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A Patch Of Blue Blu-ray Review

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“A Patch Of Blue” still resonates.

Based on a novel by Elizabeth Kata and adapted for the screen by Guy Green (who also directed the film), the 60s set “A Patch Of Blue” revolves around the bond between an 18 year old blind woman (Selina) that has lived a sheltered life in a broken home and a working class black man (Gordon) who helps Selina and wants a better life for her.

Despite being released in 1965, “A Patch Of Blue” is as relevant as it ever was. It’s an emotional and often heartbreaking (and I mean heartbreaking) story about family, race, abuse, disabilities, and how much of an ugly world this can be. However, it’s not all a downer as the movie is ultimately about hope and two people from two different worlds connecting.

Even though the material stands on its own, viewers are likely to be transfixed by the characters and performers. This could have come across as a stagy movie, but it never feels that way because of the acting talent on display. Speaking of which, you can’t ask for a better cast here. Sidney Poitier (who was at peak stardom here) gives a really grounded, real, and touching performance as Gordon. Elizabeth Hartman made her feature film debut here and what a debut it was. She gives such a believable and vulnerable performance and has such chemistry with Poitier. Few actresses can play a despicable human like Shelley Winters (and I mean that in the best way possible). She absolutely wows as Selina’s abusive mother Rose-ann. Lastly, Wallace Ford makes an impression as Selina’s grouchy, drunk grandfather Ole Pa.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? The beautiful B&W cinematography is given its due with a quality hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 2.0 track does the job.

Extras:
* Theatrical trailer
* “Featurette: A Cinderella Named Elizabeth”- A vintage behind-the-scenes featurette of actress Elizabeth Hartman.
* A solo commentary by Guy Green. He talks about everything from the novel to set experiences.

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June 10, 2019 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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