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A Perfect Murder (Special Widescreen & Full Screen Edition) [Import]

3.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • 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
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • Release Date: Nov. 3 1998
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305128928
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A Perfect Murder (Special Edition)

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The husband (Michael Douglas) is a currency trader whose portfolio value is going right down the drain. The wife (Gwyneth Paltrow) is the heiress to a $100 million fortune. The marriage is not a happy one, but the promise of long-term affluence keeps them together. The wife pursues an affair with an artist (Viggo Mortenson) who gives her all the passion she doesn't get at home, and when the husband finds out, well ... someone's going to pay with their life. Who will the unlucky one be? We wouldn't dare spoil the elegant plot twists of this devious thriller, but it's well known that Douglas excels at portraying greedy characters with ice in their veins. Here, it's easy to assume that Douglas has pulled off, as the title implies, a killing that nobody will ever pin on him. But this is the kind of glossy thriller (loosely inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder) that delights in disrupting your expectations, so it grabs your attention right up to the final scene. It's a bit too cold to really draw you in (hey, these are not very nice people we're dealing with here!), but with its able cast and stylish direction by Andrew Davis, this less-than-perfect murder thriller is still definitely worth a look. The widescreen Special Edition DVD includes audio commentary by Michael Douglas, Andrew Davis, and producer Peter McGregor Scott, an alternate ending deleted from the finished film, and sketches by the film's costume designer. --Jeff Shannon

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When I first watched this movie, I was transfixed by an actor I'd never seen before--Viggo Mortensen. He plays the cuckolding lover with such gentleness, such sensuous passion, I found myself thinking about him and his performance weeks after I saw the movie at the theatre. With Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow starring, this remake of "Dial M for Murder" is absolutely fabulous. In fact, I like this movie better than the original because Ray Milland was too easy to hate as the greedy jealous husband while Michael Douglas is still charming as hell, even when we know he's a controlling, arrogant, self-serving villain. Also, Grace Kelly was much blander than Gwyneth as the victim. Gwyneth shows spunk, justified suspicion and intelligence. I'm sure that's partly due to the 48 years of cultural changes that separate these films, but I remember wishing that Grace was a bit brighter when I first watched it in the early 1960's--and I was just a child. In Perfect Murder, there was one glaringly outdated scene--Gwyneth gets out of the tub to answer a phone ringing in the kitchen; in 1998, when this was made, every New York yuppie would have an answering machine, and probably a phone in the bathroom as well. Although I wince a bit when I watch this scene, I overlook it because I assume the writer/director wanted to keep the film as close to the original as possible, and the scene following it is so well done that it is just a blip. I only mention it because it seems to stand out (then I've watched it dozens of times) and I want to give a complete review. Still, it is a masterpiece, in my opinion.
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A Perfect Murder is a re-make of the Hitchcock film, "Dial M for Murder." Steven Taylor, played by Michael Douglas, pays David, an artist played by Viggo Montenson, to kill his wife Emily, played by Gwyneth Paltrow. Emily and David are having a affair. The plan seems perfect, but is it? The murder is thwarted and the rules change. There is much suspense, and the plot contains several twists that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Douglas, Paltrow, and Mortenson do excellent jobs with their roles. The DVD contains commentary by the director and Michael Douglas. It also has an alternate ending that I don't think works as well as the one in the theatrical release. "A Perfect Murder" is a very good movie.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 23 2014
Format: DVD
Stephen and Emily Taylor seem to have the perfect life of wealth, elegance and privilege -- until Stephen hires his wife's lover to murder her.

If that sounds slightly familiar, that's because it's similar to the plot of Alfred Hitchcock's "Dial M For Murder," which "A Perfect Murder" is a loose rewritten adaptation of. Andrew Davis is no Alfred Hitchcock, but he does fill the polished movie with a sense of tense, unnerving fear, and he gets some amazing performances out of a strong quartet of actors.

Wealthy New York socialite Emily Taylor (Gwyneth Paltrow) is having a torrid fling with a handsome young artist, David (Viggo Mortensen). At the same time, her husband Stephen (Michael Douglas) is seeing his business investments collapse. Emily and David believe their affair is a secret, until Stephen contacts David and reveals that he know all about their affair, AND about David's secret past as a thief and conman.

He offers David $500,000 to murder Emily and make it look like a random robbery, and arranges an elaborate ploy involving the house-key. It seems like the perfect murder. But not only does Emily manage to stab her attacker to death, but he isn't David. It seems like a random break-in, but Detective Karaman (David Suchet) seems to be suspicious -- and Emily begins to suspect that her husband arranged the murder attempt.

Most of the plot is lifted (and then rewritten) from "Dial M For Murder," so sadly I cannot credit Andrew Davis with the tightly-wound mystery plot, and the subsequent tangle of suspicions, blackmail and evidence that Stephen can't explain away. The strong point of "A Perfect Murder" is the acting, which is pretty brilliant all across the board.
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By lawyeraau TOP 500 REVIEWER on Sept. 7 2003
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This glossy, stylish, and elegant remake of Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 film, "Dial M for Murder", forges its own identity, as it leaves behind the theatrical underpinnings of the original film. Screenwriter Patrick Smith Kelly offers up an intelligent, well written script with some surprising twist and turns. Beautifully directed by Andrew Davis (The Fugitive, Under Siege, The Package), the film delicately weaves its ingenious plot.
Steven Taylor (Michael Douglas) is a driven, wall street tycoon whose wife, Emily Bradford Taylor (Gwyneth Paltrow) is an heiress, fabulously wealthy in her own right. They live in a lavishly appointed apartment in Manhattan. The only fly in their ointment, or so it seems, is that Emily is having a love affair with a down and out artist, David Shaw (Viggo Mortensen).
It seems, however, that there is a dark side to the relationship between Steven and Emily, as Emily is decidedly unhappy with it. Moreover, unbeknownst to Emily, her artist boyfriend is not all that he appears to be nor is her husband, Steven, who is not as rich as he purports to be. Apparently, a series of bad investments have left him with margin calls that are set to leave him on the brink of bankruptcy. What's a guy to do?
Well, if you are like Steven Taylor, a ruthless, self-absorbed creep, you look to get your wife's money, at all costs. He knows about his wife's lover and will seek to use him, making David an offer he can't refuse. This decision sets in motion a cat and mouse game that leaves the viewer wondering, just who is the cat and who is the mouse? Who will live and who will die?
This is a solid thriller that will keep the viewer riveted to the screen. Excellent performances are given by all.
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