There are a great many things transpiring here and to rightfully touch upon them all seems a bit impossible which is one of the reasons Darren Aronofsky deserves all the praise heís getting over this film. The constant duel between good and evil is visually created in a marvellous contrast with not just the sets, the wardrobe and the lighting but the characters as well. Taking Natalie Portmanís character through the full range of emotions seen here is as terrifying as it is brilliant. Portmanís character is genuine, delicate and untainted; her ambition is commendable and obvious from the start. What becomes of her is all about the journey we see unfold as the story goes but suffice to say itís anything but dull and goes straight for the jugular on more than one occasion.
Aside from Portmanís character I loved what Vincent Cassel brought to the table. He plays the part of greasy villain all too well and I honestly wish the guy landed more roles than he does (BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF is one of my favourite flicks of all time and Cassel is part of the reason). Iím still on the fence when it comes to Mila Kunisí character, I guess I just expected something different to come from that situation and I really didnít care for the mother. There was far more going on between mother and daughter than we ended up seeing, I guess thatís part of the magic which ended up creating some major tension but I felt there was a lot left unsaid and many questions left unanswered from that broken home.
BLACK SWAN is a visual feast if youíre hungry for a dark and gritty Shakespearian type tragedy with all the subliminal imagery youíd get from a sweet acid trip. As I said before, thereís a lot going on and if you can sit down with this flick long enough for it to hook you, youíll be in for a different ride than youíre used to thatís for sure. Natalie Portmanís come a long way in my eyes and itís clear that she is truly a gifted talent who can handle any role tossed her way, an accolade you canít give many Hollywood actresses these days. Thereís also the fun ďlove sceneĒ that Iím sure youíre all wondering if Iíll mention and yes, itís good, especially on Blu-ray. Oh how I love a good paradox.
Ballet: This quick two and a half minutes is all about how the ballet was incorporated into the film. Ballet sure does look like it takes a mad toll on the feet.
Production/Costume Design: Here we get a brief look at what prompted some of the sets, locales and costume designs for the film. The end makeup for the Black Swan is the most intense and terrifying makeup Iíve ever seen on a woman.
Profiles: There are small profiles here for Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky which basically pertain to how they met up and got involved with the film. There are also a couple conversation pieces discussing how Portman prepared for the role as well as all the ups and downs that came with the dancing.
Fox Movie Channel Presents: There are five short interviews ranging from about five to six minutes long with Natalie Portman, Wynona Ryder, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Darren Aronofsky. Theyíre brief but worth a look.
Previews: Thereís a trailer for the film, a handful of other previews as well as a Digital Copy of the film.