Death Becomes Her

 (9,076)6.61 h 44 min1992X-RayPG-13
HD. Aging beauties Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn wage war for the affections of Bruce Willis in this hilarious dark comedy.
Robert Zemeckis
Goldie HawnBruce WillisMeryl Streep
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Isabella Rossellini
Robert ZemeckisSteve Starkey
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J.A. ClaytonReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2020
5.0 out of 5 starsEverything in the movie "is exactly where I remembered it"!
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I watched it again most of the time that the President Donald Trump State of the Union Address was on and I was flipping between that and this movie on my screens. For a piece of fiction it sure does ring true to life in a sense. Sometimes you get what you want selling your soul, sometimes you really are disappointed. The State of the Union kind of reminds me of the party scene near the middle of the film. I guess this time does remind me of a quality dark comedy about the Sweet Bird of Youth failing in 1978 and suffering the consequences years and years into the future.... Anyhow, I think the "diabolically inventive" thing about this movie is not the special effects, though those are amazing: It is how art imitates life in the weirdest senses. That's all I can muster like a shocked Jay Leno watching a clip of this movie with Meryl Streep when Goldie Hawn knocks her down the stairs (yes, that scene.) I'll get real for a moment here: This is the kind of thing that you do not want to make too much sense about because that kind of sanity sort of "scares the hell out of people anyway in high doses". I'll keep this pretty short and say that this is a great fable of a movie about eternal life, playing god and all of that stuff.
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B. TebbsReviewed in the United States on May 14, 2016
3.0 out of 5 starsPoor Blu Ray Image Quality
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It's good to finally have this movie in its original widescreen format, but it doesn't appear to have been actually remastered in HD despite marketing claims. There are a LOT of dark scenes and dark edges (appropriate for a black comedy about death and eternal life) and there is absolutely no definition in the dark spots - dark browns, dark purples - all turn to mud and are indistinguishable from black. The price for this Blu Ray is ridiculously high for this inferior video image. I've read elsewhere that this is a recurring problem with products from Shout Factory, but this is my first purchase of a Shout BD. Buyer beware
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David BurkartReviewed in the United States on February 18, 2017
2.0 out of 5 starsRuining a good movie.
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First let me say I LOVE this movie but im only giving it two stars here for the lousy picture quality. I just got this on Blu Ray been waiting some time I also got a couple of other older films just released on Blue Ray and watched on on my brand new smart tv 1089 pixel and new blu ray player and this was the only one that had poor quality. Some scenes looked good while others where totally grainy. But I've also never had gotten a film on blu ray that wasn't from a major studio my first experience with something from Shout Factory. I won't make that mistake again. Outrageous they put out an inferior product at that price.
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DorothyZReviewed in the United States on November 1, 2017
4.0 out of 5 starsThe script is sharp and witty and it’s always fun to see Meryl Streep do comedy
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Robert Zemeckis lampoons the dark side of Hollywood in this glitzy, star studded effect driven comedy. The script is sharp and witty and it’s always fun to see Meryl Streep do comedy. The pairing of her and Goldie Hawn generates wonderful chemistry as they vamp and camp their way through the film with glee. The movie sort of goes off the rails towards the end and paints itself into a corner but it’s still a ton of fun. It was interesting to watch again to see the special effects that were quite cutting edge at the time the movie was released. Bruce Willis fans will also enjoy watching him play against type as the belliguered Dr. Menville. This is definitely a good fantasy comedy that has become more endearing over the years and is totally worth checking out.
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patrick collinsReviewed in the United States on October 28, 2017
3.0 out of 5 starsA knife without an edge.
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Robert Zemeckis’ first stumble at the box office (if you don’t count I Wanna Hold Your Hand, and really, who does?), I thought I’d revisit it to see if (like Joe Vs the Volcano) this was an overlooked classic. It’s not, but I’m not sure it’s Zemeckis’ fault exactly. Test audiences had hated the movie, Universal panicked and the decision was made to downplay the film’s more vicious aspects. So they reshot the final act, trimmed and tucked all the nasty, and shifted the promotional focus to the novelty of cgi. It’s pretty clear why audiences felt cheated, and I can see why people stayed away in droves. But there is some campy fun to be had here, just go in knowing it’s never going to bite quite like it should.
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movie afficonadoReviewed in the United States on July 29, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsFun and enjoyment all around!!
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I mostly wanted this movie for the great comic performance of Bruce Willis. He is so talented, he can play any role and be so convincing. In this one of the hyper sensitive husband of Meryl Streep, who is great as always, and the pawn of Goldie Hawn, also excellent in her role, he is a wonder to behold. It is hard to believe this is the same actor who so successfully played John Mclane in Die Hard. He is hysterical in the role and can cheer you up in this comedy if you have a blue day. The special effects are superb and Ingrid Bergman;s daughter Isabella Rossellini, plays the role as the dream maker who can make your wishes come true, is excellent also. Have fun and enjoy this great comedy with three of our biggest stars, but Bruce steals it.
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Jrum C.Reviewed in the United States on August 8, 2016
4.0 out of 5 starsBlu Becomes Her . . .
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Wanting merely to upgrade my full frame dvd to widescreen, opted to not spend a great wad and bought this German blu. The back states "Region B", but it played just fine in my cheapie Region A Sanyo player. The ONLY reason for not giving 5 stars, is that for some reason I cannot access its special features (trailers, featurette). Other than that, a notable improvement over dvd (and now in widescreen!). No, not a reference quality blu-ray (as cited by others), but I don't THINK I laughed any less as result! Sooo many stellar aspects to this film: Writing, directing, acting, Sydney Pollack (as the Dr.: worth watching the movie for!), the overall tongue cheekiness of the whole affair. Highly recommended, in any format! (one of those films that will be added to my "cheap Christmas gifts" list, when dvd price drops.Can be cheaper than a card!)
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E. A. SolinasReviewed in the United States on August 18, 2010
5.0 out of 5 starsWild and wicked ways!
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Everybody knows that Hollywood is full of people who would sell their soul for youth and beauty, but ... literally? They come pretty close in "Death Becomes Her," a delightfully wicked, twisted black comedy directed by Robert Zemeckis -- the dialogue is wonderfully barbed, the comedy is warped, and the quartet of lead actors give the performances of a lifetime.

