Flirting with Disaster

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Overview

David O. Russell's sophomore directorial effort, the literate and pointed comedy Flirting With Disaster becomes part of the Miramax Collector's Series with this release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is an improvement on the first DVD edition of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded as well. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes and bloopers. While this may not be the...
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Overview

David O. Russell's sophomore directorial effort, the literate and pointed comedy Flirting With Disaster becomes part of the Miramax Collector's Series with this release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and is an improvement on the first DVD edition of the film. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a French soundtrack has been recorded as well. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes and bloopers. While this may not be the most special "special edition" on the market, the disc does offer solid sound and picture quality.
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Special Features

Deleted scenes; Humorous mistakes (outtakes from feature and deleted scenes)
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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: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 786936237641
  • Original Release: 1996
  • Rating:

  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:33:00
  • 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
Clarke Bittner Cop #2
Jonathan Teague Cook Sheriff
Don Creech Cop #1
Nadia Dajani Jill
Tori Davis Flight Attendant
Glenn Fitzgerald Lonnie Schlicting
Shawn Michael Howard Roger
David Patrick Kelly Fritz Boudreau
Tony Kruk Detective
Cynthia Lamontagne Sandra
Steve Moreno Deputy
John Ford Noonan Mitch
Charlet Oberly B&B Lady
Beth Ostrosky Jane
Suzanne Snyder Alternative Wife
Celia Weston Valerie Swaney
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
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Ford Wheeler Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [3:33]
2. A Date Interrupted [4:31]
3. Psychic Scars [9:30]
4. Mistaken Mother [10:24]
5. Big Rig [6:33]
6. Dinner at Minetti's [5:41]
7. B&B Telephone Policy [4:06]
8. Hallway Passion [2:56]
9. At the Airport [4:25]
10. Contamination [4:12]
11. Special Meal [8:20]
12. Tripping [10:35]
13. Mistaken White Rental Car [6:29]
14. Jailhouse [3:28]
15. End Credits [7:58]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Set Up
      Spoken Languages
         English
         French
      Captions
         English for the Hearing Impaired
         None
   Special Features
      Original Featurette
      Deleted Scenes
         Hotel
         Warm Water Method
         Jail
         Play All
      Mistakes
         Mistakes From the Film
         Mistakes From the Deleted Scenes
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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