The Stepford Wives

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Overview

Frank Oz's satiric remake of The Stepford Wives suffered a supposedly rocky time during production with many of the high-powered stars supposedly unhappy with different elements of the shoot. One would never know that were the case based on Oz's commentary track on the film's initial DVD release. He is polite and gracious toward every member of the cast, and dishes no dirt on anyone. His discussion skews toward what they cut in order to maintain the flow of the story. The film itself is presented in a widescreen ...
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Overview

Frank Oz's satiric remake of The Stepford Wives suffered a supposedly rocky time during production with many of the high-powered stars supposedly unhappy with different elements of the shoot. One would never know that were the case based on Oz's commentary track on the film's initial DVD release. He is polite and gracious toward every member of the cast, and dishes no dirt on anyone. His discussion skews toward what they cut in order to maintain the flow of the story. The film itself is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio. English soundtracks are rendered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby Surround, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. English and Spanish subtitles are accessible. Other supplemental materials include five behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, trailers, and a rather humorous blooper reel that showcases stars Nicole Kidman and Matthew Broderick suffering a serious case of the giggles, as well as a hilariously unintended Woody Allen impression by Broderick. This is a fine presentation of the film, but those hoping for some insider gossip on the film's production will be disappointed.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by director Frank Oz; "A Perfect World: The Making of the Stepford Wives"; "Stepford: A Definition"; "Stepford: The Architects"; "The Stepford Wives"; "The Stepford Husbands"; Stepford: Deleted/extended scenes; Stepford: Gag reel; Teaser trailer; Theatrical trailer; Widescreen version enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround, English Dolby Surround, French 5.1 Surround; English and Spanish subtitles
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Here's proof positive that you shouldn't believe everything you hear or read. The pre-release "buzz" on Stepford Wives was uniformly bad, convincing prospective viewers that Frank Oz's remake of the 1975 thriller based on Ira Levin's bestselling novel would be virtually unwatchable. That's not the case, however. Although we'd be hard pressed to call the new version a classic, it has many great moments and several terrific performances. Nicole Kidman portrays Joanna Eberhart, a hard-charging, stressed-out TV executive fired from her network after being targeted for assassination by a disgruntled reality-show contestant. She moves with her pleasant but ineffectual husband, Walter Matthew Broderick, and their kids to the upscale suburban community of Stepford, where remarkably contented husbands lounge in a lavishly appointed clubhouse while their attractive, servile spouses attend to their every need. Kidman's character finds this a little strange, as does her new friend Bobbie Markowitz Bette Midler, the village's only other refugee from Manhattan. When they begin to suspect something sinister in the overly efficient machinations of Stepford's "power couple," Mike and Claire Wellington Christopher Walken and Glenn Close, they launch an investigation -- unbeknownst to their hubbies. At this point, anyone who has seen the original might think they know where the remake is headed -- but they would be wrong. Frank Oz's Stepford Wives takes liberties with both Levin's novel and the earlier film version, coming up with a hybrid that may be somewhat inconsistent but is far from the disaster this movie's detractors claimed it to be. Kidman is decidedly quirky as an unknowingly domineering wife, although her finely tuned performance is eclipsed by the more colorful portrayal of Midler, whose blowsy, tart-tongued scribe gets most of the laughs. Walken plays another of his mannered eccentrics, and Close scores big with her turn as a tightly wrapped matron. The film misses opportunities here and there, and some tampering is clearly evident reportedly, several key scenes, including the climax, were reshot, but in general The Stepford Wives is a lot better than you may have heard.
All Movie Guide - Perry Seibert
Whoever came up with the idea to remake The Stepford Wives as a satirical comedy had a superb moment of inspiration. Paul Rudnick fills his script with the kind of catty one-liners that he is best known for, and figures out how to put new spins on the old premise. The casting in the film is right on the money. Glenn Close embodies the spirit of Stepford with a regal insistence. Matthew Broderick consistently manages to find all three dimensions in a character that seems underwritten until the final act. Just as she did in To Die For, Nicole Kidman shows that she has a gift for a particular type of cold-hearted comedy. Roger Bart, as a very flamboyant gay man who has been brought to Stepford by his straight-laced Republican life partner, perfectly delivers all the bitchy, outrageous lines not already reserved by Bette Midler. The film falls apart when it abandons the comedy in favor of actual suspense. Somewhere in the middle of the film, Kidman is surrounded in her home by the men of Stepford, but the film's tone has been so light and inconsequential it can not muster the slightest bit of terror or suspense. Sadly, an arbitrary third-act twist (no viewer will guess who the real "deus ex machina" is) fails to wrap up the main story in an interesting way -- even as the story line about Kidman and Broderick's marriage comes to a satisfying conclusion. One gets the feeling that Rudnick got it right on the page, but that Frank Oz was unable to get that film on the screen.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2004
  • UPC: 097363380146
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Paramount
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Special Edition / Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 1:32:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 52,702

