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Friday, May 07, 2010

Nine Blu-Ray Review

Nine Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: A vibrant and provocative musical filled with love, lust, passion and glamour. A world famous film director reaches a creative and personal crisis of epic proportion, while balancing numerous women in his life. With its incredible all-star cast, amazing performances and stunning visuals, this razzle-dazzle extravaganza will make you long to BE ITALIAN.

Review: This week gives us the release of the musical extravaganza NINE.   This film has suffered from a little bit of brand confusion, thanks partly to the Tim Burton produced animated feature titled 9, released last year.    This film, starring the great Daniel Day-Lewis, is the best thing to happen to musicals on the big screen since Chicago!   In the tradition of Moulin Rouge and Chicago, Nine is both gritty and magical.

The performances are fantastic.  The songs are wonderful and the acting is superb.  A few stand outs are, of course, Daniel Day-Lewis as Italian film director Guido, Penelope Cruz as his mistress Carla and a not so surprisingly sexy debut from Fergie of the Black-Eyed Peas.   The only one that stands out as not so great is Kate Hudson, who is normally a great actress.  Kate..stay away from the musicals please, stick to your niche romatic comedy films. 

The blu-ray transfer looks amazing.  The high-definition really adds to the landscape of 1960s Italy.  The special features on the blu-ray include:

-BD Exclusive: movieIQ™+sync with the "Nine" Playlist: Get real-time information on the cast, crew, music and also email yourself a list of favorite songs from the film.
-Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca
-8 Featurettes
-BD Exclusive: Sophia Loren Remembers Cinecittà Studios
-BD Exclusive: Screen Actors Guild Q&A
-3 Music Videos
 Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars