Fatal Attraction appears in an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was an average presentation.
Sharpness remained erratic. Actually, the movie usually displayed good definition, as the majority of the flick offered acceptable delineation.
I noticed no signs of jagged edges or shimmering, but moderate edge haloes persisted through parts of the movie. Grain felt inconsistent, as it seemed natural at times but too scrubbed on others.
This gave the movie an unnatural look on occasion, as the image could appear too smooth and polished. In terms of print flaws, a few specks popped up but nothing major interfered.
Colors were erratic as well. At their best, the tones appeared pretty lively, and the various settings offered a broad set of hues. However, at times the colors could be somewhat lifeless, so they lacked consistency.
Blacks were a little too dark, and shadows tended to appear somewhat dense as well. Perhaps this is as good as the film can look, but I doubt it.
Ups and downs also came from the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack of Attraction. For the most part, the soundfield offered a subdued affair. Music showed nice stereo imaging, and the movie featured a decent sense of ambience.
Not too many scenes broadened beyond that general feeling of environment, though, and the track could feel largely monaural much of the time. Surround usage might’ve echoed the score but that was about it, so this was a chatty movie with a bland soundscape.
Audio quality felt fairly good. Speech seemed reasonably natural, and music showed acceptable clarity and range.
Effects seemed clear and accurate, though they also never stood out as especially memorable. Overall, the mix was fine for its age but not any better than that.
As we shift to extras, we launch with an audio commentary from director Adrian Lyne. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, music, editing, sets and locations, and reactions to the film.
For the most part, Lyne brings a pretty good commentary. He can simply narrate the movie a little more than I’d like, but overall, he gives us a fairly useful overview of production topics.
A few featurettes follow, and fills 28 minutes, 16 seconds with notes from Lyne, producers Sherry Lansing and Stanley R. Jaffe, screenwriter Nicholas Meyer, and actors Glenn Close, Michael Douglas and Anne Archer.
“Forever” covers the source film and its adaptation, story/character areas, how Lyne came to the production, cast and performances, the original ending, and the movie’s reception. “Forever” provides a mix of good details, and the inclusion of the production’s prime participants adds value.
With Social Attraction, we get a 10-minute reel that features Lyne, Jaffe, Lansing, Douglas, Close, Archer, Professor of Media Psychology Stuart Fischoff, film critic Jami Bernard, and Clinical Professor of Psychology Willard Gaylin.
“Social” examines interpretation of the film’s characters and themes as well as controversies. Though it ignores Dan’s culpability, “Social” still adds some useful notes, mainly related to the circa 1987 reactions.
Visual Attraction spans 19 minutes, 39 seconds and brings notes from Close, Lyne, Jaffe, costume designer Ellen Mirojnick, makeup artist Richard Dean, cinematographer Howard Atherton, and production designer Mel Bourne.
The program discusses costumes, hair/makeup, photography, sets/locations and other visual aspects of the production. It turns into an effective overview.
Next comes seven minutes, nine minutes of Rehearsal Footage. One part shows Douglas and Close together, while the other pairs Archer with an unnamed off-screen performer as Dan. Both are fun to see.
In addition to the film’s trailer, we conclude with an Alternate Ending. The clip fills 11 minutes, 51 seconds and shows a less crowd-pleasing finale.
I prefer the “Alternate Ending”, as it gives the movie a darker conclusion, one that actually seems to make Dan pay for his actions. I get why the studio opted for something more rousing, but this ending works better for the story.
Back in 1987, Fatal Attraction became a major critical and commercial hit. Today it seems like a relic, misogynistic and out of whack with reality. The Blu-ray boasts erratic picture and audio as well as a generally engaging set of bonus materials. Attraction doesn’t hold up well.