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As seen in Brian De Palma's earlier film Carrie, his Femme Fatale also features a not-to-be-messed-with sociopath who uses her skills to achieve a goal. But here, instead of fire to wield respect, the main character uses her sex, beauty, and cunning skill to get -- and keep -- what she wants at whatever cost. Warner Bros. did a wonderful job with the digital transfer of this erotic thriller, creating a beautiful, color-rich disc in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround is also noteworthy, ...
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Overview

As seen in Brian De Palma's earlier film Carrie, his Femme Fatale also features a not-to-be-messed-with sociopath who uses her skills to achieve a goal. But here, instead of fire to wield respect, the main character uses her sex, beauty, and cunning skill to get -- and keep -- what she wants at whatever cost. Warner Bros. did a wonderful job with the digital transfer of this erotic thriller, creating a beautiful, color-rich disc in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround is also noteworthy, especially during high-volume scenes such as traffic jams and thunderstorms. Four featurettes that deal with basic plot lines, behind-the-scenes footage, casting, actors' performances, and De Palma's motivations dominate the list of extras. The longest of the bunch, "Femme Fatale: An Appreciation," weaves in many nuggets of filmmaking and the reasons why certain things were done in the movie. Basically, this is where De Palma's intentions are demonstrated. The short "Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill" is a montage of how Rebecca Romijn-Stamos' character transformed throughout the film. Theatrical trailers and cast/crew filmographies round out the disc.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Get voyeuristic and take 3 tantalizing peeks at the filmmaking process with the stars, director and more: from dream to reality, dream within a dream and Femme Fatale: behind the scenes; Femme Fatale: dressed to Kill montage; North American and French theatrical trailers; Interactive menus; Cast/director film highlights; Scene access; Languages: English & Français (Dubbed in Quebec); Subtitles: English, Français & Español
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Brian De Palma’s most overtly erotic thriller since Body Double is also his best directorial effort since Carlito’s Way, and it shows this provocative filmmaker in top form. De Palma’s Hitchcockian touches, once considered to be affectations, have become an integral part of his style, and they’re very much in evidence here. Former model Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, certainly not one of the screen’s great actresses, manages to dominate Femme Fatale by virtue of her unbridled carnality while also eliciting audience sympathy -- a difficult task, given the story, and one she accomplishes with surprising ease. She portrays Laure Ash, a seductive, self-confident thief who pulls off a $10 million diamond heist in Cannes and manages to get out of the country when she is mistaken for a young widow who’s on her way to New York to begin a new life. Laure has been involved with paparazzo Nicolas Bardo Antonio Banderas, who encounters the erstwhile thief seven years later as the trophy wife of a high-ranking American diplomat Peter Coyote and again insinuates himself into her life, with deadly consequences. It’s impossible to say more about De Palma’s intricate plot without giving away the many surprises it holds: Serpentine in nature, it slithers along for a time in one direction and then suddenly coils back on itself. His directorial bag of tricks includes the typical visual gimmicks, including agonizingly sluggish pans, lots of slow motion, show-offy camera angles, and breezy coincidence. But Romjin-Stamos carries the day with her sublimely seductive performance as the amoral, manipulative temptress. Icy and duplicitous, she is very much in the mold of the classic film noir anti-heroines, and with her as his muse De Palma is spurred to greater heights of Hitchcockian emulation. The DVD includes two featurettes: a "Dressed to Kill" montage, and a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s making.
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Heralded by many as a return to form for director Brian De Palma, Femme Fatale almost feels like a career summation for the master stylist. Although it barely registered at the box office, this tawdry piece of noir revisionism is actually nifty entertainment -- tricky, engrossing, and just short of profound. The gorgeous Rebecca Romijn-Stamos does double duty in the title role, playing both a jewel thief and her unlikely doppelganger. As that description indicates, the plot is not a little outlandish -- which is fine by De Palma. The maverick director uses the narrative as little more than a springboard to elaborate on his formal and thematic obsessions. The movie is a delirious hodgepodge of De Palma tropes: split screens, doubles, voyeurs, and graceful tracking shots abound. At once employing and exploding the clichés of film noir, De Palma skirts dangerously close to self-parody. Based on a script the director penned himself, it's sometimes hard to tell whether the movie -- packed with hokey twists and risible argot -- apes bad thrillers or unintentionally plays like one. Like De Palma's most personal movies, Femme Fatale is unabashedly overheated and overwrought. Like his most successful movies, however, the hysteria is thrilling -- it gives the film its oneiric power. Femme Fatale will draw comparisons with David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, another dreamlike movie with which it shares certain themes. Less subtle than Lynch's movie, Femme Fatale is like its trashier, no-good cousin: certainly less transcendent, but perhaps more fun.
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Far more absorbing and tantalizing than most of the plodding, overworked thrillers the studios churn out these days. A.O. Scott
Los Angeles Times
The film has the high-buffed gloss and high-octane jolts you expect of De Palma, but what makes it transporting is that it's also one of the smartest, most pleasurable expressions of pure movie love to come from an American director in years. Manohla Dargis

