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Born To Be Blue DVD Review

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While well acted, “Born To Be Blue” succumbs to biopic problems.

“Born To Be Blue” is a biopic of the late Jazz trumpet musician/singer Chet Baker. Surprisingly, the film doesn’t cover the soft spoken Baker’s heyday in the 1950’s and instead focuses on his determined comeback in the 60’s after struggling with drug addiction and severe injuries. Equally integral to the film here is Chet’s romance with a struggling actress (Jane).

Like many existing biopics, the slow-paced “Born To Be Blue” tells an all too familiar story that focuses on another self-destructive musical genius who tries to work through his struggles by mounting a comeback. Granted, this is all based on true events, but we can also see the same biopic story so many times.

Storytelling choices aside, the movie does tackle some interesting moments including an unfinished movie Chet starred in, the connection between drugs and artistry, and Chet’s miraculous recovery from a potentially career ending injury. It would have been nice to see the film cover Chet’s glory days as well as the 50’s jazz era, but I understand that was not the focus for this particular movie.

Where “Born To Be Blue” really shines is with the performances. Ethan Hawke is great as usual as Chet Baker, but I was really impressed by Carmen Ejogo who played Chet’s love interest Jane. It’s no surprise that Ejogo’s career is about to take off big time as she manages to make a fairly standard role into something special.


Presentation: 1.85:1. How does it look? A sharp transfer through and through.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? No problems here. The soundtrack is especially essential to the film and it doesn’t disappoint from an audio quality perspective.

* “Born To Be Blue” trailer and other IFC Films trailers.
* 3 deleted scenes.
* An 8 minute behind the scenes featurette containing interviews, film clips, and discussions about Jazz and Chet Baker.

July 6, 2016 - Posted by | DVD review | , , , ,

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