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Nicole Kidman Joanna Eberhart
Matthew Broderick Walter Kresby
Bette Midler Bobbi Markowitz
Glenn Close Claire Wellington
Christopher Walken Mike Wellington
Roger Bart Roger Bannister
David Marshall Grant Jerry Harmon
Jon Lovitz David Markowitz
Faith Hill Sarah Sunderson
Lorri Bagley Charmaine Van Sant
Mike White
Matt Malloy Herb Sunderson
Colleen Dunn Marianne Stevens
Tom Riis Farrell Stan Peters
Jason Kravitz
Lisa Masters Carol Wainwright
Kate Shindle Beth Peters
Robert Stanton Ted Van Sant
Christopher Evan Welch Ed Wainwright
Technical Credits
Frank Oz Director
David Arnold Score Composer
Ron Bochar Sound/Sound Designer
Ron Bozman Executive Producer
Laura Civiello Sound Editor
Leslie Converse Co-producer
Mark Cotone Asst. Director
Jackson de Govia Production Designer
Donald De Line Producer
Gabriel Grunfeld Producer
Rob Hahn Cinematographer
Danny Michael Sound/Sound Designer
Randall Poster Musical Direction/Supervision
Jay Rabinowitz Editor
Nicholas Renbeck Sound Editor
Peter Rogness Art Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Ann Roth Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Rudin Producer
Paul Rudnick Screenwriter
Edgar J. Scherick Producer
Debra Schutt Set Decoration/Design
Keri Selig Executive Producer
Julia Shirar Sound Editor
Juliet Taylor Casting
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. A Perfect World
2. The Legendary Joanna Eberhart
3. Bad News
4. Welcome to Stepford
5. New Friends
6. Unusual Behavior
7. Mischievous Buddies
8. Men Behaving Badly
9. Snooping Around
10. New and Improved
11. Happy Homemaker
12. Joanna Confronts the Men
13. Mike's Victory
14. Breaking the Code
15. Claire's Story
16. A Not So Perfect World
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Set Up
      Audio Options: English 5.1 Surround
      Audio Options: English Dolby Surround
      Audio Options: Français
      Audio Options: Commentary by Director Frank Oz
      Subtitle Options: English
      Subtitle Options: Español
      Subtitle Options: None
   Special Features
      Commentary by Director Frank Oz
      A Perfect World: The Making of the Stepford Wives
      Stepford: A Definition
      Stepford: The Architects
      The Stepford Wives
      The Stepford Husbands
      Stepford: Deleted/Extended Scenes
         Square Dance
         Husbands on Driveway
         Bobbie's Kitchen
         Lab Sequence
         Herb on Pole
         Claire's Electrocution
         Play All
      Stepford: Gag Reel
      Trailers
         Teaser Trailer
         Theatrical Trailer
      Previews
   Scene Selection
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted June 10, 2011

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    A Complete and Utter Thud!

    I bought this film on a whim at a local used movie/book store. I was kind of excited to see the film...I mean Nicole Kidman, Glen Close, and the Divine Ms. M! Heaven, right? Not so much.The film did the impossible - it gave me a huge headache after only 15 minutes of watching it.

    I adored the original 'Stepford Wives,' but I made sure to not compare the two ... due to the fact that this current version is a comedy, rather than a psychological thriller. Alike or not, the 'remake' is a complete bore! It's considered a comedy, but not one comedic moment or line occurs. Not one single good laugh! Plus, the characters are hard, or rather impossible to like. Joanna, played by Ms. Kidman, is the worst.She is a complete and utter ice queen, who you instantly dislike from the get-go. And the story is a crappy version of the original with more floppy material thrown in.

    My advice? Save you cash.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    i love kidman, but...

    I saw this movie for two reasons, one was Nicole Kidman whom I adore and the other was I liked the original. Now watching Kidman was fun and she did a great job with the material given to her, it's the material that was the problem. I don't understand how anyone could have found this drivel to be good. There were more plot holes in this than any film I have ever seen. The writer kept switching between the wives being robots and being brainwashed which are two very different things. My main question about this movie is did any of the actors read the script before they signed on? was there even a script? don't waste your time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dull comedic version of the original

    this is a really stupid movie and it is not even worth writing a review about it. the only reason I am, is because this movie is an insult to the people who made the original one in the 70's and I feel bad for them

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Movie I Ever Saw

    I have to say if you are looking for the best movie on the plaent stop looking beacuse you found it. The Stepfod Wives has a very clever plot, a gifted cast of famous actors and actress, and a tremdous amount of laugths. The Stepford Wives is fabulos. It is a very funny movie that adults will love. The well know cast of characters does a great job in bringing this film to life. the plot is just breath taking.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Too funny!

    I actually loved seeing Nicole Kidman in a really good film role. After seeing Nicole being held back by her former husband, (Tom Cruse), this movie just proves Nicole Kidman's talent as an actress, (as if 'The Others' and 'Moulin Rouge' didn't prove Kidman's talent as an actress previously.) I think that this movie is great, because of not only Nicole Kidman's wonderful performance, but also wonderful acting jobs done by Bette Midler, Glenn Close and Christopher Walken. I would reccommend people watching this movie. I thought that the ending was awesome and a very 'Female Friendly' ending. This movie made me glad that I was a girl by the time that I saw the ending, after having watched this movie in the theatre twice.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A FAB EXAMPLE OF A MOVIE REMAKE

    I loved this movie. Personally, I don't understand why critics were so harsh. The film may not be 'Lawrence of Arabia,' but it does offer a belly full of laughs. Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, and the other cast members shine in truly neurotic roles.

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