Perfume - The Story of a Murderer

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  • MustacheSetToStun
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    Damn already seen this one, MY NIGHT IS RUINED! It is a good one though.
  • LikaLaruku
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    He's moving, so I'm not expecting any new eps for a month.
  • SuperSloucher
    Sorry to say this Leaky Laryngitis but you're a little creepy. You sound like a stalker. How do you know he's moving? I can understand if he left that information on his website or something but you talk like you know these people personally. Not to mention you leave a comment on ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING. I know there's no rule against it, it's your choice but... do you have a life outside this fucking website?

    Here's a newsflash: these people couldn't give two fucks about you beyond your viewing figures and ad revenue. They're not your family or friends.
  • raspberrydrink
    Ugh not to rain on your attempts there, but he outright said it in one of his other videos. Him moving is kinda common knowledge.
  • Zydrate
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    You seem like someone who'd fit in well on Busy Street. Did you perhaps come from there in some misguided and childish attempt to tear the site and its members a new one? I'd really like to know.

    And believe it or not we have something on this site called a community. Know what that is?
  • Spritle101
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    Wow, did anyone feel that douchequake? Hey man, you're not even involved enough in this site to have an avatar. Let the social socialize. The comments section is a better place to talk than the forum. You might even notice that many of us comment on every upload or that some people post essay-length replies to the reviewers. & if you scroll around, you'll notice that sometimes the reviewers even reply. This is like a reality show with a whole 'nother level of interactivity.
  • LikaLaruku
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    Agreed. I look on other videos & I see people who comment as much or even more than me. & I also don't see much activity from SuperAntisocial. (I don't know why we're bothering to backhand him; he's probably not involved enough in this site to check for replies to his comments).

    & obviously many of us DO care about the reviewers. Is it a crime to wonder about people you've never met in person? Then why do tabloids exist? We're geeks & these guys are our celebrities. When they tell us they are on the path to self-enrichment, we know it will lead to bigger & better things that we all benefit from.
  • SuperSloucher
    Don't make me laugh! Let the social socialise? Tell me, exactly how social are you with people who don't have the same opinion as you? You live in a fucking bubble, that's not social. You exclude people who have a contrary stance. If this place was social it wouldn't censor people's fucking opinions!
  • Gweskoyen
    His newest video is completely dedicated to the subject of him moving; it's up since the first of July. Also he said he moved on his Twitter. So it's not exactly necessary to be a stalker to know this fact.
    Oh, and the thing about ad revenue: There are a few people who get enough clicks to be profitable, like NC, Linkara or Spoony, but the vast majority can't really live from the videos, and Oancitizen is one of those. So I think there has to be at least some non-monetary motivation for doing those reviews since you can't get rich from them.
  • Gethenian
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    "Here's a newsflash: these people couldn't give two fucks about you beyond your viewing figures and ad revenue. They're not your family or friends."


    I'm not speaking for Kyle here, but dude, this is pretty much just plain bullcrap as a general rule. "These people" are just normal people with video cameras and ideas. They're not batshit Hollywood celebrities living in some glitzy inaccessible Paparazzi world. They're nerds who do stuff on a website. The vast majority of them are really nice and genuinely DO give a few fucks about their fans. Most of them are not difficult people to get to know as long as you're not creepy and off-putting. The producers and web staff DO consider themselves to be a family and that family extends to people who are not contributors. They are really generous, open people, many of whom are willing to go far out of their way to do favors for fans and friends alike. You do them a real disservice by projecting this kind of attitude onto them. You don't speak for them either and it's not your place to tell anyone else how well they do or don't know anyone on this site, or to judge how "creepy" it is for someone to know publicly-available information.
  • LikaLaruku
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    I was originally thinking the bottom insult was aimed at me, since he didn't address Oancitizen, though it's totally not applicable to me as I have no ad revenue or viewing figures, so he must have be insulting the reviewer there. & Gethenian, as a another commenter like myself whom as Sloucher puts it "leaves a comment on absolutely everything," he was indirectly insulting you too.

    Trolling: The only time I miss the thumbs down button. Criticize constructively, but do not attack the reviewer or the commenters with the intention of starting an argument.

