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Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover, The

Genre: Dark Comedy

Reviewed In Issue 50 (July 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Richard Bohringer, Michael Gambon, Helen Mirren & Alan Howard

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 3.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: NA
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Special Features
Includes two theatrical trailers and a production notes booklet.

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV11391
(MPAA Rating): NC17
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $29.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Single Layer (DVD5)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 124
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): No
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1989
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 03/13/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Peter Greenaway
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
One of the most controversial films of its time, The Cook The Thief His Wife & Her Lover is a sexually provocative look at an outrageous, satirical, and excessive world. The themes of love, sex, food, power, murder, and revenge are dealt with in a manner that is shocking, provoking, disturbing, yet, at the same time, captivating. The players are a terse Cook, a monstrous Thief, his bored and frightened Wife, and her bookish yet daring Lover. The setting is the Le Hollandaise restaurant where every night is filled with opulence, decadence and gluttony. Whee! Watch for the uncomparable lead singer of The Blockheads, the late Ian Dury as Terry Fitch (

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 DVD exhibits a slightly dark picture, but one that should be quite pleasing for fans of this cult classic. The color scheme is stylized with rich, bold hues, deep blacks, and well-balanced fleshtones. Images are generally sharp, but fine details are wanting at times. For example, the daily menus for the Le Hollandais are difficult to decipher, even on larger home theatre displays. The darkest scenes are wanting in delineation (though who really wants to see what

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