Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance?

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Director: Peter Chelsom

Cast: Peter Chelsom, Richard Gere, Jennifer Lopez, Susan Sarandon

     
 

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In his commentary on the DVD for Shall We Dance?, director Peter Chelsom wastes no time explaining how he knew he had to change the original Japanese story so that it would make sense for an American audience. He speaks of his admiration for the film and even points out moments where he stole direct shots from the original. The film itself is presented in aSee more details below

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In his commentary on the DVD for Shall We Dance?, director Peter Chelsom wastes no time explaining how he knew he had to change the original Japanese story so that it would make sense for an American audience. He speaks of his admiration for the film and even points out moments where he stole direct shots from the original. The film itself is presented in a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical image. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Other supplemental materials include deleted scenes with optional commentary, a making-off featurette, a closer look at the music in the film, and a music video for the Pussycat Dolls's track "Sway." This is a fine release for what it is but the same extras are available on a different edition that offers a widescreen transfer of the film. That version is preferable.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Hardworking lawyer John Clark (Richard Gere) has a loving family, a beautiful home, and a rewarding job -- but he finds himself bored nonetheless. Becoming entranced by daily glimpses of a dance instructor (Jennifer Lopez) he sees every night from his commuter train, John finally decides to take up ballroom dancing and, as a result, finds himself drawn into a second family, the existence of which his wife, Beverly (Susan Sarandon), is entirely unaware. This enchanting remake of the 1995 Japanese film -- an art-house hit in America -- works because director Peter Chelsom is so adept at leading his viewers down the garden path. Initially, we are led to believe that Clark's sole reason for enrolling in the dance school is to wangle an introduction to the Lopez character, but we learn that he's not necessarily looking for an extramarital affair. When we first hear about an upcoming dance competition, we immediately think, Aha, that's the big emotional set piece. But the contest doesn't unfold as one might suspect, and its relationship to the film's narrative is far different than anticipated. The supporting characters are a predictably diverse and eccentric lot, but they interact in unexpected ways, which confounds viewer expectations and keeps the movie interesting. Chelsom deserves a lot of credit for avoiding the obvious, especially in the matter of Lopez's dance instructor. She's neither a diva nor a traditional love interest; if anything, she's a catalyst for the changes Gere's character undergoes as he searches for a little excitement in his pleasantly humdrum life. Shall We Dance wasn't a big box-office success, perhaps because it wasn't the cookie-cutter romantic comedy many people expected. But in our book, that's a plus.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/01/2005
UPC:
0786936273281
Original Release:
2004
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:46:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes with optional commentary; Behind the scenes of Shall We Dance?; Beginners' Ballroom; The Music of Shall We Dance?; Pussycat Dolls "Sway" music video; Commentary with director Peter Chelsom

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Gere John Clark
Jennifer Lopez Paulina
Susan Sarandon Beverly Clark
Stanley Tucci Link
Lisa Ann Walter Bobbie
Richard Jenkins Devine
Bobby Cannavale Chic
Omar Benson Miller Vern
Anita Gillette Miss Mitzi
Mya Harrison Vern's Fiance
Stark Sands Evan Clark
Tamara Hope Jenna Clark
Ja Rule Hip-Hop Bar Performer
Nick Cannon Scott

Technical Credits
Peter Chelsom Director
John Altman Score Composer
Gary Baugh Art Director
Rudy Braun Set Decoration/Design
Sophie de Rakoff Carbonell Costumes/Costume Designer
Sue Chan Art Director
Ross Clydesdale Casting
John de Dorman Cinematographer
John DeBorman Cinematographer
Simon Fields Producer
Julie Goldstein Executive Producer
Caroline Hanania Production Designer
Richard Hicks Casting
Rachel Hudgins Associate Producer
Charles Ireland Editor
Mari Snyder Johnson Executive Producer
Rejean Labrie Set Decoration/Design
Robert Leighton Editor
John O'Connell Choreography
Bob Osher Executive Producer
Robert F. Scherer Sound/Sound Designer
Masayuki Suo Screenwriter
Martin Walters Asst. Director
Bob Weinstein Executive Producer
Harvey Weinstein Executive Producer
Harry Weinstein Executive Producer
Audrey Wells Screenwriter
Mari Jo Winkler-Ioffreda Co-producer
Gabriel Yared Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. In a Box [6:43]
2. Up the Stairs [5:21]
3. Beginners' Ballroom [6:26]
4. Happier [3:56]
5. Link [5:07]
6. Free Consultation [6:52]
7. Quiet Desperation [7:28]
8. Do You Want to Dance? [5:45]
9. The Rumba [8:34]
10. A Real Woman [5:28]
11. Give Me One Hour [6:59]
12. Latin Competition [6:35]
13. Couple #126 [6:26]
14. The Letter [8:40]
15. Shall We Dance? [9:29]
16. End Credits [6:15]

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