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Death Becomes Her [P&S] [DVD] [1992]

Robert Zemeckis' special effects laden black comedy Death Becomes Her comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer that fails to preserve the original theatrical aspect ratio of the film. English, Spanish, and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Spanish subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtrack is closed-captioned. There are no supplemental materials of any consequence. This is a sub-par release from Universal.
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    Overview

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (33 out of 33)

    Special Features


    • Behind the scenes featurette
    • Production notes
    • Filmographies

    Synopsis


    Death Becomes Her
    High-concept director Robert Zemeckis applies his usual polish -- helped by an equally adept cast -- for this surprisingly gruesome and extremely funny black comedy. The film begins with narcissistic actress Madeline (Meryl Streep) stealing the latest in a series of potential fiancées, wimpy plastic surgeon Ernest (Bruce Willis), from her ex-best friend Helen (Goldie Hawn). Depressed and infuriated, Helen suffers a breakdown that lands her in a mental hospital -- in addition to a junk-food bender that seems to triple her weight. When Madeline crosses paths with Helen again many years later, she is horrified to discover her once-chunky rival looking younger, slimmer and more glamorous than ever before. Fearing that Helen will try to steal Ernest back -- and dreading the thought of not having a plastic surgeon at her beck and call -- Madeline solicits the supernatural services of an exotic New Age mystic (Isabella Rossellini), who sells her a potent youth elixir with the stipulation that she follow the dosage instructions to the letter... yeah, right. It appears that Helen owes her sexy comeback to the same magic formula, and the inevitable violent clash between the two well-dressed banshees leads to the realization that both women have become nearly impervious zombies, clawing at each other's throats long after the blood has run cold in their veins. Best remembered for Dick Smith's Oscar-winning makeup effects, which allow the rapidly-rotting undead femmes to toss off witty one-liners with ragged holes blasted through their bodies or spin their heads Exorcist-style. Not all the sight gags work, and Zemeckis' lighthearted treatment of such grotesque material tends to dull the satirical edge, but there are some truly inspired moments of dementia -- particularly a hilarious cameo from Sydney Pollack as a doctor who comes unglued while examining Streep (who has yet to realize she's dead). ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Meryl Streep
      Meryl Streep - Madeline Ashton
    • Bruce Willis
      Bruce Willis - Ernest Menville
    • Goldie Hawn
      Goldie Hawn - Helen Sharp
    • Isabella Rossellini
      Isabella Rossellini - Lisle Von Rhumans
    • Ian Ogilvy
      Ian Ogilvy - Chagall



    Customer rating

    Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 33 reviews

    100%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      See right thru Hawn

      Posted
      JimG944

      3 of 5 stars for the comedy movie Death Becomes Her. How can you not like a movie where Goldie Hawn walks around with a shotgun made hole thru her tummy--yep, you can see right through it. Oh, and when she sits down on a couch and the long wooden handle from a tool pokes right thru. This is a star packed movie (Willis, Hawn, Streep and Caine). The story line is that Hawn & Streep want to drink a "foutain-of-youth" potion (from Isabelle Rossellini). They both need Willis to do "make-up" and body repairs. Ultimately the girls decide the Willis needs to live forever also to continue taking care of them. Well, Willis has other ideas. This is a well written movie. Well acted and richly photographed. Funny and worth watching!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Where is the wide screen?

      Posted
      CKCSWHFFAN
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      I remember when the film came out. So much press about the special effects in the film. And, what does Universal do? Makes the film ONLY in full screen? Does NOT do justice to the film. The film itself is entertaining. Meryl & Goldie do good jobs with their characters. Willis, did NOT need him in here. I think he was miscast. Going back to the special effects, they were good & do well in standing up to the test of time. No good extras on this, just standard cast information. NOTHING on the actors or the special effects, nothing. I hope Universal rereleases the film IN THE NEEDED WIDE SCREEN FORMAT.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Hilarious!

      Posted
      Lyns

      The plot is hilarious, and the performances from Meryl (one of my favorite actresses) and Goldie are great fun. But my favorite thing about this movie is Bruce Willis...he's not the macho, sweat-covered-hero that you see him as in most of his movies. In this film, he plays someone who is physically as well as emotionally weak, yet he still manages to come out on top. His drastic turn in this movie is what makes it so unique. Also, the special effects were pretty good, considering that it came out in the early '90s. A visually satisfying film with a unique, fun plot.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Wickedly Funny

      Posted
      RoederGator
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      This is one of my all time favorite comedies and guilty pleasures. Bruce Willis and Meryl Streep stray far from their usual roles in this unusual comedy. The jokes are morbid, but the more gruesome the story gets, the more hilarous the movie gets. I am careful who I recommend this to as many I know would find it offensive or just would not understand the humor. For those who can laugh at vanity, death, jealously, and revenge; this is insanely funny.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great black comedy

      Posted
      Magyra14
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      In the early 90s, the black comedy was taking form. Like Heathers before it, this movie explores death, but as murder. The idea of the eternal fountain of youth is the center. Being a celebrity and relying on looks drives these characters to their dark destinies.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Super Funny!

      Posted
      DeeDee
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      Meryl and Goldie in this comedy is a winning team! Great to watch over and over again! Especially the big hole in her stomach!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great dark comedy Great Cast

      Posted
      Symetri
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      This is a very nostalgic movie for me. It's also Robert Zemeckis's first super dark comedy and sure there were flaws but it was a ton of fun to watch! Worth checking out

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Funny flick about people who wanna stay young!

      Posted
      AZ49ersFan
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      Funny dark comedy about 2 lifelong feuding friends & the lengths they will go thru to out best each other! Jealousy & obsession mixed with wit & humor make this a good buy!

      I would recommend this to a friend



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