One night. An unforgivable act. A tale told in reverse.
Acclaimed filmmaker Gaspar Noé’s unflinching exploration of human savagery and the uncompromising nature of time, Irreversible was met with a groundswell of acclaim and uproar upon its premiere at the opening night of Cannes in 2002. Stylish, sexually frank, and brutal, the film’s conceit of exploring the events of one terrible night on the streets of Paris in reverse chronological order was celebrated and derided in equal measure, helping to further cement Noé’s legacy as a cinematic enfant terrible.
Nearly 20 years later, Noé brought Irreversible back, presenting the “Straight Cut” to the Venice Film Festival. This reconfigured vision allowed audiences to see the events of the film unfold in the order in which they occur, providing new context for pivotal scenes of brutality and the subsequent quest for revenge. Now available are both cuts of the film, providing the viewer the opportunity to see Noé’s potent account of humanity at its worst from multiple angles, and the unshakable understanding that time, indeed, reveals all things.
Not for the faint of heart, easily offended, or anyone with photosensitivity, this is Noé’s dark masterpiece.
directed by: Gaspar Noé
starring: Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel, Albert Dupontel, Jo Prestia, Philippe Nahon
2002 & 2020 / 94 min & 86 min / 2.40:1 / French DTS-HD MA 5.1 and 2.0
- Region A 2-Disc Blu-ray
- The Irreversible Odyssey: A new 42 minute featurette re-visiting the film 20 years later and featuring interviews with Gaspar Noé, Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel and others
- Time Destroys All Things – A video essay by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
- SFX Featurette: Go behind the scenes of Irreversible’s special effects
- Two Music Videos by Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter directed by Gaspar Noé
- Original Teaser Trailers
- Restoration Trailer
- Other Trailers
- English subtitles