Reviewer's Rating 4 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
The Stepford Wives DVD (1975)

Under the veneer of domestic bliss, lies a horrible secret in the town of Stepford. Clever, witty and enjoyably offbeat, "The Stepford Wives" has been a tough film to get hold of on video. Now released onto DVD in the UK, it's been worth the wait.

It's good to see the movie in its correct ratio once again, especially sourced from such a good print with strong colour detail throughout. Occasionally the image does appear a little grainy, but it's not worth getting worked up over.

Sound quality is bright and lively courtesy of a 2.0 mix that sticks mostly to the centre speaker.

It's very rare that a DVD with so little in terms of extra features is awarded four stars on this site. Apart from a small photo gallery and a trailer, there's only a 17-minute retrospective featurette. The quality of this short documentary is excellent though. All the main characters are interviewed and director Bryan Forbes has some very interesting comments to make about screenwriter William Goldman. He's always polite but when quotes like "grossly rude and offensive" are hitting the fan, it's fascinating to watch and an education too.

Chapters: 28
Region: 2
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 2.0 (surround)
Extra features: Scene selection, retrospective featurette, photo gallery, trailer and animated menus.

End Credits

Director: Bryan Forbes

Writer: William Goldman

Stars: Katherine Ross, Paul Prentiss, Peter Masterson, Nanette Newman, Patrick O' Neal, Tina Louise, Carol Rossen

Genre: Fantasy

Length: 115 minutes

Cinema: 1975

DVD: 3 September 2001

Country: USA