The Devil Wears Prada—20th Century Fox
Anne Hathaway trades in her Brokeback boots for a pair of Pradas in Fox’s release la mode, The Devil Wears Prada. Andy Sachs (Hathaway) maneuvers through the stiletto-infested waters of Runway magazine as the newest assistant to editor-in-chief Miranda Priestly. While Andy maintains she’s only in it for the fringe benefits, she soon discovers she’s just a manipulation away from becoming a dragon lady herself. Hathaway has come a long way from her pretty princess role, but she’s still got a thing or two to learn from the ever-talented Meryl Streep, whose performance as the venerable Priestly screams Oscar, or so the rumor mill says.
The fashion is impressive, but the video presentation is not. While the colors come through just vividly enough to venerate the Valentino gowns, the picture (2.35:1 anamorphic) is soft and grainy. The Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack is astounding, with clear dialogue, and the music is entertaining enough to accompany any New York runway show. The special features include the featurettes “The Trip to the Big Screen,” “NYC and Fashion,” “Fashion Visionary Patricia Field,” and “Getting Valentino,” plus 15 deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and a gag reel. Many readers of the novel doubted that the film adaptation would meet their expectations. But director David Frankel (HBO’s Sex and the City and Entourage) stepped up to the challenge. The Devil Wears Prada catwalks nicely onto the screen from its bookshelf counterpart, and it makes an haute item in your collection, too.