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White Bird In A Blizzard Blu-ray Review

White Bird In A Blizzard Blu-ray

“White Bird In A Blizzard” is an absorbing drama that sticks with you.

The plot: After her mother mysteriously vanishes, Kat has to accept life without her and embrace her adolescence. As she begins to experiment sexually, ponder her future, and hang out with friends, clues about what really happened to her mother begin to surface.

For decades now, indie filmmaker Gregg Araki (perhaps best known for “Mysterious Skin” and “The Doom Generation”) has navigated Hollywood to the beat of his own drum and his latest work (“White Bird In A Blizzard”) is no exception. The film, which is a combination between a mystery and a coming of age story, is a particularly eerie piece about innocence, love, darkness, secrets, family, and sexual awakening. Yes, more astute cinema fans can see where the story is heading about midway through, but it’s still worth viewing if for no other reason than to see the electric cast.

While Eva Green, Thomas Jane, Angela Bassett, and Gabourey Sidibe all deliver noteworthy performances here, Shailene Woodley and Christopher Meloni are the performers people will be buzzing about. It’s no secret that Shailene Woodley is fast becoming one of the most exciting actresses to watch and she delivers yet another bold and emotional performance as Kat. Christopher Meloni (whom you probably know from his stint on “Law and Order: Special Victims Unit”) shows his range once again as Kat’s sullen father Brock.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? Visually stunning. The dream sequences are especially striking in hi-def.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The 80’s music and the dialogue are appropriately mixed here.

Extras:
* “White Bird In A Blizzard” trailer.
* The AXS TV featurette on the film.
* Separate interviews with Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley.
* 5 deleted/extended scenes.
* Commentary by Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley. While not the most exciting track, there are some interesting set stories and behind-the-scenes tidbits.

Overall Thoughts: I’m not sure why “White Bird In A Blizzard” has flown under the radar, but it deserves an audience. Recommended.

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January 5, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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