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The War of the Roses (Filmmaker Signature Series) [Blu-ray] (2012)

Michael Douglas , Kathleen Turner , Danny DeVito  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Format: Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English, French, Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YAPQSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,455 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Welcome to the Filmmakers Signature Series on Blu-ray. Enjoy this outrageously funny comedy from director Danny DeVito with high quality picture and sound, true to the director's vision, thanks to an all-new HD transfer. This special edition also includes deleted scenes, commentary by director Danny DeVito, a conversation with producer James L. Brooks and more. When the seemingly perfect marriage of Oliver (Michael Douglas) and Barbara (Kathleen Turner) Rose ends in divorce, the stage is set for the ultimate battle of the exes. Ignoring the pleas of Oliver's level-headed attorney, Gavin (Danny DeVito), the Roses inflict as much misery as humanly possible on each other, as they fight it out to the bitter end.

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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must see for everyone August 20, 2003
Format:DVD
How do you hold on to someone who want stay and how do you get reed of someone who want leave?
Oliver and Barbara (Douglas and Turner) meet at the auction. With instant chemistry between the two they are soon married. Typical American family - perfect house, 2 children, work-slave husband and bored wife. As time goes by, Barbara realizes that she no longer likes Oliver and asks for a divorce. Unfortunately for her Oliver is still crazy about her, but agrees to give her the divorce. And as we all though this would be just another civilized split, all hell breaks loose. Barbara wants to keep the house that she found and decorated, but Oliver (who paid for it) will not give it up either. And after an advice from his lawyer (DeVito) he moves back into the house. While Barbara is determined to get Oliver to leave and Oliver is trying to rekindle the romance, there civilized coexistence quickly becomes very interesting.
Believe it or not I have not given much of the movie away. Yes, you now know what the basic story is, but to watch it is a completely different. Three of the return after two successful movies and deliver performances that's unmatched by anything else in there carriers. This film is one of the darkest comedies you'll ever watch. And I believe that everyone should watch it at least once. It'll make you think twice about a lot of things in life. Absolutely brilliant. An ending that will stay with you for a long time.
And when a person making $400.00/hr wants to tell you a story for free, you should listen to it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marriage never works! July 11, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
This is possibly one of my best movies of all time.The fact that a wonderful marriage started out with a huge family house and nice cars always meant that disaster at some point in the marriage would strike.Michael Douglas is at his very best in this film and when his wife one day turns round to him and says " Everytime i see your face i want to smash your face in" he has more than a battle on his hands to keep his estate. Danny Devito also plays a part as his wisdom is needed as a lawyer to sort out the messed up situation. This film is very gripping and the humour of the film is tremendous. A must see and buy film straight away, it will under no cicumstances dissappoint you unless you are currently filing for a divorce!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Black Comedy at its best August 9, 2002
By Mathew
Format:DVD
Kathleen Turner and Michael Douglas star in this movie with a chemistry greater than either of their previous films together, namely Romancing the Stone and Jewel of the Nile. Their shared screen time is filled with a frenzied mixture of passion, anger, lust, devotion, and resentment, a relationship that, however abstract and unrealistic it is skewed in this movie, reflects what's left of a lot of relationships once the lust leaves the marriage, or once a couple finally spends some time together (i.e. after the kids have left the nest).
It has been a long standing joke that once the kids go to college or leave the nest, many spouses find themselves wondering: "Who the hell did I marry?" Things that were never noticed now are found nagging; a sensitive husband suddenly becomes controlling; a neat homemaker suddenly becomes obsessively compulsive; a mother, now that her duties are cut, becomes anxious to get out of the house. This is exactly what this movie relates, from the Roses' passionate meeting, to their years of "struggle" as Douglas' character builds his career to support his growing family, to their subsequent wealth and success, and finally a lull is reached when they are wealthy and suceessful, yet they have nowhere seemingly left to go.
One of the things that a lot of viewers seemingly miss while watching the movie is the greater picture- the Rose's marriage was one built on attraction and lust. While that has been enough to sustain many marriages, this is not the case here. After the lust leaves the marriage the couple begins to notice every irritating thing the other half does, which is what happens in a lot of marriages.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kathleen Turner Rocks January 10, 2008
Format:DVD
This movie was always one of my favorites. A recent divorce has made it my current favorite. Kathleen Turner is a Genius. Its a twisted and sick story that seems a completely true, accurate and a believable portrayal of partnership, marriage and the big split. I love it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descent into Madness June 7, 2005
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This the darkest of all the dark comedies I have ever seen. There are moments of lightness but they come all too seldom and the story of increasing bitterness and pettiness comes to the fore.

The Roses fell in love in college, married and seemed to have the perfect life. He was an ivy league lawyer and she was the "perfect housewife". They both have their problems. He takes her too much for granted and she is a materialistic snob. Still, they seem to be so much in love that they can overcome their personal foibles. It doesn't work out that way.

After he is rushed to the hospital with an apparent heart attack, she is too busy with her career to even pick him up when he is discharged. Later that night, she tells him that she wants a divorce. From there, the vindictiveness and sniping continue to escalate as both descend into an orgy of mutual contempt and hatred.

There are times when it is possible to feel sorry for both of the characters. More often, both seem to be too contemptible to pity. Each is more concerned with the destruction of the other and "winning" than in any possible healing. There are some differences. He genuinely loves her and she genuinely hates him. This is carried right through to the bitter, and I do mean BITTER, end.

It's hard to call this entertaining. It is frightening, though, to see how far hatred can take a person. Anyone contemplating a divorce should see this film. Anyone contemplating a particularly nasty divorce should see it daily.

Don't let this be YOU!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Another Classic
Great classic movie. Watched for the first time after Mr. & Mrs. Jane. I liked it. Crazy ending but it was a good movie.
Published 19 days ago by Jb
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movie and decent transfer
Great movie and looks great now that it's on blu-ray. Also played on my player in Australia so it must not be region-locked (don't quote me though). Read more
Published 23 days ago by Mark R
5.0 out of 5 stars War of the Roses
Funny! A must for your collection! How a married couple show the love/hate relationship throughout a marriage. With a twist ending!
Published 29 days ago by Sabrena Jackson
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny and sad!
Very nice dark comedy. Expertly acted and directed. Sad commentary of divorce over money in America. Very well done film.
Published 1 month ago by Daniel R. Germani
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Dark Comedy on Divorce
An excellent classic dark comedy about a divorce gone way off the rails. Had me laughing the whole time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Rundle
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Most Funniest
A combination of love and hate. One of Danny D's entertaining works of all time; and If you listen carefully, several Psalm scripture too!
Published 1 month ago by Capital One Platimun
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!
I could watch this over and over! Amazon is the only place I could find it! Gave it to a friend of mine for christmas!
Published 1 month ago by Rhonda Rhea Owens
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
The constant tug of war for power and control goes back and forth between the Roses. The use of humor to lighten the message of how lives can be affected by divorce from Gavin's... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Erika Coker
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't try this at home
One of the best films of the 1990s, but not for everyone's taste. Another reviewer pointed out that in the course of the movie we see the man and woman meet, feel an attraction,... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. S. Lang
5.0 out of 5 stars Blah, blah, blah
The movie, from what I was able to watch, was great. Unfortunately, I was unable to watch all of it because my computer kept uploading the movie, which would take a minute or so... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cory Lesperance
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