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Unfaithful Special Edition DVD (2002)

As slick as the thriller on it, the "Unfaithful" DVD is well-stocked with extra features. But it's the Adrian Lyne commentary which provides you with all you need to know.

TECHNICAL FEATURES

Picture With every interior clearly pumped full of smoke, this is an image of muted colours transferred impeccably to DVD (translation: it looks fine - shut up Almar).

Sound While not a 5.1 mix filled with big effects, it does pick up during that fateful windy scene where your living room gets turned into a hurricane-laced street.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Audio Commentary One "I've always loved small pictures rather than big pictures", comments Adrian Lyne, beginning a typically thorough audio assessment of his work.

Lyne discusses the Claude Chabrol film that he's remade, arguing that he was only inspired by the original and pointing out some of the significant differences between the two, and why he made those changes.

Audio Commentary Two This track feature scene-specific thoughts from Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez, rather than being a full-length commentary.

Diane Lane gets right to the point, explaining why she got involved with the film: "There was a great role for a woman," adding, "When one of those comes along, you can smell it cooking in the kitchen."

An Affair to Remember It's a somewhat grandiose title for a 15-minute making of featurette, as this is pedestrian interviews all the way. Lyne repeats his thoughts on the movie, while Richard Gere tells us what he brought to the creative process.

Anne Coates on Editing Editor Anne Coates is a straight-talking type, which makes her a rarity on most DVD extra features. Coates comments with practical passion about her role in the movie. She tells how she dismissed Lyne's suggestion that she should talk to editors he'd worked with in the past so she could get a feel for his work. "I don't want to talk to his other editors," she states, and that's the matter closed.

Charlie Rose Show Punishment of the unusual kind is guaranteed for those who subject themselves to the Charlie Rose Show. A talking shop heavily stocked with worthy chatter, you're guaranteed to see the soul sucked out of a film as Charlie subjects his guests to questions of the artistically banal.

Adrian Lyne stiffens in the breeze of boredom, managing to choke out a few thoughts in amongst the maelstrom of deadly self-examination that renders this TV programme tedious beyond personal safety.

Additional Extra Features Also on this DVD is an alternate ending, deleted scenes (optional commentary available for all), director's script notes, and a trailer.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Region: 2
Chapters: 24
Ratio: 2.35:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: Multiple languages
Captions: English
Menus: Animated, with music
Special Features Subtitles: All of the special features come with subtitles apart from the featurettes.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Adrian Lyne

Writer: Alvin Sargent, William Broyles Jr

Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez, Erik Per Sullivan, Michelle Monaghan, Chad Lowe

Genre: Drama, Thriller

Length: 123 minutes

Cinema: 07 June 2002

DVD: 28 April 2003

Country: USA