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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.
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
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).
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
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
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.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Blu-ray Release Date: July 23, 2013
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
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 »
5 items from 2013
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