Reviewer's Rating 3 out of 5   User Rating 4 out of 5
Femme Fatale DVD (2003)

Billed as "Master of the Erotic Thriller" on the cover of this DVD, Brian De Palma returns to familiar early career territory with "Femme Fatale". Fans will no doubt be disappointed with the 15 certificate, but should get some solace from all the De Palma interview footage on the disc.


Picture A seductively smooth image transfer awaits you here.

Sound The 5.1 sound mix is a suitably sensual experience for your speakers, with Ryuichi Sakamoto's intense score dominating proceedings.


Visualising "Femme Fatale" De Palma reveals in this featurette that for years he's wanted to stage a film where a femme fatale would be involved in a heist. When he finally made it to the Cannes Film Festival, he found his perfect location. Antonio Banderas was his top choice for male supporting role, but Banderas wasn't keen to take a role that wasn't the lead. It turns out that Melanie Griffith thought the movie would be a great idea and talked Banderas into it.

"Femme Fatale": An Appreciation The filming of the movie is covered in some depth here, especially the Cannes scene, which was a reconstruction of the real thing. De Palma naturally had to get some of his trademark long and slow panning shots into the film, and one of these is dissected in some detail.

"Femme Fatale": Dressed to Kill This is an odd featurette. It's simply a montage of naughtier moments from the film, but it may spare you having to watch the movie if plot details bother you.

Behind the Scenes This short featurette covers territory already gone over by the rest of the extras, although it does feature some additional behind-the-scenes footage.

Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD are two trailers.

Chapters: 29
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: English and multiple languages
Captions: English
Menus: Static, with music
Special Features Subtitles All of the special features come with subtitles apart from the trailers.

This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-N5 DVD player.

End Credits

Director: Brian De Palma

Writer: Brian De Palma

Stars: Rebecca Romijn-Stamos, Antonio Banderas, Peter Coyote, Edouard Montoute, Gregg Henry

Genre: Thriller

Length: 110 minutes

Cinema: 2003

DVD: 04 August 2003

Country: USA