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Death Becomes Her [DVD] [1992]

Meryl Streep , Bruce Willis , Robert Zemeckis    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy
  • Directors: Robert Zemeckis
  • Writers: David Koepp, Martin Donovan
  • Producers: Robert Zemeckis, Joan Bradshaw, Steve Starkey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish, Czech
  • Subtitles: English, German, French, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004S5ST
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,805 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If Robert Zemeckis's mega-hit Forrest Gump was too sweet for your taste, you may enjoy the undiluted bitterness of his previous movie, a cynical black comedy that was ahead of its time. Death Becomes Her, an outlandish parable about America's obsession with youth and vanity, exposes the corrosive side of Zemeckis's comic sensibility, the sort of scathing satirical edge he gleefully flourished in his overlooked 1980 Used Cars, which has developed a cult following.

Meryl Streep has a ball as the deliciously vicious Madeline Ashton, a flamboyantly mannered actress who makes Bette Davis's formidable Margo Channing in All About Eve look like a wallflower. Goldie Hawn is also in razor-sharp comedic form as Madeline's long-time "best friend," Helen. Sensing a bargain she just can't resist, Madeline steals Helen's meek, plastic-surgeon husband Ernest (Bruce Willis) for her own convenience, and the two women become sworn enemies. But the real complications arise when the two are introduced to a secret anti-aging formula by a mysterious and exotic woman (Isabella Rossellini, delightfully ridiculous) that not only smoothes away wrinkles but actually guarantees immortality. As their undying bodies are twisted and mutilated by violent attacks on each other, both women grow increasingly dependent on Ernest for cosmetic repair. The pioneering digital effects inflicted on Streep and Hawn are as grotesque as they are imaginative and hilarious. Like James Cameron (The Abyss, Titanic), Zemeckis loves a technical challenge, and the new visual tools developed for this movie made his later work (in Forrest Gump and Contact) possible. The digital video disc includes a short feature on the movie's production. --Jim Emerson,

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Stampy
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Falling actress Madeline Ashton (Streep) learns of a secret potion that will regenerate her beauty whilst her long term enemy Helen (Hawn) looks set to steal her husband

Black comedies are some weird and wonderful creations. The Coen brothers are creative masters at such a genre, whether depicting the nature of the government in Burn after Reading or revealing the solidity of harsh actions in Intolerable Cruelty the pair have become a landmark and favourites.

To take the concept of death and vanity and putting a comedy twist on it sounds almost as controversial as Dogma and as zany for Zemeckis as you like, given his previous hit was the final part in the Back to the Future trilogy. But despite the initially oddity of this picture, it is perfect comedy gold with a strange darkness and bizarreness to rival Tim Burton.

The film begins with a song and dance routine with Meryl Streep in as good as singing voice as in her later role Mamma Mia! After a couple of confusing scenes we see Helen has gone into depression after her husband got hitched with Madeline and it seems we have a soapy style love triangle but after Madeline gets her hand on a love potion and we see Helen return to the mix, everything becomes much more light hearted and very funny, with sharp physical comedy and maintaining that level of bizarre activity throughout.

Goldie Hawn is the stand out with a wacky crazed character that is simply likeable despite her vindictiveness. Streep is, as ever, on fine form and pleasantly Willis has dived away from his stereotyped action hero into a soft hearted struggler who wants his life back. The pairing of the three works wonders and is hard to imagine any other in such roles as the playful comic acting is in perfect harmony with the wacky script.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Laugh until you......die? 8 May 2009
Buy it...........laugh 'till it hurts.....and then watch it again.

For some reason this fantastic film seemed to pass by unnoticed and I cannot understand why. Meryl Streep is the heart of the film and is on fine form, her comedic talent is second to none and in my opinion not showcased enough. Goldie Hawn is also terrific, and it is great to see Bruce Willis playing the shy, pathetic man for a change. No sign of John Mclane here!

