Mary Reilly
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Mary Reilly

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Director: Stephen Frears

Cast: Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, Glenn Close

     
 

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The DVD of Mary Reilly -- Stephen Frears' unusual romantic retelling of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich -- includes widescreen and standard aspect ratios, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and an adequate amount of extra features. A "making of" featurette, cast and crew biographies, production notes, and subtitles in no…  See more details below

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The DVD of Mary Reilly -- Stephen Frears' unusual romantic retelling of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde starring Julia Roberts and John Malkovich -- includes widescreen and standard aspect ratios, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Sound, and an adequate amount of extra features. A "making of" featurette, cast and crew biographies, production notes, and subtitles in no less than seven languages make this a decent disc, but better extras such as interviews or commentary tracks would make the DVD worthwhile for more than diehard fans of the cast or director.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Although it bombed at the box office and put a dent in Julia Roberts' career, Mary Reilly is actually a pretty effective piece of contemporary Grand Guignol. Given that the audience probably knows the general outline of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, director Stephen Frears and screenwriter Christopher Hampton fashion Valerie Martin's literary retelling into a baroque mood piece in which Roberts, bereft of blush and in need of a good eyebrow plucking, gets to employ her cavernous eyes and gawky voice for something more than sexy charm. As Mary creeps from her master's laboratory to a London brothel to her mother's funeral, you can see Roberts pushing against the limits of her acting chops, but she almost pulls it off, investing her character with quiet dignity and probing intellect. As for co-star John Malkovich, he finally gets another role that warrants his affected mannerisms; in fact, he gets two, inventing distinctive tics for both Henry Jekyll and his alter ego, Edward Hyde. One could quibble about Jenny Shircore's makeup, which lets a haircut and a shave suffice as differentiators between these two characters, but the script's attention to the duality of the human psyche sets up the conceit that Hyde is no grotesque, but rather a testosterone-soaked twist on Jekyll's gentle template. The film's real monsters are the Victorian money-grubbers who exploit those of Mary's station, from avaricious landlords to shrewd ladies of the night. Among that latter class falls Mrs. Farraday, proprietress of the house of ill repute where Hyde hides out. Glenn Close interprets this character as yet another variation on her frequent parody-of-femininity archetype, bringing a nicely Dickens-ian villainy to a film whose moral palette skews more to greys than black-and-white.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2000
UPC:
0043396110526
Original Release:
1996
Rating:
R
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:48:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen presentation; Audio: Englsh 5.0 [Dolby Digital] and 2-channel [Dolby Surround], French, Spanish, Portuguese; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Making-of featurette; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julia Roberts Mary Reilly
John Malkovich Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde
Glenn Close Mrs. Farraday
George Cole Mr. Poole
Kathy Staff Mrs. Kent
Linda Bassett Mary's Mother
Michael Gambon Mary's Father
Michael Sheen Bradshaw
Bronagh Gallagher Annie
Henry Goodman Haffinger
Ciarán Hinds Sir Danvers Carew
Moya Brady Young Woman
David Ross Doctor
Tim Barlow Vicar
Bob Mason Policeman
Evelyn Doggart Farraday Girl
Stephen Boxer Inspector
Ellie Crockett Farraday Girl
Julia Hagen Farraday Girl
Sasha Hanau Young Mary
Samantha Hones Farraday Girl
Kadamba Simmons Farraday Girl
Richard Leaf Screaming Girl's Father
Emma Griffiths-Malin Young Whore
Isabella Marsh Screaming Girl
Wendy Nottingham Screaming Girl's Mother
Piu Fan Lee Farraday Girl
Mimi Potworowska Farraday Girl
Robbi Stevens Farraday Girl

Technical Credits
Stephen Frears Director
Consolata Boyle Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Conway Special Effects
Stuart Craig Production Designer
Leo Davis Casting
George Fenton Score Composer,Songwriter
Christopher Hampton Screenwriter
Norma Heyman Producer
John King Art Director
Michael Lamont Art Director
Stephenie McMillan Set Decoration/Design
Jim Morahan Art Director
Lynne Pleshette Executive Producer
Philippe Rousselot Cinematographer
Jenny Shircore Makeup
Iain Smith Co-producer
Adam Somner Asst. Director
Ned Tanen Producer
Nancy Graham Tanen Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
David Tringham Asst. Director
Lesley Walker Editor
Clive Winter Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Widescreen Version
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [5:43]
2. Eel Dinner [9:19]
3. Jekyll's announcement [1:47]
4. Mary's Scars [5:40]
5. Analyzing Father [1:51]
6. Mrs. Farraday [3:31]
7. Hyde Sighting [1:54]
8. Bad Dreams [1:50]
9. Blood Money £100 [5:34]
10. A Sprained Ankle [3:15]
11. What Mary's Afraid of [3:13]
12. An Urgent Task [4:53]
13. Mary Meets Edward [2:35]
14. Broken Confidences [2:08]
15. A Scientific Errand [3:29]
16. Word with a Gentleman [1:37]
17. Hanging Matter [3:57]
18. Dream Lover [3:37]
19. How the Cup Broke [1:27]
20. Bad News [2:01]
21. Questioning Mary [4:27]
22. The Funeral [3:26]
23. "I am your master." [3:03]
24. The Cure [2:16]
25. The Same Man [5:41]
26. Strange Noises [2:18]
27. In Mr. Hyde's Clutches [2:14]
28. The Death of Us [3:43]

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Mary Reilly 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is so much fun to watch. the dialogue makes it even more enjoyable. i love how julia robert's character, mary reilly, is intrigued by john malcovich's characters, jekell and hyde, and how they can make eye contact and you can understand what they are trying to say to each other. they don't even have to say any words. i recommend this movie to anyone that enjoys a movie that has a deeper, darker and quite odd meaning. great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film as great. The characters are wondeful, you can feel their passions. I loved the chemistry between Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. There's no denying that this is a cult classic with a softer, sexier side. I deffinatly recommend it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen this movie before and I sorta liked it. Even though it's not what I hoped it to be. Still it's Jekyll and Hyde. I love Musicals and I have a musical version of this on dvd. This one is a bit to bloodish. I don't know if Bloodish is a word but it fits. And I believe it to be a little scary in some parts. I try to watch by my self but I was not to happy with it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This might be Julia Roberts' best work. Mary Reilly is the naive, hardworking, timid servant girl who is at once capitvated and repulsed by the strange new world of Dr. Jekyl. He, meanwhile, is the aloof, erudite scientist who is unexpectedly attracted to the servant girl with scarred arms. Dr. Jekyl is profoundly transformed by her quiet innocence and compassion -- a change that finally becomes his ruin. The film adeptly develops these complex characters. Malkovick and Roberts possess a strange and undeniable chemistry that perfectly complements this film's odd mix of horror and romance. You will be surprised.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting movie and the story was familiar. Basically about Jekyll and Hyde.
Anthrogrl More than 1 year ago
'Mary Reilly' is a good movie, but if you can read the original novel by Valerie Martin prior to watching, you should. I personally felt that Julia Roberts was miscast as the lead role; her acting seemed awkward and stiff. John Malkovich was excellent in his dual role as Jekyll/Hyde. My major complaint about this movie was that it was sexualized much more than necessary. There was very little of it in the original novel, and the character of Mary Reilly was made to be much more naieve than she was in the novel. On the plus side, the atmosphere and overall feel of the movie was poignant; I felt that the film did a good job preserving the emotional climax of the story. 'Mary Reilly' is worth a watch for any fans of science fiction, Gothic romance, or someone just looking for a bit of escapism.
MadeByMe More than 1 year ago
Everyone knows Julia Roberts as a sunny, comedic and larger than life actress, but she plays dark and dramatic just as well. In this sleeper, she plays a junior houskeeper with an abusive past to the classic Dr. Jeckyl/Mr. Hyde duo, (played to perfection by John Malcovich) learning not just his secrets but all about his tortured inner self. She brings out the lamb in this lion and with a pretty good accent! A must for all Roberts' fans.
tankutheoptimist More than 1 year ago
5.0 out of 5 stars A dark, bold and mesmerizing piece of cinema!, July 24, 2010 By Ankur Mukherjee - See all my reviews (REAL NAME) This review is from: Mary Reilly (DVD) Wow! indeed an amazing tale that will never fail to keep you engaged from the beginning to the very end. I am not much of a fan of Julia Roberts, but this film really grabbed my attention towards her, my eyes were glued to the screen witnessing her every move, every motion, catching every bit of her emotion throughout the film, she delivers such a precise, fine performance that you simply remain out of words. A fine, fabulous performance from John Malkovich, a fine flesh and blood of a true artist and actor indeed. Everything from the dark atmosphere to the score will surely keep you engaged enough and do watch out for some really good performances.
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