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    Unique ID Code: 0000043353
    Added by: DVD Reviewer
    Added on: 4/12/2002 07:33
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    Birthday Girl (US)

    7 / 10
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    Somebody`s In For A Big Surprise
    Certificate: R
    Running Time: 90 mins
    Retail Price: $29.99
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    The irresistible Nicole Kidman (Moulin Rouge, The Others) powers a sexy thriller where appearances can be deceiving and nothing ends as expected! A lonely and repressed bank employee, John Buckingham (Ben Chaplin - Murder By Numbers, The Thin Red Line) desperately want to meet the right girl. Then through a Russian mail-order bride service, he is introduced to Nadia (Kidman), a quiet and attractive woman who doesn`t speak English. After several sensual encounters, John`s fondess for Nadia grows…until the sudden arrival of Nadia`s two gregarious cousins makes John realize that he`s in over his head! Acclaimed by critics everywhere, this unpredictably entertaining hit will keep you guesssing as it keeps you on the edge of your seat!

    Special Features:
    Behind-The-Scenes Featurette
    "Somethin` Stupid" Music Video

    Video Tracks:
    Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

    Audio Tracks:
    Dolby Digital 5.1 English
    Dolby Digital 5.1 French

    Subtitle Tracks:
    CC: English

    Directed By:
    Jez Butterworth

    Written By:

    Kate Lynn Evans
    Mathieu Kassovitz
    Vincent Cassel
    Ben Chaplin
    Nicole Kidman

    Casting By:
    Jina Jay

    Soundtrack By:
    Stephen Warbeck

    Director of Photography:
    Oliver Stapleton

    Costume Designer:
    Phoebe De Gaye

    Production Designer:
    Hugo Luczyc-Wyhowski

    Vicki Popplewell
    Diana Phillips
    Donna Grey
    Steve Butterworth
    Eric Abraham

    Executive Producer:
    Paul Webster
    Rick Schwartz
    Sydney Pollack
    Colin Leventhal
    Julie Goldstein

    Buena Vista

    Your Opinions and Comments

    6 / 10
    First, I thought this movie is a thriller. Then I thought it`s a drama. Later, I thought it was a romantic drama. Later on, I thought it was a comedy. Finally, I realized it`s nothing other than a black comedy, and not a good one, too.
    The video transfer is good. There are no compression signs to be seen and the colors are nicely (yet not overly) saturated.
    The DD 5.1 soundtrack is a bit flat. There`s almost no usage of the surrounds.
    Note that the dialog includes a lot of Russian, which might not satisfy your ear. Personally, I`d rather listen to fingernails scratching a blackboard.
    The menus are still with music.
    The extras include a very short behind the scenes look and a music video.
    Bottom line - a very average movie, which is not really enjoyable, and an ok disc. Rent if you`re a die-hard Kidman fan. Otherwise - skip it.
    posted by Zvi Josef on 4/12/2002 16:15