- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 3 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 5, 2008
- Originally Released: 2002
- Label: Paramount
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround - English, French
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround - English, French
- Restored English - Mono
Performers, Cast and Crew:
One of America's most versatile actresses, Meryl Streep's powers are in full display in this pair of films based on novels.
HOURS: Based on the Pulitzer-prize winning novel by Michael Cunningham, THE HOURS employs Virginia Woolf's classic novel and central character, MRS. DALLOWAY, as its foundation and inspiration. Spanning three different eras, over the course of one day, the film focuses on the parallel lives of three women joined in their depression, alienation, and search for love. Nicole Kidman, virtually unrecognizable in a prosthetic nose, is the tortured writer Virginia Woolf, whose ongoing battle with mental illness eventually led to her tragic suicide in 1941. The film begins with the moment of her suicide and flashes back to her life and work as she crafted her most memorable character, Clarissa Dalloway, in 1923. In 1950's California suburbia another woman, Laura Brown (Julianne Moore), trapped by her clinging young son and an adoring husband whom she does not love, she tries to prepare for her husband's birthday but cannot stop reading MRS. DALLOWAY. Finally, in modern-day Manhattan, Clarissa Vaughn (Meryl Streep), a lesbian who lives with her lover (Allison Janney) and her daughter (Claire Danes), struggles to prepare a party for her ex-husband (Ed Harris), who is dying of AIDS. Director Stephen Daltry uses beautiful overlapping editing to sew the women's interwoven stories seamlessly together. At the core of this profoundly moving film is the trio of award-winning actresses who grace the screen with their bold and awe-inspiring performances.
HEARTBURN: Nora Ephron's autobiographical novel chronicling the breakup of her marriage to investigative journalist Carl Bernstein (ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN) is adapted for the big screen by director Mike Nichols and solidly acted by Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. Rachel Samstat (Streep) is Ephron's stand-in, a New York food writer who falls for and marries Washington political columnist Mark Forman (Nicholson) despite her initial misgivings. And it isn't long before a second pregnancy, separate homes, and the return of Mark's womanizing places a strain on the marriage that results in bitter divorce and inspires Rachel's cynical musings on the nature of love, sex, and relationships.