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Release Date: 4/1/2003
Original Release: 2002
Format: DVD Widescreen
Length: 108 minutes
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Rating Reason: mature thematic elements, sexual content, brief violence and language
UPC: 025192245626
Studio: Universal Studios Home Video

Directed by: Todd Haynes
Featuring: Celia Weston, Dennis Haysbert, Dennis Quaid, James Rebhorn, Jordan Puryear, Julianne Moore, Lindsay Andretta, Matt Malloy, Patricia Clarkson, Ryan Ward
Categories: Dramas, Family Interaction, Live-Action, Recommended, Marriage, Theatrical Release, Homosexuality, Parents, 1950s, Essential Cinema

Far From Heaven DVD Description
The model marriage of Frank (Dennis Quaid) and Cathy Whitaker (Julianne Moore) in 1950s Hartford is depicted in television ads, and a magazine features photographs of Cathy as a model homemaker and citizen. Yet, behind the curtains of their dream home, Cathy and Frank hide scandalous secrets. Frank has been masquerading his homosexuality and is seeing a doctor for a heterosexual conversion. Meanwhile, Cathy finds solace in her gardener, Raymond (Dennis Haysbert), a black man about whom Cathy must conceal her growing feelings, since simply being seen with him is cause for scandal.

Filmmaker Douglas Sirk employed the trappings of the melodrama to satirize and criticize narrow minds in the 1950s status quo with films such as ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS. Todd Haynes (SAFE) uses Sirk's highly stylized universe to critique society half a century later in FAR FROM HEAVEN. The film uses thematic elements of Sirk's such as isolating characters through windows and vivid, symbolic colors and flowers. It also applies Sirkian plot devices such as gossiping neighbors and demonizing television. Attacking prejudice, Haynes' methods are particularly effective as he uses an antiquated style of filmmaking to shed light on societal problems that are pervasive even in the 21st Century.

DVD Features
Region 1
Keep Case
Anamorphic Widescreen -
Letterbox -
Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Dolby Surround - French
DTS Surround 5.1 - English
Additional Release Material:
Making Of: "The Making of FAR FROM HEAVEN"
Audio Commentary: Todd Haynes - Director
1. Filmmaker's Experience (Q&A Session)
2. Anatomy of a Scene
Interactive Features:
Scene Access
Interactive Menus

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Technical Specifications
  • Digital Process - Digitally Processed
  • Closed Captioned
  • Widescreen

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