Death Becomes Her

Death Becomes Her

4.5 16
Director: Robert Zemeckis

Cast: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn

     
 

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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. ThereSee more details below

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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.

Editorial Reviews

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/20/1998
UPC:
0025192014321
Original Release:
1992
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:43:00
Sales rank:
15,499

Special Features

Behind the scenes featurette; Production notes; Filmographies

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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
Dan Lee Clark Lisle's Body Guard
Fabio Lisle's Body Guard
Edward J. Forsyth Dancer
Louise Rapport Older Woman at Party
Karen Rea Actor
Carol-Ann Susi Psychiatric Patient
Bob Swaim Andy Warhol
Clement Von Franckenstein Opening Man
Petrea Burchard Opening Woman
Jim Jansen Second Man
Mimi Kennedy Second Woman
Paolo Tocha Landlord
Mark Davenport Eviction Cop
Thomas Murphy Eviction Cop
Michael Mills Police Officer
Sonia Jackson Psychiatric Patient
Jill C. Klein Psychiatric Patient
Jean Pflieger Psychiatric Patient
Debra Jo Rupp Psychiatric Patient
Kay Yamamoto Psychiatric Patient
Jacquelyn K. Koch Messenger Girl
Anya Longwell Chagall Receptionist
Stuart Mabray Chagall Security
Colleen Morris Starlet
Jonathan Silverman Jay Norman
Meg Wittner Woman at Book Party
Carrie Yazel Girl at Dakota's
Michael A. Nickles Lisle's Body Guard
John Enos Lisle's Body Guard
Joel Beeson Lisle's Body Guard
Ron Stein Elvis
Bonnie Cahoon Greta Garbo
Stephanie Anderson Marilyn Monroe
Eric Clark James Dean
Dave Brock Jim Morrison
Lydia Peterkoch Blonde with Jim Morrison
Phillip J. Cooper Coroner
Ernest Harada Coroner
Kevin Caldwell Medical Technician
Alex P. Hernandez Medical Technician
Donna Ekholdt Sobbing Nun
Tammy Gantz Sobbing Nun
Melissa Martin Sobbing Nun
Jeff Adkins Dancer
Cheryl Baxter Dancer
Cameron English Dancer
Bob Gaynor Dancer
Don Hesser Dancer
Michael Higgins Dancer
Ken Hughes Dancer
Kenneth Knaff Dancer
Glean Lewis Dancer
Keith McDaniel Dancer
Charles McGowan Dancer
Regan Patno Dancer
Lacy Darryl Phillips Dancer
Matt Sergott Dancer
Paul Thorpe Dancer
Sergio Trujillo Dancer
Randy Crenshaw Singer
Jon Joyce Singer
Jerry Whitman Singer
Sydney Pollack Doctor

Technical Credits
Robert Zemeckis Director,Producer
Arthur Schmidt Editor
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 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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