Fatal Attraction (1987) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Thriller
Paramount || R - 119 minutes - $29.99 || June 9, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-06-05


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Adrian Lyne
Writer(s): James Dearden (screenplay)
Cast: Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Anne Archer


Theatrical Release Date: September 18, 1987


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Feature Commentary
  • 3 Featurettes
  • Alternate Ending (HD)
  • Rehearsal Footage
  • Theatrical Trailer (HD)


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Surround), Spanish (Dolby Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Plot: Michael Douglas plays Dan Gallagher, a New York attorney who has a tryst with seductive Alex Forrest (Glenn Close) while his wife (Anne Archer) is away. Dan later shrugs off the affair and considers it over. But Alex wonít be ignored. Not now, not tomorrow, not ever... even if it means destroying Danís family to keep him.

Fellas, if there was one movie ever made that would keep you from cheating on your woman, other than the moral implications of breaking your vows/oath, Fatal Attraction is a must-see because as Tom Hanks said in Sleepless in Seattle: ďIt [Fatal Attraction] scared the shit out of every man in America.Ē And boy does it. I hadnít seen the movie in years but I think it takes on more of an impact the older you get.

Is the movie realistic? Probably not, but because Glenn Closeís manic performance, you could not help but be scared no matter how outlandish some of the situations may be. Some may feel her performance was over the top, but in fact itís just what the role needed in order for the film to even work. And then you add in the automatically profound screen presence whenever Michael Douglas is around, and youíve got a recipe for success. Sure, one should scorn someone like Douglasí character who would cheat on his beautiful wife, risking a nice life for a quick and sensuous fling, but at the same time you canít help but to still root for the guy, and thatís a tribute to Douglas himself.

Of course, to the credit of writer James Deardan (based on his own script for a short filmed called Diversion), he lays out an interesting story and creates situations that makes you, the viewer, yell at the screen, ďGet the f***k out of there!Ē or ďJust leave the beyotch to die!Ē (in reference to a suicide attempt).

Fatal Attraction was directed by Adiran Lyne, who strangely does not have an extensive career, but he has had a few notable films such as Indecent Proposal, Flashdance and most recently (as in 2002), the amazing Unfaithful, a film thatís kind of in the same vein as Attraction. Just thinking about it now, the movie spawned a few homages over the years including Swimfan with Erika Christensen in the Glenn Close role.

Overall, Fatal Attraction has a couple problems here and there and is a little predictable when it came to the final act, but this is still a well made, well written thriller with good performances from Douglas and Close, not to mention Anne Archer who holds her own.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

All features have been ported over from the DVD edition.

Commentary by Director Adrian Lyne is a fairly low-key track where Lyne chats it up about places the film was shot at and breaking down scenes. But there is a bunch of silent gaps.

The Blu-ray comes with 3 featurettes: Forever Fatal: Remembering Fatal Attraction (28:16), an interesting look at how the movie came to be from the short film to casting and filming; Social Attraction (10:00) is about the phenomenon the movie had on society especially in the 1980s and feminism; Visual Attraction (19:39) is about the look of the movie centered on director Adrian Lyneís style and features interviews with various members of the crew (production designer, costume designer, etc).

Rehearsal Footage (7:09) shows the video of Michael Douglas and Glenn Close rehearsing the restaurant scene.

Alternate Ending (8:45; HD) comes with an intro with Adrian Lyne (0:16) and it is dramatically different than the theatrical one, but not necessarily better and certainly lower key and prefer the theatrical version.

And finally, the theatrical trailer (HD) is available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

For a now 20+ year old movie, Fatal Attraction doesnít look too bad in 1080p high-definition (with a 1.85 original aspect ratio). However, itís also a little uneven because at times Iíd notice certain scenes to look absolutely pristine void of much noise or grain, yet other scenes is heavy on both. But detail is pretty good and the color palette also looks about right between skin tones and the coloring of various objects. Black levels also look nice and well balanced.

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track isnít very dynamic with the only impact coming from Maurice Jarreís score. Dialogue levels seemed a tad low at times but good enough that youíll still be able to understand what everyone is saying. Itís not a bad track just one that seemed understated.



.::OVERALL::.

Fatal Attraction is one of those quintessential movies of the 80s but even 20+ years later, it still holds up quite well. Although by todayís standards itís probably par for the course, the sex scenes are still steamy. The video quality is actually impressive during certain scenes and even though other scenes have a bit of grain, I still feel itís a good upgrade.