Story of Us

Story of Us

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Cast: Bruce Willis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tim Matheson

     
 

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What happens to married love as the years go by? Director Rob Reiner tries to explain it all in the Bruce Willis/Michelle Pfeiffer tearjerker The Story of Us. Universal has done very nice work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Although the image in The Story of Us suffers from slight imperfections during a few key scenes (most notably at night withSee more details below

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What happens to married love as the years go by? Director Rob Reiner tries to explain it all in the Bruce Willis/Michelle Pfeiffer tearjerker The Story of Us. Universal has done very nice work on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. Although the image in The Story of Us suffers from slight imperfections during a few key scenes (most notably at night with heavy grain and dirt), this is a solid DVD overall, with bright colors and even black levels. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 as well as DTS. Both of these tracks are clear and concise, with dialogue, music, and effects mixed evenly. Since The Story of Us is a dramatic, dialogue-driven film, the audio on both tracks is -- not surprisingly -- underwhelming. Also included on this disc are English captions. The Story of Us features a few bright extra features that should please fans. A commentary track by director Rob Reiner is enlightening, if a tad bit monotone, as he discusses the reasoning behind making the film, casting choices, and other tidbits about the production. "Spotlight on Location" is a short 20-minute featurette featuring interviews with the cast and crew of The Story of Us. Finally there are some production notes, cast and filmmaker biographies, and theatrical trailers for other Universal films like Nutty Professor II: The Klumps, The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle, and The Story of Us. If you're looking for a well-stocked disc and a long cry on a Friday night, then by all means pick up The Story of Us.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Story of Us may not be up to Rob Reiner's usual standards -- with his resume, that's asking a lot -- but it certainly did not deserve the vigorous critical lambasting that turned it into a punch line. Sarcastically referred to as When Harry Broke Up With Sally, it is indeed familiar territory for Reiner: a pseudo-philosophical examination of the endurance (or lack thereof) of relationships, which borrows the same talking-to-the-camera interview format that When Harry Met Sally used so charmingly -- though here, it can get pretty cloying. People probably didn't like this movie as much because it's not always charming -- and yes, Bruce Willis and Michelle Pfeiffer do yell at each other a lot. But isn't that the point in a movie about the dissolution of a marriage? Other than the usual literate dialogue Reiner works with, there's great effort to create a montage feeling that effectively sums up this couple's 15-year union, including entire wardrobes and haircuts that may only get two seconds of screen time. Not all the scenes are good -- one of the most embarrassing involves Willis blowing up at a four-star restaurant, spewing simplistic, displaced rage at his best friends (Reiner and Rita Wilson). But Willis and Pfeiffer develop the kind of chemistry that makes even the short scenes seem like snippets of a believably messy continuum. There are no new revelations about marriage in this movie, but as a case study, it's effective enough for a piece of minor pop psychology that alternates between smart and condescending commentary. The result is an underrated effort from a director who should have earned viewers' trust by now.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/15/2000
UPC:
0025192071126
Original Release:
1999
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:36:00
Sales rank:
27,298

Special Features

Spotlight on Location; Feature commentary with director Rob Reiner; Dolby Digital and DTS audio tracks; Universal showcase; Production notes; Cast and filmmakers; Theatrical trailer; Specail DVD-ROM features

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Bruce Willis Ben Jordan
Michelle Pfeiffer Katie Jordan
Tim Matheson Marty
Rob Reiner Stan
Rita Wilson Rachel
Paul Reiser Dave
Julie Hagerty Liza
Colleen Rennison Erin
Jake Sandvig Josh
Jayne Meadows Dot
Tom Poston Harry
Betty White Lillian
Red Buttons Arnie

Technical Credits
Rob Reiner Director,Producer
Alan Edward Bell Editor
Christopher Burian-Mohr Art Director
Frank Capra Asst. Director,Executive Producer
Michael Chapman Cinematographer
Francesco Chianese Art Director
Eric Clapton Score Composer,Songwriter
Shay Cunliffe Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Eber Sound/Sound Designer
Michael Germain Makeup
John Perry Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Jane Jenkins Casting
Lilly Kilvert Production Designer
Robert Leighton Editor
Kathy Lucas Set Decoration/Design
Jessie Nelson Producer,Screenwriter
Gretchen Rau Set Decoration/Design
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
Jeffrey Stott Executive Producer
Alan Zweibel Producer,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1
1. Main Titles [2:46]
2. Highs and Lows [2:30]
3. Feeling Gotten [:48]
4. Dinner Conversations [6:01]
5. Thoughts in the Dark [:37]
6. The "Separation" [5:21]
7. Dinner [4:41]
8. All That Therapy [1:14]
9. It's Over [1:18]
10. Precious Time [4:35]
11. Parents Weekend [1:01]
12. A Venice Vacation [5:24]
13. Welcome Home [4:29]
14. It's All Illusions [1:49]
15. It's Somebody's Fault [4:02]
16. What to Tell the Kids [1:59]
17. We're an "Us" [2:42]
18. End Titles [3:17]

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