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April 3, 2010

Possession, a thriller starring Sarah Michelle Gellar, is out on DVD. I won’t go on and on about her acting supremacy. I want to, but I won’t.

The movie, apart from her, is just good. Well, good-to-excellent. There are no weak spots, but nothing transcendent (apart from the born-to-transcend SMG).

There’s an awesome DVD extra–an alternate ending that looks like it was completely finished– an uninterrupted fully edited, color-timed and scored half hour of movie. It takes the main character on a very different arc, so you get to see Sarah Michelle play the same person making different choices. Not to spoil anything, but the alternate ending is much less predictable and much more shocking. The unpredictability and shock are not unearned–they don’t come out of the blue. (My one problem with the alternate ending is that it doesn’t feel like an ending, just a turning point. The closing shot makes things look more resolved than they could possibly be. I needed a few more minutes of movie tracing out some of the implications.)

The opportunity to watch Ms. Transcendent make both endings utterly, emotionally, powerfully real is one to seek out, fellow Sarah-philes!

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