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A Perfect Murder [Blu-ray] (2012)

Michael Douglas , Gwyneth Paltrow , Andrew Davis  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen
  • Directors: Andrew Davis
  • Format: Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: July 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (146 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007NRBN04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,797 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Perfect Murder [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

To Manhattans elite Wall Street wheeler-dealer Steven Taylor seems like a devoted husband. He isn't. Beautiful, accomplished Emily Bradford Taylor seems like a faithful wife. She isn't. And when Steven hires Emily's lover to kill her, it seems like A Perfect Murder. It isn't. In fact, very little is what it seems in this sleek, sophisticated thriller sizzling with suspense and sharp Dialogue.

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Gekko grown older? Maybe! April 10, 2001
Format:DVD
For the record, "A Perfect Murder" is a remake of "Dial M for Murder," Alfred Hitchcock's maliciously clever but hopelessly stagebound adaptation of the popular play by Frederick Knott. But it is great deal more fun to view the new movie as a sequel to "Wall Street," with Michael Douglas once again in top form as a ruthlessly manipulative financial whiz. Imagine Gordon Gekko just a few years past his prime as a high-flying corporate raider, with a trophy wife who's just beginning to tarnish, and you'll get the idea. The big difference is, this time, instead of extolling the virtues of greed, Douglas' character is willing to consider the benefits of an even deadlier sin.
In "A Perfect Murder," which Andrew Davis ("The Fugitive") has directed from a screenplay by Patrick Smith Kelly, Douglas is Steven Taylor, a Manhattan-based millionaire industrialist who has over-extended himself while playing the international money markets. Worse, he knows that his most prized possession -- Emily (Gwyneth Paltrow), his radiantly beautiful and conspicuously younger wife -- is drifting out of his jealously tight grip.
Right from the start, the audience knows that Emily is having an affair with David (Viggo Mortensen), a broodingly hunky artist who invites her to his fashionably seedy downtown loft for afternoon delights. Trouble is, Steven also knows about the affair. This, too, is made clear very early in the story, as Steven and Emily share a drink in their luxurious apartment before attending a gallery opening. Despite all their polite chit-chat, there is an edge of menace in the air. When Steven abruptly suggests that she wear another dress to the occasion, his words have the unmistakable sound of a command.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Boy, here's one re-make I thought was far superior to the original ("Dial M For Murder," with Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Bob Cummings.) In this film, the stars are Michael Douglas, Gwyneth Paltrow and Viggo Mortensen.

The best part of this film may not be the story, or the acting, both of which keep you glued to the screen, but the stylish photography and sets.. They look magnificent, mainly the apartment of the the two leads. I was constantly awed by how good this film looks. The DVD transfer is beautiful.

I also prefer the sequel because it has more twists and is complex enough to thoroughly enjoy every 3-4 years. Also fun are the short speeches each character gives on occasion, usually when they smugly think they have the upper hand. Each time that happens, their antagonist winds up going one up on them! There isn't much action in here but when it occurs, it's very intense.

The only thing that annoys me - unfortunately it's a big one - is the ending in which I don't believe justice totally prevailed. I can't wrote much more without spoiling it for those who have not seen this. One of the parties comes out looking like a 'an innocent victim" and that person was hardly a "saint." If all the parties had received just due, it would have been more satisfying and I would have rated this a '5' without hesitation.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark and Brooding, This Film Stands Well on its Own October 25, 2003
Format:DVD
Having never seen the Alfred Hitchcock classic DIAL M FOR MURDER, I have absolutely nothing with which to compare this film, except the slick mystery/suspense thrillers of the 1980's and '90's. In this category, A PERFECT MURDER (1998) ranks among the better ones.
With Michael Douglas at his sordid best, Gwyneth Paltrow in the middle of her breakout year (doing films such as GREAT EXPECTATIONS--another re-make, SLIDING DOORS, HUSH and finally, SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE, which resulted in a well-deserved Oscar statue for her) and still-rising Viggo Mortensen, the screenplay by Patrick Smith Kelly fits each of these actors' personas so neatly that you would swear the words were written with these actors fully in mind. Add in the lush photograghy, which successfully captures the deep, brooding tone of the film and you've got a real winner here.
Indoor shots in the townhouse where Douglas and Paltrow's characters live reveal tall ceilings and lots of sharp, sinister brown and orange colors. Shots in Mortensen's artist's loft display soft blue-gray hues and wide spaces filled with work (as opposed to the townhouse which is filled solely with material "things"). The dialogue fits each character and remains true. Even with all the twists and turns in the plot (expected in films like this, anyway), the story remains interesting and does not feel contrived.
It's amazing that Warner Bros. waited a full 5 years after this film's initial release to put it out on DVD. I think the wait was well worth it--both the sound and picture quality on this disc are excellent.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Chilling November 27, 2005
Format:DVD
This is an excellent movie. It's a remake, but done very well. Michael Douglas can play a good bad guy. His wife is Gwenyth Paltrow, and she too is well played. She is having an affair and doesn't know that her husband is on to her. He plots to have her killed and things go 'wrong' from there. It's a gripping story line and has great twists and turns. Any thriller fan will love it. This ranks high on my list of movie thillers I love, and I highly recommend it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars it was delivered when you said
i really like this movie. i have seen it before and i really liked it. it also came when you said it was suppose to come
Published 23 days ago by Diana Henry
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good movie
This movie has everything in it, romance and murder. Very exciting with a lot of twists to the plot, with a good ending.
Published 28 days ago by Carol Christensen
5.0 out of 5 stars A PERFECT MURDER
Dial "M for Murder" has always been one of my favorite classics."A perfect Murder' was right up there with the original. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Duane L. Deckert
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I love this movie, Michael Douglas is a great actor. I can watch it several times, it still entertainers me. Great copy
Published 2 months ago by Sonya Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
great outcome, even though I have seen it several gtimes, i am still on the edge of my seat toward the end.
Published 3 months ago by Catherine Forbes
5.0 out of 5 stars very good movie
this was a very good movie...held your supspense until the end and kept you guessing what would happen next! good!
Published 3 months ago by paulapumpkin
5.0 out of 5 stars great
an awesome movie. have watched it many tines. Michael douglas is awesome as is gweneth. I am so glad I purchased it.
Published 3 months ago by lana smith
5.0 out of 5 stars DVD's
This will really grab your feelings...better bring all the food/drinks you need and sit down to watch from start to finish... Read more
Published 3 months ago by M. Walton
5.0 out of 5 stars DMVMT
This movie is just as good as the original, Dial M For Murder. Michael Douglas is great. It's has some very interesting twists and a befitting ending. Very worth owning.
Published 4 months ago by DMVMT
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie and good price
I saw this movie on television and was waiting for it to come on again as I enjoyed it so much. I finally decided to just buy the movie and so glad I did..
Published 5 months ago by D. Geier
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