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Make Way For Tomorrow Blu-ray Review

Make Way For Tomorrow Blu-ray

“Make Way For Tomorrow” doesn’t get the attention it deserves.

“Make Way For Tomorrow” tells the story of kind elderly parents (Barkley and Lucy) who have tragically lost their home to the bank. With nowhere else to go, the couple is forced to live separately with some of their grown up children (some of whom now have families of their own). As Barkley and Lucy spend time apart, they not only find themselves missing one another dearly, but they discover that they are somewhat of a burden on their own children.

Despite being made way back in 1937, “Make Way For Tomorrow” is a startlingly relevant film about love, age, the elderly, and family. Much like the recent “Love Is Strange,” it perfectly illustrates the hardships of being separated from love ones, the feeling of helplessness in the face of financial peril, and the need to help out elderly family members.

What really makes the film stand out is the sense of realism. While there are sweet moments, the film doesn’t sugar coat anything and, in fact, has a surprisingly unhappy ending. Director Leo McCarey and writer Vina Delmar deserve much credit for creating a film that doesn’t buckle under Hollywood pressures. The story could have very well ended in a happy manner which would have felt woefully out of place here, but they never do. As a result, McCarey’s film turns out to be profoundly moving.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.33:1 1080p. How does it look? I wish I could say this h-def transfer was amazing, but it’s in pretty poor shape. Sadly, the picture is very grainy and fuzzy overall.

Audio Track: Uncompressed Mono. How does it sound? Thankfully, the audio track fares better here as it is crisp throughout.

Extras:
* A sizable booklet (featuring great artwork by Seth) with an essay by author Tag Gallagher, filmmaker/author Bertrand Tavernier and an excerpt from a piece from author Robin Wood.
* A deep interview with film critic/author Gary Giddins. He chats about McCarey’s work and life, “Make Way For Tomorrow” and its themes, the 30’s, social security, etc.
* “Tomorrow, Yesterday And Today”- An interview with filmmaker Peter Bogdanovich about McCarey and “Make Way For Tomorrow.”

Overall Thoughts: “Make Way For Tomorrow” is a moving tearjerker. If you have an appreciation for classic cinema, you owe it to yourself to see this one.

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May 10, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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