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Death Becomes Her, a review by Tom


     Death Becomes Her (1992/United States)
IMDb | Wikipedia

Columbia TriStar Home Video (United Kingdom)
Director:Robert Zemeckis
Writing:Martin Donovan (Writer), David Koepp (Writer)
Length:99 min.
Video:Widescreen 1.85
Audio:English: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, German: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Italian: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Spanish: Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround, Czech: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Polish: Dolby Digital 1
Subtitles:Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish

Stars:
Meryl Streep as Madeline Ashton
Bruce Willis as Ernest Menville
Goldie Hawn as Helen Sharp
Isabella Rossellini as Lisle Von Rhuman
Ian Ogilvy as Chagall

Plot:
Oscar® -winning actress Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemekis' outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life...and death.

Isabella Rossellini is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives--and deaths--forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls "diabolically inventive."

Awards:
Won:
Academy Award (1992)  Best Visual Effects (Ken Ralston, Doug Chiang, Doug Smythe, Tom Woodruff Jr.)
BAFTA (1992)  Achievement In Special Effects (Michael Lantieri, Ken Ralston, Alec Gillis, Tom Woodruff Jr., Doug Chaing, Doug Smythe)
Saturn (1992)  Best Special Effects (Ken Ralston, Tom Woodruff Jr., Alec Gillis, ILM)
Saturn (1992)  Best Supporting Actress (Isabella Rossellini)
Nominated:
Golden Globe (1992)  Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy (Meryl Streep)
Saturn (1992)  Best Actor (Bruce Willis)
Saturn (1992)  Best Actress (Meryl Streep)
Saturn (1992)  Best Director (Robert Zemeckis)
Saturn (1992)  Best Fantasy Film
Saturn (1992)  Best Makeup (Dick Smith, Kevin Haney)
Saturn (1992)  Best Music (Alan Silvestri)
Saturn (1992)  Best Writing (Martin Donovan, David Koepp)

Extras:
  • Featurettes
  • Production Notes
  • Scene Access
  • Trailers


My Thoughts:
I always enjoyed this movie. I was also amazed by the special effects when I first saw it. Of course nowadays what we see here is nothing special anymore.
Sadly this release is non-anamorphic and also the sound is really low. Though I am not sure if I like the movie so much to double-dip.

Rating:

(From Tom's Horror Marathon 2012 on October 13th, 2012)

Member's Reviews

The China Syndrome, a review by Jon


The China Syndrome
4 out of 5




Jack Lemmon, Jane Fonda and Michael Douglas star in The China Syndrome, a powerful cautionary thriller about the dangers of nuclear energy and the power of television news.

At some point in your regular run-of-the-mill disaster movie, you have put your hands up and admit that it's pretty daft. They take a tiny fact and blow it up too far, but you don't care because it's too much fun. Roland Emmerich reaches this point in under 20 minutes usually! The China Syndrome is powerful right up to the final moments because it stays in the realm of what could happen, not what does. In that sense it isn't even a disaster movie, more the "cautionary thriller" the cover blurb calls it, yet you never get that safety blanket of being bale to dismiss it out-of-hand. It builds up to a tense and even disturbing finale. There are no set-pieces, just a well-told drama with a sobering premise and two-thirds in it's clear it will be more whistle-blower The Insider style than anything else. Visually it isn't ambitious, but Director James Bridges does a great job to keep all the plates spinning, not least in the final emotional roller-coaster sequence. The story is split between a nuclear power plant dealing with a potential accident and the news team that happened to have been there when the control room briefly went nuts.

In retrospect, it's kind of bleak, yet it's also very entertaining while you gnaw on your fingers! It has a cheeky sense of irony in more than one moment. The cast are as dependable as their script and sell the story perfectly. Jack Lemmon is his usual brilliant self as the conflicted shift supervisor who knows something is wrong with the power plant, Jane Fonda is the reporter looking for hard news and Michael Douglas is her hot-headed camera-man. He shows his worth and never feels like a third-wheel between the other two, Oscar nominated, performances.

Between the plant and the news room, there is Fonda's story of trying to prove her worth at the TV station. It's intriguing stuff and dovetails nicely with the other angles. While it reminded me of Network and it is a serious drama, it almost seems unfair to pick out the similarities with Anchorman; the similarities between Kimberley Wells and Veronica Corningstone are impossible to miss as she struggles to be taken seriously against the male anchors (the bellydancing moment is pure Ron Burgundy material!), and only gets the zoo and birthday party assignments! You couldn't make it up.

To it's credit, the film loses nothing for such a comparison. What you'll remember is a well-acted, slow-burning thriller, with a message still relevant and potent today, and a powerful ending. It's no spoiler to say that the credits are silent. Can't think I've seen that before.

(From DCO third annual November Alphabet Marathon - discussion/review/banter thread on November 5th, 2009)

Member's TV Reviews

Pete's Pilots, a review by addicted2dvd



Barney Miller
Book 'em for hilarity in the first degree, as BARNEY MILLER: THE FIRST SEASON returns to protect and serve up laughs. Digitally remastered on DVD for the first time, this collector's two-disc set compiles all thirteen hysterical episodes from the first season of the long-running hit series (1975-1982), so you can revisit those laugh-out-loud moments down at the station all over again!

Ramon
Capt. Barney Miller's wife, Elizabeth, tries to talk him into quitting his job and moving to a quieter, more rural area to start a chicken Ranch. Meanwhile, at the police station, a teenage drug addict, Ramon, get's Fish's gun and is holding the squad at bay.

My Thoughts:
This was a series I never really watched that much back in the day. Not the original airing or the reruns. But when I saw the first season on sale cheap I figured what the heck... I will give it a try. Now maybe I just appreciate it more now then when I was a kid... but I found myself enjoying it much more then when I was younger. I still wouldn't say it is a great sitcom... but definitely worth watching. This episode show's Barney's home life more then I remember most the episodes did. I also noticed this episode was only 22min long... which seems highly unlikely for the time it was made... so I am guessing these are the syndicated cuts of the episodes.

My Rating:

(From Pete's Pilots on November 2nd, 2009)