War Of The Roses: Filmmaker Signature Series

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Divorce was never funnier in the black comedy The War of the Roses, directed by Danny Devito and starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Fox has done a wonderful job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels all look clean and bright with no bleeding or muting present. A small amount of grain shows up in a few spots, though it's nothing intrusive to the viewing of the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (English and French) and lacks the punch of a good 5.1 ...
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Divorce was never funnier in the black comedy The War of the Roses, directed by Danny Devito and starring Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. Fox has done a wonderful job on this 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. The colors and black levels all look clean and bright with no bleeding or muting present. A small amount of grain shows up in a few spots, though it's nothing intrusive to the viewing of the film. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 (English and French) and lacks the punch of a good 5.1 sound mix. While the soundtrack is free of any distortion or hiss, the lack of fidelity and depth make this a somewhat disappointing sound mix. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. This edition of War of the Roses includes a few fine extra features. The first is a great commentary track by director/actor Danny Devito. The director seems to have a wealth of knowledge about the making of the film, and is both charming and funny. Up next is a collection of deleted scenes with a very funny introduction by Danny Devito. These scenes are strung together in one full-length sequence. Four storyboards are included, as well as some sketches of some scenes from the film. Finally there is a still gallery of photos from the film (props, posters, effects, and production), the entire shooting script, four theatrical trailers, and six TV spots for the movie.
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Special Features

Director's commentary; Deleted scenes; Computer sketches; Storyboards; Still galleries; Trailers & TV spots; Anamorphic widescreen [aspect ratio 1.85:1]; Audio: English Dolby surround, French Dolby surround; Subtitles: English, Spanish
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Danny De Vito's flesh-crawling black comedy makes a very convincing case against hastily conceived marriages. In a tense battle between husband and wife, Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner plummet headlong into the abyss of a soured relationship. Turner and Douglas play their roles sublimely as their characters square off in a fierce knockdown, dragout battle over territory and worldly possessions. The pettiness of their competition is sometimes unbearable, but the film is wound so tightly that the viewer is forced to watch it to the bitter end; the thin line of love and hatred De Vito has delineated through his nerve-wracking direction is truly unforgettable. De Vito himself turns in another superlative performance as the slimy but sage divorce lawyer. All in all the film works superbly but it certainly will leave viewers with a sick feeling in the pit of their stomachs.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/18/2001
  • UPC: 024543023401
  • Original Release: 1989
  • Rating:

  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:56:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Michael Douglas Oliver Rose
Kathleen Turner Barbara Rose
Danny DeVito Gavin D'Amato
Marianne Sägebrecht Susan
Sean Astin Josh, Age 17
Heather Fairfield Carolyn, Age 17
G.D. Spradlin Harry Thurmont
Peter Donat Larrabee
Trenton Teigen Josh, Age 10
Bethany McKinney Carolyn, Age 10
Michael Adler Dr. Hillerman
Patricia Allison Maureen
Harlan Arnold Mr. Dell
Peter Brocco Elderly Mourner
Roy Brocksmith Mr. Fisk
Jacqueline Cassell Gavin's Secretary
Dan Castellaneta Man in Chair
Tyler the Cat Kitty Kitty the Cat
Tony Crane Teenage Boy
Ellen Crawford Nurse
Gloria Cromwell Mrs. Marshall
Popeye the Dog Bennie
Mary Donohue Carolyn, Age 3
Julia Elliott Latin Assistant
Mary Fogarty Mrs. Dell
Peter Hansen Mr. Marshall
Robert Harper Heath
Rika Hofmann Elke
Lisa Howard Nurse
Prince Hughes Bleeding Man
Susan Isaacs Auctioneer's Assistant
Susan Isaacs Auctioneer's Assistant
Morris Jones Anchorman
Shirley Mitchell Mrs. Dewitt
Sue Palka Anchorwoman
Philip Perlman Bidder at Auction
Vickilyn Reynolds Nancy, Oliver's Secretary
Fred Scialla Stand-In
Eunice Suarez Latin Woman
Jeffrey Thomas Orderly
Danitra Vance Manicurist Trainee
Shaun Wickers Josh, Age 3
David Wohl Dr. Gordon
Technical Credits
Danny DeVito Director
Steve Abrams Makeup
Stephen Abrums Makeup
Warren Adler Screenwriter
Dustin Blauvelt Camera Operator
James L. Brooks Co-producer
Stephen H. Burum Cinematographer
Doug Claybourne Executive Producer
John M. Elliott Jr. Makeup
Mark Fabus Set Decoration/Design
John Frazier Special Effects
Perry Gray Set Decoration/Design
Gloria Gresham Costumes/Costume Designer
Lynzee Klingman Editor
Michael Leeson Co-producer, Screenwriter
Mark Mansbridge Art Director
Anne McCulley Set Decoration/Design
Arnon Milchan Co-producer
David Newman Score Composer
Polly Platt Executive Producer
Ida Random Production Designer
David Rubin Casting
Mike Runyard Stunts
Nicholas C. Smith Editor
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. Main Titles [2:15]
2. A Divorce Story [4:16]
3. A Dinner Party [6:13]
4. House Hunting [1:10]
5. Different Interests [5:10]
6. Oliver's Attack [1:32]
7. Barbara's Decision [3:35]
8. Settlement Talks [1:43]
9. The Civil Code [6:28]
10. A Fire [2:17]
11. A Solution [4:34]
12. An Accident [5:18]
13. Payback [1:02]
14. Showdown [4:57]
15. The Ultimate Injury [1:22]
16. Flying High [3:27]
17. The Moral [2:55]
18. End Titles [2:23]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary by Danny DeVito
      Deleted Scenes Montage
      Storyboards
         The Dinner Party
         The Dog and Cat Chase
         The Sauna Sequence
         The Chandelier Sequence
      Trailers
         Trailer A
         Trailer C
         Trailer D
         Trailer E
      TV Spots
         "Christmas Map"
         "Going to War"
         "Days of Christmas"
         "Number 1 Movie"
         "Countdown"
         "Graphics"
      Sketches
         Sketches of the Rose House
         Director's Computer Sketches
      Script
      Still Gallery
         Production
         Visual Effects Props
         Poster Gallery
      Thx
         Audio Tests
            Play Test
         Video Tests
            Play Test
   Language Selection
      Spoken Languages: English Dolby Surround
      Spoken Languages: French Dolby Surround
      Captions/Subtitles: English
      Captions/Subtitles: Spanish
      Captions/Subtitles: None
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 3.5
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Disturbing...

    and outrageously funny!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For anyone getting, gotten, or going through a divorce

    Divorce is hell and anyone who has been through one knows. It's an interesting film one in which brings to light the sick and twisted things one will do to his/her spouse to keep what he/she feels he/she has rightfully earned throughout the marriage. A realistic look at divorce with comedy added in the mix its a good film. The chemistry between Oliver and Barb is great as they make the perfect nemisis for each other. A little slow in the beginning with the idle threats but once they get going you'll be laughing through the ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Be patient.

    This movie gets three stars because it isn't very interesting at first. In the beginning, all it is is talk. The beginning is pretty boring so you have to be patient in order to get what you want out of the film. If you do decide to keep your patience throughout the movie, you will be rewarded as the movie goes on. As it goes on, some tension starts to develop between Oliver and Barbara. This tension drives them to commit horrible acts against each other to try to get back at each other worse than the last payback. This squabble between them is pretty entertaining and kind of funny. It's an okay movie for the people who are patient and are willing to stick with the movie.

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    Posted December 16, 2010

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    Posted May 7, 2010

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    Posted December 17, 2009

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