    ***Personal apologies to Oancitizen for flooding the comments section with comments not pertaining to the video itself. I've reported SuperSloucher for abuse.
  • Gethenian
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    I don't leave comments on absolutely everything. I've left a lot of comments to people on this video because this happens to be a movie I think is really bad in such a big way, I like to talk to other people about it. I read "leaves comments on absolutely everything" to mean either every video Kyle does, or every video that gets posted to the site, since at the time you'd only left one comment under this video. I haven't seen you anywhere else, as far as I can remember, so I neither know nor care whether that's an accurate assessment of your commenting habits. :P
  • Divide By Zero
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    '"These people" are just normal people with video cameras and ideas. They're not batshit Hollywood celebrities living in some glitzy inaccessible Paparazzi world. They're nerds who do stuff on a website.'

    What he said. Some of the contributors on this site actually began as regular commenters and forum frequenters. I've been around this site for a while now myself, though I don't currently participate as much as I once did. The truth is that if you hand around long enough you'll probably wind up interacting with the talent now and then. That's kind of the beauty of this place. It's less like a Hollywood gala event and more like a night out at the pub where the band sometimes stays around for drinks after their set.
  • SuperSloucher
    @ SuperSloucher
    Do you have to be so aggressive? Your poisonous malice achieves nothing. People were having fun before you turned up.
  • Gethenian
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    There's going to be a new one next week.
  • ladydiskette
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    I just lol-ed hard at the Old Spice guy joke, I was waiting for him to use that. When I first clicked on this video it reminded me of those urban legend "warnings" about guys that would give out quote "perform samples" that would knock women out so they could kidnap them.


    Something tells me I wasn't too far behind, that being the making of perfume and crime was going to play into this. And what was with every caretaker dying after this guy leaves, if the movie was to protray him as this personal Jesus, than does that symbolize the caretakers as matyrs or somethings?
  • LikaLaruku
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    That's nice of him. I've seen a few making-of videos that suggest making reviewnertainment episodes is no walk in the park, so we can't say Kyle is not a hard working man.
  • krystalena
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    Oh good lord. I watched this movie a few years ago and the ending STILL makes me want to punch things. Biggest WTF ever.
  • Matthew G
    That ending was in the book.
  • krystalena
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    Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy the movie except for the ending. I'm sure the book is excellent and executed the ending well, but I'm siding with Kyle on this one. There were some parts that were a bit "off" for me. It was just frustrating to see a decent film be ended in a ridiculous manner like that.
  • Baby Hitler
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    Actually I like the ending. He deserved to get eaten alive after all the shit he did. If the movie had ended on a note any more positive than that for him I would've been furious!
  • NintendoFanboy
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    Ugh. So this guy is supposed to be a Messiah figure because he activates widespread orgies? Not only does this not really help the people, it's pratically rape! Not to mention he, y'know, KILLED a bunch of innocent people! What a stupid Jesus! >:(

    And why does the perfume act as an aphrodisiac to some people, but turn others into cannibals? Is it an allergic reaction? Like some people love eggs, but it gives others hives?
  • Matthew G
    "And why does the perfume act as an aphrodisiac to some people, but turn others into cannibals?"

    Initially, he used only very, VERY little. This way, people just got turned on. In the end, he uses ALL OF IT. This makes everyone so obsessed that they want to consume him.

    That's in the book. But the part with him being cruficied, I don't recall.
  • Gethenian
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    This is still my favourite of yours. And I will continue to do a dramatic woeface over the fact that I was GOING to do a card for this not knowing it was going to be posted, but just prioritized the other concept sketches first.
  • Amaya Ramiel
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    Valid points... I still like it. I found it funny, cynical and ironic; a glorification/ beautification of the vileness of the world. So it's a bit stupid... I can live with that.
  • ladydiskette
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    lol, that was funny showing Hagen as one of the members of the Leigon of Doom.


    Hmm, she must have interned there or something.
  • Wolfgar
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    Seen this on blip before, but it's a great episode. Shame they couldn't quite get the execution down.

    Smell connects to memory, so to evoke a particular smell on film, you have to go backward...provoke the memory and then that will lead to the smell in the mind's...nose. Okay, okay, work with me. Naturally of course though this is only going to work for stuff that people have likely already smelled, and even then it won't be universal. Different smells will summon wildly different memories. It especially won't carry over with things that 98% of the population doesn't even possess an associated smell in their mind.


