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Possessor (Limited Edition) [4K UHD and Blu-ray] Review

4 stars of brilliantly unsettling sci-fi horror.

Possessor is written and directed by Brandon Cronenberg (Antiviral), son of legendary director David Cronenberg (The Fly, Naked Lunch). It is clear right from the start that a talent for telling surreal and fascinating stories runs in the family.

This is a modern sci-fi which pushes the boundaries of the acceptable at every turn, very satisfying to watch.

It is available to own on Limited dual Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray Boxset, alongside Standard Edition 4K and Blu-ray on 18th March 2024, courtesy of Second Sight Films.


“And yet, you and I can see a small thread, running from your skull to a life I thought you’d moved on from. Sometimes that’s all it takes to lose control. That small thought, like a tiny fracture…”

Tasya Vos (Andrea Riseborough – Welcome to the Punch) is an operative working for a secret company which has devised a controversial mind control technique in order to carry out assassinations. They can kidnap someone close to their target and implant a device which allows them to replace the host consciousness with that of the assassin. They can then kill the host and return to their own body.

Following a job, she seems to be struggling to re-assimilate into her own life and yearns to see her husband Michael (Rossif Sutherland – River, High Life) and son Ira (Gage Graham-Arbuthnot – Becky, Condor). She visits, but has to rehearse even the most basic interactions and soon realises she needs to get back to work.

Even though she is aware there is a potential problem, she assures her boss Girder (Jennifer Jason Leigh – Single White Female, Dolores Claiborne) that all is well and she is ready for her next assignment. It’s an important one, they have been hired by Reid Parse (Christopher Jacot – Eureka) to take out his step-father John (Sean Bean – Sharpe, Silent Hill) and step-sister Ava (Tuppence Middleton – Sense8, War & Peace) so that he might inherit their huge data-mining company. They believe they in turn can control him and thus the family company using blackmail once the job is complete.

To this end, she must take control of Ava’s boyfriend Colin Tate (Christopher Abbott – James White), a former drug dealer now working for the company who is struggling to fit in. With Vos not at the top of her game and a strong will in the form of Colin, what follows is a psychological battle of epic proportions.

Possessor is a very clever film, well thought out and expertly written. The methods used are truly ingenious and it’s engaging right to the very end and one of the most outrageous and shocking twists I have ever seen.

It is certainly not for the faint hearted, it’s brutal, gory and very graphic and quite difficult and uncomfortable to watch in places, yet you can’t seem to look away. A very good film and well worth adding to your collection.

“What is it with you today? You’ve gone strange on me.”

Possessor is available on Limited dual Edition 4K UHD/Blu-ray Boxset, alongside Standard Edition 4K and Blu-ray on 18th March 2024

Special Features

  • Dual format edition including both UHD and Blu-ray with main feature and bonus features on both discs
  • UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR approved by Director Brandon Cronenberg and Cinematographer Karim Hussain
  • New audio commentary with Brandon Cronenberg, Producer Rob Cotterill, Karim Hussain and Special Effects Artist Dan Martin
  • This Unfamiliar Life: a new interview with Brandon Cronenberg
  • Inside the Machine: a new interview with Karim Hussain
  • Feel the Real: a new interview with Rob Cotterill
  • Disassociating from Mind and Body: Zoë Rose Smith on Possessor
  • Camera Test Footage
  • FX Show and Tell with Dan Martin
  • Archive featurette: A Heightened World – A Look at Possessor
  • Archive featurette: Identity Crisis – Bringing Possessor to Life
  • Archive featurette: The Joy of Practical – The Effects of Possessor
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Short Film: Please Speak Continuously and Describe Your Experiences as They Come to You
  • Trailer

Limited Edition Contents

  • Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Marko Manev
  • 120-page book featuring extensive behind the scenes gallery, script-to-screen comparisons, new essays by Stacey Abbott, Anton Bitel, Jon Towlson and Heather Wixson
  • 6 collectors’ art cards
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