When a Man Loves a Woman

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Overview

Luis Mandoki's addiction drama When a Man Loves a Woman comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the theatrical trailer. Disney/Buena Vista has done a fair job on this release. The film looks and sounds fine, but there ...
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Overview

Luis Mandoki's addiction drama When a Man Loves a Woman comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. An English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are no subtitles, but the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. Supplemental materials are limited to the theatrical trailer. Disney/Buena Vista has done a fair job on this release. The film looks and sounds fine, but there is nothing outstanding about the DVD.
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Special Features

Theatrical trailer; French-language track; 2.0 Dolby Surround; Widescreen [1.85:1]
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Luis Mandoki's exploration of a woman's struggle with alcoholism and the effect of the disease on her family is a thoughtful variation on an overly familiar theme. Meg Ryan stars as the woman whose long-concealed drinking habit worsens, threatening her marriage and family life. While acknowledging the significance of the grueling recovery process, the film instead concentrates on the difficulties of the woman's loving and attentive husband (Andy Garcia) in coming to grips with his now partially recovered wife, who had previously taken a more passive role in their marriage. Employing two such attractive stars and placing them in idyllic surroundings might seem a typical Hollywood tactic to soften a painful tale, but it also functions as a reminder that no one is immune from such suffering. As Garcia attempts to relinquish his authoritarian role, the film transcends the issue of alcoholism, and the couple begin the difficult process of honest communication which lies at the heart of any marriage. Ryan avoids excess and melodrama in the creation of a moving and credible character, and Garcia is also excellent as the "in-control" airline pilot learning to navigate a new emotional territory.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/15/2000
  • UPC: 717951005465
  • Original Release: 1994
  • Rating:

  • Source: Walt Disney Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Stereo
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, stereo
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 9,017

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Andy Garcia Michael Green
Meg Ryan Alice Green
Lauren Tom Amy
Philip Seymour Hoffman Gary
Tina Majorino Jess Green
Ellen Burstyn Emily
Mae Whitman Casey Green
Eugene Roche Walter
La Tanya Richardson Dr. Gina Mendez
Ronald Bass AA Man #1
Richard Bradford
Steven Brill Madras Tie Guy
James Courtney Earl
Garth Craven
Joe Drago AA Man #2
Al Franken
William Frankfather Al-Anon Leader
Ellen Geer Woman at Al-Anon
Amanda Mackey-Johnson
Brandis Kemp AA Woman #3
Andrew Magarian AA Man #3
Tony Montero Bartender
Cathy Sandrich
Gail Strickland Pam
Susanna Thompson Janet
Bari K. Willerford Malcolm
Technical Credits
Luis Mandoki Director
Jon Avnet Producer
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Ronald Bass Executive Producer, Screenwriter
Thomas D. Causey Sound/Sound Designer
Garth Craven Editor
Steve Danton Asst. Director
C. Tad Devlin Co-producer
Al Franken Producer, Screenwriter
Frank Holgate Cinematographer
Amanda Mackey-Johnson Casting
Jordan Kerner Producer
Lajos Koltai Cinematographer
Kara Lindstrom Set Decoration/Design
Simon Maslow Producer
Susan Merzbach Co-producer
Salli Newman Associate Producer
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Steven A. Saklad Art Director
Cathy Sandrich Casting
Susan Shilliday Screenwriter
Stan Tropp Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Wurtzel Production Designer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Program Start/Opening Credits [1:52]
2. Anniversary Dinner [1:52]
3. Pressures [2:59]
4. Grandpa & Grandma [2:04]
5. A Scare [2:04]
6. Middle-Of-The-Night Episode [1:29]
7. One Day After Work [8:12]
8. Alice Tells Her Secret [2:45]
9. Treatment Center Check-In [3:03]
10. Breakfast With The Girls [3:48]
11. Alice Calls Micheal [4:31]
12. Smashing Bottles [5:09]
13. A Visit To Mommy [4:49]
14. Family Out Of Control [2:51]
15. Begging [4:01]
16. A Reassuring Talk [3:38]
17. Overly Attentive [3:09]
18. Counseling Session [6:59]
19. An Uncomfortable Situation [4:37]
20. Trying To Be Real [2:01]
21. "Everybody Hurts" Montage [5:46]
22. Al-Anon Meeting [4:14]
23. Taken Unawares [5:02]
24. Bye, Baby [6:19]
25. AA Meeting/A Second Chance [10:37]
26. End Credits [2:12]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Set Up
      Spoken Language
      Captions
   Bonus Material
      Theatrical Trailer
      Film Recommendations
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Movie, True To Form.

    I find it to be true love when a man can stand by a woman in her worst moment and love her more than ever. There was in fact nothing she could do to make him love her any less. In fact the problem was that he probably loved her too much. If that's possible. The children, make the story even better and the relationship of a married couple more realistic.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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