Don Juan DeMarco DVD

Directed by: Jeremy Leven. Starring: Johnny Depp, Marlon Brando, and Faye Dunaway.

Johnny Depp in Don Juan DeMarco

Synopsis: Brando plays a renowned psychiatrist whose pending retirement is interrupted by his most recent patient: a young man, played by Depp, who believes he is Don Juan. The psychiatrist is totally captivated by the young man’s fantastic tales, leading him to reassess his own life and his relationship with his wife (played by Dunaway).

Sample quote: “You want Don Juan de Marco, the world’s greatest lover, to talk to you? What do you know of great love? Have you ever loved a woman until milk leaked from her as though she had just given birth to love itself, and now must feed it or burst? Have you ever tasted a woman until she believed that she could be satisfied only by consuming the tongue that had devoured her? Have you ever loved a woman so completely that the sound of your voice in her ear could cause her body to shudder and explode with such intense pleasure that only weeping could bring her full release?” — Don Juan DeMarco

And one more: “I give women pleasure, if they desire. It is of course the greatest pleasure they will ever experience.” — Don Juan DeMarco

Comment: Depp is terrific in this romantic yet funny role. The story is a charmer, both sexy and sweet. You’ll feel better after watching it, and sometimes that’s exactly what you need. Rating: ***½

The Extras: Trailers, biographies with clips from past film roles, and the (relatively lame) video of Bryan Adams’ “Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?” In a nice touch, you can listen to the fantastic Spanish score separately from the film, saving you the cost of the soundtrack CD (if you don’t mind the big gaps of silence during the unaccompanied sections of the film).

Usability: Your basic, standard menus, so no problem here.

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