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Oscar-winning actress Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis' outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life...and death.Isabella Rossellini is a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives - and deaths - forever in this hilarious dark comedy with ground-breaking special effects that the Chicago Tribune calls "diabolically inventive."
- Aspect Ratio : 1.33:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG13 PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
- Product Dimensions : 7.5 x 5.38 x 0.6 inches; 4 Ounces
- Item model number : Relay Time: 103 min
- Director : Robert Zemeckis
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
- Run time : 1 hour and 43 minutes
- Release date : January 20, 1998
- Actors : Goldie Hawn, Bruce Willis, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : English, Spanish
- Producers : Robert Zemeckis, Steve Starkey
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Unqualified, Spanish (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
- Studio : Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
- ASIN : 0783225482
- Writers : Martin Donovan (I), David Koepp
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #743 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Madeline Ashton is a washed up Actress (played marvellously by the versatile Oscar winner and the best actress in show business according to critics and audience is Meryl Streep) and when her Childhood rival Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn) brings in Fiancé Dr Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis) and swiftly before Helen can say "smiley faces", Madeline takes Ernest away and betrothed, then Helen plots revenge that is better than murder, and soon Madeline encounters the mysterious Mr Chagall and recommends the answer to faded flower Madeline's wishes of ageless Beautiful enchantress and witch Elesle Van Rhuman (Isabella Rossellini). Then as two women meet, there deepest secret is revealed.
This is one of the top ten best dark comedies you will ever see and the cast are in fine form, you will see two of the most beautiful, immoral, greedy, vain women fighting as they knock each other down literally. The script is packed with one-liners that are viciously sarcastic but witty and reflect symbolism of ageing. Rossellini that represents youth as three hunky helpers with those "popular" names and when she calls them they "awake"
It is a brilliant comedy which is rarely made anymore back when the days are so carefree, Both Actresses Streep and Hawn are brilliant and gorgeous, their comedy timing is genius and there is no dull moment.
Go watch it because it is so much fun and forget a few negative sensitivity bruised reviews
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.
The film revolves around the concept of vanity with the female protagonists looking to get their lives back with simply changing their appearances. Echoes of Sunset Boulevard's excellent Gloria Swanson will be heard and there is almost a perfect intertextuality in the way Streep handles her character's selfishness.
Winner of Best visual effects at the Oscars this 1992 comedy fantasy brings the comedy as well as the fantasy with some bizarre visuals including weapons through the stomach and a neck twisting scene that will make your neck turn the other way.
Death Becomes Her is a must watch, simply because it is so out of sync with reality and maintains a strong level of comedy and fantasy that will make your head spin.
For those who enjoy the film, look-out for the upcoming blu-ray coming out State-side this spring of 2016.