What Women Want

What Women Want

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Director: Nancy Meyers

Cast: Mel Gibson, Helen Hunt, Marisa Tomei

     
 

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Fans of this lighthearted romantic fluff will no doubt be pleased with Paramount's DVD edition. The picture is an eye-pleasing 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer that nicely captures the Chicago settings. A film as dialogue-heavy as this one doesn't usually benefit from Dolby Digital 5.1, but certain scenes do stand out, most notably during Mel Gibson's dancing to Frank… See more details below

Overview

Fans of this lighthearted romantic fluff will no doubt be pleased with Paramount's DVD edition. The picture is an eye-pleasing 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer that nicely captures the Chicago settings. A film as dialogue-heavy as this one doesn't usually benefit from Dolby Digital 5.1, but certain scenes do stand out, most notably during Mel Gibson's dancing to Frank Sinatra. Director Nancy Meyers and production designer Jon Hutman provide a commentary that is more informative than one might expect. Meyers gives some good behind-the-scenes info and shares some good anecdotes as well. Additionally, there are a pair of featurettes that are mostly promotional in nature, but offer up some good footage of the film being shot, as well as a couple of good bits about the film's creation. A complaint must be lodged about the lack of deleted scenes, as the included trailers show a handful of sequences that were indeed removed from the final cut. Still, it's a minor quibble when compared to the other solid offerings to be found on this DVD.

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Editorial Reviews

Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert
The movie, written and directed by Nancy Meyers, doesn't flow so much as leap from one good scene to another over the crevices of flat scenes in between....If the movie is imperfect, it's not boring and is often very funny, as in a solo dance that Nick does in his apartment, to Frank Sinatra singing "I Won't Dance." This is, we imagine, the way the Tom Cruise character in "Risky Business" might have ended some of his evenings if he had grown up to be Nick Marshall. I also liked the way Gibson handled the sex scene, where his look of joy and complete self-satisfaction at the end is equaled only by Jack Nicholson's famous Triumph T-shirt moment in "Five Easy Pieces."

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
UPC:
0097363383840
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:06:00
Sales rank:
35,248

Special Features

Widescreen version enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Dolby Digital: English 5.1 Surround; English Dolby Surround; French Dolby Surround; English subtitles; Interactive menus; Scene selections; Two theatrical trailers; Cast & crew interviews; Behind-the-scenes featurette; Commentary by director Nancy Meyers & production designer Jon Hutman

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Mel Gibson Nick Marshall
Helen Hunt Darcy Maguire
Marisa Tomei Lola
Mark Feuerstein Morgan Farwell
Lauren Holly Gigi
Ashley Johnson Alex Marshall
Judy Greer Erin
Alan Alda Dan Wanamaker
Delta Burke Eve
Valerie Perrine Margo
Lisa Edelstein Dina
Sarah Paulson Annie
Bette Midler Nick's shrink (uncredited)
Alexondra Lee Woman in Sweater
Andrea E. Taylor Inner Voice Actress/Office Intern

Technical Credits
Nancy Meyers Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Deborah Aquila Casting
Bruce A. Block Co-producer
Gae S. Buckley Art Director
Susan Cartsonis Producer
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Dean Cundey Cinematographer
Bruce Davey Producer
Diane Drake Original Story
Tony Fanning Art Director
Howard Feuer Casting
Carmen Finestra Executive Producer
Josh Goldsmith Original Story,Screenwriter
John Perry Goldsmith Set Decoration/Design
Bonnie Greenberg Musical Direction/Supervision
Jon Hutman Production Designer
David MacMillan Sound/Sound Designer
Matt Williams Producer
Gina Matthews Producer
Stephen McEveety Executive Producer
David McFadzean Executive Producer
Andrew Menzies Set Decoration/Design
Ellen Mirojnick Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas J. Nordberg Editor
Stephen A. Rotter Editor
Alan Silvestri Score Composer
Easton M. Smith Set Decoration/Design
Patrick Sullivan Set Decoration/Design
Beck Taylor Set Decoration/Design
John Warnke Set Decoration/Design
Cathy Yuspa Original Story,Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selection
1. A Man's Man [:19]
2. Creative Director [:11]
3. Darcy Maguire [3:46]
4. "I Won't Dance" [3:28]
5. The Pink Box [4:38]
6. "I can hear what women think!" [2:53]
7. Aftershock [4:35]
8. The Luckiest Man On Earth [3:25]
9. Sex God [3:42]
10. No Games [2:17]
11. The Dress [5:03]
12. Thinking About You [6:13]
13. Nike Meeting [1:29]
14. Under My Skin [8:02]
15. Erin [2:43]
16. Prom Night [7:40]
17. My Hero [3:26]

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