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"REVOLUTIONARY ROAD" pairs the two leads from the most successful film of
all time(TITANIC) back for the first time since. While it didn't do well at the
box-office or even with OSCARS, (Di Caprio is brilliant!) it's a fantastic film
that should stand the test of time and be considered a classic decades from now.
Director Sam Mendes craftsmanship lends his personal stamp to "REVOLUTIONARY
ROAD" in a manner which makes it appear made for himself. While more serious in
atmosphere than "AMERICAN BEAUTY" it's no less beautiful or profound.
While differing in various aspects from the great Richard Yates novel, it was
adapted from, the script feels completely faithful in its overall atmosphere and
insight. Although it serves as a cautionary tale about relationships, their
development, beauty, sufferings and potential for complete self-destruction,
it's poignant and feels honest in scene after scene! Di Caprio and Winslet play
the two leads, and the narrative provides brilliant exposition without ever
feeling false or unnecessary. Although the story takes place in the late '50s
its examination of a relationship is just as important today. Mendes
demonstrates an eye for finding beauty in things one typically takes for
granted, in a way few directors manage, and there are moments every bit as
beautiful as the floating bag sequence of "AMERICAN BEAUTY," along with music no
less stirring. Mendes also shows he's one of the few gifted directors marrying
great imagery with great storytelling and an appreciation for the higher
intelligence he expects from an audience. "REVOLUTIONARY ROAD" is poignant,
disturbing and beautiful, all at once, and shouldn't be missed!
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
blu-ray and 16:9 enhanced dvd. Mendes has given an intentionally soft look to
the film's design, but it still feels natural throughout. So, the resulting
composition, even with some grain, marries vivid colors, stunning detail and
soft lighting for a stunning picture. It's unusual and astounding to find an
image with so much depth, yet with soft filters! BRILLIANT! The blu-ray image
pushes the colors to a point of vibrancy that is never quite reached with the
standard resolution of the dvd. The fine detail of the suits and hats of a
basically all-male workforce coming down the stops of a train station isn't
exactly lost on dvd, but it doesn't create nearly the impact found on the blu-ray,
as just one example.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for the blu-ray and standard Dolby
Digital 5.1 for dvd. As with his previous masterpieces, "AMERICAN BEAUTY" and
"ROAD TO PERDITION," the Thomas Newman score is its own character here, and it's
perfectly presented through select and sometimes "all" speakers at just the
right moment. Ambient effects are well utilized but restrained, with the heavy
emphasis on dialogue being front speaker focused. Both mixes offer impressive
fidelity, however the lossy mix does a better job with bass in the few moments
it's utilized. Some minor nuance effects are also better balanced on the blu-ray
mix over that of the dvd.
Both formats offer a great commentary with Mendes and the scriptwriter. Even
those casual fans of the film or novel should enjoy the intelligent discussion
and insight offered here by one of the few truly great directors out there.
A featurette, "LIVES OF QUIET DESPERATION: THE MAKING OF REVOLUTIONARY ROAD"
covers a broader scope of the film's production than most featurettes and is
extremely well made.
A deleted scenes segment, running almost a half-hour, offers its share of scenes
unnecessary, alongside some that seem brilliant and that should've arguably been
left intact. Both of these supplements are offered in full HD on the blu-ray
An exclusive featurette is offered on blu-ray only, examing the novelist behind
"REVOLUTIONARY ROAD," and shoudn't be missed.