Aug 202015
 

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is a standard Lifetime made-for-television but the performances are mostly good headlined by Susan Sarandon and I guess as bio-pics go, it’s not terrible though hardly anything memorable and the replay value is minimal. The DVD release is rather basic with no bonus material while the video/audio transfers are both adequate.

 

 

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe
(2015)

Genre(s): Drama
Lionsgate | NR – 180 min. – $19.98 | August 18, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Laurie Collyer
Writer(s): J. Randy Taraborrelli (book); Stephen Kronish (teleplay)
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Kelli Garner, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Emily Watson, Embeth Davidtz, Jack Noseworthy, Giacomo Gianniotti, Peter MacNeil

DISC INFO:
Features:
None
Digital Copy: Yes
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: Anamorphic Widescreen 1.78
Subtitles: English SDH
Region(s): 1


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PLOT SYNOPSIS

Based on the best-selling novel, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe begins with the young Norma Jeane Mortenson (KELLI GARNER) as she battles a lonely, loveless existence with an absent and mentally ill mother (SUSAN SARANDON). She ultimately reinvents herself as the sex symbol of an era. A fragile artist, she is very different from the larger-than-life image she portrayed. The great secret of Marilyn’s life is that her mother, Gladys, remained a vital — and troubling — part of her world. Her marriages to Joe DiMaggio (JEFFREY DEAN MORGAN) and Arthur Miller (STEPHEN BOGART) collapse in part due to her own inner demons and the onslaught of her mother’s illness. As Marilyn cares for her mother, her obsession with President John F. Kennedy leads to a breakdown and hospitalization. Still, she gives the performance of her life as Marilyn Monroe.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 0/5

No features were included but this does come with a semi-glossy slip cover and inside a redemption code for the Digital Copy.


VIDEO – 4.0/5 | AUDIO 3.5/5

The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe comes to DVD presented in its originally televised 1.78 anamorphic widescreen aspect ratio. The movie more or less looks like one would expect with bright colors and decent enough detail with no major or noticeable aliasing or pixilation.

The movie comes with a standard Dolby Digital 5.1 track which isn’t anything special yet gets the job done with clear dialogue levels while the score provides for decent enough depth.



OVERALL – 2.5/5

Overall, The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe is a standard Lifetime made-for-television but the performances are mostly good headlined by Susan Sarandon and I guess as bio-pics go, it’s not terrible though hardly anything memorable and the replay value is minimal. The DVD release is rather basic with no bonus material while the video/audio transfers are both adequate.

 

Published: 08/20/2015

 

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