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Forty Shades of Blue

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A Russian woman, living a trophy-wife existence in Memphis with a rock-n-roll legend experiences a personal awakening when her husband's handsome, estranged son comes to visit.

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In Forty Shades of Blue, writer/director Ira Sachs takes three archetypes--temperamental artist, trophy wife, and brooding writer--and turns them into real people. Alan (Rip Torn, The Larry Sanders Show), producer of numerous R&B hits, is a Memphis legend in the Sam Phillips mold. On a trip to Russia a few years ago, he met the much younger Laura (Dina Korzun, Last Resort), who became his common-law wife. They had a child. It should be a good life, except fidelity is not part of Alan's vocabulary. Michael (Darren Burrows, Northern Exposure), adult son from one of his many previous marriages, is an English teacher and aspiring author. When Michael travels from LA for a rare visit, he quickly realizes it's easier to talk to Laura than to his own father--or even his own wife, who decides to join him later. The more Alan, who perceives himself as a man of action, ignores Laura and belittles the introspective Michael, however, the closer they become. But how much of their attraction is based on lust and how much is based on a mutual desire to get back at the larger-than-life hitmaker for his misdeeds? Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, Forty Shades of Blue may sound like soap opera, but in the patient, attentive hands of Sachs (The Delta), it never plays like it. Alan, Michael, and Laura are neither heroes nor villains; just three lonely people trapped in self-contained worlds of their own creation. --Kathleen C. Fennessy


Special Features

  • Commentary by director Ira Sachs
  • Behind-the-scenes featurette
  • Interview with co-writer Michael Rohatyn
  • Alternate and deleted scenes
  • Get It While You Can,  a short film by Ira Sachs
  • Theatrical trailer

Product details

  • Actors: Dina Korzun, Rip Torn, Darren E. Burrows, Andrew Lawrence Henderson, Elizabeth Morton
  • Directors: Ira Sachs
  • Writers: Ira Sachs, Michael Rohatyn
  • Producers: Adam Hohenberg, Christopher Singleton, DTeflon, Diane von Fürstenberg, Donald Rosenfeld
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Alchemy / Millennium
  • DVD Release Date: June 13, 2006
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (100 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000EPFCK4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,495 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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