    It of course doesn't help that smell is possibly the creepiest of the senses; it's perceived as an overly intimate and weird way of assessing the world around you.
  • The_Awesometeer
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    I need that perfume, apparently I could get any girl with it
  • EarthboundXE
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    Yeah, but then she'd try to eat your flesh, and not in a good way.
  • Gethenian
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    Not only that, this stuff apparently doesn't discriminate between the sexes. So yeah, you'd get all the girls (eating your flesh), but you'd get all the guys, too.
  • Spritle101
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    & lots of girls you don't want, & men you don't want.
  • KaitlynMutt
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    And to think I was about to start a perfume podcast..
  • Gethenian
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    A perfume podcast? Like, about BPAL or something?
  • Zydrate
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    One word, OBSESSION.

    And can someone explain why the mother was executed? I didn't quite understand the crime.
  • Oancitizen
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    The mother had given so many stillbirths that she threw the baby away out of habit. But when the baby lived, she was hung for attempted infanticide.
  • Zydrate
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    Thank you.
  • Lastman
    Boy did they screw this on up: scent is the ONLY sense that can't be expressed on film. Too bad, considering that I actually like Tom Tykwer.
  • Sewblon  - Wrong.
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    Film cannot express touch or taste either.
  • Niwi
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    Made more sense then the actual story of Jesus.
  • Thatpirate
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    I wish they had a thumbs up for the comments. I totally agree with you.
  • Matthew G
    Honestly, I don't really like this review. You complain about a lot of things that were in the book. Also, except for the "he's crucified" part, there is no reason to think he's being glorified.
  • Gethenian
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    Yes, but just because a certain detail or story element is in the book doesn't mean it works on film. This movie DOES NOT WORK. Whatever was intended to be symbolic or philosophical in the book just comes across as incredibly silly and completely nonsensical on film.

    Although as to your second point... maybe it's not so much that he's being glorified as that nobody in the movie is any more glorified or vilified than anybody else. So yes, the main character's acts are despicable, but they're also incomprehensible, since the audience is given no real basis by which to come to identify with or despise good ol' Pigpen; and every other character in the movie is either one-dimensional or just as unlikable as our "hero" is. Ultimately, the movie fails because the world is badly built and the characters are insufficiently established. The story clearly takes place in a world that is not 100% our own, but the film fails to clearly define the rules of its own reality before it breaks them, leaving the impact of Pigpen's mutation more confusing than inspiring. Everyone who cares for him dies, but everyone who cares for him is a shallow cameo that brings to mind a line spoken by Diamanda Hagan in Oancitizen's Ken Park review -- when he asks her how many people she's killed, she replies, "None, if I killed them they obviously weren't people." The characters who die in this story feel like that -- they're non-people. They depart the story and leave behind them not one trace of an impact on their own world or on the audience.

    So I suppose one could make the argument that Pigpen is being glorified in that he's the most interesting character in the movie. But everything else is so badly translated from the book to the film, it almost defies categorizations involving glorification, heroes and villains, or... anything other than vaguel-defined philosophical ideas badly embodied in obscene, annoying, or just plain cardboard characters.
  • The White Lapin
    The thing is, what seems to be Oancitizen's biggest problem with the movie, or more like what sealed the deal for him, is the orgy scene. This particular moment is also in the book and watching a perfume induced orgy is no more silly than reading about a perfume induced orgy. I, for one, agree with Milky Mint and think that if you can accept Perfume's premise, a lot of those 'flaws' probably disappear, especially when it comes to it being silly or nonsensical (which the movie doesn't seem to be so much more than the book).

    As for the criticism you bring to the table, Gethenian, well... - bear in mind it's been a while since I've read the book and I haven't watched the movie - I don't remember the characters being particularly three-dimensional in the novel either, they're pretty much there to be used and disposed by Grenouille (it's his story, after all). I don't think a movie or a book has to have really developed characters in order to be good, depending on the movie or book it might not even be a flaw. Although, like I said, it has been some time, maybe they were more developed than I remember, some of them certainly were colorful.

    You say : "They depart the story and leave behind them not one trace of an impact on their own world or on the audience". Until "or on the audience" pretty much summed up how I felt about the characters dying in the book, seemed like there's a general apathy towards other human beings in the world of Perfume. No heroes or very positive figures inhabit that world. Also I don't think you can make an argument that a character is glorified because he's the most interesting one in a film, for example ; Travis Bickle is the most interesting character in Taxi Driver, but he is in no way glorified.

