The Hudsucker Proxy Blu-ray Review
“The Hudsucker Proxy” gets better with age.
The plot: After the Hudsucker Industries head honcho commits suicide, the board has to try to figure out what to do without their main man. They eventually decide to devise a plot to essentially manipulate the stocks. In order to do so, they need to hire some poor dope to take run the company. Enter Norville- a fresh out of college guy trying his luck in the big city. While he initially lands a gig in the hectic mailroom, he is hand picked to be the new face of Hudsucker Industries. The board thinks they have found the perfect person to run the company into the ground, but their plan backfires when Norville’s ideas wind up helping the company. While all of this is going, a fast talking Pulitizer Prize winning reporter (Amy) is trying to get the story on Norville and Hudsucker Industries. She manages to cozy up to Norville and begins to develop feelings for him. Can Norville keep up his good luck or will things turn sour for him? That’s the question.
For some reason, the 1950’s set Coen Brothers film isn’t talked about all that much nowadays. Granted, it’s a decidedly strange, surreal, and zany screwball esque film that comes off like a mixture of “It’s A Wonderful Life,” “His Girl Friday,” and “Brazil,” but the throwback feel of it is part of the appeal. It plays like a film from another era but it still has that trademark Coen Brothers touch. Admittedly, I never rated it that highly in the past, but like most Coen Brothers film, I find that it only gets better with age. Seeing it this time around, I felt like the film finally clicked for me. Sure, you can make an argument that it runs a little long and that the ending is peculiar, but it’s hard not to get swept up into it.
Perhaps the most striking aspect of the film is the visual style. The production values are first rate here as the sets, costumes, and Roger Deakins’ glorious cinematography all manage to put viewers into a certain time and place.
The cast is equally noteworthy as Tim Robbins, Bruce Campbell, and John Mahoney all deliver solid performance. The two real stars, however, are Paul Newman as the shrewd businessman Sidney Mussburger and Jennifer Jason Leigh as the charming Katherine Hepburn esque reporter named Amy. They truly steal every scene they are in because they are so committed to their parts.
Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This Blu-ray edition contains a gorgeous transfer. The cinematography by Roger Deakins has never looked better.
Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This is rather lively for a 2.0 track. It’s a very busy movie and the track manages to handle every bit of audio quite well all things considered.
The only extra is a theatrical trailer for “The Hudsucker Proxy.”
Overall Thoughts: If you have seen “The Hudsucker Proxy” before, I’d recommend giving it another look. If you haven’t seen it and dig the work of the Coen Brothers, check it out.
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