Writer/Director Noah Baumbach's follow-up film to the great "THE SQUID AND THE WHALE," "MARGOT AT THE WEDDING," is much more depressing than the previous film, and while there are some great moments of humor, the title character is so unlikable, and so devious that it actually makes it harder for the viewer to enjoy the film. Kidman does a tremendous job in inhabiting this uncomfortable role, a self-absorbed, cruel mother, cheating on her husband and confiding things that no adult should confide, let alone to her young son, incapable of knowing how to deal with what he's burdened with. Again, "hating" this character for what she does comes way too easy for the film to resonate on what should have been appropriately differing levels. Margot(Kidman) leaves Manhattan with son in tow, to visit the sister(Jennifer Jason Leigh) she's been intentionally estranged from for years. Leigh is excited at the prospect of seeing her sister, but in no time, we realize why having nothing to do with some relatives, makes for the most optimistic potential in life.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio, with 16:9 enhancement, for this release. As with the theatrical presentation, the image is tricky to adequately comment upon, as it's intentionally dull and colors can have a drab, washed out look at times. Baumbach is terrific in creating moments of grating tension and dreary atmosphere, all of which come together here and are rendered in this image. Detail is generally impressive, although there are a suprising amount of artifacts appearing at times. Fleshtones are natural throughout.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. Surrounds are restrained, with separation focused towards the front stage. Music is well balanced with dialogue and discrete, ambient effects. Still, this is a dialogue-driven film and the film's impact would've been hindered by a more aggressive, less intimate mix.
Extras are virtually non-existent. There is a brief conversation with the director and his real-life wife, Leigh. Several trailers are included.