditions de films (Firm); Castelao Productions; DreamWorks Home Entertainment (Firm).
Material type: materialTypeLabelVisual materialPublisher: Universal City, Calif. : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2007]Description: 1 videodisc (147 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.ISBN: 141573108X:.Language note: In English, with English or Spanish subtitles.Closed-captioned.Title notes: $19.99 10/17/2007BRA $19.99 5/8/2008Subject(s): Serial murderers -- France -- Paris -- Drama | Perfumes industry -- France -- Paris -- Drama | Odors -- Drama | Senses and sensation -- Drama | Paris (France) -- Drama | Serial killers -- France -- Paris -- Drama | Perfumes industry -- France -- Paris -- Drama | Odors -- Drama | Senses and sensation -- Drama | Paris (France) -- Drama | Film adaptations | Feature films | Thrillers (Motion pictures, television, etc.) | Video recordings for the hearing impaired | DVD-Video discs | Thriller -- Feature | Crime -- Feature | Feature films | Suspense filmsGerman Film Awards, 2007: Film Award in Gold - Best Cinematography (Frank Griebe); Best Costume Design (Pierre-Yves Gayraud); Best Editing (Alexander Berner); Best Production Design (Uli Hanisch); Best Sound (Stefan Busch, Dirk Jacob, Michael Kranz, Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert, Hanse Warns, Roland Winke) ; Film Award in Silver - Outstanding Feature Film (Bernd Eichinger).Cast: Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt.Summary: Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born under his mother's table at the fish market, onto a pile of muddy fish guts, establishing from the beginning his repulsion for putrid scents. A childhood of neglect and, later, a job at a tannery, encourage Jean-Baptiste to develop his olfactory sense rather than his verbal skills. An opportunity to prove his worth to Parisian perfumist Giuseppe Baldini results in his immediate hire into a promising new career. His successes in perfume mixing are negated by a blinding obsession for capturing the sublime beauty of the human soul, which in his twisted logic requires the killing of young women to reduce their body fats to essential oils for the ultimate perfume.
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An obsessive French perfumer with a highly developed olfactory sense and an all-consuming drive to capture the essence of love eventually resorts to murder in his unrepentant quest to find the key ingredient for his recipe in director Tom Tykwer's adaptation of author Patrick Suskind's best-selling 1985 novel. Born in a fetid fish market and raised in a dilapidated orphanage, Jean-Baptiste Grenouille (Ben Whishaw) toiled his childhood away in a rank tannery run by the thuggish Grimal (Sam Douglas). Subsequently obsessed by smell, Grenouille's keen olfactory sense becomes so finely tuned that it eventually overpowers such human qualities as love and compassion. Though he has indeed discovered the unmistakable scent of a woman, Grenouille finds it impossible to connect with the fairer sex on any sort of meaningful level. Roaming the streets of Paris late one night, Grenouille catches the scent of a young girl selling plums and impulsively strangles her, later sniffing her nude corpse in a twisted attempt to preserve the distinctive scent in his memory. After persuading legendary perfumer Giuseppe Baldini (Dustin Hoffman) to take him on as an apprentice, Grenouille travels to the town of Grasse in Southern France in order to learn the art of enfleurage at a firm run by the highly respected Mme. Arnulfi (Corinna Harfouch). It is there that Grenouille becomes dangerously drawn to the vestal aroma of the young and beautiful Laura (Rachel Hurd-Wood), the daughter of widower merchant Antione Richis (Alan Rickman). Soon driven to madness by such a pure scent, the spellbound Grenouille continues to claim the lives of the numerous young girls in a tragic attempt to bottle the impossibly elusive smell of virginal womanhood. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

$19.99 10/17/2007

BRA $19.99 5/8/2008

DVD ; Region 1 ; widescreen presentation ; Dolby Digital 5.1 surround, Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo., surround.

In English, with English or Spanish subtitles.

Closed-captioned.

Ben Whishaw, Alan Rickman, Rachel Hurd-Wood, Dustin Hoffman, John Hurt.

Director of photography, Frank Griebe ; editor, Alexander Berner ; music, Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil ; costume designer, Pierre-Yves Gayraud ; production designer, Uli Hanisch.

Based on the novel "Das parfum," by Patrick Süskind.

MPAA rating: R; for aberrant behavior involving nudity, violence, sexuality, and disturbing images.

Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born under his mother's table at the fish market, onto a pile of muddy fish guts, establishing from the beginning his repulsion for putrid scents. A childhood of neglect and, later, a job at a tannery, encourage Jean-Baptiste to develop his olfactory sense rather than his verbal skills. An opportunity to prove his worth to Parisian perfumist Giuseppe Baldini results in his immediate hire into a promising new career. His successes in perfume mixing are negated by a blinding obsession for capturing the sublime beauty of the human soul, which in his twisted logic requires the killing of young women to reduce their body fats to essential oils for the ultimate perfume.

Special features: The story of Perfume.

German Film Awards, 2007: Film Award in Gold - Best Cinematography (Frank Griebe); Best Costume Design (Pierre-Yves Gayraud); Best Editing (Alexander Berner); Best Production Design (Uli Hanisch); Best Sound (Stefan Busch, Dirk Jacob, Michael Kranz, Frank Kruse, Matthias Lempert, Hanse Warns, Roland Winke) ; Film Award in Silver - Outstanding Feature Film (Bernd Eichinger).

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