Years ago, starlet Madeline Ashton (Meryl Streep) stole plastic surgeon Ernest Menville (Bruce Willis) from her longtime rival, dowdy writer Helen Sharp (Goldie Hawn). Consumed by hatred for Madeleine, Helen becomes an obese recluse and is eventually locked up in a mental institution.

Present day (and by that, I mean the 1980s): Madeline and Ernest (now a harpyish has-been and an alcoholic undertaker) appear at the signing for Helen's bestselling book -- and are shocked to see that she's now a stunning youthful bombshell. This drives Madeline to seek out the services of Lisle von Rhoman (Isabella Rossellini), a sensual sorceress who sells her a potion that restores her youth. A small warning: "Take care of your body." Easier said than done.

Meanwhile, Helen and Ernest have been plotting to kill her, and a fight leads to Madeleine falling down the stairs and twisting her head 180 degrees. She's not dead... but not really alive either. And the problem is, Helen has had the same treatment -- meaning that when Madeleine gets her revenge, her rival doesn't die either. Is there a way out of this mess, or are the ladies doomed to eternal unlife?

If you like moral messages with your warped comedy, here's "Death Becomes Her's": a short life lived to the fullest is way better than an empty endless one, and shallow people who try to stay eternally young are pathetic. Nobody can argue with that, but that's not the reason people watch this movie. They watch it for the wickedly warped wit and the hilarious trio of actors.

Zemeckis does an absolutely brilliant job with the sort of gothic-screwball plot, which is the perfect mix of ghoulish humor and slapstick. The dialogue is full of witty barbs ("You're a fraud, Helen! You're a walking lie and I can see right through you!"), and hilarious dialogue ("They took her to the morgue." "The morgue? She'll be FURIOUS!"). And some of the scenes here will make you howl your head off, such as the grand finale -- why can't more movies end this brilliantly?

Additionally, Zemeckis brought out the best in all three lead actors. I don't really like Hawn's acting, and tend to consider Willis' mixed -- but Streep and Hawn are deliciously catty, shallow and a little crazed, playing a pair of thoroughly repulsive women. Willis plays Ernest as a depressed mortician who gets increasingly frantic as the story goes on, and Isabella Rossellini is brilliant as the beauty-obsessed sorceress.

"Death Becomes Her" is the sort of movie I wish they would make more often -- a wild, hilarious dark comedy with a twisted streak a mile wide. A must see.
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