The End of the Affair

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Overview

A powerful romantic detective story that merits repeated viewings, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair receives a stellar DVD release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer beautifully presents Roger Pratt's atmospheric lighting and camera work while the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track sounds great on any home stereo system. There are also a number of DVD extras, including audio commentaries, a featurette, and a separate audio track spotlighting Michael Nyman's very fine score. The ...
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Overview

A powerful romantic detective story that merits repeated viewings, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair receives a stellar DVD release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer beautifully presents Roger Pratt's atmospheric lighting and camera work while the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track sounds great on any home stereo system. There are also a number of DVD extras, including audio commentaries, a featurette, and a separate audio track spotlighting Michael Nyman's very fine score. The featurette is a better-than-average promo spot, but viewers should avoid it until after they've watched the film since it gives away a number of important plot points. The DVD also comes with separate audio commentary tracks, one featuring writer/director Neil Jordan and the other with star Julianne Moore. Both off-the-cuff commentaries are worth listening to, even if each should've been more prepared. As actors are wont to do, Moore brings up her own career and what the part means to her, but she's also genuinely interested and proud of everyone's work in the movie, from co-stars to production and costume designers. Like Jordan, she also touches upon how the movie differs from Greene's famous semi-autobiographical novel. That rare instance where the movie is actually subtler than the book, Jordan's narrative changes actually has a much lighter touch in dealing with Greene's religious themes. Both commentary tracks can be of interest to all audiences, but especially to filmmakers and students, as all aspects of moviemaking are explored. The commentary track even explains why movie rain always comes down so harder than real rain (light rain doesn't show up on film) and why it's torture for the actors to film such scenes. The early 1955 adaptation of The End of the Affair has also been released on DVD, but Neil Jordan's movie is infinitely superior.
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Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English; Director Neil Jordan's commentary; Julianne Moore's commentary; Making-of featurette; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Virginia McCollam
Irish filmmaker Neil Jordan has a sensuous fascination with the darker impulses that drive human behavior. His rain-swept adaptation of Graham Greene's semiautobiographical novel, The End of the Affair, explores an adulterous love affair set in smoldering relief against the devastation of war-torn London in the 1940s. Ralph Fiennes stars as a brooding novelist obsessively in love with his neighbor's wife Julianne Moore. Moore's understated performance garnered her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress, and the dynamic Stephen Rea The Crying Game, Interview With a Vampire is also extraordinary as her cuckolded civil servant husband. True to Greene's book, the characters speak in dialogue layered with irony, and the sex scenes are provocatively restrained. The affair evolves in an elegant series of flashbacks within flashbacks, with Fiennes's character narrating in voice-over a tale that is a meditation on loss, misunderstanding, and the horrendous twists of fate that call the very nature of faith into question.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
In his adaptation of The End of the Affair (1999), Neil Jordan transforms Graham Greene's first-person novel into a lushly romantic -- and surprisingly unsentimental -- story of passion and piety in World War II London. Playing another brooding, thwarted lover, Ralph Fiennes limns the depths of jealousy that threaten to poison Maurice Bendrix's feelings for Julianne Moore's married Sarah long after their assignation has ended. Repeating pivotal scenes from different points of view, as first Bendrix and then Sarah recalls the progress of their affair, Jordan portays Bendrix's investigation into Sarah's post-war life as a bitter search eventually transfigured by her transcendent adoration. Stephen Rea's cuckolded husband and Ian Hart's deceptively comical private investigator add further dimensions to the central philosophical conflict between Bendrix's secular love and Sarah's religious conversion. Though critics quibbled over Jordan's interpretation of the novel, few could argue with The End of the Affair's period detail and handsome photography or Moore's alternately restrained, carnal, and ethereal performance as Sarah. Moore went on to earn her first Best Actress Oscar nomination for her work.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • UPC: 043396047457
  • Original Release: 1999
  • Rating:

  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1), Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,910

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Maurice Bendix
Julianne Moore Sarah Miles
Stephen Rea Henry Miles
Ian Hart Mr. Parkis
Sam Bould Lance Parkis
Jason Isaacs Father Smythe
James Bolam Mr. Savage
Deborah Findlay Miss Smythe
Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Jon Billington Art Director
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Susie Figgis Casting
Tony Lawson Editor
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Kathy Sykes Co-producer
Joanne Woollard Set Decoration/Design
Tony Woollard Art Director
Stephen Woolley Producer
Graham Greene Source Author
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:42]
2. Jealous Henry Miles [4:01]
3. Night They Met [3:09]
4. "I'm in Love." [1:09]
5. The Affair Begins [3:38]
6. Mr. Savage [2:52]
7. "Haunted Heart" [2:09]
8. Worried About Henry [3:47]
9. Mr. Parkis [6:12]
10. The Earth Moves [4:30]
11. Exhibits A & B [5:10]
12. Father Smythe [2:15]
13. Detective's Report [1:52]
14. Two Bores [1:48]
15. V1 Attack [1:56]
16. "You're Alive?" [5:13]
17. Sarah's Diary [2:33]
18. Answered Prayers [8:04]
19. Seeking Peace [4:33]
20. "Don't Leave Me." [3:58]
21. Returning the Diary [4:27]
22. Brighton [1:15]
23. Parkis' Brief [2:52]
24. "You'll Marry Me?" [1:26]
25. Bad News [5:40]
26. Bedside Confession [3:15]
27. The End Comes [3:57]
28. Final Miracle [5:51]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
      Widescreen
      Full Screen
   Aspect Ratio Selection
      Widescreen
      Full Screen
   Audio Set-Up
      English 5.1 Dolby Digital
      Isolated Music Score
   Subtitles
      English
      Subtitles Off
   Special Features
      Making-of Featurette
      Talent Files
         Neil Jordan
         Ralph Fiennes
         Julianne Moore
         Stephen Rea
      Theatrical Trailers
         The End of the Affair (1999)
         The Remains of the Day
      Audio Commentaries
         Director Neil Jordan: On
         Director Neil Jordan: Off
         Julianne Moore: On
         Julianne Moore: Off
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I've watched this movie over and over!

    This is a terrific movie. I loved everything about it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Loved this movie!

    Based on Ralph Fiennes' usually performances, I expected nothing less than wonderful, which is what I got and more. Both he and Julianne Moore made me fall in love with this film, and now it is my favorite movie.

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