40 Days and 40 Nights

40 Days and 40 Nights

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Director: Michael Lehmann

Cast: Josh Hartnett, Shannyn Sossamon, Paulo Costanzo


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40 Days and 40 Nights, a film that is probably better than it has a right to be, comes to DVD with some nice results. The image, which is framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphic, is surprisingly strong. Colors are rather vivid and detailed while blacks are well represented. The lack of any distracting elements really shows here. TheSee more details below


40 Days and 40 Nights, a film that is probably better than it has a right to be, comes to DVD with some nice results. The image, which is framed at the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and is anamorphic, is surprisingly strong. Colors are rather vivid and detailed while blacks are well represented. The lack of any distracting elements really shows here. The sound, which is a 5.1 English Dolby Digital track, is nothing to get excited about, but is still adequate for this kind of film. Dialogue is easy to understand while effects and music are not too overwhelming. As for extras, they are not extensive. This Miramax disc only includes a teaser trailer, and more importantly, a commentary track from director Michael Lehmann, producer Michael London, and screenwriter Robert Perez. They bounce off each other, joking, commenting, and analyzing their final product. If there is any complaint about this track, it's that they tend to blend together vocally and you can't tell who is who. It may not be the best commentary, but there is still plenty to gain from it. Overall, a nice effort. Maybe not an outstanding disc in all respects, but one that will probably please fans enough.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Potentially unsavory material is deftly handled in this hip, youth-oriented comedy starring up-and-comer Josh Hartnett as a weary lothario who swears off sex for Lent. Hartnett does a great job of eliciting sympathy for a character whose behavior has bordered on smarmy. Matt is a charming, handsome yuppie genuinely pained by his failure to sustain meaningful relationships with women. Temporarily tired of "playing the game," he vows to avoid romantic entanglements for 40 days, but neither his perpetually horny roommate (Paulo Costanzo) nor his clergyman brother (Adam Trese) believes Matt can stay celibate. Neither do his co-workers, who organize a web site pool to pick the day he'll fall off the wagon. Screen newcomer Shannyn Sossamon registers strongly as the adorable girl Matt meets in a laundromat and who represents his greatest source of temptation. Director Michael Lehmann (The Truth About Cats and Dogs) and screenwriter Robert Perez poke good-natured fun at the overactive libidos and Byzantine courtship rituals of young American males. In keeping with contemporary cultural trends, sexual conduct is discussed casually and significantly demystified by being targeted for ridicule as the plot demands. Bright, breezy, and deliciously irreverent, 40 Days and 40 Nights is just the ticket for home viewers who'd like to spice up an evening with some (not too) naughty fun.
All Movie Guide
"Blasphemous" doesn't begin to describe the marginally church-themed 40 Days and 40 Nights, though its crimes against Catholicism have little to do with that label. In fact, this soulless Josh Hartnett vehicle earns contempt by being so devoid of intellect, worthwhile commentary or even playfully bad taste, it actually validates the complaints of the most reactionary religious types. The crucial mission of this kind of film is to document the simultaneously shallow trappings and sublime pleasures of physical gratification, letting one inform the other to achieve both subtle and bawdy humor. Michael Lehmann's film never finds this admittedly delicate touch, but the small number of times it even comes close is what's truly dispiriting. Its default condition is to poop on all of its characters, even the ones it considers romantic heroes, while moving from one depressingly puerile set piece to the next in halting, anti-climactic fashion. Serving as a kind of Greek chorus for this bottom feeding is no less than a dozen snarky actors most frequently employed as television commercial pitchmen, whose grating attempts to hoard the spotlight should -- but don't -- cancel each other out. Rarely, also, has a movie so awkwardly crammed its setting into each shot; if Hartnett and Shannyn Sossamon need to get into an argument, odds are the Golden Gate Bridge will be looming somewhere in the background. Catholics may be offended that this film thinks so little of their hallowed tradition of self-denial, but how little it respects the good name of sex should shock just about everyone else.
Los Angeles Times - Kevin Thomas
The way Matt's fate plays out is consistently engaging, at once clever and insightful.

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Product Details

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Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]

Special Features

Closed Caption; Teaser trailer; Feature commentary with director Michael Lehmann, producer Michael London and screenwriter Robert Perez; French language track; Spanish subtitles; Dolby Digital 5.1; Widescreen (1.85:1)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Josh Hartnett Matt Sullivan
Shannyn Sossamon Erica
Paulo Costanzo Ryan
Monet Mazur Candy
Vinessa Shaw Nicole
Maggie Gyllenhaal Samantha
Michelle Harrison Maureen
Dylan Neal David
Adam Trese John Sullivan
Emmanuelle Vaugier Susie
Michael Macabebe Bagel Guy
Glenn Fitzgerald Chris
Mary Gross Mom
Stanley Anderson Father Maher
Barry Newman Dad
Griffin Dunne Jerry
Susan Bain Ms. Willow
Terry Chen Neil
Jarrad Paul Duncan
Lina Teal Girl in bed
Aaron Trainor Waiter
Stefanie von Pfetten Girl in Chinatown
Keegan Connor Tracy Mandy
Lorin Heath Diana
Christine Chatelain Andie
Kai Lennox Nick
Christopher Gauthier Mikey
Alan Draven Computer Nerd
Rueben Grundy Computer Nerd #2
Jason Low Merj
Tracy Kyser Business Woman
Nicole Wilder Anastasia
Chiara Zanni Nun
Michael C. Maronna Bagel Boy

Technical Credits
Michael Lehmann Director
Lesley Beale Set Decoration/Design
Stuart M. Besser Co-producer
Tim Bevan Producer
Liza Chasin Executive Producer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Duane Dickinson Stunts
Eric Fellner Producer
Walter Gasparovic Art Director,Asst. Director
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Don Halton Set Decoration/Design
Debra Hayward Executive Producer
Yvonne J. Hurst Art Director
David Husby Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Barbara Kelly Production Manager
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Michael London Producer
Chris McMullin Camera Operator
Joseph Middleton Casting
Nancy Noblett Asst. Director
Jill M. Ohanneson Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Perez Screenwriter
L. Taylor Roberts Makeup
Sharon Seymour Production Designer
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Heath Stevenson Stunts
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: Deleting Nicole
2. "Action-Packed With Issues"
3. A Painful Day at the Office
4. Going the Distance
5. "Almost Chatting"
6. Seductive Layouts
7. "Officially Erica"
8. On the Bus
9. The Vow Backfires
10. Trouble With the Truth
11. Retaining the Power
12. Hips and Beans
13. "Fire in the Hole"
14. Bending the Rules
15. "Slam the Door!"
16. Seeing and Slipping
17. On the Fortieth Day...
18. "What Else Do You Want?"
19. End Credits

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