Damage

Damage

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Director: Louis Malle

Cast: Jeremy Irons, Juliette Binoche, Miranda Richardson

     
 

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Louis Malle's controversial tale of erotic fixation comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The best feature on this disc is the ability to watch either the R-rated… See more details below

Overview

Louis Malle's controversial tale of erotic fixation comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.66:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. English, Spanish, and French subtitles are accessible. The best feature on this disc is the ability to watch either the R-rated cut that appeared in theaters or the unrated director's cut that restores footage Malle was forced to edit in order to achieve the R rating. Other supplemental materials include an interview with the famed director, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, behind-the-scenes footage, and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Accomplished French director Louis Malle stays faithful to Josephine Hart's best-selling novel about obsession, deceit, and destruction, but adds the touch of humanity to these difficult subjects characteristic of his earlier works such as Murmur of the Heart (1971) and Pretty Baby (1978). Adapted for the screen by playwright David Hare, the script is a dialogue-sparse and moody psychological exploration of passionate obsession, from the sublime ecstasy of its initial grip to its inevitable tragedy. The gaunt yet elegant Jeremy Irons is adept at portraying Dr. Stephen Fleming, the distinguished, silently suffering government official with a sexual loneliness turned sexual obsession that parallels Irons' roles in M. Butterfly (1993) and Lolita (1997). Juliette Binoche's role as Anna Barton is hauntingly enigmatic and a difficult one; her pain and sadness is expressed through her gaze, her needy gestures, and her tormented silences. Similar in tone, although not as revered, as the classic Last Tango in Paris (1972), the film garnered much criticism for its abstract character motivations. Not for all tastes, this is a deeply complex and disturbing tale of unhappiness that is all too authentic.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
UPC:
0794043466823
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
R
Source:
New Line Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Letterbox]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

Widescreen version; Unrated and R-rated cut of the feature; "One on One with Louis Malle" interview with the director including behind-the-scenes footage; Original theatrical trailer; Cast and crew biographies and filmographies; English, French, Spanish subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeremy Irons Dr.Stephen Fleming
Juliette Binoche Anna Barton
Miranda Richardson Ingrid
Rupert Graves Martyn
Ian Bannen Edward Lloyd
Leslie Caron Elizabeth Prideaux
Peter Stormare Peter Wetzler
Gemma Clarke Sally
Julian Fellowes Donald Lyndsaymp
Tony Doyle Prime Minister
Simon de Deney Young Man at DTI
Susan Engel Miss Snow
David Thewlis Detective
Benjamin Whitrow Civil Servant
Jeff Nuttall Trevor Leigh Davies MP
Luc Étienne Lutetia Receptionist
Ray Gravell Raymond
Roger Llewellyn Palmer
Jason Morell Young Man at Sotheby's
Barry Steam PRime Minister's Aide
Linda Delapena Beth
Francine Stock TV Interviewer
Henry Power Henry

Technical Credits
Louis Malle Director,Producer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
John Bloom Editor
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Louise Constad Makeup
Linda de Vetta Makeup
Richard Earl Art Director
Michel Ferry Asst. Director
Donna Grey Production Manager
David Hare Screenwriter
Jean-Claude Laureux Sound/Sound Designer
Vincent Malle Co-producer
Brian Morris Production Designer
Patsy Pollock Casting
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Jill Quertier Set Decoration/Design
Simon Relph Co-producer

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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Scene Selections
1. Logos/Opening/The Flemings [4:06]
2. Meeting Anna [4:42]
3. The First Rendezvous [6:30]
4. Celebrating Martyn [5:11]
5. Getting In Deeper [7:43]
6. The Brussels And Paris [9:42]
7. Back To London, "I Have To Leave Ingrid" [6:32]
8. "Peter Is The One I'Ll Love Forever" [5:55]
9. Weekend At Hartley [3:19]
10. Anna'S Mother [14:38]
11. Stephen Lets Go [5:29]
12. Flat M, Friday 2-5 [8:14]
13. Aftermath [12:07]
14. Searching For Anna [7:58]
15. "She Was No Different From Anyone Else" [2:44]
16. End Credits [3:43]

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