The End of the Affair

The End of the Affair

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The End of the Affair

A powerful romantic detective story that merits repeated viewings, Neil Jordan's adaptation of Graham Greene's The End of the Affair receives a stellar DVD release. The widescreen anamorphic transfer beautifully presents Roger Pratt's atmospheric lighting and camera work while the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track sounds great on any home stereo system. There are also a number of DVD extras, including audio commentaries, a featurette, and a separate audio track spotlighting Michael Nyman's very fine score. The featurette is a better-than-average promo spot, but viewers should avoid it until after they've watched the film since it gives away a number of important plot points. The DVD also comes with separate audio commentary tracks, one featuring writer/director Neil Jordan and the other with star Julianne Moore. Both off-the-cuff commentaries are worth listening to, even if each should've been more prepared. As actors are wont to do, Moore brings up her own career and what the part means to her, but she's also genuinely interested and proud of everyone's work in the movie, from co-stars to production and costume designers. Like Jordan, she also touches upon how the movie differs from Greene's famous semi-autobiographical novel. That rare instance where the movie is actually subtler than the book, Jordan's narrative changes actually has a much lighter touch in dealing with Greene's religious themes. Both commentary tracks can be of interest to all audiences, but especially to filmmakers and students, as all aspects of moviemaking are explored. The commentary track even explains why movie rain always comes down so harder than real rain (light rain doesn't show up on film) and why it's torture for the actors to film such scenes. The early 1955 adaptation of The End of the Affair has also been released on DVD, but Neil Jordan's movie is infinitely superior.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/16/2000
UPC: 0043396047457
Original Release: 1999
Rating: R
Source: Sony Pictures
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time: 1:41:00

Special Features

Digitally mastered audio & anamorphic video; Widescreen and full-screen presentations; Audio: English 5.1 (Dolby Digital); Subtitles: English; Director Neil Jordan's commentary; Julianne Moore's commentary; Making-of featurette; Isolated music score; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Interactive menus; Production notes; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ralph Fiennes Maurice Bendix
Julianne Moore Sarah Miles
Stephen Rea Henry Miles
Ian Hart Mr. Parkis
Sam Bould Lance Parkis
Jason Isaacs Father Smythe
James Bolam Mr. Savage
Deborah Findlay Miss Smythe

Technical Credits
Neil Jordan Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jon Billington Art Director
Patrick Clayton Asst. Director
Susie Figgis Casting
Tony Lawson Editor
Michael Nyman Score Composer
Sandy Powell Costumes/Costume Designer
Anthony Pratt Production Designer
Roger Pratt Cinematographer
David A. Stephenson Sound/Sound Designer
Kathy Sykes Co-producer
Joanne Woollard Set Decoration/Design
Tony Woollard Art Director
Stephen Woolley Producer
Graham Greene Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Start [3:42]
2. Jealous Henry Miles [4:01]
3. Night They Met [3:09]
4. "I'm in Love." [1:09]
5. The Affair Begins [3:38]
6. Mr. Savage [2:52]
7. "Haunted Heart" [2:09]
8. Worried About Henry [3:47]
9. Mr. Parkis [6:12]
10. The Earth Moves [4:30]
11. Exhibits A & B [5:10]
12. Father Smythe [2:15]
13. Detective's Report [1:52]
14. Two Bores [1:48]
15. V1 Attack [1:56]
16. "You're Alive?" [5:13]
17. Sarah's Diary [2:33]
18. Answered Prayers [8:04]
19. Seeking Peace [4:33]
20. "Don't Leave Me." [3:58]
21. Returning the Diary [4:27]
22. Brighton [1:15]
23. Parkis' Brief [2:52]
24. "You'll Marry Me?" [1:26]
25. Bad News [5:40]
26. Bedside Confession [3:15]
27. The End Comes [3:57]
28. Final Miracle [5:51]

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The End of the Affair 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a terrific movie. I loved everything about it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Based on Ralph Fiennes' usually performances, I expected nothing less than wonderful, which is what I got and more. Both he and Julianne Moore made me fall in love with this film, and now it is my favorite movie.