Reversal of Fortune

Reversal of Fortune

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Director: Barbet Schroeder

Cast: Barbet Schroeder, Glenn Close, Jeremy Irons, Ron Silver

     
 

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Barbet Schroeder's award-winning Reversal of Fortune comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Schroeder andSee more details below

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Barbet Schroeder's award-winning Reversal of Fortune comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. English and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include a commentary track recorded by Schroeder and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan, and the theatrical trailer. This is a strong release from Warner Bros. that will more than satisfy fans of the film.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Painstakingly detailed yet tantalizing in its ambiguity, Reversal of Fortune dramatizes the real-life case of Claus von Bulow. Von Bulow (portrayed by Jeremy Irons in an Academy Award-winning performance) is an aristocratic European emigré who was convicted of the attempted murder of his wife, New York socialite Sunny von Bulow (Glenn Close), who plunged into a coma from which she has never awakened. Director Barbet Schroeder (Single White Female) doesn't concern himself overmuch with the original trial but instead lavishes his attentions on the appeal of von Bulow's conviction, an effort led by idealistic attorney Alan Dershowitz (superbly impersonated by Ron Silver). Irons portrays von Bulow as an inscrutable snob for whom his defenders have little affection. Nonetheless, Dershowitz and his impassioned legal team chip away at the prosecution's flawed case, and the chronicling of their efforts becomes the crux of Reversal's narrative. Flashbacks illuminate some of the events leading up to Sunny's coma-inducing overdose, and Close is riveting in the small but pivotal role of the doomed socialite. But while Schroeder's film accurately portrays the outcome of Dershowitz's appeal, it leaves many questions unanswered -- and the suave, icy von Bulow is just as much an enigma at the fade-out as he was at the fade-in. Part courtroom thriller, part intellectual exercise, Reversal of Fortune is guaranteed to grip viewers from its opening moments and hold them spellbound through the closing credits. Fascinating, too, is Schroeder's and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan's detailed discussion of their film and the real-life case in the audio commentary on the DVD.
All Movie Guide
Thanks to Jeremy Irons' performance, Reversal of Fortune is less a conventional murder mystery than a trenchant social satire, a scathing study of a morally corrupt upper class. Working from a book by Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, writer Nicholas Kazan gives the film a peculiar, witty tone, avoiding obvious social commentary. Barbet Schroeder's direction is solid, but the film owes its success more to the outstanding performances of its leads. Apart from Irons' Oscar-winning work, Ron Silver and Glenn Close are also terrific as Dershowitz and the spaced-out Sunny von Bulow. Schroeder was previously best known as a producer of some of the best films of the French New Wave.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2001
UPC:
0085391193425
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[stereo]
Time:
1:52:00

Special Features

DVD includes audio commentary by director Barbet Schroeder and screenwriter Nicholas Kazan.

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Close Sunny Von Bulow
Jeremy Irons Claus Von Bulow
Ron Silver Alan M. Dershowitz
Annabella Sciorra Sarah
Uta Hagen Maria
Fisher Stevens David Marriott
Christine Baranski Andrea Reynolds
Mano Singh Raj
Felicity Huffman Minnie
Alan Pottinger Chuck
Sarah Fearon Ala von Auersberg
Jad Mager Alexander von Auersberg
Howard Feuer Actor
Julie Hoggerly Actor
Jack Gilpin Peter MacIntosh
Stephen Mailer Elon Dershowitz
Christine Dunford Ellen
Johann Carlo Nancy
Mitchell Whitfield Curly
Tom Wright Jack
Gordon Joseph Weiss Tom Berman
Lisa Gay Hamilton Mary
J.D. Cullum John
Michael Wikes Steve Famiglietti
Thomas Dorff Brillhoffer
Frederick Neumann Judge
Conrad McLaren Sheriff
Leo Leyden Englishman
Malachy McCourt Englishman
Julie Hagerty Alexandra (uncredited)
Keith Reddin Dobbs

Technical Credits
Barbet Schroeder Director
Mel Bourne Production Designer
Milena Canonero Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Davis Art Director
Elon Dershowitz Co-producer
Steven Felder Production Designer,Production Manager
Howard Feuer Casting
Michael Flynn Associate Producer
Mark Isham Score Composer
Nicholas Kazan Co-producer,Screenwriter
Beth Kushnick Set Decoration/Design
Judianna Makovsky Costumes/Costume Designer
Oliver Stone Co-producer,Producer
Lee Percy Editor
Edward R. Pressman Co-producer,Producer
Michael Rauch Executive Producer
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Scene Selections
0. Scene Selections
1. Newport's stately homes (Credits) [3:06]
2. A tale of two comas [3:30]
3. Evidence accumulates [2:40]
4. Two phone calls [2:15]
5. One thing is his favor [3:45]
6. Maria's account [3:36]
7. Team-building; an innocent man [3:41]
8. Obviously guilty of something [6:01]
9. David Marriott [3:48]
10. Bothersome facts [2:59]
11. "Who would you like me to be?" [3:28]
12. Her state of mind [1:06]
13. Jokes and Chinese food [3:26]
14. Aspirin overdose [3:02]
15. Alexandra's impact [4:00]
16. Two-time loser [5:45]
17. "Of course I care" [:42]
18. The needle test [2:21]
19. Black bag concoctions [1:49]
20. Happy memories [4:12]
21. Driven crazy [3:38]
22. Marriott's visit [4:03]
23. December 20, 1980 [2:59]
24. With greater venom [4:18]
25. Behind a closed door [2:31]
26. Setbacks and victories [2:24]
27. Whose bag? [3:52]
28. Overdose trigger [1:33]
29. Taking the bait [3:01]
30. Coma theory #1 [3:27]
31. Coma theory #2 [4:52]
32. Morally on his own [2:27]
33. Kidding Coda [3:12]
34. End Credits [1:25]

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