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My Week With Marilyn Blu-ray Review

“My Week With Marilyn” is worth seeing just for Michelle William’s performance.

Based on the real life diaries of writer Colin Clark, “My Week With Marilyn” revolves around a young, determined man (Colin Clark) wanting to break into the film biz. He gets his big break when he is hired to work as an assistant on Laurence Olivier’s film “The Prince And The Showgirl” starring Marilyn Monroe. Through the eyes of Colin, we the audience get a behind-the-scenes glimpse as to what Monroe was like on and off set.

While the film covers a very small portion of Monroe’s life, the angle which the story takes is one that has never really been done before. Instead of seeing a career spanning biopic, we get a mere look at Monroe during a single film production. While it’s hard to say what was fictional and non-fictional in ‘Week,’ the film does offer some insight into the fragile and complicated mind of Monroe to see what she was going through and what she was like.

Speaking of Monroe, Michelle Williams’ portrayal of the glamorous movie star is nothing short of stunning. While all the best actress awards talk in 2011 was primarily about Viola Davis and Meryl Streep, those performances don’t hold a candle to what Williams accomplished. The seemingly quiet and shy Williams completely transforms herself her by nailing the voice pattern and mannerisms of Monroe.

Kenneth Branagh also shines as legendary actor Laurence Olivier. He really manages to bring the actor to life while simultaneously holding his own alongside Williams’ powerhouse performance.


The film, which is presented in 2.35:1 1080p, couldn’t look better. The colors are exquisite, the details on clothing and background items is crystal clear, and the cinematography really shines as well.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track does its job. Nothing more needs to be said.

* DVD copy.
* Movie trailers from various companies.
* “The Untold Story Of An American Icon”- A standard behind-the-scenes featurette containing interviews with the cast and crew.
* Commentary by director Simon Curtis. An informative track with lots of chatter about behind-the-scenes stories, locations, Colin Clark’s books, etc.

March 4, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. I really do want to know Monroe; I imagine she was a person no one really knew too well. I want to see this movie and it’s available on Blockbuster @Home which is pretty sweet. I’ll be on vacation from my job at DISH, so I can easily stream tons of movies right to my TV without ever leaving my home. I can’t wait to see Michelle’s acting in this video.

    Comment by sharshank | March 10, 2012 | Reply

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