Landmark movie in the film noir tradition, Roman Polanski's Chinatown stands as a true screen classic. Jack Nicholson is private eye Jake Gittes, living off the murky moral climate of sunbaked, pre-war Southern California. Hired by a beautiful socialite (Faye Dunaway) to investigate her husband's extra-marital affair, Gittes is swept into a maelstrom of double dealings and deadly deceits, uncovering a web of personal and political scandals that come crashing together for one, unforgettable night in...Chinatown. Co-starring film legend John Huston and featuring an Academy Awardr-winning script by Robert Towne, Chinatown captures a lost era in a masterfully woven movie that remains a timeless gem.
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- Never-before-seen interviews with director Roman Polanski, screenwriter Robert Towne and producer Robert Evans
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Special features are set to include:
*Commentary with Robert Towne and David Fincher-- Towne and Fincher offer unique insights into this classic film.
*Water and Power (HD)-- In this three-part documentary, Robert Towne visits sites along the original Los Angeles Aqueduct for the first time. He is informed of the social and environmental impacts and given insight into the major issues around the creation and ongoing operation of the aqueduct.
*The Aqueduct (HD)-- The City of Los Angeles completed the 233-mile gravity-fed aqueduct from the Owens Valley in 1913, under the leadership of a self-taught engineer named William Mulholland. L.A. Department of Water and Power representatives along with Catherine Mulholland, granddaughter of the engineer, discuss the development of the aqueduct and its contribution to the growth of the nation's second-largest city.
*The Aftermath (HD)-- For decades a large rural community was desiccated under the management of water rights by the City of Los Angeles over a vast area of the Owens Valley. Legal victories beginning in the 1970's lead to successful reductions in environmental damages and the restoration of some natural habitats. Historians, local ranchers and activists discuss the up-to-date impacts of the aqueduct and struggle to maintain a stable environment and community.
*The River & Beyond (HD)-- Prior to the building of the first aqueduct a century ago Los Angeles relied solely on its own local water supply: the Los Angeles River and its aquifer. Today the river as a water resource is largely forgotten. Currently there are plans to re-develop the river to reduce L.A.'s dependence on imported water, reducing the environmental impact on distant communities, while creating parks and open spaces for the city.
*Chinatown: An Appreciation-- In this featurette, prominent filmmakers express their personal admiration for the film: Steven Soderbergh - Director ( Traffic), James Newton Howard - Composer ( The Dark Knight), Kimberly Peirce - Writer/Director ( Boys Don't Cry), and Roger Deakins - Cinematographer ( No Country For Old Men).
*Chinatown: The Beginning and the End
*Chinatown: The Legacy
*Theatrical Trailer (HD)
*Cover artwork using the original theatrical poster
What makes it so compelling is it is two stories told as one. Your first viewing is the story as seen by J.J. Gittes (Jack Nicholson) who, like the audience is just trying to figure out what is going on. Your second viewing is the story as told by all the other characters, a story that remains pretty well hidden from you in the first viewing. Only then can you full appreciate director Polanski's rebuttal to to complaints about changing the original screenplay ending: "But then... what's the point?".
EXCELLENT acting by Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, and John Huston.
The sound is Dolby True HD 5.1 or mono. The 5.1 is preferred, even though it sounds mono in nature.
The special features are good too. The best, to me, is the one with Roman Polanski (and others) discussing the making of the film. This special feature is worth the price alone! I have always been fascinated with Polanski and his film making style and to see and hear him discuss this classic is pure joy for me. They don't make films like this anymore!!
I am so glad to see this classic at its best in 1080p. Can't wait for a new format with higher resolution to come along and replace blu ray, but I will settle for this version for now.
This is the ultimate way to view this great piece of art.
This blu ray review was written on April 19, 2012.