Laws of Attraction

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Overview

Peter Howitt directs Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan in the Hepburn/Tracy-inspired romantic comedy Laws of Attraction. The film debuts on DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes that also include an ...
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Overview

Peter Howitt directs Julianne Moore and Pierce Brosnan in the Hepburn/Tracy-inspired romantic comedy Laws of Attraction. The film debuts on DVD with a pair of transfers. The widescreen anamorphic transfer preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and is preferable to the standard full-frame image. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Digital Stereo. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include deleted scenes that also include an alternative ending for the picture and a pair of theatrical trailers. This is a by-the-numbers release from New Line that does offer first-class sound and picture quality.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes featuring an alternate ending; Widescreen & full-screen versions of the film; Two original theatrical trailers
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
While fluffy romantic comedies never seem to go out of style, it’s increasingly difficult to produce one that seems fresh. Charismatic and appealing stars often provide the necessary oomph, though -- and that’s the case with Laws of Attraction. Pierce Brosnan and Julianne Moore play divorce lawyers who are diametrically opposed, not only professionally but personally as well. He’s rumpled and insouciant; she’s fastidious and tightly wound. But opposites always attract in movies like this hence the title, and before long they’re trading kisses and quips instead of barbs and briefs. There’s just one small problem: They’re pitted against each other in a high-profile case involving a rock star Michael Sheen and his wife Parker Posey. We’re not giving much away to tell you that the plot complications are predictable, nor do we mind saying that you’ll probably figure things out long before the characters do. But there’s great fun getting there, thanks to a surfeit of clever lines delivered in sprightly fashion by these personable performers. Brosnan and Moore have great chemistry; he’s especially good when playing somebody as cheeky as this lawyer, and for all her dramatic chops Moore seems very much at home in a slightly daffy characterization. Supporting players Frances Fisher as Moore’s earthy mom and Nora Dunn playing a straitlaced judge contribute scene-stealing turns that add to the fun. Laws of Attraction is, admittedly, pretty slight stuff, and some might think the film unworthy of its talented cast. But as a throwback to old-fashioned Hollywood comedies like Adam’s Rib from which director Peter Howitt has cribbed shamelessly, it’s very much the type of movie you want to put in the DVD player on a rainy afternoon.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/24/2004
  • UPC: 794043725524
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: New Line Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:30:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 4,695

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Pierce Brosnan Daniel Rafferty
Julianne Moore Audrey Woods
Michael Sheen Thorne Jamison
Parker Posey Serena Jamison
Frances Fisher Sara Miller
Nora Dunn Judge Abramovitz
Mina Badie Tracey Abramovitz
Elva Crowley Mrs. Flanagan
Mike Doyle Michael Rawson
Vincent Marzello Lyman Hersh
James McClatchie Soloman Steinman
Brendan Morrissey Mr. O'Callaghan
Johnny Myers Ashton Phelps
Gordon Sterne Judge Baker
Brette Taylor Mary Harrison
David Wilmot Brendan
Technical Credits
Peter Howitt Director
Joan Bergin Costumes/Costume Designer
David Bergstein Producer
Adrian Biddle Cinematographer
Pierce Brosnan Executive Producer
Susie Cullen Art Director
Julie Durk Producer
Toby Emmerich Executive Producer
David T. Friendly Producer
Cathy Sandrich Gelfond Casting
Mark Gill Executive Producer
Mark Gordon Executive Producer
Robert Harling Screenwriter
Oliver Hengst Executive Producer
Angelique Higgins Associate Producer
Kieran Horgan Sound/Sound Designer
Ros Hubbard Casting
John Hubbard Casting
Basil Iwanyk Executive Producer
Konrad Jay Asst. Director
Karey Kirkpatrick Screenwriter
Arthur Lappin Executive Producer
Tony Lawson Editor
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Aline Brosh McKenna Original Story, Screenwriter
Paul Myler Co-producer
Elie Samaha Executive Producer
Amanda J. Scarano Associate Producer
Wolfgang Schamburg Associate Producer
Ernst August Schneider Associate Producer
Michael Seirton Set Decoration/Design
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Beau St. Clair Producer
Guy Stodel Executive Producer
Marc Turtletaub Producer
Charles Wood Production Designer
Charles J.H. Wood Production Designer
Bob Yari Executive Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Begin [5:18]
2. The New Attorney [5:19]
3. "I Accept" [3:48]
4. The Seminar [5:11]
5. Impromptu Dinner [5:40]
6. Case Closed [5:52]
7. Chance Meeting With Serena [5:42]
8. Premature Celebration [3:35]
9. Discussing Assets [5:18]
10. The Journey to Castle of Rock [6:49]
11. Staff Interviews [5:58]
12. Drunken Nuptials [4:14]
13. Legally Bound [3:50]
14. Back to Work [8:27]
15. One Reconciliation [5:53]
16. Second Chance [4:28]
17. End [4:29]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
      Fullscreen
      Widescreen
   Set Up
      Audio Optimized for DVD No Equalization Required: 5.1 Surround Sound
      Audio Optimized for DVD No Equalization Required: Stereo Surround Sound
      Subtitles: English Subtitles - On
      Subtitles: English Subtitles - Off
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles - On
      Subtitles: Spanish Subtitles - Off
   Select a Scene
   Special Features
      Deleted/Alternate Scenes
         Play All
         1. High or Low, In or Out (3:10)
         2. The Race (2:30)
         3. Surveying the Staff (:57)
         4. Pattern Recognition (3:03)
         5. Alternate Ending (4:28)
         6. Thorne and Serena (3:27)
      Theatrical Trailer #1
      Theatrical Trailer #2
      More From New Line
   DVD-ROM/Online Features
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Enjoyable & Witty

    Okay, so yes...this movie has been out for several years, but I only just watched this movie for the first time the other day. I rather enjoyed it too. This movie was funny and rather refreshing. Everyone did a great job at their roles, and I have to say...Michael Sheen played one of the best rocker character roles that I have seen in a while. All around, this movie was witty, funny, and over all just a very entertaining movie. Romantic comedies aren't exactly my absolute favorite types of movies, but I do like them. I dabble in a little bit of everything, and this one was great...a definite future addition to my collection. I would recommend this to anyone who is just looking to laugh, but that wants a little something refreshing as well. An enjoyable one to watch with the girlfriend/boyfriend or wife/husband.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Fun and easy watching movie. Great girl's night in romance

    Pierce is at his generous best allowing Julianne to shine as he plays it soft and slow and sensative. Doesn't take the role or himself too seriously which makes for some witty comedy! Easy plot and yes, there are a few surprises. Michael Sheen and Parker Posey are great as rocker and designer spouses; their timing is perfect as they play against each other. Overall, great fluff film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pure entertainment, no mere "Chick Flick"!

    I can't remember when I've enjoyed a movie more. Every scene, every bit, is so well done you can't help but smile as you watch the characters find their way around each other. Bravo!! Encore!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This movie is wonderful!

    I was afraid that this remake of 'Adam's Rib' would not live up to the Hepburn/Tracy classic, but the story was different yet similar enough to pull it off. It's one of those movies that is rarely made anymore, consequently making it a breath of fresh air as you watch it. It's funny, amusing, and I promise that you'll laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Film!

    I liked this movie so much it will be one I purchase for my library! The stars made it believable with Brosnan's honesty and Moore's denial. It has all the makings of a great romance. It is great on DVD because I think I liked the alternate ending best!!

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