Mermaids DVD

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Richard Benjamin's off-beat 1990 comedy Mermaids found Cher at the peak of her big-screen form. She plays Mrs Flax to the manner born. The eccentric mother feeds her two daughters on hors d'oeuvres and sticks a pin in the map to decide the family's next destination when her love affairs have run their course. When they reach New England, however, events--and an unlikely but amiable suitor (Bob Hoskins)--interrupt her self-centred progress and bring the facts of life home to roost with a vengeance. It's a well-made comedy with good performances from Cher and Hoskins,... although neither of them is particularly stretched. There is also enough tension in the relationship between Mrs Flax and her eldest child to make it poignant as well as funny. As the Flax daughters, Winona Ryder (neurotic, unworldly Charlotte) and Christina Ricci (swimming-mad "fishhead") show plenty of the promise which has since made them two of America's most appealing film actresses. Stuffed with authentic 1960s detail, Mermaids is actually a modern "woman's picture" which affirms the often precarious bonds of family relationships. On the DVD: Presented in widescreen format, optimised for high-resolution television sets, Mermaids is a vibrant visual treat for anybody with an affection for 1960s kitsch and fashion. The picture quality is superb and the Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack sharp; some cracking dialogue has to share the sound waves with thumping hits of the day and, over the final credits, Cher's global smash hit rendering of "It's in His Kiss". But apart from a multilingual choice of soundtracks and subtitles and the original theatrical trailer, there are no extras. --Piers Ford [show more]

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Released
13 January 2014
Directors
Actors
Format
DVD 
Publisher
MGM Home Entertainment 
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Runtime
106 minutes 
Features
PAL 
Barcode
5039036064668 
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Charlotte (Winona Ryder) is a teenage girl growing up in the 1960s, torn between her passion for a young man who works at the local church and her desire - despite being Jewish - to become a nun. Newly arrived in town, the tensions soon increase between Charlotte, her swimming-obsessed younger sister (Christina Ricci), and their man-eating mother (Cher) - a single parent who cannot come to grips with her family. Features the hit single 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' as performed by Cher.

Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 (Europe) or region Free DVD Player in order to play. Charlotte (Winona Ryder) is a teenage girl growing up in the 1960s, torn between her passion for a young man who works at the local church and her desire - despite being Jewish - to become a nun. Newly arrived in town, the tensions soon increase between Charlotte, her swimming-obsessed younger sister (Christina Ricci), and their man-eating mother (Cher) - a single parent who cannot come to grips with her family. Features the hit single 'The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)' as performed by Cher.