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DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Aspiring journalist Andy Sachs (Anne Hathaway) applies for a job as 2nd assistant to the legendary, Prada-draped, Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep) editor of fashion bible, Runway. Her unglam looks contrast with the stiletto clacking team of acolytes around Miranda, yet she's hired ... for her smarts. Her first hurdle is 1st assistant Emily (Emily Blunt), before she succumbs to fashion director, Nigel (Stanley Tucci) for a make over, propelling her to acceptance. But her friends like Lilly (Tracie Thoms) and especially her boyfriend, Nate (Adrian Grenier), are sidelined by the demands of Andy's job. By the time she is accepted by her boss, she wants that acceptance less and less.

Review by Louise Keller:
The ultimate chick flick about designer glamour, catty claws and aspirations, The Devil Wears Prada is heaven in a handbag. Fashion may not be about utility, but it sure is easy on the eye. Satirical in its humour, there's a surprisingly soft centre to this adaptation of Lauren Weisberger's novel. The catwalk to success has never been so well dressed, as Valentino, Chanel, Galliano and Prada take centre stage.

When Meryl Streep's larger than life fashion magazine editor in chief steps into the building, there is a cyclone-like flurry among the pencil-thin, stylishly groomed staff. Reminiscent of Cruella deVille, Streep's Miranda Priestly is a wonderful creation, with platinum perfect hair and a manner that would induce an iceberg in the Mediterranean. 'That's all,' she murmurs dismissively to all and sundry, in a hushed tone that demands to be heard. But then along comes sensibly dressed Andy (Anne Hathaway), who not only has never heard of Miranda, but is less than intimidated by the whole package. Hathaway is enchanting as the wide-eyed, would-be journalist, whose integrity and morals inevitably become compromised. What girl wouldn't become seduced 'by the dark side', when Stanley Tucci's sardonic right-hand man Nigel utters those magical words 'You're in desperate need of Chanel.'

Our journey is through Andy's eyes as her new found lifestyle suffocates her previously simply and happy life with caterer boyfriend Nate (Adrian Grenier). After all, he is unimpressed by baubles, hairspray and frocks with a price tag. The lesson is one of integrity and self preservation, as betrayal becomes a way of life. Emily Blunt gives an all-too real fashion 'desperate', while Simon Baker's Christian shows off his charming veneer. There is a fine line between the comic and the tragic of this superficial playground and director David Frankel massages all our sensitive spots. It's everything you hope for - cuttingly funny and a la mode.

On DVD, there's a fashion commentary feature, 10 deleted scenes, a featurette plus gag reel.

February 8, 2007

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 1

DEVIL WEARS PRADA, THE: DVD (PG)
(US, 2006)

CAST: Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway, Emily Blunt, Stanley Tucci, Adrian Grenier, Tracie Thoms, Rich Sommer, Simon Baker, Daniel Sunjata

PRODUCER: Wendy Finerman

DIRECTOR: David Frankel

SCRIPT: Aline Brosh McKenna (novel by Lauren Weisberger)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Florian Ballhaus

EDITOR: Mark Livolsi

MUSIC: Theodore Shapiro

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Jess Gonchor

RUNNING TIME: 109 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: September 28, 2006

PRESENTATION: Widescreen

SPECIAL FEATURES: Deleted scenes, featurette, gag reel, fashion commentary/featurette, trailer

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: February 8, 2007







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