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Reversal Of Fortune Blu-ray Review

Two words- Jeremy Irons.

After the wealthy Sunny von Bulow falls into a coma, foul play is suspected by her husband Claus. Claus is investigated and even charged for attempted murder. In desperate need of a defense, Claus turns to a law professor (Alan) who in turn recruits his students to mount a defense for Claus. Is Claus really guilty or did Sunny’s drug addiction cause her to be in a comatose state? 

Based on the true story and the novel “Reversal of Fortune: Inside the von Bulow Case,” 1990’s Barbet Schroeder directed legal drama/mystery “Reversal Of Fortune” was in many ways an early precursor to the true crime genre phenomenon that has since grown in popularity in numerous mediums. Although the Nicholas Kazan script does blend fact and fiction while also having a dark comedic edge, it still nonetheless primarily covers the legal defense of Claus. Don’t expect any concrete assumptions or conclusions as to what really happened though as the story is more concerned with exploring the legal system, lifestyles of the rich and famous, and “truth” (whatever that may be). The only downside to this approach is that it often feels like the characters get shortchanged in favor of the story. It’s a much more situational movie than a character based one although that certainly does not mean there isn’t great acting to be had here.

If you’ve heard about this film before, chances are high that you’ve heard about Jeremy Irons. He did, after all, win an Oscar for his role as the balding and potentially conniving Claus. He elevates the entire movie and is indeed the best part of it. Ron Silver also gives arguably the best performance of his career as the hardworking Alan. Glenn Close shines as Sunny although more could have been done with her character. Keep your eyes peeled for supporting performances (and before they were star roles) by the likes of  Christine Baranski, Fisher Stevens, Felicity Huffman, Julie Hagerty, Annabella Sciorra, and Bill Camp.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? A quality hi-def transfer. 

Audio Track: 2.0 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This 2.0 track does the job. 
Extras:
* “Reversal of Fortune” trailer
* Commentary by Barbet Schroeder and Nicholas Kazan. Discussions range from creative choices to shooting locations.

October 24, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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