Down With Love

Down With Love

4.0 16
Director: Peyton Reed

Cast: Peyton Reed, Renée Zellweger, Ewan McGregor, Sarah Paulson

     
 

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Due in large part to it opening the same weekend as The Matrix Reloaded, Down With Love, Peyton Reed's knowing homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies, found little traction at the box office. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The colors in this film poppedSee more details below

Overview

Due in large part to it opening the same weekend as The Matrix Reloaded, Down With Love, Peyton Reed's knowing homage to the Doris Day/Rock Hudson romantic comedies, found little traction at the box office. The film is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio. The colors in this film popped off the screen and the transfer has expertly captured their vibrancy. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while Spanish and French soundtracks have been recorded in Dolby Digital Surround. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary recorded by director Reed. He is full of praise for his hard-working cast, and delivers a ceaseless series of anecdotes about how his film is similar to and different from the films it is paying homage to. Deleted scenes, with optional director commentary, a series of making-of featurettes, a gag reel, and a making-of special that originally aired on HBO round out this excellent package. The icing on the cake is the music video for "Here's to Love," the song number performed by stars Ewan McGreggor and Renée Zellweger. While this is a fine disc for what it is, the same extras are available on a different edition that also offers a widescreen transfer of the film. That versions is greatly preferred to this one.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Peyton Reed's Down With Love walks a very fine line. By creating what is simultaneously a satirical look at and a sincere love-letter to the no-sex comedies of Doris Day and Rock Hudson, Reed has fashioned a confection of a movie that will either alienate viewers or fill them with giddy delight. For the film to work on any level, the performers have to find and maintain the perfect tone. Luckily the players are more than up to the task. Ewan McGregor has the ability to preen without irony and still manage to communicate the humor in his character's vanity. Rarely has an actor gotten more laughs with just his body and boxer shorts. Renée Zellweger proves once again that she is a first-rate actress by expressing her character's proto-feminist thinking, while still being able to want for all the things she is supposedly against. She also delivers one of the most difficult but hilarious monologues ever written, and pulls it off in great style. David Hyde Pierce and Sarah Paulson provide flawless support throughout, with Hyde Pierce getting huge laughs with some very subtle throwaway material. Those unfamiliar with Pillow Talk and Lover Come Back may have a difficult time accepting the look, pace, and tone of the film, but those who appreciate style for the sake of style as well as unabashedly romantic comedies will find much to enjoy in Down With Love.
San Francisco Chronicle - Mick LaSalle
A very smart, very shrewd movie, and the smartest, shrewdest thing about it is the way it masquerades as just a fluffy comedy, a diversion, a trifle.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0024543096962
Original Release:
2003
Rating:
PG13
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by director Peyton Reed; Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; HBO special; 8 production vignettes; Gag reel; Music Video: "Here's to Love" performed by Renée Zellweger and Ewan McGregor

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Renée Zellweger Barbara Novak
Ewan McGregor Catcher Block
Sarah Paulson Vikki Hiller
David Hyde Pierce Peter MacManus
Rachel Dratch Actor
Jack Plotnick Maurice
Tony Randall Theodore Banner
Jeri Ryan Actor
John Aylward EG
Melissa George Elkie
Will Jordan Ed Sullivan
Ivana Milicevic Actor
John Storey Henri
Dorie Barton Sally

Technical Credits
Peyton Reed Director
Eve Ahlert Screenwriter
Todd Michael Amateau Asst. Director
Larry Bock Editor
Bruce Cohen Producer
Jeff Cronenweth Cinematographer
Paddy Cullen Executive Producer
Don Diers Set Decoration/Design
Chris Douridas Musical Direction/Supervision
Dennis Drake Screenwriter
Dan Jinks Producer
Andrew Laws Production Designer
Francine Maisler Casting
Arnon Milchan Executive Producer
Daniel Orlandi Costumes/Costume Designer
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Laura Z. Wasserman Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Whist Art Director

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles
2. Meet Miss Novak
3. In the Lions' Den
4. The Ladies Man
5. A Cover Story
6. Waylaid
7. Judy's Favorite Book
8. Second Thoughts
9. Catcher's Quest
10. Major Zip
11. Getting in the Game
12. Two on the Town
13. Emergency
14. Dinner With Zip
15. Mac's Big Move
16. Let's Get to Bed
17. The Beatnik Bash
18. Zip in Love
19. Out of a Job
20. The Big Night
21. The Exposé Exposed
22. Going for Broke
23. Catcher Gets Caught
24. A Down With Love Girl
25. Out of Circulation
26. The Job Interview
27. Up With Love
28. End Titles (Here's to Love)

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