The Comfort of Strangers

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Working from a script by Harold Pinter, Paul Schrader directed Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, and Natasha Richardson in the mystery The Comfort of Strangers. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and information on the cast and crew. This is an inexpensive disc that will be worthwhile for any fan of Schrader's unique talent.
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Working from a script by Harold Pinter, Paul Schrader directed Helen Mirren, Christopher Walken, and Natasha Richardson in the mystery The Comfort of Strangers. The film arrives on DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. Supplemental materials include the theatrical trailer and information on the cast and crew. This is an inexpensive disc that will be worthwhile for any fan of Schrader's unique talent.
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Special Features

Direct scene access; Theatrical trailer; Sneak peeks; Cast and crew
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Brian J. Dillard
Like many of Paul Schrader's films, The Comfort of Strangers is a mournful examination of decaying innocence and sexual transgression. With the alien, old-world beauty of Venice providing both the picture-perfect backdrop and the grimy emotional context, the film wanders slowly off the beaten path and into danger. Rupert Everett is appropriately callow and Natasha Richardson fittingly naïve, their English tourist protagonists led inexorably astray by the depraved Eurotrash sophisticate played by Christopher Walken. Nailing screenwriter Harold Pinter's typically elliptical, repetitive dialogue, Walken exudes sinister charm without devolving into villainous schtick. Meanwhile, Helen Mirren plays his enigmatic wife with a mixture of masochistic passivity and morbid sex appeal; of the two, her character is the far more disturbing. Unfortunately, the film's sumptuous setting and Schrader's glassy sensuality don't always mesh well with the messy subject matter. Reserved and voyeuristic, the filmmaker is content to watch the characters play out their ugly little drama from a dreamy distance. Suggestive rather than elucidative, the film lacks the moral complexities that made the subsequent Light Sleeper one of Schrader's all-time best. Nevertheless, The Comfort of Strangers has enough fine performances and intriguing ideas to satisfy fans of the director's oeuvre and of psychological thrillers in general.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 628261005499
  • Original Release: 1991
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  • Source: Madacy Records
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christopher Walken Robert
Rupert Everett Colin
Natasha Richardson Mary
Helen Mirren Caroline
Manfredi Aliquo Concierge
Giancarlo Previati First Policeman
Antonio Serrano Second Policeman
Rossana Caghiari Hotel Maid
Mary Selway
David Ford Waiter
Daniel Franco Waiter
Technical Credits
Paul Schrader Director
Giorgio Armani Costumes/Costume Designer
Angelo Badalamenti Score Composer
Mariolina Bono Costumes/Costume Designer
Mario Cotone Producer
Luigi Marchione Art Director
Stefano Paltrinieri Set Decoration/Design
Bill Pankow Editor
Harold Pinter Screenwriter
Gianni Quaranta Production Designer
Linda Reisman Associate Producer
Angelo Rizzoli Producer
Dante Spinotti Cinematographer
John Thompson Associate Producer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Titles [4:22]
2. Venice [6:27]
3. Children [9:10]
4. Lost [6:22]
5. A Story [11:04]
6. What to Do [8:36]
7. Caroline [10:44]
8. Museum [4:11]
9. Society [6:46]
10. All Mine [6:59]
11. Together [7:58]
12. Selling Off [10:40]
13. The Other Side [4:10]
14. Mascara [4:01]
15. Credits [2:59]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Bonus Features
      Theatrical Trailer
      Cast and Crew
         Rupert Everett as Colin
         Natasha Richardson as Mary
         Christopher Walken as Robert
         Helen Mirren as Caroline
      Sneak Peeks: Sweet Killing
      Sneak Peeks: Camp Stories
      Sneak Peeks: Belizaire the Cajun
      Sneak Peeks: The End of Innocence
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