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Blu-ray Review: Criterion Upgrades Ang Lee’s Masterful ‘The Ice Storm’

29 July 2013 12:08 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Ang Lee won his second Oscar this year for his work on “Life of Pi” but he wasn’t even nominated for one of the best films of his career, the masterful “The Ice Storm,” recently upgraded to Blu-ray by Criterion and re-released on DVD. Few films from 1997 have held up more completely as Lee’s adaptation of the Rick Moody novel feels even more symbolically dense and accomplished. It’s a stellar drama, one of the best of the ’90s, and Criterion has loaded it down with special features.

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Having said that, the transfer on the Blu-ray edition of “The Ice Storm” is a little less-than-perfect. The 2k audio track sounds flat and the image quality wasn’t what I’ve come to expect from Criterion. Don’t get me wrong. The film looks great but Criterion almost always delivers some of the best HD restorations on the market. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'Trance' and More

22 July 2013 12:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

This week: Director Danny Boyle crafts a stylish modern-day film noir with a bizarre love triangle in "Trance," starring James McAvoy, Rosario Dawson and Vincent Cassel.

Also new this week is the British crime drama "Welcome to the Punch," which also stars McAvoy as well as Mark Strong, and the Blu-ray debuts of "The 300 Spartans" (1962) and Ang Lee's "The Ice Storm" (1997).

'Trance'

Box Office: $2.3 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 68% Fresh

Storyline: Director Danny Boyle's British psychological thriller stars James McAvoy as Simon Newton, a fine art auctioneer mixed up with a gang led by Franck (Vincent Cassel) When a heist goes wrong and a revered painting goes missing, hypnotist Elizabeth Lamb (Rosario Dawson) is hired to help Simon remember where the painting is. The stakes get higher when the boundaries between reality and hypnotic suggestion begin to blur.

Extras!: Both the DVD and Blu-ray contain deleted scenes, »

- Robert DeSalvo

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Cannes: Upstart Mulberry Films Kicks Off With ‘Purple America’; Adaptation of ‘Ice Storm’ Author’s ’90s Novel

15 May 2013 8:26 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Mulberry Films comes to the Croisette for the first time with the intention of turning strong literary works into films. First up: Purple America, an adaptation of the Rick Moody novel that Dennis Lee will direct and which Lee will co-write with Daniel Ragussis. This will be the first Moody novel headed for screen treatment since the Ang Lee-directed The Ice Storm. Published in 1998, Purple America is a dysfunctional family drama about how the ordinary, commonplace tragedies of life can sometimes make heroes out of very ordinary people. A fortysomething returns to Long Island to visit his invalid mom, and discovers her husband has bailed. He has to learn to face up to responsibilities. He has previously made a career avoiding this kind of thing, which is why he has not much to speak of in his empty life. “Daniel and I are thrilled to be working with Mulberry »

- MIKE FLEMING JR

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Dennis Lee To Helm "Purple America"

15 May 2013 7:51 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Dennis Lee is set to direct an adaptation of "The Ice Storm" author Rick Moody's 1998 best-selling novel "Purple America" for Mulberry Films.

The story follows a fortysomething who returns to Long Island to visit his invalid mom, and discovers her husband has bailed. He has to learn to face up to responsibilities.

Lee is co-writing the adaptation with Daniel Ragussis. Spanish commercials director Jorge Torregrossa was previously attached.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Ice Storm

23 April 2013 2:34 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013

Price: Blu-ray $39.95

Studio: Criterion

It's all in the dysfunctional family for Kevin Kline, Joan Allen (ctr.) and Christina Ricci in The Ice Storm.

The 1997 film drama The Ice Storm is director Ang Lee’s (Life of Pi) adaptation of Rick Moody’s acclaimed 1994 novel of upper-middle-class American malaise.

Suburban Connecticut, 1973: While Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion.

With a remarkable sense of clarity, subtlety and, surprisingly, humor, Lee’s renders the novel as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls.

The film features a fine cast of established actors, including Kevin Kline (The Extra man), Joan Allen (Pleasantville), Sigourney Weaver (Paul), and rising stars Tobey Maguire (The Cider House Rules), Christina Ricci (Bel Ami), Elijah Wood (The »

- Laurence

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