Chinatown (Special Collector's Edition)
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Blu-Ray: The Blu-ray looks quite nice. There is grain evident throughout but it isn't obstrusive staying true to the "look" of the original film and films of the time. Detail is quite nice throughout with my only complaint a bit heavy handed DNR on occasion in some scenes but that, again, could be justified if the grain was wildy inconsistent from shot to shot. The transfer walks the fine line of providing us with a sharp looking transfer that doesn't fall into the DNR pit of plastic skin and textures so smooth they rob the film of detail.
It appears that the print used for the previous DVD (and quite possibly the same transfer although I haven't been able to confirm this)was also the source for this edition of the film on Blu-ray. It's also possible this is an older HD transfer (again, I haven't been able to confirm when it was done) which might explain the look of the film for BD. either way, "Chinatown" looks quite good although purists might quibble with the amount of visibile grain and texture at times.
The audio is spectacular for the film.
As near as I can tell all of the extras from the previous special edition have largely been ported over which is good and bad--it would be nice to have some nice extras perhaps something looking at the film within the context of the original proposed trilogy a bit more or with hindsight in relation to the under rated sequelThe Two Jakes (Special Collector's Edition) which seemed to inherent the production trouble that was largely avoided on "Chinatown".Read more ›
"Chinatown"'s story is based on William Mulholland's greatest coup; the construction of the Owen Valley aqueduct which provided Los Angeles with a steady source of drinking water but also entailed a lot of controversy. Splitting Mulholland's complex real-life persona into two fictional characters (the noble Mulwray who thinks that water should belong to the people and who refuses to authorize an unsavory new dam construction project and the greedy, unscrupulous Cross who will use *any* means to advance his personal fortune) creates the movie's one necessary black and white conflict ... other than this, the predominant shades are those of gray.
Into the wars raging around L.A.'s water supply, private eye Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) is unwittingly thrown when a woman introducing herself as Hollis Mulwray's wife asks him to investigate her husband's alleged infidelity. Before he realizes what is going on he is drawn into a web of treachery and treason, and fatally attracted to the real Mrs. Mulwray (Faye Dunaway), Noah Cross (John Huston)'s daughter.Read more ›
Into this web is sprung Jake Gittes, a man who seems to be a typical film noir detective, but upon closer inspection is much more. Or, as we shall see, much less. I'd argue that Jake is an existential anti-hero, seemingly in control of every situation he enters in to, but ultimately just a pawn on an unfathomable chessboard. Minor notes in the movie confirm this hypothesis. A former client calls Jake on the phone, looking for his discretion. "Are you alone, Mr. Gittes?" she asks. "Isn't everybody?" Jake replies, clowning for his operatives, but saying more than he really intends to. It's not the last time he inadvertently comments on the futility of his existence. "That must really smart," says Yelburton, the deputy water commissioner, regarding Jake's newly bandaged nose. "Only when I breathe," he replies, pointing out the paradox. The bandaged nose also acts like a mask. Whereas Jake starts the movie as a handsome man in a slick suit (this is primetime Nicholson), he is slowly physically destroyed.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A great movie to watch. Wonderful performances by Dunaway and Nicholson and I'm not a fan of Jack. The recording on the DVD is clear and the price is very good for what I consider... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Tinker
An all-round fantastic movie, and it has to be one of the greatest detective movies of all time. I hadn't watched it in ages, and it was thoroughly enjoyable to watch again. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Niki Danforth
Great picture quality for an older film. I needed to watch this for a class assignment and this was a great story.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think Chinatown is movie making at it's best. It is a great story (one must pay attention) supported by a perfect cast. Read morePublished 26 days ago by BrokenArrow
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|2009 Centenial Collection vs. 2007 Special Collector's Edition?||
Finally, here's a report, for what it's worth. The 2-disc Centennial Collection print of the film is... less good than the previous Special Edition (single disc). I see it as darker but not in a good way. Shadows that have definition in the previous edition print are blobby oil slicks on this... Read More
Apr 22, 2010 by MEC | See all 5 posts
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Were you able to find a copy that came with a slipcover? I went to three different Best Buy stores, Fry's and DVDPlanet..... none of the copies had slipcovers!
Is Paramount cheapening this line already only after nine releases!?!
Oct 7, 2009 by ANDREW HESS | See all 4 posts
|The line "You gotta be rich to kill somebody...."||
Turns out it was never filmed, as the Los Angeles Times revealed in an article called "Sleuthing 'Chinatown'." Wish it had been!
One change they agreed upon that Towne now regrets is the opening scene in which Gittes meets with his client Curly. It was originally written with Curly... Read More
Oct 2, 2014 by Jan W. | See all 2 posts
|Would "Chinatown" be nefit from Blu-Ray ?||
A film like "Chinatown" definately deserves the frame by frame restoration! A masterpiece! If Paramount isn't willing to spend the money and do this film justice...then don't waste our time. Do it right or not at all!
May 30, 2010 by Dennis | See all 3 posts
I don't know if it's out of print, technically, but Books A Million had a half-dozen copies new (cut-outs, but sealed/new) for $6.97 each. I scooped one up. I hope it looks and sounds as good as some reviewers claim. :)
Mar 5, 2010 by bass boy | See all 4 posts