If Robert Zemeckis's mega-hit Forrest Gump was too sweet for your taste, you may enjoy the undiluted bitterness of his previous movie, a cynical black comedy that was ahead of its time. Death Becomes Her, an outlandish parable about America's obsession with youth and vanity, exposes the corrosive side of Zemeckis's comic sensibility, the sort of scathing satirical edge he gleefully flourished in his overlooked 1980 Used Cars, which has developed a cult following. Meryl Streep has a ball as the deliciously vicious Madeline Ashton, a flamboyantly mannered actress who... makes Bette Davis's formidable Margo Channing in All About Eve look like a wallflower. Goldie Hawn is also in razor-sharp comedic form as Madeline's long-time "best friend," Helen. Sensing a bargain she just can't resist, Madeline steals Helen's meek, plastic-surgeon husband Ernest (Bruce Willis) for her own convenience, and the two women become sworn enemies. But the real complications arise when the two are introduced to a secret anti-aging formula by a mysterious and exotic woman (Isabella Rossellini, delightfully ridiculous) that not only smoothes away wrinkles but actually guarantees immortality. As their undying bodies are twisted and mutilated by violent attacks on each other, both women grow increasingly dependent on Ernest for cosmetic repair. The pioneering digital effects inflicted on Streep and Hawn are as grotesque as they are imaginative and hilarious. Like James Cameron (The Abyss, Titanic), Zemeckis loves a technical challenge, and the new visual tools developed for this movie made his later work (in Forrest Gump and Contact) possible. The digital video disc includes a short feature on the movie's production. --Jim Emerson, Amazon.com [show more]
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American comedy in which ageing actress Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) is persuaded to consume an elixir which promises her eternal life. Her rival for her husband Ernest (Bruce Willis)'s affections, Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn), has taken the same potion, and when the two of them try to kill each other, their bodies prove to be irritatingly indestructible. Who will win the desire of Ernest and be the last woman standing?
Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Oscar-winning actress's Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn star with Bruce Willis in Robert Zemeckis' outrageously entertaining comedy about greed, vanity, sex, immortality, life - and death. First, there's actress Madeline Ashton, who's gaining more wrinkles than good screen roles. Then, there's her former friend Helen Sharp, who loses her fiancée to Madeline and subsequently doubles her weight. Finally, there's Madeline's husband Ernest, a renowned plastic surgeon who spends his nights drunkenly cursing the day he met his wife. Enter a beautiful enchantress who changes their lives-and deaths-forever. It's a fast-paced romp that blends ground-breaking special effects. Actors Bruce Willis, Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Isabella Rossellini, Ian Ogilvy, Adam Storke & Nancy Fish Director Robert Zemeckis Certificate PG Year 1992 Screen Widescreen 1.85:1 Languages English ; German ; French ; Italian ; Spanish - Dolby Surround Additional Languages Polish ; Czech - Dolby Digital (2.0) Stereo Subtitles Danish ; Dutch ; English ; Finnish ; French ; German ; Norwegian ; Portuguese ; Swedish Duration 1 hour and 39 minutes (approx)