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The Stepford Wives (Special Collector's Edition) (2004)

Nicole Kidman , Bette Midler , Frank Oz  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Nicole Kidman, Bette Midler, Matthew Broderick, Glenn Close, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: Frank Oz
  • Writers: Ira Levin, Paul Rudnick
  • Producers: Donald De Line, Edgar J. Scherick, Gabriel Grunfeld, Keri Selig, Leslie J. Converse
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: November 9, 2004
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (306 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002W4UDE
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,139 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Stepford Wives (Special Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Five featurettes
  • Six deleted scenes
  • Gag reel
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Editorial Reviews

In THE STEPFORD WIVES, Walter (Broderick) and Joanna (Kidman) Eberhart are the newest residents in a suburban neighborhood in Stepford. Seeing that the women she surrounds herself with all seem to be cut from the same mold, and are seemingly incapable of thinking for themselves, Joanna begins to think something suspicious is going on in Stepford. Upon realizing that her friends have been replaced by robots and that she's next on the list, Joanna and Walter decide to turn the tables and expose the truth about what's really been going on in Stepford.

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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars D- remake of an A+ story... December 12, 2004
This is the first movie review I have ever done on normally a music reviewer on here. But this time I just can't keep quiet. I have read 5 Ira Levin books, and he is one of my favorite writers. So when I discovered that THE STEPFORD WIVES was made into a movie, I had to go rent it. I LOVED IT, the simplicity of the filming and the acting just captured the essence of Levin's story. Just like Rosemary's Baby. I was equally excited when I discovered that it was being remade again with the modern cast...after all, I'm a young guy and I thought, cool, now people will be able to see this great flick that I have loved for years.

WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. The remake sucks. It has the main character, Joanna, as this feminist ultra career oriented freak and it really fails to capture the beauty of the original with Katherine Ross, and without a doubt, does not deserve to have Ira Levin's name anywhere in the credits...its a SHAM. Don't buy it. They ruined this great tale!!! Get the original, or ROSEMARY'S BABY which is available for a lot less on here...
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Red Haired Stepford-Child November 15, 2004
First, I'm not in the habit of panning films. My worst criticism has always been "It's worth seeing, but I wouldn't buy it." This remake of the Stepford Wives has set a new standard. Don't even rent it.

I do not know what happened - whether they ran out of money for SFX or the stars demanded more of the budget than they'd counted on, but whatever it was, it cost the movie.

Basically, there are 2 ways to view this story Scary or Funny. They failed at both. The book and original movie were spooky and disturbing. Frank Oz set out to make the remake a comedy, but failed. There is no continuity or consistency. Are the Wives Robots, or brainwashed women? Either could be true. One of the deleted scenes shows Bette Midler turn into Inspector Gadget (interesting, since Mathew Broderick is in the film, too) sprouting a variety of kitchen utensils from her fingers, and finally dropping a lawn mower from her butt, which she then rides out into the yard to cut the grass. It was both disturbing and funny, and there was no doubt that she was a robot. So they cut the scene. I think they suddenly realized halfway through the production that they wanted a happy ending, and that wasn't possible if the human wives had been killed and replaced with automatons. So they cut the scenes where their mechanical nature showed, but not all of them - there's still enough enough glimpses of Faith Hill giving off sparks, and serving as an ATM machine. The possibilities of the robots had great comic potential, which was abandoned. Another cut scene had the husbands urging Mathew Broderick to get the cigarette lighter option - "You'll be glad you did..."

Bottom Line: The Remake of "The Stepford Wives" isn't funny, and it isn't scary, it's just sad.
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34 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, Insipid, Vacuous, Waste of Time. July 5, 2005
Thank God I got this from the library, Free of charge, didnt buy or rent or go to see this in a theatre. I loved the original Stepford wives, it was funny and creepy and mirrored that 70's fear of women becoming "robot" housewives instead of being liberated. This version made no sense, they werent supposed to be robots, or were they? they had chips implanted into thier own bodies? which one was it? They had boobs that inflated, money come out of thier mouths, they didnt burn. BUT at the end it was implied that it was just some microchips in the brain that made them act differently. Were there two scripts that just got combined and no one checked the continuity? Nicole Kidman, poorly cast, Matthew Broderick, poorly cast, well, the whole movie was poorly cast. It wasnt funny AT ALL. The "remote controls" for the women were a bit like the "toys" I have seen in X-rated stores. Even the 1987 Made for TV movie "the stepford children" was better written AND acted than this flop.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Terrible Movie! June 2, 2005
This is an incredibly BAD movie!!

Other reviewers have discussed the plot and details, so I won't repeat them.

I just wondered who wrote the script: 100 monkeys randomly typing on computers?

This was one movie that I simply could NOT watch to completion. I hope that it did NOT make a profit - that would only encourage its producers and director.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Much Ado about Nada June 11, 2004
The newest incarnation of Ira Levin's "The Stepford Wives" is first rate until about ¾ of the way through...then in a mad dash to end the thing, all logic is thrown out the door. At that point, what it really looks and feels like is, is that about 10-15 minutes of the movie was lopped off in order to come in under an hour and a half; which is too bad, because up to then, "The Stepford Wives" really has a lot of interesting things to say about man-woman relationships and marriage in the new millennium.
This new version even incorporates a fully accepted, by Stepford society, Gay couple: though one could argue that one of the partners is too gay to be true. Be that as it may, Bette Midler as a neo-hippy novelist (Bobbi Markowitz) and Nicole Kidman as a whacked out former major TV network President (Joanna Eberhart) are ironic and funny-as-hell.
But what happens ¾ of the way through? Who knows? Maybe the DVD version will give us the full version and fill in the gaping hole at the conclusion for us. As it is in the theaters now, "The Stepford Wives" is funny but woefully incomplete: finishing just short of making a complete and coherent comment about marriage-american-style in this year of 2004.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughably Bad
This movie is a train wreck. I couldn't believe how badly written and acted it was.
Published 11 days ago by SanDiegoJesse
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by Henry Abell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's a silly fun movie, I don't know why everyone was so upset with it.
Published 2 months ago by Panny
1.0 out of 5 stars AWFUL
Happened upon on this on Netflix and being that I loved the original thought I'd give it a shot. After 15 minutes it was apparent how bad this was going to be. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SET67
5.0 out of 5 stars great
Published 2 months ago by Melinda L Wilson
4.0 out of 5 stars MYSTERY, HUMOR AND INTRIGUE.
Is this just another charming little community housing the nicest, dutiful housewives the world has ever seen?..... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Steve Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars The Stepford Wives
The Stepford Wives was a Whimsical remake that exceeded my expectations. Bette Midler and Christopher Walken were made for this type of roll. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better ending than the original Stepford Wives
Nicole Kidman's Joanna actually saved the day instead of becoming a victim like Katharine Ross's Joanna. Much better ending than the original.
Published 4 months ago by Justin Samuels
3.0 out of 5 stars okay remake
This is a modern attempt of a remake of the original. While the original was more of a thriller type, this movie is more of a comedy. Read more
Published 4 months ago by DJ Velocity43
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it.
I realize this remake got lots of bad reviews. But I like the idea of re-working the original horror story into a comedy.
Published 5 months ago by lisar915
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