Stepford Wives

Stepford Wives

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Director: Bryan Forbes

Cast: Bryan Forbes, Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Peter Masterson

     
 

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A woman discovers a horrible secret about the seemingly happy housewives in her new town in this eerie sci-fi story, which has been given a simple but polished DVD release. The 1975 version of The Stepford Wives has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9See more details below

Overview

A woman discovers a horrible secret about the seemingly happy housewives in her new town in this eerie sci-fi story, which has been given a simple but polished DVD release. The 1975 version of The Stepford Wives has been transferred to disc in letterboxed format at the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic play on 16 x 9 monitors. The audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, and viewers may choose between soundtracks in English and French. Bonus materials include a documentary on the making of the film featuring director Bryan Forbes, producer Edgar J. Scherick, and cast members Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Nanette Newman, and Peter Masterson, as well as the movie's original trailer, two radio commercials for the film, and a text bio of director Forbes.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
A dark secret lurks beneath domestic tranquility in The Stepford Wives, an oh-so-'70s psychological thriller from director Bryan Forbes. Screenwriter William Goldman (Marathon Man) adapted the novel by Rosemary's Baby author Ira Levin that imagines nightmarish underpinnings to a suburban dream. New York City housewife Joanna (Katharine Ross) moves with her husband and children to the town of Stepford, Connecticut, a haven of good schools, low taxes, and clean air. Oddly, though, Joanna's female peers all exude a zombielike placidity. The Stepford Wives hits all the beats of the classic conspiracy story, as Joanna increasingly suspects evil is afoot, questions everyone and everything around her, and eventually fears for her own sanity. The story serves up classic stereotypes along the way: children pile into station wagons, neighbors offer casseroles, women shop in cheery, shiny supermarkets, and men work the backyard grills -- it's an idyllic upper-class setting of green, green lawns. Paula Prentiss is nicely spunky as a fellow newcomer to Stepford who shares Joanna's suspicions, and Patrick O'Neal has a small but sharply sinister role as the founder of the secretive local men's association. But Ross is the real attraction here: This uniquely beautiful actress's girl-next-door allure perfectly suits this strangely asexual feminist allegory.
All Movie Guide
Based on the novel by Rosemary's Baby author Ira Levin, The Stepford Wives incorporates the same basic plot as that story: a woman in a strange place becomes convinced that the people around her are plotting some kind of evil. In the case of the town of Stepford, it's the fact that every housewife is consumed only by cooking, cleaning, and pleasing her husband. Katharine Ross turns in a strong performance as the paranoid victim in this case, a liberated photographer who leaves New York City for an all-too-perfect Connecticut town along with her husband (Peter Masterson) and two children (one of whom is Masterson's seven-year-old daughter, Mary Stuart Masterson, making her film debut). Though a bit too slow at times, the film builds to a chilling, downbeat conclusion. Particularly noteworthy is the screenplay by William Goldman, which features some truly inspired dialogue. In one scene, Patrick O'Neal, in the role of the local men's club leader, comments, "I like to watch women doing little domestic chores," to which Ross responds, "Well, you came to the right town." The cast does a solid job across the board with Paula Prentiss standing out as Ross' lively best friend, who becomes a robotic Stepford wife after a weekend "vacation." While it will never be considered more than an interesting cult horror film, The Stepford Wives nevertheless has left its mark -- its title has become a slang term in American culture.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/2004
UPC:
0097363816249
Original Release:
1975
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:55:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Interviews with director Bryan Forbes, producer Edgar J. Scherick, and stars Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Nanette Newman, and Peter Masterson; Theatrical trailer; Radio spots; Talent bios; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital English mono and French mono

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Katharine Ross Joanna Eberhart
Paula Prentiss Bobby Markowe
Peter Masterson Walter
Nanette Newman Carol
Patrick O'Neal Dale Coba
Tina Louise Charmaine
Paula Trueman Welcome Wagon Lady
Remak Ramsay Atkinson
John Aprea Policeman
Joanna Cassidy Actor
William Prince Artist
Carol Rossen Dr. Fancher
Carole Mallory Kit Sunderson
Toni Reid Marie Axhelm
Judith Baldwin Mrs. Cornell
Barbara Rucker Marie Ann Stavros
George Coe Claude Axhelm
Franklin Cover Ed Wimpiris
Robert Fields Raymond Chandler
Michael Higgins Mr. Cornell
Martha Greenhouse Mrs. Kirgassa
Simon Deckard Dave Markowe
Mary Stuart Masterson Kim Eberhart
Matt Russo Moving Man 1
Kenneth McMillan Market Manager
Dee Wallace Nettie the Maid
Tom Spratley Doorman
Josef Sommer Ted Van Sant
Michael Small Conductor

Technical Credits
Bryan Forbes Director
Gustave Berne Executive Producer
Gene Callahan Production Designer
Dick Smith Makeup Special Effects
Robert Drumheller Set Decoration/Design
Timothy Gee Editor
William Goldman Screenwriter
Anna Hill Johnstone Costumes/Costume Designer
Owen Roizman Cinematographer
James J. Sabat Sound/Sound Designer
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
Peter R. Scoppa Asst. Director
Michael Small Score Composer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Dick Vorisek Sound/Sound Designer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Program Start/Main Titles [5:25]
2. Welcome to Stepford [4:13]
3. Quiet Little Town [3:53]
4. "Why Bother to Ask Me at All?" [2:33]
5. Fender Bender [5:16]
6. "I Really Love You" [2:53]
7. Bobby Marko [4:31]
8. Stepford Men's Association [5:35]
9. Work of Art [3:05]
10. Garden Party [4:05]
11. Carol's Apology [4:48]
12. Tennis With Charmaine [4:23]
13. The Joys of Spray Starch [3:38]
14. Landmark Building [4:40]
15. Perfect Wife and Mother [5:06]
16. A New Woman [2:24]
17. Something in the Water [6:28]
18. House Hunting [4:29]
19. Shutterbug [2:57]
20. Bobby's Transformation [5:51]
21. "If I'm Wrong, I'm Insane" [6:11]
22. Domestic Violence [4:06]
23. "I Thought We Were Friends" [3:02]
24. Joanna Lashes Out [2:24]
25. Entering the Association [5:38]
26. Perfection [2:57]
27. The Stepford Wives [2:54]
28. End Credits [1:02]

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