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Blue Jasmine DVD Review

Blue Jasmine DVD

Cate Blanchett wows in Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine.”

The plot: A formerly wealthy, self-absorbed, alcoholic woman (Jasmine) who is used to living a life of luxury is forced to move in with her lower class sister (Ginger) after her husband (Hal) was busted for real estate scams (there’s more to Hal’s story than this but I don’t want to spoil everything). Broke, broken, and lost, Jasmine tries to create a new life for herself, but can she avoid from suffering mental breakdowns and refrain from living in the past?  

Despite how one may feel about Woody Allen as a person, there’s no denying his talent as an artist. Year after year, Allen continues to surprise audiences with inventive comedies and deep dramas such as 2013’s “Blue Jasmine.” ‘Jasmine,’ which is very much a character study, is a deceptively simply story about the wife of a crook who has lost everything, but there’s so much more going on here from a character perspective. Part of the film deals with the awkward relationship of sisters Ginger and Jasmine (who are polar opposites) while the other half deals with Jasmine’s fall from grace. It’s not an easy film to watch as it’s incredibly heartbreaking to see Jasmine’s life fall apart, but the characters (and mesmerizing acting) draw you into the story.

On the subject of the acting, this is easily one of the best ensemble casts of 2013. As you may have heard, Cate Blanchett is the frontrunner for an Academy Award for Best Actress and she deserves to be handed the trophy. The role of Jasmine is the type of challenging and rich character that any actress dreams of and Blanchett takes full advantage of this opportunity by giving one of the best (if not the best) performance of her career. The supporting cast is equally impressive as Sally Hawkins (who also garnered an Academy Award nomination), Alec Baldwin, Bobby Cannavale and yes, even Andrew Dice Clay all shine in their respective roles. Andrew Dice Clay may seem like an odd out of place casting choice, but he delivers a heartfelt performance as Ginger’s ex-husband. It will certainly be interesting to see what type of roles he gets after this.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1. How does it look? This stylish shot film looks impressive on DVD. I imagine that the Blu-ray release looks even better.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? The music and dialogue sound sharp.

Extras:
* Ultraviolet digital copy.
* Sony trailers and a “Blue Jasmine” theatrical trailer.
* “Blue Jasmine Cast Press Conference”- A 25 minute press conference from LA with Andrew Dice Clay, Cate Blanchett and Peter Sarsgaard. The three talk about Woody Allen, clothing, acting, the characters, comedy etc.Worth a watch.
* “Notes From The Red Carpet”- 6 minutes of further interviews with Cate Blanchett, Peter Sarsgaard, and Andrew Dice Clay.

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January 18, 2014 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , , , , ,

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