Flirting with Disaster

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David O. Russell's comedy Flirting With Disaster comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, a solid choice for such a dialogue-heavy film. There are no subtitles on this release. The lack of supplemental materials is a disappointment, especially considering the superb DVD release of Russell's follow-up, Three Kings. Regardless, this disc ably delivers the film and is worth being ...
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Ben Stiller, Patricia Arquette, T?a Leoni, Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Alan Alda, Lily Tomlin June 15, 1999 DVD New in new packaging. Language: English. Run time: 92 mins. ... Aspect ratio: 1.85: 1. Originally released: 1996. Brand new and factory sealed I ship daily! Read more Show Less

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David O. Russell's comedy Flirting With Disaster comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. A closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo, a solid choice for such a dialogue-heavy film. There are no subtitles on this release. The lack of supplemental materials is a disappointment, especially considering the superb DVD release of Russell's follow-up, Three Kings. Regardless, this disc ably delivers the film and is worth being seen by anyone looking for something outside of Hollywood's mainstream.
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Special Features

Widescreen edition; Dolby surround; Chapter search
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Flirting With Disaster combines a satirical tendency to play with broad character types -- the overbearing Jewish mother, the fastidious homosexual, the neurotic career woman, the conservative Texan -- with a razor sharp eye for absurd situations and a wonderful attention to the nuances of dialogue. The result is a winning comedy that subverts as many stereotypes as it upholds, one that keeps its jokes rooted to its characters' inner lives even as it indulges in frequently hilarious set-ups and pratfalls. The wonderful performances are too numerous to mention, but old pros Mary Tyler Moore, Alan Alda, and Lily Tomlin head the list -- Tomlin for playing wonderfully to type and the other two for subverting their supremely nice images. (An infamous scene of Moore flashing her black brassiere at the camera gave the sitcom goddess cachet with a whole new audience in the '90s.) As for the leads, Ben Stiller plays his typically self-involved everyman as capably as ever, while Patricia Arquette, as his sweetly grounded wife, and Tea Leoni, as the svelte psych student who comes between them, provide low-key comic genius. Factor in Josh Brolin's best performance to date, as an armpit-licking novelist/federal agent, and it becomes clear that precocious second-time writer/director David O. Russell is as good with actors as he is with jokes and dialogue. Flirting With Disaster may not break taboos like Russell's debut, Spanking the Monkey, but its hilarious send-ups of everything from hippie survivors to gay marriage proves the director can put a distinctive stamp on even a relatively mainstream comedy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/15/1999
  • UPC: 717951002433
  • Original Release: 1996
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  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Stereo
  • Sound: stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ben Stiller Mel Coplin
Patricia Arquette Nancy Coplin
Téa Leoni Tina Kalb
Mary Tyler Moore Mrs. Coplin
George Segal Mr. Coplin
Alan Alda Richard Schlicting
Lily Tomlin Mary Schlicting
Josh Brolin Tony
Richard Jenkins Paul
Celia Weston Valerie Swaney
Glenn Fitzgerald Lonnie Schlicting
David Patrick Kelly Fritz Boudreau
John Ford Noonan Mitch
Beth Ostrosky Jane
Cynthia Lamontagne Sandra
Charlet Oberly B&B Lady
Nadia Dajani Jill
Don Creech Cop #1
Clarke Bittner Cop #2
Tony Kruk Detective
Jonathan Teague Cook Sheriff
Steve Moreno Deputy
Tori Davis Flight Attendant
Shawn Michael Howard Roger
Suzanne Snyder Alternative Wife
Technical Credits
David O. Russell Director, Screenwriter
Eric Brown Stunts
Scott K. Coder Asst. Director
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Stuart Emanuel Sound Editor
Stephen Endelman Score Composer, Songwriter
Risa Bramon Garcia Casting
Christopher Goode Associate Producer
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Jolyon Handler Asst. Director
Wendy Hedin Sound/Sound Designer
Lori Hicks Makeup
Trea Hoving Executive Producer
Kent Johnson Asst. Director
Joyce R. Korbin Stunts
Marco Londoner Asst. Director
Ellen Lutter Costumes/Costume Designer
Kerry Orent Co-producer
Rolf Pardula Sound/Sound Designer
Ellen Parks Casting
Todd Pfeiffer Asst. Director
Judy Rhee Art Director
Dean Silvers Producer
Jeremy Slutskin Asst. Director
Alan Steinman Asst. Director
Christopher Tellefsen Editor
Kevin Thompson Production Designer
Sheila Waldron Asst. Director
David Wechsler Asst. Director
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Ford Wheeler Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Chapter Selection
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:17]
2. Opening Credits [3:16]
3. A Date Interrupted [6:47]
4. Psychic Scars [11:48]
5. Mistaken Mother [8:34]
6. Big Rig [7:20]
7. Dinner At Minetti's [3:12]
8. B & B Telephone Policy [3:01]
9. Hallway Passion [2:56]
10. At The Airport [7:12]
11. Contamination [7:16]
12. Special Meal [9:45]
13. Tripping [7:05]
14. Mistaken White Rental Car [4:15]
15. Jailhouse [1:26]
16. End Credits [7:50]
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