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"Ides Of March" - {Blu-ray} - (Wayne)
Wayne Klein
Studio: Sony
Release Date:
January 17, 2012
Special Features:

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"The Ides of March" focuses on the dirty game of politics, how we compromise our ideals and, yep, drink the kool-aid when it comes to believing in the political figure we vote for/work for/admire.***

George Clooney's film focuses on a brilliant junior campaign manager Stephen Meyers(Ryan Gosling) who discovers that the candidate he believes in for the democratic nomination governor Mike Morris (Clooney in a nice subtle performance)and the campaign manager Paul Zara (Philip Seymour Hoffman)mentoring him are playing the game of dirty politics even within the faithful themselves. Zara wants to win at all costs while Morris claims he doesn't want to compromise his ideals when it comes down to the wire he's more than willing to do so to gain the electoral votes from a senator (Jeffrey Wright) that he despises.***

Image & Sound:

The Blu-ray looks marvelous with a top notch transfer. Blacks are deep and rich. Colors don't exactly pop but they are not supposed to as the film has a somewhat subdued palate. Skin tones are nice throughout.***

Audio isn't all that active but the film has a nice 5.1 mix with dialogue clear. Subtitles in English are provided.***

The cast is top notch with great casting including Marisa Tomei, Paul Giamatti as the opposing campaign manager, Max Mingella and Rachel Evan Wood as Meyers' love interest. Clooney does a great job of balancing his role as director and co-star in the film avoiding the temptation to make the film about him an dhis performance.***

Although well made "The Ideas of March" works best in the first half of the film as Meyers tries to reconcile his idealistic belief in HIS candidate and Paul with what he finds out truly motivates both of them to achieve their goals. Politics aside, "The Ides of March" could have been made about a Republican, Independent or Tea Party candidate and still resonate. The film could just as easily have been made for HBO as a theatrical release.***

Special Features:

The special features for the film are good but limited. We get an insightful commentary track from director Clooney and co-writer/producer Grant Heslov.***

"Developing the Campaign is a standard "making of" featurette that doesn't really provide much insight. "On the Campaign: The Cast of The Ides of March" is a bit too much on the fawning side with the cast discussing working Clooney as co-writer/director and cast mate.***

Final Words:

"What Does A Political Consultant Do?" has a great title but doesn't give us much insight into what their job truly is and we don't get much insight into the behavior in the film and how it reflects on reality. Stuart Stevens the consultant that Clooney worked with on a previous project does give us a general idea as to what he does.***


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