I'm presuming we all know this one by now, the latest film from Darren Aronofsky, he of Pi, Requiem for a Dream and The Wrestler, which stars Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder and has been showered with awards, including a Best Actress Oscar for Portman.
Black Swan tells the story of Nina (Portman), a ballerina in the New York City Ballet trying to make it to the top. When artistic director Thomas Leroy (Cassel) decides to replace prima ballerina Beth MacIntyre (Ryder) for the opening production of their new season, Swan Lake, Nina is his first choice. But a new dancer, Lily (Kunis), also impresses Leroy and becomes Nina's competition. Nina fits the White Swan role perfectly with her innocence and grace, but Lily is the personification of the Black Swan with her fiery personality. As the two young dancers expand their rivalry into a twisted friendship, Nina begins to get more in touch with her dark side with a recklessness that threatens to destroy her.
If by chance you missed its cinema run then worry not, as it's coming to UK DVD and Blu-ray on 16th May 2011 from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment at the RRP of £19.99 for the DVD/Digital copy and £24.99 for the triple-play Blu-ray/DVD/Digital copy release.
The DVD version will include a digital copy of the film and have the following extra:
- Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series – a behind the scenes look at the filmmaking process from Darren Aronofsky's visionary directing, to the physically-demanding acting, to the stunning special effects.
The Blu-ray triple-play release will include a Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Copy of the film and the following extras:
- Metamorphosis: A Three-Part Series – a behind the scenes look at the filmmaking process from Darren Aronofsky's visionary directing, to the physically-demanding acting, to the stunning special effects;
- Behind the Curtain – an inside look at the film's costume and production design;
- Ten Years in the Making – Natalie Portman and Darren Aronofsky discuss their creative journey, from "preparing for the role" to "dancing with the camera";
- Cast Profiles – Roles of a Lifetime – presented by Fox Movie Channel, the stars reflect on the their challenging and rewarding characters.