Criterion Collection: French Lieutenant's Woman

Criterion Collection: French Lieutenant's Woman

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Director: Karel Reisz

Cast: Karel Reisz, Meryl Streep, Jeremy Irons, Hilton McRae

     
 

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Karl Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman contains one of Meryl Streep's best performances, and comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack isSee more details below

Overview

Karl Reisz's The French Lieutenant's Woman contains one of Meryl Streep's best performances, and comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the original theatrical trailer. This is an acceptable though unspectacular release from MGM/UA. Fans of the film and Streep will certainly enjoy the disc, but there may not be anything here to interest the average DVD consumer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
One of England's most highly regarded playwrights, Harold Pinter was deservedly nominated for an Academy Award for his sly, self-reflexive adaptation of The French Lieutenant's Woman. The conundrum for Pinter and director Karel Reisz was how to translate John Fowles' enigmatic novel to the screen without losing the author's blend of the Victorian world with a modern sensibility. They settled upon a movie-within-a-movie structure. The narrative device of having both a "fictionalized" and a "real" component complementing each other is nothing new to dramatists, and it is a favorite trick of the movies as well: to greater or lesser degrees, such films as Children of Paradise, 8 1/2, Le Mepris, and The Last Metro all use such a "meta-fictional" technique. As the two actors playing the two characters, Meryl Streep and Jeremy Irons manage to keep their respective roles distinctive, yet parallel. Streep was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar, her first of six in the 1980s. This was Irons' first major motion picture after making a splash in the TV adaptation of Brideshead Revisited.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/04/2001
UPC:
0027616866653
Original Release:
1981
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, monaural]
Time:
2:04:00

Special Features

Original theatrical trailer; English: mono; French: mono; Spanish: mono; French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Meryl Streep Sarah Woodruff/Anna
Jeremy Irons Charles Smithson/Mike
Hilton McRae Sam
Emily Morgan Mary
Charlotte Mitchell Mrs. Tranter
Lynsey Baxter Ernestina
Jean Faulds Cook
Peter Vaughan Mr. Freeman
Colin Jeavons Vicar
Liz Smith Mrs. Fairley
Patience Collier Mrs. Poulteney
John Barrett Dairyman
Leo McKern Dr. Grogan
Arabella Weir Girl on Undercliff
Ben Forster Boy on Undercliff
Catherine Willmer Dr. Grogan's housekeeper
Anthony Langdon Asylum Keeper
Edward Duke Nathaniel
Richard Griffiths Sir Tom
Graham Fletcher-Cook Delivery Boy
Michael Elwyn Montague
Toni Palmer Mrs. Endicott
Cecily Hobbs Betty Anne
Doreen Mantle Lady on train
David Warner Murphy
Peter Fraser Actor
Beverly Garland Actor
Vicky Ireland Actor
Mary McLeod Actor
Harriet Walter Actor
Clare Travers-Deacon Actor
Joanna Joseph Lizzie
Richard Hope 3rd Assistant
Alun Armstrong Grimes
Gerard Falconetti Davide
Penelope Wilton Sonia

Technical Credits
Karel Reisz Director
John Bloom Editor
Allan Bryce Special Effects
Chris Burt Production Manager
Allan Cameron Art Director
Leon Clore Producer
Carl Davis Score Composer
Norman Dorme Art Director
Freddie Francis Cinematographer
Assheton Gorton Production Designer
Geoffrey Helman Associate Producer
Ann Mollo Set Decoration/Design
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
Terry Pritchard Art Director
Tom Rand Costumes/Costume Designer
Don Sharpe Sound Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Title/Proposal [2:32]
2. Encounter [4:42]
3. Character Study [2:52]
4. No Lady [4:33]
5. Need To Tell [3:34]
6. Melancholia [1:36]
7. Wedded To Blame [6:32]
8. Missing [8:58]
9. Caught [1:29]
10. Waning Affection [3:18]
11. Good Man [2:56]
12. Will To Live [6:09]
13. Not Worthy [1:45]
14. Longing [5:40]
15. Ending #1 [7:59]
16. Ending #2 [:29]

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