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Blue Valentine DVD Review

Despite fine performances, “Blue Valentine” is a miserable experience.While watching “Blue Valentine,” I had to wonder who the target audience for this film was. Aside from possibly critics and art film fans, I can’t imagine too many filmgoers clamoring for a downer of a film about a crumbling marriage. Granted, the film should be commended for being an honest, non-hollywood depiction of a broken relationship/marriage, but in all honesty, this isn’t the type of film most people (including myself) would ever want to watch.

The problem with “Blue Valentine” is that the film is just a miserable experience through and through. We all know that not all cinema has to be entertaining, but truth be told, there’s not much to get out of this film. If the film had something profound or interesting to say, it might be a different story. As is, it’s fairly straight forward in its themes and the characters (while well acted by Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams) are not particularly likeable or identifiable people.

Summary: “Blue Valentine” isn’t worth your time.

Video/Audio:

Despite having a raw, grainy look, the 1.66:1 widescreen is pretty sharp looking. As for the Dolby Digital 5.1 audio track, it’s also fine, but sometimes the dialogue can be a little hard to hear with all the mumbling.

Extras:

* 4 deleted scenes.
* “Frankie And The Unicorn”- A 3 minute home video with Dean, Cindy and their daughter.
*  The 14 minute “The Making Of Blue Valentine” includes the usual interviews and discussions about the story and themes.
* Commentary by director Derek Cianfrance and editor Jim Helton. Some interesting personal stories here, but unless you really want to watch this film again, there’s no real need to listen to this track.

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May 11, 2011 - Posted by | DVD review | , ,

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