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The Great Beauty Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

The Great Beauty Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

Not so great.

In the Fellini inspired Academy Award winning “The Great Beauty,” the story revolves a man named Jep. He’s a laidback 65 year old socialite/writer/columnist who lives in Rome. While he primarily spends his days writing and attending outlandish parties, Jep is starting to reflect on his life. As he wanders Rome, recalls the past, and socializes with colleagues and artists, Jep begins to ponder what he wants out of life. Is he content with life or does he want more out of it?

As you can no doubt tell from the plot synopsis, “The Great Beauty” is very much an art film. To some it will be a grand work of cinema while others will find it to be a pretentious, meandering, philosophical snoozefest. As for myself, I’m definitely in the latter camp. Between its 142 minute runtime and the lack of a traditional story, it’s hard to invest in anything happening on screen. Now, granted, the film has some thought provoking ideas about existence and humanity, but it’s hard to appreciate those concepts when the film is surrounded with high class elitist snobs and self absorbed characters. Sure, the film purposefully contains these characters, but who wants to watch these people drift about for 2 hours plus? Not me.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? If there’s one thing everyone can agree on, it’s that “The Great Beauty” is a visual feast (especially on Blu-ray). The Rome locals simply look gorgeous thanks to the striking cinematography.

Audio Track: Italian 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? Between the singing and the loud music to the dialogue and parties, this is a lively track to be sure.

Extras:
* “The Great Beauty” trailer.
* A booklet featuring photographs and an essay by author Phillip Lopate.
* A deleted scene called “Maestro Cinema” and a montage of cut imagery.
* Interviews with actor Toni Servillo and screenwriter Umberto Contarello.
* Italian critic Antonio Monda interviews director Paolo Sorrentino. The two chat about how they met, Paolo’s films, “The Great Beauty,” and so forth.

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April 27, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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