Dirty Pretty ThingsDirector: Stephen Frears
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Director Stephen Frears' quiet thriller arrives on DVD courtesy of Miramax Home Entertainment. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, the image is near flawless, sporting even skin tones and well-balanced colors. Though the Dolby Digital 5.1 sound scheme offers little in the way of flashy directional effects, it offers an even mix of music and dialogue and a lush auditory backdrop that gives the viewer a great sense of life on the run in London. Substantial extras are limited to a director's commentary track and a short making-of featurette, with director Frears amusingly admitting on the commentary that this is the first time he has actually seen Dirty Pretty Things in its entirety. For the most part, Frears utilizes the commentary track as a means to praise the performances of his actors (he seems especially impressed with Audrey Tautou -- who had yet to taste stardom due to the breakout success of Amélie at the time this film was shooting), though occasional comments regarding the impact of timing on the emotions of the audience offer fascinating insight into Frears' unique style of directing. A short making-of segment touches on the basic themes and plot points of the film through interviews with the cast and crew without getting too in-depth, and a handful of "Sneak Peeks" showcase some other titles from Miramax Home Entertainment.
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- [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Cast & Crew
|Benedict Wong||Guo Yi|
|Odile Dicks-Mireaux||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Julie Goldstein||Executive Producer|
|Rebecca Holmes||Art Director|
|Nathan Larson||Score Composer|
|Peter Lindsay||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski||Production Designer|
|Teresa Moneo||Executive Producer|
|Paul Smith||Executive Producer|
|Allon Reich||Executive Producer|
|Stuart Renfrew||Asst. Director|
|Tracey Scoffield||Executive Producer|
|David M. Thompson||Executive Producer|
1. A Driving Doctor
2. Making Things Pretty
3. "Medicine for Your Soul"
4. Stories and Recipes
5. Coming and Going
6. "They See Things"
7. Waiting for the Maid
8. For a Passport
9. Do You Feel?
10. Peddling Happiness
11. Right and Wrong
12. "Today I Bit"
13. "Good at Chess"
14. The Only Way
15. "The People You Do Not See"
16. Okwe's Past
17. End Credits
English for the Hearing Impaired
Feature Commentary With Director Stephen Frears
Behind the Scenes
The Magdalene Sisters
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The fact that his movie was nominated for, and actually won prestigious awards is surprising. It was one of the worst movies I have ever seen. I would rather have my teeth pulled than watch this movie. In the beginning it was extremely slow and it did not pick up until the end. Even the end was horribly predictable. The acting was just as depressing as the movie. Audrey Tautou, who plays Senay, is the perfect example of this. When bad things happened I did not feel her pain. She always seemed lost in space. It was like she didn't know that she was on a movie set at the time. The actors also had such mono tone voices. Whether they are sad or excited it is the same slow boring voice. Overall Dirty Pretty Things was the most atrocious, asinine movies I have ever laid my eyes on. The directors, actors, and produces all did awful jobs. The only thing good about the movie was that it ended.
Saw this movie at the Nantucket Film Festival in 2003 and found it to be very moving. Shows a part of life that I'm sure actually exists and presents it in a most tasteful way. The acting was less acting and more real. Not for everyone, but I feel it touches a side of life many of us know little of.