The Criterion Collection
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One of the most the most significant achievements of the American independent film movement of the 1990s, writer-director Whit Stillman's debut, Metropolitan, is a sparkling comedic chronicle of a middle-class young man's romantic misadventures among New York City's debutante society. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay, Stillman's deft, literate script and hilariously high-brow observations mask a tender tale of adolescent anxiety. SPECIAL FEATURES: New, restored high-definition digital transfer . Audio commentary by director Whit Stillman, editor Christopher Tellefsen, and actors Chris Eigeman and Taylor Nichols. Rare outtakes and deleted scenes. Optional English subtitles for the deaf and heard of hearing. A new essay by author and film scholar Luc Sante.
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Director: Whit Stillman Cast: Carolyn Farina, Edward Clements, Chris Eigeman, Taylor Nichols, Alison Parisi
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I love this movie ever since I watched it on TCM a couple of years of ago. I recorded it on my DVR and I have watched it too many times to remember. I love to watch it during Christmas. I'm not from Manhattan, but West Texas. Whitman script and the great delivery by these talented first time actors transports me completely. The movie production is structured like a play. The dialogue is the star of the movie and is some of the best EVER written for a movie. But, this movie is not for everybody. It rewards the careful listener and is meant for multiple viewings. I bought this Blu-Ray for the commentary which is fantastic.
Bad News: The blu-ray transfer is horrible. The picture is full of noise. Looking at the skin of the actors reveals lots of black dots. The movie was filmed in Super 16 MM (and the director himself admits in the commentary that the lighting for many of the scenes was poorly executed) so I don't know if that affected the overall quality of the source material for the Blu-Ray. But, man it is bad. In fact my DVR copy from TCM is better! Please tell Criterion to re-issue this movie into a better Blu-Ray version. It deserves it!
Although one may think that the time period and social circumstances of the characters may make for limited appeal, I believe that most people will be taken in by the storyline and not bother that they did not attend Deb week nor live in a Manhattan apartment.