Meet Joe Black [DVD] [1998]

Martin Brest's romantic fantasy Meet Joe Black comes to DVD with this double-disc set from Universal. The film is presented in a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1, and a French soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital 5.1. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible, and the English soundtracks are closed-captioned. The second disc in this package contains the feature-length film Death Takes a Holiday, which was the inspiration for Meet Joe Black. Death Takes a Holiday is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.33:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Mono. Supplemental materials include production notes, trailers, a pedestrian making-of featurette, and a still photo gallery. Those with a DVD-ROM drive can access the film's website and can compare the script to the final image in the film. This is a great disc.
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Meet Joe Black
The cycle of life on Earth hangs in the balance when Death becomes emotionally involved in this romantic fantasy. William Parrish (Anthony Hopkins) is a tremendously wealthy and powerful man who oversees a worldwide multi-media empire. Despite the loss of his wife, whom he dearly loved, William is content with his life, and he's very close to his two daughters, Allison (Marcia Gay Harden) and Susan (Claire Forlaini). One night, as William is fighting a hostile takeover of his company and Allison is planning an elaborate party to celebrate her dad's 65th birthday, William begins displaying the symptoms of a severe heart attack, and he is visited by a mysterious stranger, Joe Black (Brad Pitt). Joe is actually the angel of death, who has taken the form of a man who recently passed on to pay William a call. It seems that William is due to move on to the next world, but (no great surprise) he doesn't want to go. Joe, on the other hand, is curious to know what life is like for mere mortals, so the two men strike a deal -- William will have some time to get his affairs in order, and Joe will wait and see what it's like to be a human being. Joe decides that he likes it very much when he falls in love with Susan, but negotiating the slippery slopes of romance is no easier for Joe than for any ordinary man. Meet Joe Black is an updated version of Alberto Casella's play Death Takes a Holiday, which was adapted for the screen in 1934. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Brad Pitt
    Brad Pitt - Joe Black, Young Man in Coffee Shop
  • Anthony Hopkins
    Anthony Hopkins - William Parrish
  • Claire Forlani
    Claire Forlani - Susan Parrish
  • Jake Weber
    Jake Weber - Drew

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