Far more absorbing and tantalizing than most of the plodding, overworked thrillers the studios churn out these days. A.O. Scott
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/25/2003
  • UPC: 085392446124
  • Original Release: 2002
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  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:54:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rebecca Romijn Laure Ash
Antonio Banderas Nicolas Bardo
Peter Coyote Bruce Hewitt Watts
Eriq Ebouaney Black Tie
Edouard Montoute Racine
Rie Rasmussen Veronica
Thierry Frémont Serra
Sandrine Bonnaire Herself
Regis Wargnier Himself
Gilles Jacob Himself
Olivier Albou Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Ugne Andrikonyte Festival Guest
Jaoquina Balaunde Woman in Panic
David Belle French Policeman
Laurence Breheret Flight Attendant
Emilie Chatel Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Jean Chatel Cannes Commentator
Chloe Cremont Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
David Cuny Groom Hotel Sheraton
Fiona Curzon Stanfield Phillips
Eva Darlan Irma
Leonardo de la Fuente Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Bart De Palma Power Room Guard
Henri Ernst Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Eric Fesais Policeman
Alain Figlarz Sex Shop Man
Olivier Follet Bodyguard Two
Marie Foulquie Tourist
Jean-Marie Frin Louis
Matthew Geczy Embassy Guard
Serge Gonnin Thierry
Dorothee Grosjean Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Philippe Guegan Bespectacled Man
Faco Hanela Poster Man
Denis Hecker TV Moderator
Gregg Henry Shiff
Dan Herzberg Surveillance Room Guard
Salvatore Ingoglia Truck Driver
Pascale Jacquemot Medium on TV Show
Valerie Maes Blond (Restroom, Bridge & Cafe)
Ada Marmion Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Yves Marmion Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Laurence Martin Nathalie
Bertrand Merignac Photographer
Francoise Michaud Woman With Blind Man
Daniel Millgram Pierre/Bartender
Jean-Marc Mineo Seated Guard
Sam Olivier Surveillance Room Guard
Pascal Ondicolberry Surveillance Room Guard
Aurelie Pauker Brigitte
Stephane Petit Bodyguard One
Jo Prestia Napoleon
Regis Quennesson Tourist
Justine Renard Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Gerard Renault Surveillance Room Guard
Pascal Silvestre Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Beata Sonczuk-Ben Ammar Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Matilde Tancredi Medium on TV Show
Stephen Van Nietert Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Stephen Van Nukerk Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Driki Van Zyl Special Guest Cannes Film Festival
Technical Credits
Brian De Palma Director, Screenwriter
Tarak Ben Ammar Producer
Thierry Arbogast Cinematographer
Francoise Benoit-Fresco Set Decoration/Design
Olivier Beriot Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerome Borenstein Asst. Director
Dominique Delany Asst. Director
Marina Gefter Producer
Francois Groult Sound/Sound Designer
Mark Lombardo Executive Producer
Jean-Paul Mugel Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Pankow Editor
Anne Pritchard Production Designer
Denis Renault Art Director
Ryuichi Sakamoto Score Composer
Chris Soldo Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Men and Blondes
2. Key Players
3. Bait and Switch
4. Code Red
5. Double-Cross
6. Gotcha!
7. Dropout from Room 214
8. Lily's World
9. Damsel in Despair
10. Fellow Traveler
11. Bardo's Assignment
12. Missions of Menace
13. Pushed Toward Death
14. Hidden Pursuits
15. Her Visitor
16. Stay With Me
17. The Set-Up
18. Mystery Buff
19. Smart Guy's Dilemma
20. Bad Girl
21. Biker Bar
22. Dance for Napoleon
23. Patsy's Choice
24. Wake Up Before You Die
25. Telling Her Future
26. Gift to a Daughter
27. Switch Upon Switch
28. Pushed from Death
29. Only in My Dreams; End Credits
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Cast & Crew
         Antonio Banderas: Nicholas Bardo
         Rebecca Romijn-Stamos: Laure/Lily
         Peter Coyote: Watts
         Written and Directed by Brian De Palma
      Featurettes
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         Visualizing Femme Fatale
         Femme Fatale: An Appreciation
         Femme Fatale: Dressed to Kill
      Behind the Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
      French Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages
         English
         Français
      Subtitles
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    For the Love of Movies.

    Brian De Palma is, far and away, the director most consistently, madly, and giddily in love with the art and craft of making movies. Regularly derided for ripping off the films of Alfred Hitchcock, he has been unfairly judged throughout his entire career. What is perceived as theft and debasement of the original material is nothing more than loving tribute (to Film in general, not only to Hitchcock), and he utilizes his pastiche of landmark scenes and subject matter to create his own rich, inimitable style, and to involve viewers in thrillingly complex games that Hitchcock, were he still living, would surely admire.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    INCREDIABLE

    omg! antonio bandaras is sooooooo cute!! the acting is excellent; as well as the story line; 'if you knew what the future would hold; would you change the present?'

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