The Stepford Wives

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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 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 ...
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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 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.
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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
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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.
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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: 6/15/2004
  • UPC: 097363816249
  • Original Release: 1975
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  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

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
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, 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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Menu

Side #1 --
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      The Stepford Life: Interviews With Director Bryan Forbes, Producer Edgar J. Scherick, and Stars Katharine Ross, Paula Prentiss, Nanette Newman and Peter Masterson (18 mins.)
      Trailer
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1 (:30)
         Spot #2 (:30)
      Bryan Forbes Bio
   Languages
      English
      French
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It's A Fun Movie To Watch

    In today's era of slasher movies and blood and gore, it is fun to just watch a silly movie. It wasn't made to be one of the worlds greatest mysteries of all times, but I think it does what it sets out to do, entertain. If you are a seventies kid like me, I'm sure you will enjoy it. I can't wait for the re-make. I bet Nicole Kidman will be great in it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    No need

    If you loved the horror film Jack Frost, if you listen to Kidz Bop cd's, if you think 40 days and 40 nights is the best teeny bopper movie ever, then you'll love this one. As for me, this charmer is the biggest waste of my time...what a shame they are making a remake

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    the original stepford wives

    first off, i've only heard about this movie from seeing trailers of the remake. finally got to see this and have to say it was interesting creepy and just wrong. had a feeling it would be what it revealed at the end. anyway basically its the story of what would happen if you arrived in a town with only perfect ladies that was like something from the 60s, thank goodness times have changed but others are still in the loop to be exact.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creepy and dark . This will give you chills.

    Some people may dismiss this film as a silly piece of fluff. It is, in fact, a darkly humorous commentary on chauvinism and the housewife. Beautiful Katharine Ross shines in this dark comedy about a woman whose two acquaintances become hausfraus obsessed with housework. This chiller is not for those of you who watch films such as this one for mindless entertainment. This is for all the women, whether they're housewives or not, who refuse to be June Cleaver-esque throw-backs. This is also for men who, hopefully, will wake up and accept women as equals and not appreciate them only for their looks or what they want to them to be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent Flick

    For those of you who liked Rosemary's Baby, Psycho, and The Shining, you will definately find this one enjoyable. There is a lot of suspense, many laughs, and some great acting. The ending is a little wobbly, but other than that, a guarenteed good film.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Independent Women, Beware!!!

    One of the creepiest movies of all time, especially if you are a professional woman whose husband has, at times, wished you were June Cleaver with enhancements! Ira Levin (Sliver, Boys from Brazil, Rosemary's Baby) articulates the thinking woman's nightmare! I can't wait for the remake (Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, and co.)

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