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  • Actors: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair, Louise Fletcher
  • Directors: Roger Kumble
  • Writers: Roger Kumble, Choderlos de Laclos
  • Producers: Bruce Mellon, Christopher Ball, Heather Lieberman, Michael Fottrell, Neal H. Moritz
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 14 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Aug. 3 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (353 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00001PE4D
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #42,293 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Product Description

A STEAMY, STYLISH LOOK AT MANHATTAN'S POSH YOUTH AND THEIRWANTON GAMES AND SEXUAL MANIPULATION. COMMENTARY BY DIRECTORROGER KUMBLE, FEATURETTE, AND TWO MUSIC VIDEOS.

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This modern-day teen update of Les Liaisons Dangereuses suffered at the hands of both critics and moviegoers thanks to its sumptuous ad campaign, which hyped the film as an arch, highly sexual, faux-serious drama (not unlike the successful, Oscar-nominated Dangerous Liaisons). In fact, this intermittently successful sudser plays like high comedy for its first two-thirds, as its two evil heroes, rich stepsiblings Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar) and Sebastian (Ryan Phillippe), blithely ruin lives and reputations with hearts as black as coal. Kathryn wants revenge on a boyfriend who dumped her, so she befriends his new intended, the gawky Cecile (Selma Blair), and gets Sebastian to deflower the innocent virgin. The meat of the game, though, lies in Sebastian's seduction of good girl Annette (a down-to-earth Reese Witherspoon), who's written a nationally published essay entitled "Why I Choose to Wait." If he fails, Kathryn gets his precious vintage convertible; if he wins, he gets Kathryn-–in the sack. When the movie sticks to the merry ruination of Kathryn and Sebastian's pawns, it's highly enjoyable: Gellar in particular is a two-faced manipulator extraordinaire, and Phillippe, usually a black hole, manages some fun as a hipster Eurotrash stud. Most pleasantly surprising of all is Witherspoon, who puts a remarkably self-assured spin on a character usually considered vulnerable and tortured (see Michelle Pfeiffer in Dangerous Liaisons). Unfortunately, writer-director Roger Kumble undermines everything he's built up with a false ending that's true to neither the reconceived characters nor the original story--revenge is a dish best served cold, not cooked up with unnecessary plot twists. --Mark Englehart

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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By Simon Bergeron TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Oct. 6 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Review:
Ah, the 90s, the teen flicks of my youth. I Know What You Did Last Summer, The Craft, Scream, Wild Things, and Cruel Intentions. Most of which only recycle the tried formula of their respective genres. For this movie, it's been a long time since I saw it (back when VHS was still big). After all those years, it's not the best of movies. A very forgettable effort but still enjoyable for its corny spirit and sometimes bland acting (Ryan Philippe felt like a washed off sponge, but we all had to start somewhere). The real part that got me back then was between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair (yes, that part). Even though the movie is very predictable, what few heart it has makes up for some of it's nihilistic approach in characterization.

Film:
Sebastian (Ryan Philippe) collects female like a sportsman collects trophies. The only woman he really wants is his step-sister Kathryn (Sarah Michelle Gellar). They place a bet involving the most outrageous idea: Sebastian has to corrupt and bed Annette (Reese Witherspoon).

Audio:
A very serviceable track, the dialog is crisp, easy to hear and the music is very well balanced.

Video:
As far as DVD go, this is a good enough transfer. It's nothing to write home about but it gets the job done.

Extras:
A nice array of supplemental material is offered: an audio commentary, deleted scenes, two featurettes, music videos, trailer and filmographies.
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Format: Blu-ray
I wanted to buy this movie because I had just heard about actress Sarah Michelle Gellar, I knew her by name before but never happened to see any of her movies or TV series before. I've read that the steamy scenes between her and actress Selma Blair made this something of a cult movie; I was also very curious to see the work of director/writer Roger Kumble. There is currently about a dozen movies made from the 18th Century novel "Les Liaisons Dangereuses", two of the most famous are Milos Forman's "Valmont" made in 1988 and Stephen Frear's "Dangerous Liaisons" made in 1989, who won 3 Oscars basically for the costumes and the writing. In my opinion there were problems who made these two movies doomed from the very beginning, no matter how good the costumes and sets are someone get bored very rapidly of seeing only aristocrats living their daily life, especially when the dialog is complicated and hard to follow. Some positive point could always be given for the excellent music. Personally I really think the story is confusing in all three versions, in "Cruel Intentions" it's probably the main flaw of the movie, but it's still much clearer than the other versions and the story is understandable, those who don't understand everything the first time could always watch it again. The idea who made the movie excellent is certainly to adapt the action to modern 20th century where it's easy to put sexual overtones among other things, and making it a rich teenagers story add something. I couldn't think of better persons to play in it than Ryan Phillippe, Selma Blair, Reese Witherspoon and Sarah Michelle Gellar. Amazon.Read more ›
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By cruel_girl on May 14 2004
Format: DVD
This is still my favorite movie, it has been since it came out. In fact it probably was since I saw the preview for it! What's it got? First of all it's got a ton of seduction, betrayal, backstabbing, all the things you need for a great movie. It has a stellar cast with Sarah Michelle Gellar (famous for the great tv show Buffy, here at her meanest), Reese Witherspoon, Ryan Phillippe and Selma Blair. Without this great cast the movie wouldn't be what it is. I really bought the love story between Sebastian (Ryan) and Annette (Reese), it probably helped that they're real life lovers too. Cecille was funny, as the innocent twit that Kathryn wants to play with. The music in the movie also rocks, the soundtrack is a blast. This is a very edgy teen movie, and very adult so if you're like me you won't be able to wait to see it. The extra features on the dvd are alright, but the deleted scenes are nothing special, you'll be able to see why they were deleted. The trailer is great, they used the song How Soon is Now for it. The best thing is the movie itself, which I think stands up to many repeat viewings! Wicked and sexy, it's alot of fun.
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Format: DVD
We'll start with the bad, for those who have seen dangerous liasons you've seen it all before and will expect similiar. Don't!
This is vamped for the younger generation. The only other thing that may make you dislike this film is Philipe's "Sebastian" acting. His acting through parts of the film is seemably someone trying to act but his character is someone who is constantly lying and is pretending. Several parts of the film when his emotions come out his acting is bottled. It's probably how most guys would act in the real situation trying to keep a tap on their emotions and the only flaw in this is that it's too real and not more like what we usually see on screen.
But despite that this is a brilliant film with twists and a great ending.
I'd like to mention the excellent job Edward Shearmur did for the soundtrack. Brilliant non intrusive to the movie and very suiting to the mood. Each and every track melds into a great viewable movie.
With only a thousand characters per comment I could go on all day about film but thought more suiting to mention the bad and let you enjoy the movie with these out of the way.
One of my all time favourite's.
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