Notes on a Scandal (Widescreen)

Starring: Judi Dench & Cate Blanchett Director: Richard Eyre  Rated: R: Restricted
One woman's mistake is another's opportunity.
Notes on a Scandal (Widescreen)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 1 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2006
  • Label: 20th Century Fox
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
    • Dolby Digital Surround - Spanish, French/Parisian
    • Subtitles - English - Optional
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Behind the Scenes
    • Trailers
    • Interviews: "A Conversation with Cate Blanchett and Bill Nighy"
    • Documentary: "In Character with Cate Blanchett"
    • Audio Commentary: Richard Eyre - Director
    • Featurette:
      1. Webisodes (4)
      2. "NOTES ON A SCANDAL: The Story of Two Obsessions"
  • Interactive Features:
    • Interactive Menus

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Entertainment Reviews:

Box Office - 12/01/2006
"The performances here are uniformly excellent, especially Dench's..."
Rolling Stone - 12/28/2006
3 stars out of 4 -- "Dame Judi lets us know this is a women of dark secrets. It's spellbinding to watch her blow the lid off."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - 01/01/2007
"Dench brings wit as well as vulnerability and menace to her depiction....The film is expertly crafted..."
Total Film - 07/01/2007
3 stars out of 5 -- "Patrick Marber's script crackles when it comes to collisions of private life with public view."

Product Description:

Dame Judi Dench and Kate Blanchett face off with searing performances in this riveting tale of obsession and desire. Based on the novel by Zoe Heller, NOTES ON A SCANDAL is the story of Barbara Covett (Dench), a hard-nosed spinster schoolteacher, and her poisonous friendship with fellow teacher Sheba Hart (Blanchett). When the young and beautiful Sheba shows up as the new art instructor, everyone is charmed by her, including the embittered Barbara. Barbara is thrilled when her lonely life is shaken up by Sheba's overtures of friendship, as Sheba invites her to share in family dinners, and opens up to her about her marital troubles and personal longing. Barbara narrates her own feelings of longing to us from her meticulous diaries, and it becomes increasingly clear that her take on the friendship is uncomfortably intense, if not borderline delusional. Things reach a fever pitch when Barbara happens upon Sheba dallying in the art room with a 15-year-old student. She tells Sheba that she must end the affair at once, but decides not to report her to the school, and instead, to use her knowledge of the indiscretion to draw Sheba closer to her, and put her in her debt. But when Barbara's demands on Sheba become too high, things soon unravel, setting off a chain of events that will leave viewers chewing their nails to the quick, but unable to tear their eyes away.

Both Blanchett and Dench are dazzling to watch as they deftly handle the barbed wit of Patrick Marber's screenplay. Directed by Richard Eyre of the Northern Theatre of London, and with a score by Philip Glass, NOTES ON A SCANDAL takes what could serve as mere tabloid fodder and plays it out on the level of Shakespearean tragedy.

Plot Keywords:

Love | Love Affairs | Teachers | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Theatrical Release: December 27, 2006
20th Century Fox / MGM DVD Clearance Sale

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  • UPC: 024543438915
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