As the film moves forward and we follow the days of these three women and their slow respective unravelments, the idea of them being and feeling completely trapped and hopeless to the changes in their lives comes through loud and clear. Daldry’s brilliant direction, Philip Glass’ terrific score and the beyond brilliant performances by the women and men in THE HOURS makes those sentiments come through even more vividly. I was blown away by the sheer energy, pace and music of this film at the cinema, but it had the same effect on me, if not more, in the comfort of this tiny hovel I call my apartment. Don’t let my endless comments of the despair and misery within this film discourage you. It's actually just the kind of movie that is necessary to give some lucky viewer the kick in the ass they need to look at life in a different and hopefully better way. This will kick-start your heart, your brain and God willing...your life.
4 featurettes are also part of the package. The first, “Three Women”, is actually a little deceiving as the director speaks about the casting of the women and his experience shooting with them, as do the women. Daldry also goes on to discuss a few of the other actors, his technique and so on. It’s a very interesting 15-minute behind the scenes look at the film. Next up, “The Mind and Times of Virginia Woolf” a 24-minute mini-biography of Virginia Woolf. This is a fascinating watch for anyone who loved THE HOURS and doesn’t know jack about Woolf. Many experts tell the tale of her hard and eventful life. “ The Music Of The Hours” is a 7- minute feature that shows us how the sweet and sorrowful score of the film was born. A nice addition. Finally, “ The Lives of Mrs. Dalloway” has the author of The Hours discussing his admiration of the book Mrs. Dalloway with so much passion, this reviewer is actually considering giving it a read in the near future. Basically, book and script are talked about in another fine featurette. All four of these featurettes are excellent companion pieces to the film. A short 2-minute Filmmaker’s Introduction is also tacked on to set up the film. Throw in some previews and the theatrical trailer and you've got yourself a sweet set of extras.