The House That Jack Built (2018) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The House That Jack Built (2018) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

The House That Jack Built (2018) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)

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The House That Jack Built (2018) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Lars von Trier
Starring: Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Riley Keough

USA in the 1970s. We follow the highly intelligent Jack over a span of 12 years and are introduced to the murders that define Jack’s development as a serial killer. We experience the story from Jack’s point of view, while he postulates each murder is an artwork in itself. As the inevitable police intervention is drawing nearer, he is taking greater and greater risks in his attempt to create the ultimate artwork. Along the way we experience Jack’s descriptions of his personal condition, problems and thoughts through a recurring conversation with the unknown Verge – a grotesque mixture of sophistry mixed with an almost childlike self-pity and psychopathic explanations. The House That Jack Built is a dark and sinister story, yet presented through a philosophical and occasional humorous tale.

Lars von Trier is a different type of director and a movie like The House that Jack Built shows that off in spades. We follow a man named Jack as he talks to someone. Here we see his life at different times and we see all the violence that comes along with it. The House that Jack Built is a very artsy film in nature. But it is a movie that is just as violent if not more so than it is artsy. Some of the violence might be just a bit much to watch for some folks because it is done in a very realistic way. These are the moments when the movie is at its most uncomfortable to view but these are also usually some of the most impactful moments of the movie as well. The movie isn’t just about violence, there’s a lot being said in it. There’s social commentary and there’s a reflection of even von Trier’s career. All of which come to form in the form of this violent movie.

This isn’t something that will be for everyone. There’s the artsy side of it that might be a bit hard for some to take in. If you are a fan of von Trier’s work heading into this one then you might not have an issue with it and what it consists of. The acting is good, the visuals in this one are also worthy of making note of. And as you can guess it all looks good here as it comes together on this Blu-ray release from Scream Factory and IFC. This was my first time seeing the director’s cut and I think it was a nice refresh on what I had seen before the first time I saw it. All in all, it’s a weird and violent one. I dig it for what it is and I’m a long time fan of von Trier’s work.


– Sonning Prize: An Interview with Director Lars Von Trier
– Teaser Trailer
– Theatrical Trailer
– Optional English subtitles for the main feature

Quality of Transfer: 98%

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