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"Heavenly Creatures" - {Blu-ray}
Wayne Klein
Studio: Miramax Lionsgate
Release Date:
December 13, 2011
Special Features:

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Before Anne Perry became famous as a novelist she was famous as Juliet Humle who helped murder her best friend's mother. Director Peter Jackson chose to tell a fictionalized version of what occurred in 1954 for his first serious and mainstream films "Heavenly Creatures" a film that displays his remarkable ability to tell suspenseful stories while also handling the fantasy elements exceptionally well.***

Featuring Kate Winslet in one of her earliest roles as Juliet Hulme and Melanie Lynskey as Pauline Rieper, the film nicely captures the flavor of the 50's and the often represssive atmosphere that existed at the time. Both actresses do exceptional jobs in their roles and the supporting cast give marvelous supporting performances.***

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray looks quite nice but keep in mind that the film was shot intentionally "soft" particularly during the fantasy sequences of the film. Detail is stronger here than the older DVD and there are nice textures throughout while color looks terrific and isn't oversaturated.***

The audio likewise has some limitations but the 2.0 DTS lossless sound is extremely good--there's loads of detail and dialogue comes across with good clarity.***

Special Features:

My only complaint is that Lion's Gate has chosen NOT to include any special features. As I recall there was a short documentary produced for this film and that certainly should have been included. It's also disappointing that Lion's Gate either didn't ask for(or Jackson chose not to provide) a commentary track. Given how pivotal this film was in establishing Jackson's reptuation as a "serious" film director I'm surprised there's nothing here that also discusses his choice to make this project.***

Final Words:

Although the lack of special features is disappointing, "Heavenly Creatures" IS an improvement over the previous DVD editions and fans will want to pick this terrific, disturbing movie up.***


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