If you are a fan of Ms. Streep then you have to own this film as in my opinion it is one of her best ever performances. Even if you are not a fan of the mighty Streep, buy it anyway and fall in love with her.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Siempre Viva! 3 July 2004
The passage of time weighs upon us all: the loss of youth's energy, agility, beauty. But let us say there is a potion, an elixir, "a touch of magic in a world obsessed with science." Drink it and you will be forever young. Do not drink it and watch yourself rot away with old age. Just such a potion falls into the hands of two women who are not only fierce rivals, determined to best each other no matter the cost, but consumed with vanity as well. Siempre Viva: Live Forever! Whether you like it or not!
With excellent performances, an invective-laced script, and remarkable special effects, DEATH BECOMES HER takes on several great philosophical and literary concepts--and subverts them into one of the most wickedly funny black comedies in recent memory, dishy, bitchy, mean spirited, and a tremendous amount of fun. Film buffs will particularly relish this film, which references everything from THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW to THE WIZARD OF OZ and a host of classic horror films such as FRANKENSTEIN, THE MUMMY, and CAT PEOPLE--and also tacks in everything from Tennessee Williams plays to rock legend Jim Morrison for good measure.
Unfortunately, the DVD release is commonplace, offering the film in pan-and-scan only. To give the release its due, the shift from widescreen to pan-and-scan is expertly done and not in the least distracting--but still, a widescreen option for such a special effects heavy film would be preferred. And while this would seem to be an ideal film for a making-of documentary, the DVD offers only a handful of production notes as bonus. Even so, the film is so extremely well done that I wouldn't miss it on that account! Recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad DVD! Don't buy! Not anamorphic widescreen! 5 Jun 2009
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Can't believe this is a newly released DVD! More like a repacking one! It listed as 1.85 anamorphic widescreen on the cover, but it is in fact a normal letterbox widescreen version! All the shimmering artifacts present throughout, and image is soft, grainy and dark! Sound is just Dolby Stereo! A short making-of feature and trailer are included - in fullscreen.

How could they release such stuff after 11 years of it initial released? Damn to Universal! I want my money back!
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By BigAl82
Wonderfully black comedy with inspired performances from the cast. If you have not seen this film, see it NOW! The stairs part is worth the price alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic 21 Mar 2014
By rachel
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if you haven't seen this film then, your missing out buy it. Great cast and believe me you would never of seen anything like this before your also be laughing your arse off :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars daugher loves it 16 Dec 2013
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got this for my 6 year old daughter she had seen abit of it on the tv so i said id get it for her on dvd glad i did because she loves it :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 11 Dec 2013
By jackie
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this is for my daughter, she loves this film, and cant wait to sit down and watch it together. xxx
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Ordered this film after a discussion at work, film arrived within a week of order being placed. Film has been passed around the office. Will buy again from this seller.
Published 7 months ago by Samantha
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic
What a classic film. Watched it when I was younger so very excited when it arrived. Great quality too and cheap.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Utter Rubbish
I'd rather watch pair dry. please learn by my mistake, and don't buy/rent/watch it/ This film really is offensively bad. Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars death becomes her
I think its a funny film my children have seen it on the tv once but not seen it all the way through so i thought i would get it
Published 9 months ago by maria smith
4.0 out of 5 stars good
I really like this film and have watched it a fair few times, but not for a number of years as it was on vhs and our vcr died a few years ago.
Published 9 months ago by L. V. Andrews
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good comedy!
Great acting, good story, a lot of laughter! It was a sensation when it came out and it is still a very good movie!
Published 12 months ago by Veronika
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious comedy
I have always loved this film and had not seen it for years so decided to buy this DVD and I was not disappointed as it really is a hilarious film.
Published 13 months ago by Millie
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious, makes me laugh everytime
Seriously, watch this film.
It is so funny, original comedy with scenes that every woman can relate too.
But also a thriller with magic and soft violence. Read more
Published 14 months ago by jhorgan
4.0 out of 5 stars Buyer Beware
On of my favorite movies. The description says it's anamorphic,the box it comes in says it's anamorphic,but it's not. It's 4:3 LTX.
Published 14 months ago by Robert Mcgoldrick
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