Visually, Lyne paints a grim yet beautiful picture while dipping it in the occasional symbolism. Lyne’s eye is more restrained than usual as he addresses his subject matter in an honest manner. Acting wise, props go out to Diane Lane, who carries the movie and gives her best performance to date. Is that Oscar knocking? I think so. Richard Gere also delivers, playing against type (finally!) and reminding us that yes, he still knows how to act when Winona Ryder isn’t around to drag his performance into the gutter. Now, even though the flick does eventually take a “mainstream” turn, it handles the twist with its two feet firmly planted in reality and does eventually end in a very unorthodox way (I loved the ending). So if you’re looking for commercial fluff...look elsewhere, but if you're in the mood for a more adult and thought-provoking type of picture that still retains the sexiness (and nudity) of Lyne’s previous films…this one's for you.
Scene-specific audio commentary: Both Diane Lane and Olivier Martinez come in (separately) to talk about specific scenes in the film. Diane Lane is the more vocal of the two giving lots of insight as to how she tackled the part, her role’s many psychological states and how her past working relationship with Richard Gere helped their rapport in the film. Martinez also comments on his character’s state of mind during specific sequences. Cool feature, mostly due to Lane’s substantial input.
11 Deleted Scenes (16 minutes): Here, we have the option of listening to a “blah” intro by Adrian Lyne (audio only) to then watch the cut scenes with optional commentary by the Lyne-man himself. The scenes themselves reminded me of how important editing is in the movie-making process since many of them basically communicate a message that's already been covered in the film, and would just have made the picture redundant. Adrian, of course, lets us know why they got snipped out via the commentary. Decent.
An Affair to Remember: On the Set of Unfaithful (15 minutes): This feature offers a meld of on-set footage, scenes from the film and interviews with Adrian Lyne, Richard Gere, Diane Lane and Oliver Martinez who come in to comment on the film, their relation to the subject matter, the casting and more! This is an informative and entertaining feature and pretty much my favorite on the disk.
Anne Coates on Editing (8 minutes): Renowned editor Anne Coates comes in to give us insight on the editing process.
A Conversation With (17 minutes total): We get three well edited separate interviews with Richard Gere who talks a lot about the themes of the film, Diane Lane who talks about her family and how she got into acting and Oliver Martinez shares much about his personal background. This feature is informative; I can listen to Gere and Lane talk for days.
Charlie Rose Interview (18 minutes): Lots of info found in the other features is repeated here, but there’s still enough new stuff brought to the table to warrant watching it and the chemistry between all involved is endearing. A good watch!
We also get Director’s Script Notes, Theatrical trailer and Trailers for Daredevil and Dancer Upstairs.