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


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  • Actors: Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, Danny DeVito
  • Directors: Danny DeVito
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: Fox Searchlight
  • DVD Release Date: September 18, 2012
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008YAPQSY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #129,739 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.

Customer Reviews

This movie is somewhat of a dark comedy, just because of how much she ends up hating him.
Regina Philange
The first time I saw this movie, I really enjoyed and love watching the craziness that can go on in a marry at anytime !!!
wayne mangm
Eventually, their love life and marriage falls apart and a divorce, long-lived and bitter, ensues.
Rudy Avila

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Pacey on 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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31 of 40 people found the following review helpful By David Khaindrava on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John A Lee III on June 7, 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Schoonmaker on May 4, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner light up this movie about a couple that falls out of love. Danny DeVito narrates, but his role as the lawyer that represented Oliver Rose during the divorce mostly serves as a frame to hold the main story, and that's for the best.
The action begins with a man going to DeVito to begin divorce proceedings. The lawyer tries to convince him that a divorce isn't worth it, and begins narrating the story of the Roses. That's when the fun begins.
It's difficult to call this a comedy, black or otherwise, despite the often-amusing scenes. It quickly becomes obvious that this is less a story about love or the lack of it and more of a struggle for power.
All is well for this yuppie couple at first. Oliver (Douglas) is an extremely successful, up-and-coming businessman, and Barbara (Turner) lives the ultimate housewife's dream: she has a huge house, and nothing to do all day but decorate it-- and money isn't an object. If this seems like a sterotyped sex role, that's because it is. Things go downhill fast when Barbara realizes that she's not happy in the role that society, and her husband in particular, have forced her into. She searches for a way to make her life more fulfilling, much to her husband's dismay. Oliver quickly becomes a staunch defender of the status quo.
When the divorce proceedings get sticky over a property issue-- Oliver claims it's his because his money paid for it and all of the furnishings inside, and Barbara points out that the decorations, furniture, and everything else that makes it a home were chosen by her-- the real fight ensues.
It's telling that all of the blows struck by Barbara involve the breaking of sexual stereotypes, though it isn't clear that Barbara does this intentionally.
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