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Birdman [Blu-ray]

3.2 out of 5 stars 712 customer reviews

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BIRDMAN or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance is a black comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) -- famous for portraying an iconic superhero -- as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.

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  • Actors: Michael Keaton, Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan
  • Directors: Alejandro G. Iñárritu
  • Writers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris, Armando Bo, Nicolás Giacobone, Raymond Carver
  • Producers: Alejandro G. Iñárritu, Alexander Dinelaris
  • Format: Blu-ray, Widescreen
  • Language: English (DTS 5.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: Spanish, French
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: February 17, 2015
  • Run Time: 119 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (712 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00RO49JEI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,220 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Birdman [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Format: Blu-ray
Birdman, to put it simply, was exhausting to watch. I don't mean this in a negative way - in fact, it's a compliment. There really aren't words potent enough to describe how masterful the directing, cinematography, and editing are. Birdman is a masterclass of technical marvels - marvels that aren't in your face screaming, "Look at how amazing this movie is!". Birdman is a film of subtlety; its message and themes may be hard to grasp but once you grab hold, it's nothing short of an extraordinary ride.

Emmanuel Lubezki. This man is a god of modern day cinematography. Lubezki has outdone himself again after his (stunning) work on last year's "Gravity" (which won him an Oscar as well as dozens of other awards) and 2006's fantastically shot "Children of Men". Throughout the entire main story of Birdman, the camera. Never. Cuts. Or so it appears that way, thanks to ingenious strokes of editing mastery. Films have attempted long shots in the past, one of the most famous being the tracking shot from Scorsese's "Goodfellas". Imagine a shot done just as well, if not better, and with so many intricacies but throughout the entire film. It's jaw-dropping. It makes everything seem so real and focused, and, as a result of this, exhausting to watch. It thrusts the audience into the picture; we are living and breathing in the movie along with the characters. This is a fare feat in film making. It's been done, sure, but not in this way. Not in a way so clever and genius yet simple and subtle.

Alejandro González Iñárritu brings more complexity but seemingly simplistic talent to Birdman with his excellent direction. He knows exactly what needs to be done, how it needs to be done, and when it needs to be done.
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“Birdman” is such a hard movie to describe. I honestly don’t know where to start. It’s one of those films that doesn’t fit into any one genre (or any two for that matter) and its wide array of interesting characters can’t be easily summed up. But, that may be the reason why the film is so absorbing. It has so many original qualities that certainly don’t fit into the standard mold of what a star-studded movie should be, instead putting a strange (but fascinating) spin on your typical drama.

Set in the heart of New York City, it focuses on Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton), a washed-up actor who gained fame for his role as the iconic superhero Birdman. Trying to overcome his ego 12 years later, he adapts and stars in his own Broadway play hoping to reclaim his spot as an important actor. We see the ups and downs of this production along with the odd way his psyche works, his inner voice being the Birdman character.

There’s also many other facets, including the quarrels between Keaton and Edward Norton’s character (one of the main stars of the play), all equally entertaining. The writing is top-notch, serving up witty and funny moments throughout, and each member of the cast delivers a fantastic performance (my favorite being Norton). It also includes a brilliant musical score, entirely done with drums. And despite its flaws, mostly in a few goofy moments, it isn’t one to miss. The concept alone is remarkable and the execution isn’t far off, give this one a watch, it will be one of the standouts in the upcoming awards season.
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Format: Blu-ray
After watching this movie, I'm reminded of the great dialog driven movies of years gone by. While I do appreciate the thunderous films from Marvel and DC Comics, I also wish films like this could squeeze their way onto at least one screen in the multiplex. As it is, I was able to track this one down without too much effort. Director and co-screenwriter Alejandro Gozalez Inarritu ("Babel") not only provides the words and direction but allows his brilliant cameraman, Emmanuel Lubezki, to follow the characters in what appears to be one 2 hour tracking shot.

Michael Keaton, in an award-worthy performance, plays Riggan Thompson, who gained world-wide fame years earlier playing a comic-book character called "Birdman." Tired of the character, he declined a 3rd sequel and his career evidently declined as well. Early in the film, he makes reference to Robert Downey, Jr. and "Ironman" to suggest a comparison. Riggan has resurfaced in New York to bring an obscure play to Broadway. He will play the lead character, but needs a new actor to replace one of the other key roles after an accident in rehearsal. Short of time, as previews are beginning, he hires the paramour of Lesley (Naomi Watts) one of the other leads. Mike (Edward Norton) is purely a stage actor and has only contempt for film actors. The other lead is Laura (Andrea Riseborough) who is having an affair with Riggan and may or may not be preggers. And Riggan may or may not be happy with all of that, but right now he has all he can handle.

This is his production, he wrote it, is directing and is starring. He's coming apart at the seams. To complicate matters further his 20-something daughter, Sam (Emma Stone) is just coming out of rehab and is on set as an assistant.
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