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The Great Gatsby

by Kevin Taft
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Tuesday Aug 27, 2013
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The dazzling over-the top theatrics of Baz Luhrmann are on full-display in his remake of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel "The Great Gatsby. On Blu-ray, the color and flash are as eye-popping as one would expect.

While the film certainly overdoes it with the CGI, and it’s not the most subtle of productions, it’s still one of the most beautiful and original interpretations of the story in years. The cast is surprisingly spectacular, with DiCaprio playing his first romantic lead in years and Carey Mulligan giving the iconic role of Daisy the vulnerability and naivety it calls for. The real surprise is Elizabeth Debicki in the small role of Jordan, but her casual confidence steals every scene and makes her an actress to watch out for. Cinematography, set design, costumes, and the amazing pop soundtrack all make this "Gatsby" a wonder to behold.

Special features are abundant and informative giving fans of Luhrmann and those interested in filmmaking a look at the process of making the film.

  • The Greatness of Gatsby: Director Luhrmann talks about his inspiration for the novel and the rehearsal process, including a ton of behind the scenes footage.
  • "Within and Without" with Tobey Maguire: Personal behind-the-scenes footage taken by Maguire during the production of the film.
  • The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby: A look into the amazing soundtrack for the film, including a discussion of why Lurhmann chose to use anachronistic music to illustrate the time period.
  • The Jazz Age: F. Scott Fitzgerald coined the phrase, and Luhrmann talks about what the Jazz Age meant to the time.
  • Razzle Dazzle - The Fashion of the 20’s: Producer and costumer Catherine Martin discussed the creation of the costumes of the film and the many fashion houses they used and consulted with during production.
  • Fitzgerald’s Visual Poetry: A brief look at the language of Fitzgerald’s book and how Luhrmann tried to translate it to the screen.
  • Gatsby Revealed: Mini-featurettes that give additional info about the making of the movie.
  • Deleted Scenes: Luhrmann discusses why he cut certain scenes including a longer alternate ending.
  • The Original "Great Gatsby" trailer from 1926: A preview for the first "Gatsby" film.

    "The Great Gatsby"
    Blu-ray / DVD / Ultraviolet Combo Pack
    $35.99
    www.warnerbros.com

  • Kevin Taft is a screenwriter/critic living in Los Angeles with an unnatural attachment to ’Star Wars’ and the desire to be adopted by Steven Spielberg. He can be seen in the flesh on the weekly PBS movie review series "Just Seen It."

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