Sirens

Sirens

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Director: John Duigan, Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill

Cast: John Duigan, Hugh Grant, Tara Fitzgerald, Sam Neill

     
 

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John Duigan's sensual Sirens comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. The lack of extras makes the expensive list price harder to swallow, but the very entertaining film looks and

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John Duigan's sensual Sirens comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles on this release. The lack of extras makes the expensive list price harder to swallow, but the very entertaining film looks and sounds great on this disc.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
John Duigan's gently playful erotic comedy on the transformative powers of sex manages to offer a measure of insight along with the sight of three surpassingly beautiful women scampering about naked. Hugh Grant stars as a young English clergyman who journeys to the rural abode of a notoriously controversial painter with orders to persuade him to remove one of his more blasphemous works from public exhibition. Yet, when the repressed cleric and his similar wife arrive, it's Sam Neill's painter and his trio of lover/models who prove far more effective at the art of persuasion. The film, which comes to focus on the young wife's gradual unfolding, is more interested in attitudes toward sex, and its relationship to character, than sex itself. Grant and Tara Fitzgerald as his prim wife are perfectly cast as a pair in need of stimulation, and Neill is surprisingly good in this prankish departure from the kind of serious roles he usually plays. Elle MacPherson also acquits herself well, although after watching her frolic mostly nude for two hours, the viewer's judgment may have been slightly compromised.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/18/1999
UPC:
0717951001931
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo]
Time:
1:34:00

Special Features

Dolby Surround; Chapter search

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Hugh Grant Rev. Anthony Campion
Tara Fitzgerald Estella Campion
Sam Neill Norman Lindsay
Elle MacPherson Sheela
Portia de Rossi Giddy
Kate Fischer Pru
Pamela Rabe Rose Lindsay
Ben Mendelsohn Lewis
John Polson Tom
Mark Gerber Devlin
Julia Stone Jane
Ellie MacCarthy Honey
Vincent Ball Bishop of Sydney
John Duigan Earnest Minister
Peter Campbell Articulate Drunk

Technical Credits
John Duigan Director,Screenwriter
Justin Ackerman Executive Producer
Hans Brockmann Executive Producer
Geoffrey Burgon Score Composer
Geoff Burton Cinematographer
David Lee Sound/Sound Designer
Humphrey Dixon Editor
Laurie Faen Art Director
Roger Ford Production Designer
Sue Milliken Producer
Liz Mullinar Casting
Rachel Portman Score Composer
Sarah Radclyffe Co-producer
Robert Jones Executive Producer
Terry Ryan Costumes/Costume Designer
P.J. Voeten Asst. Director
Noriko Watanabe Makeup

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start [:16]
2. Opening Credits [10:20]
3. Meeting Mr. Lindsay [5:34]
4. After-Dinner Conversation [4:12]
5. Fairies Appear At Midnight [8:12]
6. In Lindsay's Studio [8:43]
7. A Heated Discussion [5:26]
8. Estella Wanders [3:05]
9. Estella Finds Devlin Alone [2:57]
10. The Girls At The Pub [7:10]
11. At Devlin's Campsite [7:03]
12. Drawn To The Studio [7:19]
13. Stealing Off In The Night [6:22]
14. The Final Dinner Together [6:07]
15. Heeding The Sirens' Call [8:38]
16. End Credits [2:34]

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Sirens 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best photography i've seen in a movie. With great references to the pré-raphaelites and classisism this movie is as irresistible as the chant of the sirens. Don't let the cover fool you... I tought I was in for a soft romantic comedy and found a brilliant movie thet went far beyond my expectations. Beautiful... a must see for the art lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw this movie several years ago and it keeps coming back to mind. The clash of puritan values versus hedonistic, sensuous values adds to the eroticism of this film. It is a beautiful and sensuous film.