Dangerous Liaisons (Blu-ray)
Lust. Seduction. Revenge. The Game As You've Never Seen It Played Before.
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 2 hours
- Video: Color
- Released: February 7, 2012
- Originally Released: 1988
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: Commentary by Director Stephen Frears and Christopher Hampton
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo - English, French, Spanish
- DTS HD Master Audio - English, French, Spanish
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Glenn Close, John Malkovich & Michelle Pfeiffer|
|Performer:||Keanu Reeves, Uma Thurman, Swoosie Kurtz, Peter Capaldi, Joe Sheridan & Mildred Natwick|
|Directed by||Stephen Frears|
|Edited by||Mick Audsley|
|Screenplay by||Christopher Hampton|
|Original story by||Choderlos de Laclos|
|Composition by||George Fenton|
|Produced by||Hank Moonjean & Norma Heyman|
|Director of Photography:||Philippe Rousselot|
Academy Awards 1988 - Best Adapted Screenplay: Christopher Hampton
Academy Awards 1988 - Best Art Direction - Set Decoration
Academy Awards 1988 - Best Costume Design: James Acheson
...Pfeiffer reveals an emotional nakednes that's almost shocking....The payoff more than warrants the dare... -- Rating: A
Malkovich is great fun to watch....The movie itself is a career high point for all involved...
Rating: 2/4 -- The creepy plot still holds a certain fascination.
A sombre, manipulative affair in which the decor is never allowed to usurp our interest. Full Review
...In addition to its photography, the film's details of costuming and production design are ravishing. Hampton and Frears have also employed a lovely flowing series of flashbacks throughout...
Los Angeles Times
Rating: 4/5 -- For a tragedy that carries a strong emotional kick, it's wickedly fun.
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Tantalizingly wicked -- watching it makes the color rise to your cheeks. Full Review
Based on the infamous novel LES LIASONS DANGEREUSES by Choderlos de Laclos and the subsequent Christopher Hampton play, set in pre-revolutionary France, a cunning Marquise (Glenn Close) and a seductive Vicomte (John Malkovich) mastermind a cruel and complicated game of romantic manipulation. Set against the backdrop of high-society baroque boudoirs, filled with deceitful lovers and cunning sexual gamesmanship, the Marquise and the Vicomte agree to a competition involving a virginal young bride (Uma Thurman) and a faithful wife (Michele Pfieffer). When the Vicomte successfully seduces the virtous and faithful wife they unexpectantly fall in love, breaking the rules of the inhuman Marquise's clever parlor game with vengeful results.
DANGEROUS LIASONS is Stephen Frears' terse adaptation of Choderlos de Laclos' famous epistolary tale about the sexual machinations of two jaded eighteenth century French aristocrats. In order to get revenge on a man who jilted her, the wicked Marquise de Merteuil (Glenn Close) persuades a former lover, the rakish Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich), to deflower the man's virginal young fiancee (Uma Thurman). Valmont agrees, but presents the Marquise with his own challenge: if he succeeds in seducing a virtuous young wife known for her unshakable fidelity, Madame de Tourvel (Michele Pfieffer), the Marquise must grant Valmont a night in bed. The cold-blooded twosome proceed gleefully with their heartless scheme against the stunning backdrop of aristocratic France, displaying high stakes sexual gamesmanship and deceitful cunning. When the Valmont succeeds in seducing the virtuous Madame de Tourvel, the pair unexpectantly realize they have fallen in love, tragically defying the rules of the inhuman game, much to the horror of the cruel Marquise de Merteuil. Beautifully filmed with lavish period costumes, DANGEROUS LIASONS features critically acclaimed performances by its all-star cast.
Romance | Love Triangle | Recommended | Period Piece | Theatrical Release | France | Sex | Essential Cinema
- The Broadway stage version of LES LIASONS DANGEREUSES, opened at the Music Box Theater on April 30, 1987, with the original cast from the Royal Shakespeare Company. The role of the Vicomte de Valmont was played by Alan Rickman, who later that year went on to star in his first film, DIE HARD, directed by John McTiernan.
- "It is beyond my control."--Vicomte de Valmont (John Malkovich) to Madame de Tourvel (Michele Pfieffer)
- Sales Rank: 95,712
- UPC: 883929219971
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