directed by Olivier Assayas
France 2002


Demonlover" begins in the cutthroat world of big business, and descends as quickly as it can to just plain cutting throats. It's a high-gloss corporate thriller that watches a group of vicious women executives as they battle for control of lucrative new 3-D Internet porn technology. One of the sites in question offers real-time torture and death, leading us to wonder: (1) Can such a dangerously illegal site actually generate the fortune that seems to be involved? and (2) Are any of these women queasy about selling human suffering at retail? The movie's answers are apparently yes and no.

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review HERE


Theatrical Release: 19 May 2002 (Cannes Film Festival) (premiere)

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DVD Review: Lion's Gate Home Entertainment (Canadian version) -  Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Lion's gate Home Entertainment
Runtime 2:00:01
Video 2.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s 

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Audio English, French, Japanese (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles Partial English subtitles (not removable on the fly once English is chosen)

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Studio: Lion's Gate Home Entertainment 

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.30:1

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DVD Release Date: March 16th, 2004

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I know there is a US "unrated" and "R" rated DVD available. This Lion's Gate  version was purchased in Canada.

This DVD is horrendous! It fails in almost every known category of Digital Versatile Disc acceptance - non-removable subtitles, non-anamorphic image (for a 2002 film?), this version appears cut (censored) by 9 minutes as well as appearing to be taken from a PAL source (lot of "ghosting"), no Extras, large intrusive bright colored, non 16X9 friendly subtitles - okay lets get to the picture quality - Demonlover was shot on 35mm, 16 mm and video. I couldn't find an acceptable still among them. Only proving this is a pitifully low bitrate. I have tried below to include screen captures of example of the three cinematography systems. Our investigations show that the print wasn't that bad, so my question is "Who authored this DVD?". This is the worst DVD of a new release I can remember ever seeing. Ever! Lion's gate should recall this immediately.out of     

Gary W. Tooze


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