Dangerous Liaisons

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Choderlos de Laclos' classic tale of seduction and betrayal comes to the screen once again in this release from Wellspring Media. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, this disc offers audio rendered in French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include photo galleries, filmographies, and web links.
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Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, Nastassja Kinski, Leelee Sobieski, Danielle Darrieux March 16, 2004 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 200 mins. Aspect ... ratio: 1.78: 1. Originally released: 2003. Brand New. Factory Sealed. Now OOP (out of print). Read more Show Less

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Choderlos de Laclos' classic tale of seduction and betrayal comes to the screen once again in this release from Wellspring Media. Presented in 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen, this disc offers audio rendered in French Dolby Digital 5.1 with optional English subtitles. Bonus materials include photo galleries, filmographies, and web links.
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Special Features

16 x 9 anamorphic 1.78: 1; 5.1 Sound; Subtitle control; Photo gallery; Filmographies; Web links
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
The latest in a string of all-star TV miniseries made for French TV and adapted from literary masterpieces, this elaborate, updated version of Pierre de Laclos's Les Liaisons Dangereuses boasts a sensational cast headed by Catherine Deneuve, Rupert Everett, and Nastassja Kinski. It's set in the 1960s, as a pair of wealthy, decadent, aging cynics -- foundation director Madame de Merteuil Deneuve and famous photographer Valmont Everett -- test each other's powers of seduction just for the fun of it. Madame takes umbrage when a former lover becomes engaged to her young goddaughter Leelee Sobieski and determines to sabotage the relationship, while Valmont pursues a virtuous wife Kinski who is aware of his roguish reputation yet gradually finds herself attracted to him nonetheless. Director Josee Dayan isn't the first to place this tale in modern times -- it was done in 1999 as Cruel Intentions -- but choosing the Swinging '60s was inspired, because that era's rejection of bourgeois values and sexual repressiveness makes the story's gamesmanship more believable. The still-beautiful, icily seductive Deneuve has no trouble convincing the viewer that she was once an irresistible heartbreaker, and the suave Everett, now middle-aged, is letter-perfect as a manipulative Don Juan. Dayan's direction of Eric Schmitt's screenplay adds a subtle, enticing fillip by suggesting that Valmont might be a bisexual with something of a vendetta against women. Kinski, who would make a wonderful Merteuil herself, plays Madame Tourvel with the utmost skill, and Sobieski turns in a solid performance as the young innocent who becomes the unknowing object of Merteuil's malevolence. In part due its length, the miniseries lacks the intensity of Stephen Frears's 1988 period version starring Glenn Close, John Malkovich, and Uma Thurman, but the production is luxurious and the characters just as compellingly reprehensible as ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/2004
  • UPC: 720917541723
  • Original Release: 2003
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  • Source: Fox Lorber
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Sound: Dolby Digital
  • Time: 3:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Madame de Merteuil
Rupert Everett Vicomte de Valmont
Nastassja Kinski Marie Tourvel
Leelee Sobieski Cécile Volanges
Danielle Darrieux Rosemonde
Andrzej Zulawski Gercourt
Françoise Brion Madame Volanges
Tedi Papavrami Danceny
Cyrille Thouvenin Hugo/Ludovic
Valentina Vargas Emilie
Christian Vadim Monsieur Tourvel
Technical Credits
Josée Dayan Director
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Jean-Paul Gaultier Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Pact
2. The Prey
3. A Meeting
4. In Control
5. Cecile
6. Not Single
7. The Trap
8. Persuasion
9. Be Kind
10. As We Were
11. Resist
12. Sincere
13. Progress
14. A Kiss
15. Secrets
16. A Shoulder
17. Very Tired
18. You Love Me
1. Big News
2. Suffering
3. Cruelty
4. Protect Us
5. The Swine
6. In Love
7. Caught
8. Want to Believe
9. The Recipe
10. Who I Am
11. Jealousy
12. Like Twins
13. Bravo
14. Question
15. Invitation
16. Cover Up
17. Challenge
18. Tragic
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Feature
   Disc Setup
      Dolby Digital Stereo
      Dolby Digital 5.1
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Scene Access: Part One
   Scene Access: Part Two
   Special Features
      Artfilm Collection DVD Offer
      Filmographies
         Josée Dayan
         Catherine Deneuve
         Rupert Everett
         Nastassja Kinski
         Leelee Sobieski
      Photo Galleries
         Behind the Scenes Gallery: Begin
         Production Stills Gallery: Begin
      Weblinks
   Wellspring
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