Postcards From The Edge [DVD] 
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DVD Special Features:
Feature length commentary by Carrie Fisher
Language choice: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Subtitles: English, French, German, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Bulgarian, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese, Greek, Hebrew, Spanish, Italian.
A film by Mike Nichols of Carrie Fisher's semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards from the Edge is an intermittently hilarious, occasionally tear-stained account of an actress' struggle with addiction and with her competitive star mother. Meryl Streep turns in yet another flawlessly perfect performance as Suzanne, who is coping with cleaning up while making yet another idiot cop film. Shirley Maclaine is effective and overpowering as her hard-drinking Old Hollywood star mother perpetually trying to remould her daughter, singing Sondheim songs at parties, showing off her still-perfect legs and occasionally driving into trees. Among the many guest stars, Dennis Quaid is self-effacingly unpleasant as an unreliable boyfriend, Gene Hackman charismatic as a fatherly director and Annette Benning impressive in a cameo as a starlet rival. Nichols' standard slickness is very much on display here; this is perhaps too obviously manipulative a film in which the emotional detail is never quite as impressive as the central performances and script deserve.
On the DVD: The DVD takes the rather subversive risk of giving the commentary role to Carrie Fisher, who discusses entertainingly how the screenplay evolved from her original novel, occasionally making clear that certain sentimentalisations of the characters were not her idea; she argues coherently that the film makes Meryl Streep's character a little too much the martyr. She also gives us a lot of faintly scurrilous Hollywood and family gossip. It also provides the theatrical trailer and filmographies for the director and major players. --Roz KaveneySee all Product Description
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Based on a true story, this is the story of Suzanne Vale, a actress just out of a rehab clinic, who, in order to do this movie, has to live with a responsible parent (enter Shirley MacLaine)
Suzanne battles staying off the drugs, while her mother drinks smoothies made with vodka! Love the mother daughter bond between them.
Postcards is a film that you can watch time after time, and you'll have the end song "I'm Checkin' Out" going round in your head for weeks after!
In 1990, Columbia Pictures released a movie version of Postcards from the Edge, adapted for the screen by Fisher and starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid. The movie received Academy Award, BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Meryl Streep) and Best Music, Original Song (for "I'm Checkin' Out.
In response to questions about how closely the movie's Vale/Mann relationship parallels Carrie Fisher's relationship with her mother Debbie Reynolds, Fisher stated in 1990 that, "I wrote about a mother actress and a daughter actress. I'm not shocked that people think it's about me and my mother. It's easier for them to think I have no imagination for language, just a tape recorder with endless batteries."
Postcards from the Edge gives a convincing perspective of life behind the glamour, as the two powerful lead actresses explore their relationship as mother and daughter together.
Streep plays this character with a kind of defiant sweetness. She is notevil, but lost and looking to leave the past behind. . Her mother (Shirley MacLaine) is an alcoholic. But because wine is socially acceptable and drugs are not, the mother is able to deny her problem while lecturing her daughter to the point of distraction. Both actresses perform brilliantly and convincingly. They are at eachother throats a lot but still there is a deep bond between them. A bond that always works fine if there is an audience. I enjoyed this movie.
Fisher knows more than a little about growing up as the daughter of a movie star, and also plenty about addiction and its ravages. She's publically stated that the book is a work of fiction and not based on her own past, but its impossible not so see her and Debbie Reynolds in the two main characters. Both lead actresses are fantastic, Streep is endearing and empathetic as the lost and stressed starlet, while MacLaine acts up a storm as a woman who can't accept that her time has passed and that she is as much an addict as her daughter ever was. Through the kitchen sink conflicts there's never any doubt that these women do love each other and that all the snapping and put downs are just a shield. The supporting cast are strong as well, Dennis Quaid is charming as a would-be suitor of Suzanne's, and Gene Hackman is fantastic in a ten minute role as a movie director.
While the script is well done and the acting is the movie's attraction, as a story it's a bit slight. Despite holding addiction as a theme it remains pretty light and fluffy and we barely see the consequences of drug and alcohol dependency. The soft focus on self-abuse and sharp eye on two women re-establishing a relationship keeps it from being essential while still keeping it watchable.Read more ›
"Postcards" I must have seen five times, and I am not tired of it yet. It is hard to say why, except perhaps the characters and the actors are wonderful, and the dialogue is just amazing.
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I am so happy it is coming on DVD. Now we just need The Fearless Vampire Killers and Vincent And Theo also.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good film but not great in my opinion. Doesnt portray knitty gritty of addiction.Published 4 months ago by Lidia
Sadly the DVD had two abraded areas so it wouldn't play properly. Had to be returned.Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer