Death Becomes Her

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Overview

Robert Zemeckis' special effects laden black comedy Death Becomes Her comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sub-par release from Universal.
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Overview

Robert Zemeckis' special effects laden black comedy Death Becomes Her comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sub-par release from Universal.
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Special Features

Behind the scenes featurette; Production notes; Filmographies
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
Robert Zemeckis' morbid comedy offers some good laughs with a satirical bent. Borrowing a page from the pitch-black comedic style of Tim Burton, Zemeckis uses a variety of prosthetic special effects and sight gags as the comedic impetus for the film, poking fun at image-conscious Hollywood in the process. Although Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, and Isabella Rosselini turn in good performances and most of their bits tend to be funny, the film relies almost exclusively on make-up and special effects for its laughs. Also, the attempts at satirizing a culture obsessed with youth and beauty are half-hearted at best, considering the willingness of the high-profile cast. When Death Becomes Her veers towards horror in its last act, there's some surprisingly spine-tingling creepiness to it as well. When not overextending itself with its alternately scathing and harmless satirical moments, this non-enduring low-comedy film works well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/20/1998
  • UPC: 025192014321
  • Original Release: 1992
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Français, Español
  • Time: 1:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 20,089

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Madeline Ashton
Bruce Willis Ernest Menville
Goldie Hawn Helen Sharp
Isabella Rossellini Lisle Von Rhumans
Ian Ogilvy Chagall
Adam Storke Dakota
Nancy Fish Rose
Alaina Reed Hall Psychologist
Michelle Johnson Anna
Mary Ellen Trainor Vivian Adams
William Frankfather Mr. Franklin
John Ingle Eulogist
Jeff Adkins Dancer
Stephanie Anderson Marilyn Monroe
Cheryl Baxter Dancer
Joel Beeson Lisle's Body Guard
Dave Brock Jim Morrison
Petrea Burchard Opening Woman
Bonnie Cahoon Greta Garbo
Kevin Caldwell Medical Technician
Eric Clark James Dean
Dan Lee Clark Lisle's Body Guard
Phillip Cooper Coroner
Randy Crenshaw Singer
Mark Davenport Eviction Cop
Donna Ekholdt Sobbing Nun
Cameron English Dancer
John Enos Lisle's Body Guard
Fabio Lisle's Body Guard
Edward J. Forsyth Dancer
Clement Von Franckenstein Opening Man
Tammy Gantz Sobbing Nun
Bob Gaynor Dancer
Ernest Harada Coroner
Alex P. Hernandez Medical Technician
Don Hesser Dancer
Ken Hughes Dancer
Sonia Jackson Psychiatric Patient
Jim Jansen Second Man
Jon Joyce Singer
Mimi Kennedy Second Woman
Jill C. Klein Psychiatric Patient
Kenneth Knaff Dancer
Jacquelyn K. Koch Messenger Girl
Glean Lewis Dancer
Anya Longwell Chagall Receptionist
Stuart Mabray Chagall Security
Melissa Martin Sobbing Nun
Keith McDaniel Dancer
Charles McGowan Dancer
Michael Higgins Dancer
Michael Mills Police Officer
Colleen Morris Starlet
Thomas Murphy Eviction Cop
Michael A. Nickles Lisle's Body Guard
Regan Patno Dancer
Lydia Peterkoch Blonde with Jim Morrison
Jean Pflieger Psychiatric Patient
Lacy Darryl Phillips Dancer
Sydney Pollack Doctor
Louise Rapport Older Woman at Party
Karen Rea
Debra Jo Rupp Psychiatric Patient
Matt Sergott Dancer
Jonathan Silverman Jay Norman
Ron Stein Elvis
Carol-Ann Susi Psychiatric Patient
Bob Swaim Andy Warhol
Paul Thorpe Dancer
Paolo Tocha Landlord
Sergio Trujillo Dancer
Jerry Whitman Singer
Meg Wittner Woman at Book Party
Kay Yamamoto Psychiatric Patient
Carrie Yazel Girl at Dakota's
Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director, Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
John Berger Set Decoration/Design
Joan Bradshaw Co-producer
Jackie Carr Set Decoration/Design
Rick Carter Production Designer
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Dick Smith Makeup
Martin Donovan Screenwriter
Alec Gillis Special Effects
Joanna Johnston Costumes/Costume Designer
William B. Kaplan Sound/Sound Designer
David Koepp Screenwriter
Elizabeth Lapp Set Decoration/Design
Masako Masuda Set Decoration/Design
Lauren Polizzi Set Decoration/Design
Ken Ralston Special Effects
Karen Rea Casting
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Steve Starkey Producer
Raymond Stella Camera Operator
Jim Teegarden Art Director
Tom Woodruff Jr. Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1
0. Chapter List
1. Main Titles: Broadway 1978 [:24]
2. Mad and Hel [4:40]
3. 7 Years Later [3:56]
4. Another 7 Years Later [3:33]
5. Helen's Party [8:04]
6. Secret Plots and Second Thoughts [6:05]
7. Lisle [3:33]
8. The Fall and Rise of Madeline Ashton [8:37]
9. A Medical Miracle [8:10]
10. Helen Has a Blast [8:45]
11. Gut Reactions [3:11]
12. Touch-Ups [6:43]
13. The Party [4:04]
14. 37 Years Later [5:44]
15. Going to Pieces [9:20]
16. End Titles [7:52]
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Menu

Side #1
   Bonus Materials
      Production Notes
      Cast and Filmmakers
         Goldie Hawn as Helen Sharp
         Bruce Willis as Earnest Menville
         Meryl Streep as Madeline Ashton
         Isabella Rossellini as Lisle
         Directed by Robert Zemeckis
      Behind-the-Scenes
   Language Selection
      Spoken Language
      Captions and Subtitles
   Play
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    All this time to see that!?

    I have to say I'm surprised at the "very good" rating that this movie has gotten from reviewers. I was horribly disappointed. The story was weak, acting was subpar, and just when it could have been funny, it fell flat. Goldie Hawn turned in a catatonic performance as a jilted best friend, and Bruce Willis was just plain creepy and made the whole movie hard to watch. Not that I wanted to endure any more, but the ending left you wonder where the rest of the movie was. And a little warning that we were going to see "so much" of Isabella Rossellini would have been appreciated. All I can say is that I just purchased an $8.99 coaster.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful funny movie

    I don't even like sci-fi films but this one is so funny!!!!!

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Fun Movie

    Meryl and Goldie look gorgeous and are very funny in this slapstick comedy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my FAVORITES

    I love this movie...Its so funny. When she falls of the stairs was so funny and she scares the guy. Too funny. I am watching it now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outrageously funny!!

    A great movie...one of the best I've seen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Funny!!

    This movie was hilarious! Went and saw it when i was younger and it was sooo funny how the girls in the end have to live together forever. First class acting!

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