Far From Heaven

Far From Heaven

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Far From Heaven

Director/screenwriter Todd Haynes has created a melodramatic, star-packed, 1950s drama with Far from Heaven from Universal Studios. This heart-wrenching tale about spouses, fantasies, and unraveling marriage is presented beautifully in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen. Colors are clear, even thought the film itself is shot with a slightly dreamy, past-tense feel for effect. The English 5.1 Surround Sound is the perfect vehicle to enjoy the haunting musical score by Elmer Bernstein. A French 5.1 Dolby Surround track, French subtitles, and Spanish subtitles are also included. The studio included many extras on the disc, which is to be expected considering the weight of the star power and the attention that the film received at last year's Academy Awards and Golden Globes. First, there's a screen-specific, rather technical audio commentary with Haynes that offers everything from in-depth insight into the makings of the film to the symbolic meanings of melodramas of the 1950s. Following that, the disc provides three featurettes, with the first being the lengthy "Anatomy of a Scene." Stars such as Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid provide insight into the movie, as do production designer Mark Friedberg and composer Bernstein. "The Making of Far From Heaven" is the typical commercial-like lengthy promo featuring all the film's primary players, but it's still interesting enough to warrant a look. In "A Filmmaker's Experience," Moore and Haynes speak in front of a live audience during a Q & A session at Los Angeles' American Cinematheque. But disappointingly, it's the shortest of the three featurettes. Rounding out the fare are production notes, filmographies, and a theatrical trailer.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2003
UPC: 0025192245626
Original Release: 2002
Rating: PG-13
Source: Focus Features
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:48:00
Sales rank: 29,068

Special Features

Director's commentary with Todd Haynes; the making of Far From Heaven; filmmakers experience Q&A session; anatomy of a scene.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Julianne Moore Cathy Whitaker
Dennis Quaid Frank Whitaker
Dennis Haysbert Raymond Deagan
Patricia Clarkson Eleonor Fine
Viola Davis Sybil
James Rebhorn Dr. Bowman
Celia Weston Mona Lauder
Mylika Davis Esther
Matt Malloy Actor

Technical Credits
Todd Haynes Director,Screenwriter
Declan Baldwin Co-producer
Elmer Bernstein Score Composer
Tim Bird Asst. Director
Ellen Christiansen Set Decoration/Design
George Clooney Executive Producer
Mark Friedberg Production Designer
Drew Kunin Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Lachman Cinematographer
James Lyons Editor
Jody Patton Producer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Eric Robison Executive Producer
Peter Rogness Art Director
Laura Rosenthal Casting
Bradford Simpson Co-producer
John Sloss Executive Producer
Steven Soderbergh Executive Producer
Christine Vachon Producer
John Wells Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [2:39]
2. Mrs. Whitaker [2:25]
3. A Silly Mistake [3:38]
4. Mrs. Magnatech [5:00]
5. A Secret Life [6:15]
6. Raymond [3:37]
7. Frank's Problem [14:00]
8. The Art Show [5:19]
9. Another Glorious Party [2:59]
10. All Man [4:45]
11. A Day With Raymond [6:52]
12. The Only One [3:54]
13. Vicious Talk [5:59]
14. It Isn't Plausible [2:08]
15. Happy New Year [4:29]
16. Daddy's Girl [4:23]
17. The Breakup [2:54]
18. "Call Me Cathy" [6:59]
19. The Last Farewell [10:40]
20. End Titles [3:54]

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Far From Heaven 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
One of the most gorgeous, evocative, and stunningly beautiful films I've ever seen in my life. Julianne Moore, the best actress of her generation, is a vision. By far the best performance of the year, if not the decade.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film is beyond human limits in so many ways it's almost inexpressable. The beautiful technical feats (Art Direction;Costume Design). The incomparable musical score. But what really get's you is the acting. Julianne Moore's performance is the best I've ever seen by an actress.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay! I know I'm going to catch flack for this one, but the 'genius' of 50's melodrama director, Douglas Sirk, has always escaped me. There, I said it. 'Far From Heaven' is director, Todd Haynes attempt at emulating 'Sirk'. In that respect, the film succeeds. It is riddled with lush photography and set in the 1950's - which helps. But as a film of today, it miserably flops. Like Sirk's 'Written on the Wind', 'Far From Heaven' concerns a dutiful wife, Kathy (on this occasion played by Julianne Moore) who discovers that her husband, Frank (Dennis Quaid) is not all that he appears to be. And like Sirk's 'Imitation of Life' there is a hint of tempered racial tension and interracial romance (between Raymond [Dennis Haysbert] and Kathy) that sneaks into the proceedings. But if anything, 'Far from Heaven' proves that you can't go back to the well twice - as it were - and relive the past without being compared and judged inferior to it. Julianne Moore and Dennis Quaid aren't very engaging as a couple and the racial undertones are played from a safe distance. Director, Todd Haynes' photography is too lush, at times appearing as garishly cartoonish - something that Sirk was never guilty of - and the plot, such as it is, seems better suited for a segment on 'General Hospital' than mainstream Hollywood film-making. Ironically, it was Sirk's influence through films like 'Written on the Wind' that paved the way for television to take its cue and cultivate the soap opera on the small screen. In retrospect, that premise works. The other way around ¿ it¿s an embarrassment. Besides, 'Far from Heaven' plays it safe at every turn, eschewing biases and bigotry and ending on a very postmodern unhappy note that Sirk would never have approved of. The transfer perfectly captures Haynes' intent. Colors are rich, vibrant and nicely balanced. Black and contrast levels are accurately rendered. There is a considerable amount of edge enhancement and some shimmering of fine details. No pixelization though. The soundtrack is 5.1 and adequately rendered. The extras include a very self-congratulatory featurette in which Hayne's explains how he did Douglas Sirk one better. Like Attenborough's remake of 'Miracle on 34th Street' or Van Sant's shot for shot remake of 'Psycho' - it simply can't be done! I wish Hollywood would realize this.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie was elegantly and movingly crafted to evoke the bittersweet memory of a bygone era and its hidden social turmoil. Even through the remnants of those long ago years have passed, still the lesson remain the same. True love is a gift from the creator. To demean it, cage it, debase it, or denied it in anyway makes of us bereft of our humanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago