Fatal Attraction
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Fatal Attraction

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Director: Adrian Lyne

Cast: Adrian Lyne, Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer

     
 

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Fatal Attraction, the film that scared husbands into fidelity, is faithfully brought to DVD by Paramount on a single disc loaded with special features. The disc doesn't stray from being enjoyable, beginning with the film transfer, which is presented in a widescreen format specially enhanced for 16:9 televisions. The soundtrack is remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1See more details below

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Fatal Attraction, the film that scared husbands into fidelity, is faithfully brought to DVD by Paramount on a single disc loaded with special features. The disc doesn't stray from being enjoyable, beginning with the film transfer, which is presented in a widescreen format specially enhanced for 16:9 televisions. The soundtrack is remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround sound, making the film's jarring rings of the telephone seem as if they're right in the viewer's living room. The disc loyally presents a bevy of the type of special features that DVD viewers love, including a commentary track by director Adrian Lyne and three featurettes that trace the making of the film, its social impact, and behind-the-scenes production highlights. Further reasons that the disc won't be a one-night stand in anyone's DVD collection include the film's original ending, rehearsal footage, and the theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Fatal Attraction was (and still is) a corking good thriller: Cleverly written, splendidly acted, and tautly directed, it is guaranteed to raise audience hackles. But following its 1987 release, Adrian Lyne’s suspenseful melodrama became something else: a bona fide cultural phenomenon, one of those rare motion pictures that stimulated debate on important issues such as spousal fidelity and moral relativism. Male viewers tended to sympathize with Michael Douglas’s character, a successful and happily married New York lawyer who succumbed to the seductive blandishments of aggressive career woman Glenn Close while his lovely wife, Anne Archer, was out of town. Female viewers felt sympathy for Close, who became psychotic and vengeful after the guilt-stricken Douglas terminated the brief but tempestuous affair. Lyne (Indecent Proposal) brilliantly manipulated audiences, but the film’s effectiveness derived from the performances of its three principal players, who made their characters totally believable in every particular. Much imitated in the years subsequent to its theatrical playoff, Fatal Attraction still retains the power to shock, to provoke, and to fascinate. Lyne discusses the movie’s special appeal in his thoughtful commentary for the DVD Collectors Edition, which also includes filmed interviews with Douglas, Close, Archer, producers Stanley Jaffe and Sherry Lansing, and writers Nicolas Meyer and James Dearden. Additionally, the DVD presents a featurette on the film’s cultural impact, a behind-the-scenes look at the production, some never-before-seen rehearsal footage, and the infamous, much-discussed alternate ending.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
One of Michael Douglas' first besieged-white-male movies and a zeitgeisty late-'80s blockbuster about the need to preserve the family unit against sexual temptation, Fatal Attraction (1987) is also a slickly engaging thriller that allowed Glenn Close to get in touch with her inner onscreen vixen. Starting off with a smooth hint of realism and excellent acting, Fatal Attraction seems on the verge of raising interesting questions about men who cheat on their wives -- especially since Anne Archer is an appealing mate -- and the impact of changing sex roles. The trashy final act (complete with a shock death scene straight out of slasher movies), however, devolves into a repulsive yet telling portrait of career woman hysteria and Hollywood pandering that almost fatally undermines the rest of the film. Still, Close is a sexy, dangerous villainess (before she collapses into her bunny-boiling psycho mode), Douglas a believably conflicted husband, and Archer a fine, lovely wife. Director Adrian Lyne shows an understanding of how to turn the visual screws. With the ending famously changed after test audiences booed the more downbeat original conclusion, Fatal Attraction became a huge hit and earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture.
Washington Post
Fatal Attraction has an inescapable pull to it; it's suffocatingly exciting. Lyne's direction has a seductive sharpness and precision...there are moments -- like the spectacular bathroom sequence at the end of the film -- when Lyne makes your throat tighten the way Hitchcock did. Hal Hinson

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/16/2002
UPC:
0097360176247
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:59:00

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16:9 TVs; Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French stereo; English subtitles; Menus; Scene selection; "Forever Fatal: Remembering Fatal Attraction": new, exclusive cast & crew interviews; "Social Attraction": a look at the cultural phenomenon of "Fatal Attraction"; "Visual Attraction": behind-the-scenes production featurette; Rehearsal footage; Alternate ending with introduction by director Adrian Lyne; Commentary by director Adrian Lyne; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Dan Gallagher
Glenn Close Alex Forrest
Anne Archer Beth Gallagher
Fred Gwynne Arthur
Ellen Hamilton Latzen Ellen Gallagher
Mike Nussbaum Bob Drimmer
Stuart Pankin Jimmy
Ellen Foley Hildy
Tom Brennan Howard Rogerson
Meg Mundy Joan Rogerson
Lois Smith Martha
J.J. Johnston O'Rourke
Michael Arkin Lieutenant
Jane Krakowski Babysitter
Justine Johnston Real Estate Agent
Mary Joy Teacher
James Eckhouse Man in Japanese Restaurant
Faith Geer Nurse
Carol Schneider Waitress
Anna Levine Secretary
Christopher Rubin Lawyer
Greg Scott Bar Patron
Jonathan Brandis Party Guest
J.D. Hall Party Guest
David McCharen Party Guest
Larry Moss Party Guest
Jan Rabson Party Guest
Marilyn Schreffler Party Guest
Vladimir Skomarovsky Party Guest
Dennis Tufano Party Guest
Sam Coppola Fuselli
Judi M. Durand Party Guest
Barbara Iley Party Guest

Technical Credits
Adrian Lyne Director
Howard Atherton Cinematographer
Peter E. Berger Editor
Jack Blackman Art Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Janet Brady Stunts
Risa Bramon Casting
Steve M. Davison Stunts
Richard Dean Makeup
James Dearden Original Story,Screenwriter
Robert V. Girolami Asst. Director
Freddie Hice Stunts
Billy Hopkins Casting
Stanley Jaffe Producer
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Michael Kahn Editor
Sherry Lansing Producer
Les Lazarowitz Sound/Sound Designer
Nicholas Meyer Screenwriter
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:00]
2. Family Affair [:16]
3. Are You Discreet? [6:52]
4. One Night Stand [3:24]
5. The Morning After [4:19]
6. A Walk in the Park [4:52]
7. Welcome Home [1:17]
8. You Play Fair, I'll Play Fair [2:55]
9. Breaking and Entering [4:13]
10. Car Trouble [7:23]
11. Play Me [2:48]
12. The Rabbit [3:58]
13. It's Over [7:10]
14. Rollercoaster [3:31]
15. Revenge [4:40]
16. Bath Time [6:29]
17. End Credits [3:57]

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