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The War of the Roses [Blu-ray] [1989] [Region Free]

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Michael Douglas , Kathleen Turner , Danny DeVito    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito, Sean Astin, Marianne Sägebrecht
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: None
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009O8LAQM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito are reunited for a third time to fabulous effect in The War of the Roses. This is a dark, disturbing comedy of marital 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 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 a 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 hyper-stylised 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 1980s materialism, tempered only by its framing device as a cautionary tale. --Mark Englehart,

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Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner and Danny DeVito star in this cunning comedy about the demise of a marriage. Oliver (Douglas) and Barbara (Turner) Rose have been together for 18 years. Now Barbara wants a divorce, but when it comes to deciding who will get their sumptuous house neither is willing to give an inch. Oliver’s lawyer (DeVito) offers some savvy advice, but it’s already too late. Oliver and Barbara become entangled in a mire of rapidly escalating spite and revenge as the war of the Roses moves towards its stunning conclusion.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very black comedy 6 Jun 2007
As a depiction of the disintegration of a once loving relationship this film takes some beating. If you watch it with blinkers on there are scenes that are funny in isolation. Taken as a whole, much of it portrays a couple doing their very best to ruin each others lives with increasingly vindictive and cruel words and deeds.

The script, acting and direction are brilliant. Douglas and Turner couldn't have been better chosen as the once deeply in love couple who do their very best to torture each other and simply will not forgive and move on.

The ending is a shock, utterly appropriate and unforgettable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Ultimate Divorce Movie! 15 Nov 2007
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Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas are always great together and I think they really do their best duo work together in this film in what is a dark comedy about how being materialistic is not always the best thing to be.

Told in reflection by Danny DeVito as a lawyer, he recalls the story which sent him back to his form chainsmoking self. Turner and Douglas meet and seem to have the perfect marriage for many years with two children growing up to leave the nest (cue Sean Astin (Samwise the Brave)). However over the years Douglas works all day and comes home to his perfect house made perfect by Turner. Deciding enough is enough she asks for a divorce in exchange for the house she built - a house that Douglas will not yeild as it was made with his money.

From there is decends into a battle of increasingly outlandish getbacks to make sure they secure the house including dog pate, cat killing, plate smashing and mousetrap setting. Each time the actions get more desperate.

I won't spoil the ending but its fantastic and I've watched this film so many times it never fails to make me laugh and I never know who to side with either which is great.

If you enjoy comedy, love films gone wrong or dark humour you'll love War Of The Roses
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray review 8 Feb 2013
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When I wanted to buy this film on blu-ray I looked for reviews to see if the picture was any good but there were none, so I thought I would write this to help any other would be purchasers. The picture on this disc is fine nothing wrong I could see although I do not have the DVD of the film to compare it to. All I can say is at this price (£8) you can't go wrong and its a very enjoyable film to, well worth it. Buy and enjoy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Multi faceted movie 3 Jan 2010
This film is an amalgam of romance, comedy, thriller and a dash of weepie cos, through it all, he still loves her. Boy meets girl and they get married, then, very slowly over the years tensions mount for Barbara (Kathleen Turner) untill one evening she anounces to Oliver, "every time I look at you I feel I could smash your face in." Oliver, played by Michael Douglas, has no idea this is coming and he looks so stunned you have to feel for him. From there on their relationship decends into outright hatred. They set about hurting each other in ever more destrucive ways. Because of the sadness of the situation, for me the film is never REALLY funny but the thriller aspect is never really menacing either. The story keeps you wondering who's going to get the house they are fighting over, if it's worth having after what they've done to it. The end is unusual and not what we expect.
This is an unusual film which gives us a lot of food for thought. There ARE people out there who are prepared to destroy their own lives just so that they can get one up on someone else. It reminds us of how destructive revenge is and that perhaps we never really know what another person is capable of. There are moments where we have to smile but there is another aspect to this movie - CREEPY. I enjoyed it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Hillarious!!! 15 April 2011
Ironically I bought this film just as i had separated from my husband. I have never in my life laughed as much. It was bang on with how i was feeling at the time. So so funny. As it says in the intro this isn't 'one of those films'. Brilliant!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 7 July 2014
By shark
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Another Classic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Really disappointed 21 Jun 2014
By angel
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Had this film on dvd but wanted to upgrade to Blu ray thinking the blu ray would be slightly improved quality compared to the old dvd.

The blu ray version was extremely grainy and the one I received wouldn't play in my Lg 3d and blu ray kept freezing and sticking. Shame.
Unfortunately I had to return it...however a refund was given without any problems. :0)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Glad I never married! 18 April 2014
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My favourite film directed by DeVito. The chemistry between Douglas & Turner makes me wish they'd done more films together. A very black comedy from 1989. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brilliant Movie!!
Published 3 days ago by tina kneeshaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I was about 16 or 17 when I first saw this film and at the time I wasnt too impressed with it, I thought maybe the reason at the time was simply because I didnt understand... Read more
Published 4 months ago by G. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
I really love this film and can watch it over and over. Great action and plot. Very funny as well.
Published 5 months ago by annette
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Film
DVD arrived as predicted. Seen in when it was actually in cinemas but wanted to have it in my DVDothequie.
Published 6 months ago by OperaLover
5.0 out of 5 stars good
The war between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner is worst than we can imagine.Kathleen Turner,Michael Douglas and Danny de Vito are excellent . Read more
Published 7 months ago by carosalf
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD
Whart a great movie and so real to life - I found it very good, witty, amusing and it is worth watching over and over again...very good value......Lynn Taylor..
Published 10 months ago by Mrs Lynn Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars good laugh
This was one of the best films I have seen. Saw part on the tele. Had to go out on an emergency. So paid the price to see the End. Worth every penny.
Published 10 months ago by Lord Greymold
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Great price & speedy delivery for a classic film! It makes me laugh everytime I watch it, & reminds me of my ex wife! lol.
Published 11 months ago by Dunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy-drama film i ever watched
Very good film but delivery was not good at all. I used PRIME next day delivery but it is came 2 days later . Read more
Published 12 months ago by el
5.0 out of 5 stars Just love this film
First saw this film on tv some time ago and just loved it. It's about a couple going through a bad divorce after many years of marriage and the kids have left home. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Miss E I Riches
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