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A GOOD MARRIAGE: DVD

SYNOPSIS: A happy and enduring marriage of 25 years is shattered when a devoted wife, Darcy Anderson (Joan Allen), makes a horrifying discovery in the family garage while her husband Bob (Anthony LaPaglia) is away on one of his business trips. The evidence reveals a stranger inside her husband's head exposing his monstrous true nature.

Review by Andrew L. Urban:
Stephen King's brilliantly twisted mind shines through but we know that he's a good story teller on paper. Adapting his words to the screen requires another kind of talent, and Peter Askin is up to the task with this undulating thriller. The mood weaves in and out of our reach as the premise unfolds.

And the premise is that we don't really know the totality of even those closest to us; King's story takes a happy couple long time married and says 'Suppose he was one of those double sided coins ... good husband, sick man...?' He makes good use of symbolism through the coin collection that is a running reference, with a strangely blurred old US penny as its focal point.

Askin's good fortune - or perhaps good choice - is the cast: Joan Allen is superb as the wife who discovers the terrible truth and the way she responds emotionally is credit to both her and the writing ... not to mention Askin's direction. She takes us with her all the way, even when the predictable becomes unpredictable.

Anthony LaPaglia also measures up, with a performance full of subtleties, always in control and always edgy and Stephen Lang is a charismatically mysterious character with a surprise up his sleeve, in a memorable performance.

Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans' score is notable for its own type of subtlety and sensitivity, while cinematographer Frank G. DeMarco manages a cool mix of atmospheric and naturalism with seamless camera movements and careful lighting.

Like all the best short stories, there is a twist in the unraveling and we're hooked right to the end.

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 1
Unfavourable: 0
Mixed: 0

A GOOD MARRIAGE: DVD (M)
(US, 2014)

CAST: Joan Allen, Anthony LaPaglia, Stephen Lang, Cara Buono, Kristen Connolly, Mike O'Malley, Theo Stockman, Will Rogers

PRODUCER: Peter Askin, Will Battersby, Peta Melita

DIRECTOR: Peter Askin

SCRIPT: Stephen King (short story by King)

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Frank G. DeMarco

EDITOR: Colleen Sharp

MUSIC: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Sharon Lomofsky

RUNNING TIME: 97 minutes

PRESENTATION: 16:9; DD5.1

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: Eagle Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: April 22, 2015







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