Scorsese’s The Age of Innocence

Another of Martin Scorsese’s movies receives a disappointing DVD release on the 6th of November when Columbia release a relatively bare-bones edition of The Age of Innocence. However, the disc has a superior picture and sound specification, which is after all the reason most people buy DVDs in the first place. With a retail price of $24.95, the disc includes an anamorphic 2.35:1 transfer, English 5.1 and 2.0 Dolby Surround tracks, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Thai and Korean subtitles, filmographies, production notes and trailers.

This period drama from 1993 stars Daniel Day-Lewis (The Unbearable Lightness of Being), Michelle Pfeiffer (The Fabulous Baker Boys) and Winona Ryder (Girl, Interrupted). Day-Lewis portrays Newland Archer, a well-bred man in 1870s New York who is engaged to May Welland (Ryder). However, the emergence of free-spirited Ellen Olenska (Pfeiffer) uproots the smitten Archer’s life.

Scorsese’s adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Edith Wharton seems to divide his fans and critics. Some consider it to be a true classic, similar in theme to other Scorsese films and one of the director’s best movies, whilst others dismiss it as a weaker output and that the director has floundered in a genre he’s neither familiar or comfortable with. Hopefully the DVD release will allow people to reassess this output of one of American cinema’s greatest directors.

Thanks to DVD File for the disc information.

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