DVD Review: Venus
Movie •••½ Picture •••½ Sound ••• Extras •••
While the 13-minute featurette at the heart of the extras seems slight, it does shed light on how rarely such juicy roles are made available to older actors like Vanessa Redgrave, Leslie Phillips, and O'Toole. The deleted scenes are also modest, totaling only 4 minutes. But one of them - a bittersweet encounter between the ex-spouses played by O'Toole and Redgrave - deserved to have been included in the film. There's also a commentary by Michell and producer Kevin Loader, but it's rather sleepy and merely covers the basics. If only O'Toole had joined them ...