The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Paramount - 1993
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 116 Minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese
Starring: Robert Redford, Woody Harrelson, Demi Moore, Oliver Platt, Seymour Cassel
Directed by: Adrian Lyne
Music by: John Barry
Written by: Amy Holden Jones
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: June 9, 2009
"One million dollars. One night. No questions asked."
Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson are Diana and David Murphy, a financially strapped couple who are betting on a quick trip to Las Vegas to deal them a lucky hand. But the odds are suddenly even more attractive when billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford) ups the ante - complete financial freedom. The price? One night of passion with Diana. The Payoff? A cool $1 million. But what seems to be a quick and simple solution to their money problems creates more friction than the couple bargained for as the high stakes of trust, love and attraction come into play as part of Gage's compelling proposal.
Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson play Diana and David Murphy, high-school sweethearts who marry and who are doing very well Diana is a successful real-estate agent, and David is an idealistic architect who has built a dream house by the ocean until the recession hits. Suddenly, David loses his job, and they can't make the mortgage payments. Dead broke, they borrow $5000 from David's father and head to Las Vegas to try to win money to pay the mortgage on their house. At first, they get $25,000 ahead but inevitably the house always wins, and they end up losing it all. While Diana is in the fancy casino boutique trying to lift some candy, she is spotted by billionaire John Gage (Robert Redford), who is immediately attracted to her. John invites Diana and David to an opulent party, and it is there that John offers David $1 million for a night with his wife. David and Diana are wracked by this moral dilemma, but finally make the decision after a night of discussion that concludes with them seeing this as only a night of sex and nothing more. How wrong they were.
I have always found this film intriguing. Diana and David are deeply in love, and have a strong and stable relationship. They make the decision to go to Vegas to try to make the money necessary to save their dream house which David designed and they started to build. I guess this certainly isn't something new but when things don't go according to plan they become disenchanted until they meet Gage. His inappropriate and smug offer should have spelled the end of their dealings with him. However they considered it which was their first mistake. Their second mistake was thinking that their's or any loving relationship could withstand something like this. Lastly they should have realized that they already had everything that they needed in one another. The decision to never speak of it afterward was the final straw. This became the crux of the problem. Gage said it best when he told Diana that if she were his that he wouldn't share her with anyone. I like how the film depicts the breakdown of their relationship. Everything leading up to it feels genuine and Moore and Harrelson give great performances. After that it begins to take on less of an emotionally visceral feel and has a contrived one that follows it through to the end. The film still works but I can't help but wonder if it could have been even better. Regardless I have always liked this movie and have seen it numerous times since its release. I am sure that I am not alone when I say that I am happy to see its release on Blu-ray Disc.
The rating is for sexuality and language.
AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
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Indecent proposal comes to Blu-ray from Paramount featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 30 mbps and lossless Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel audio that has an average bitrate of 3.3 mbps.
This presentation features an uneven and grainy aesthetic that sometimes leaves it looking soft and devoid of sharp rendering and revealing high definition clarity. Blacks are deep but lacking in delineation which presents them as flat and lacking in appreciable gradational highlights. Dark scenes and backgrounds suffer the same fate as details tend to be barely distinguishable. Colors and fleshtones generally look natural although reds are slightly oversaturated. Contrast is stable and well balanced over the course of the presentation. I noticed some minor digital noise in a few backgrounds but otherwise didn't note any obvious signs of compression or video related artifacts. The Dolby TrueHD soundtrack is essentially a one dimensional affair that retains a frontal perspective that occasionally offers brief splashes of environmental ambience. With a dialogue driven film such as this good vocal reproduction is essential. The higher resolution in this lossless encoding delivers recorded sounds and voices with defining detail and clarity which helps render dialogue with excellent intelligibility and descriptive tonal character. As I listened to John Barry's beautifully orchestrated music I could help to be reminded of his score for Somewhere in time. This isn't the best high definition audio/video quality that I have seen for a catalog release title but it presents the films elements satisfactorily.
- Commentary with Director Adrian Lyne
Indecent proposal is a thought provoking film that has been the subject of many discussions regarding what the outcome of the acceptance of such an offer would be. I believe that this film got it right although the ending when compared to the rest of the film comes off as a bit too manipulated. I like this movie and am glad to see its release in high definition on Blu-ray Disc. The presentation won't blow you away but it presents the film's elements in the best light currently available on home video. Recommend for fans.
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