    Lastly, you say that it's "so badly translated from the book to the film", but you claim not to have read to book, so that's just an assumption. But then again, I'm defending a movie I haven't watched, so that's kind of hypocritical of me to point that out. Ahahaha!

    Fun review, fun times.
  • Gethenian
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    "Lastly, you say that it's "so badly translated from the book to the film", but you claim not to have read to book, so that's just an assumption. But then again, I'm defending a movie I haven't watched, so that's kind of hypocritical of me to point that out."


    ***In which case, I believe we have reached a stalemate, mate. XD
  • Parasite
    ...Olfactory Jesus? Seriously? This is one of the most ludicrous plots I have ever seen...


    Pheromones do not work this way!!
  • Furore23
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    Oh, Aladdin reference!

    Hi Mr Citizen! Or may I call you Oan?

    And let me say HOW DARE YOU RELEASE A NEW INSTALMENT BEFORE I CAN COMPLETE THE ARCHIVE TRAWL?!?

    *ahem*

    Sorry about that.

    Another fine instalment. Thank you for being genuinely different from everybody else. I hope the money shower comes jingle jangling down upon you.
  • Spritle101
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    Now I had a film teacher in college who showed some pretty weird stuff, but I have to wonder where reviewers like you find stuff like this, & how you keep your sanity
  • lordsathien
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    A thought, an observation, and a question:
    Question: Does your "nome-de-net" a reference to Oa, the planet of the Green lantern Corps' Guardians?

    Observation: I loved your Rickman. Just keep your lips from touching your teeth.

    Thought: http://en.wikipedia.org/ wiki/Starfox_%28comics%29 look this guy over. A Marvel "superhero" whose power involves stirring arousal.

    Loved the review. I remember being curious when I saw a trailer for it.
  • Shinigami
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    This movie had elements of good movie so why did it fail so badly.
  • Gethenian
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    Because, in my opinion, the characters and the world in which the story was set were too inadequately defined to be comprehensible or have any real emotional impact. Any character who isn't annoying is confusing or one-dimensional, and the film starts breaking the rules of reality before it defines how its world works in the first place, leaving you only able to ASSUME that various things that happen are unusual, but ultimately there's no benchmark for how unusual they are, and character reactions to the stuff that breaks the rules are either wildly understated or WILDLY overstated. It's either "WTF? Oh, nevermind, meh," or an orgy/cannibalism/public execution scene.
  • Catey
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    Bitch, don't you bag out my fave actors of all time. The Rickman pwns all your asses. Seriously, though, the man is much more than Professor Snape...
    Loved the review. Always fun :) This movie just looks plain silly.
  • dennett316
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    Yes, he's also Hans Gruber the greatest action movie villain of all time.
  • FrankN.Stein
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    Somehow I thought you'd mind the orgy. You've got to be American to consider sex the worst thing a villain could unleash upon the world, i guess ;)
    And BTW, the name is Tykwer, not Twyker.
  • katsa5
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    True. But let's think of the big picture. Everyone is supposed to be in this orgy. EVERYONE! Let your imagination run for a moment. ^_^ There might have been horses.
    You see his point.
  • Gethenian
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    ...but this story isn't American, the main character isn't exactly a villain, and the orgy isn't a criminal act, it's something the main character ACCIDENTALLY causes while trying to escape his own execution only to go directly to the scene of his bizarre suicide.
  • Sewblon  - You don't need to be American.
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    You can also be middle-eastern or a resident of any country where AIDS is a widespread illness to think that sex is the worst thing a person could inflict on the world.
  • Milky Mint
    I like this movie, and I really like the book.


    The biggest problem I see with your review is that you can't seem to accept the premise.
    To Grenouille, the smell of things is the most important and wonderfull thing, and that no one else can understand him, because you cant put scent into words, is what truly isolates him. Thats why aetheric music plays during the "fat of corpses" scenes, to convey the happiness of the pov-character to the audience.
    Same goes for the detailed instructions for perfume-making ( a section which I found very interesting, especially in the book where all kinds of techniques are explained), it's important to him and thats what the story is about.

    The book was written when no one was quuiite sure how pheromons etc. worked, which cant be changed to modern understanding without destroying the story.

