Many of these reviews are for a different film altogether -
A music lover | Fremont, CA | 05/18/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"There appears to be some confusion over just which film is being reviewed here. Most of the comments I am reading appear to be about the film "In the Realm of the Senses", but the product link is for the film "Empire of Passion", which is by the same director but is a different film altogether, although it is perhaps the director's response to the criticism leveled on the earlier, more explicit film. I am not sure if the reviewers themselves are confused about which film they are reviewing, or if somehow Amazon is tying the wrong reviews to this film, but be advised that there is a problem here."
Hard to Define
M. Mudd | MA | 03/13/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Excellent job with rereleasing this--lots of nice extras
The film is beautifully directed and well acted. It is hard to define in terms of genre, but definitely a classic film worth being in the Criterion Collection. It is definintely for adults only. You should not watch this if you are uncomfortable with the explicit sexuality, but by the same token, if you are looking to watch pornagraphy, you will be disappointed. This film is about the characters and their storyline."
A masterpiece in a glorious blu-ray
Francisco JosÚ Poyato Ariza | Madrid, Spain | 05/02/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lots have been said about this movie...not much else to add. Only that, after 34 years it is even much more of a masterpiece than it used to be; not only it is not dated, it gets deeper and deeper as time passes, one gets older, lives, and understands...About this blu-ray edition: the transfer is simply glorious. Is it sharp, contrasted, beautiful, much more than in cinemas; there's just a couple of scratches, but they are barely noticeable. It has never look better, just beautiful. The extras are great as well, very interesting and revealing. Just open your mind, open your senses, open your soul."