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War of the Roses: Filmmaker Signature Series [Blu-ray]

Michael Douglas , Kathleen Turner    Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito reunited for a third time to fabulous effect in this dark, disturbing comedy of martial trauma and revenge, which couldn't be more different from their sunnier outings in Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. Douglas and Turner, in career-best performances, are the materialistic, consumer-driven Roses of the title (Oliver and Barbara) whose seemingly perfect marriage has soured beyond repair; their only point of contact, aside from their two college-bound kids, is their meticulously maintained dream house, which Douglas bought and Turner decorated to perfection. When Turner gets a taste of financial independence, she asks Douglas for divorce--all she wants is the house and everything in it (aside from his clothes and shaving kit). He laughs at her and she punches him in the face. Things only get worse from there, as nasty divorce proceedings (with DeVito as Douglas's lawyer) give way to insults, threats, ruined dinner parties, and pet abuse. And through it all, the Roses begin destroying their beloved home and its contents, just to spite each other. DeVito, who also directed, takes Michael Leeson's blacker-than-black screenplay and gives it a hyperstylized spin, complete with skewed camera angles and wonderfully expressionistic cinematography (by Stephen Burum) as Douglas and Turner barricade themselves in their house, both refusing to give an inch. Shocking for a mainstream studio picture, with its unsympathetic protagonists, escalating bitterness, and disturbing finale, Roses is a poisonously funny valentine to both marriage and '80s materialism, tempered only by its framing device as a cautionary tale. Definitely not a date movie. --Mark Englehart

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By Dr. Joseph Lee #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
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VIDEO:

War of the Roses arrives at blu ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 1.85:1 encode. It is directed by Danny DeVito, who intentionally wants a softly photographed picture with a darker lean, thus retaining the cinematographic intent with a pleasing presence of grain, keeping the viewing experience filmic with little overt filtering. Details are there, from the tchotchkes that litter the Rose household to the thinness of fabrics, accentuating certain wardrobe naughtiness from DeVito. Facial response is excellent, with natural skin tones. (4/5)

AUDIO:

The 5.1 DTS-HD MA sound mix is fairly modest for a manic creation as this, maintaining a primarily frontal presence that makes little time for surround play. Dialogue is crisp and tight, with accurate separation. In 1953, Alfred Newman composed and recorded the 20th Century Fox Fanfare "with Cinemascope extension". In 1989, his son, David Newman re-recorded the fanfare for "The War of the Roses" in order to have the last note of the fanfare segue seamlessly into the first note of the opening titles music. Very clever! But the overall soundtrack is not outstanding. (3/5)

TRIVIA:

Oliver Rose (Michael Douglas) cuts the heels off his wife's (Kathleen Turner) shoes. In Romancing the Stone, Jack Colton (Douglas) cut the heels off Joan Wilder's (Turner) shoes.

While shooting the scene where Michael Douglas (Oliver Rose) and Kathleen Turner (Barbara Rose) are sitting in the chandelier, director Danny DeVito pretended to break for lunch while the two actors were 30 feet above ground. I wonder who had the last laugh.

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There is only one BD-50 disc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie May 22 2014
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I am in the process of getting DVD's for all the VHS movies I have and this is one of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Nov. 30 2013
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My husband had never seen this movie and I told him how good it was. I decided to buy it and we enjoyed it immensely.
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5.0 out of 5 stars War of the Roses June 11 2013
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I loved this movie and wanted it for myself and to show a few friends.
I've just ended a 10 year relationship and I never played their roll but
I did get thoughts screaming in my head about it. I do believe every married couple should buy
this movie and watch it many times over and over.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favorites April 10 2013
By HN
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This is such a funny movie. My boyfriend is slightly obsessed with Michael Douglas in Falling Down, which when we watched it together, honestly gave me a huge migraine.
So after hearing his synopsis on this movie and raving about how great it was, I was slightly skeptical. But this movie is hilarious. I may have to give Falling Down another chance....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still Love it!! Jan. 26 2013
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Came just as described. Love this movie! It's going to add to my 80's collection I started a while back. Thank you! :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Movie Jan. 4 2013
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omg, this is such a funny movie. Hard to believe it was based on a true story. Stars Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner. I have watched this movie several times and still love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Fave Oct. 15 2011
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This is by far my favourite Michael Douglas & Kathleen Turner movie. I could watch it over and over. Do yourself a favour and buy it right now. You'll get tons of laughs & tears from this divorcing couple - it may seem a little over the top, but I've known many divorced couples who've done just as many inane things as these 2 characters.

Kudos to whoever wrote the dialogue for this movie script. Brilliant! I have yet to watch it on our large screen, but will do so this weekend and can't wait to enjoy it all over again. Why don't they make movies like this anymore?
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