    Also, he is the villain and a loathsome individual. At no point do either book or film try to justify his actions ( the book constantly compares him to a tick) it is made clear that he deserves death.
  • Gethenian
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    I can't speak for Kyle's knowledge of the book, but speaking as someone who saw the movie without knowing it was based on a book, the film alone doesn't make it easy to accept the premise.

    I'm sure the story does work as a book, taken with a mind for the context in which it was written. The film pretty much fails to effectively translate that to any audience that isn't already familiar with the book... and maybe also to audiences who ARE, I don't know, I haven't read it and overall it's still a well-made movie in terms of cinematography and even the writing is basically top notch, but as good as it is, it still doesn't really translate the ideas in the book onto the screen. The book may have been written during a time when science did not yet comprehend how pheromones and the sense of smell worked, but the film does not explain the origins of the story, it simply presents a really odd and unbelievable premise and gives very little reason for the audience to accept it or read much into it.

    And I still hold that the film at least has no One True Villain. Nobody in the story is a really good or likable person. One could at least make an argument that Pigpen's derangement is at least partially justified by his perpetual mistreatment coupled with his weird mutant sense of smell and lack of BO. You could ARGUE that. It ALMOST works. So he's not really an evil person, he's just... a slave to his own desires and instincts and is never given any reason to behave in any other way.
  • killa_kid
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    This is one of my favourite Brows Held High episodes. I absolutely love him being referred to as Pig Pen, the Alan Rickman impression and the slow reveal on why he did this review. This is up there with Ken Park & Andy Warhol's Dracula in my book.

    I love the show Oancitizen. Can't wait for more. Also I hope the move went well!
  • katsa5
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    I have no sense of smell; bupkiz since birth more or less. So I would be completely immune to this guy. One would think there would be someone in that crowd that was like that. 'Let's not derail the plot too soon' I suppose.
  • ShMike
    So is reviewtopia still happening? I'd love to see singular place for all reviewers to congregate.
  • TWK
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    LOL @ Hagan's reaction.

    Very, very odd film, but then again so are the rest of the ones you've reviewed.
  • Choronzon
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    I saw this on Valentine's day in thetre with my then girlfriend. She suggested it since she read the book and I liked it very much. Still do even after seing this (one and only since then) review. The reason there was a wild orgy of heteros and gays was that Grenouille preserved the scent that captured Beauty, not gender. He could just as easily have gone for the James Franco or Christian Bale of that time, but he wasn't a strong guy and men would have put a much bigger fight than women. Let's not forget women had corsets which meant it was enough to strangle them for 2 seconds and they'd be dead.

    As for the cross, it was actually a pretty common instrument of torture until the end of 18th century in Europe (and later in Japan if my memory serves me right). We can see Braveheart being strapped on one. Sometimes the cross would be more like an X to allow torturing on the inner thighs or make it even more uncomfortable for the victim if it was placed vertically. It thus lacked any religious connotations. Other times they would be strapped spread eagle on a big wooden wheel, which I think was more ingenious since it was more uncomfortable for the back muscles as well as had the advantage of being able to spin and induce nausea on top of that whole whip lashings, brandings, maimings and what not.
    That's all for Torture 101 :)
  • Xed Regulus
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    This is one of my favourite of your reviews. Keep-up the good work, Kyle.
  • An ExtraordinaryGentleman
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    I love how even Diamanda is completely grossed-out by Grenouille's master plan. I should get a bottle of that...but diluted a bit. Or maybe package it with a warning.

    "WARNING: May induce massive arousal and/or cannibalism."
  • TragicGuineaPig
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    You know what this video needed? A clip of Johnny Bravo saying, "You smell kinda prettay! Wanna smell me?"

    Also, the remark about Alan Rickman, all I have to say is: "By Grabthar's Hammer, by the suns of Warvan, you shall be avenged!"
  • Moon Spirit
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    Damn, if that's true about this orgy, then Japan's 500 people sex orgy really was nothing. But the fact that the smell of a dozen dead women's hormones can induce this is appalling, yet, I WANT THAT PERFUME!!!

    But then again, Jean Baptist doused himself in the entire perfume and ended up being ravaged...

    P.S. Great Diamanda cameo!
  • Kev79
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    Awesome Alan Rickman impression!
  • graymonk35
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    i think if this movie did have smell-o vision itd be the greatest movie ever.....then again the first half wouldve sucked.....alot.....ewww
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