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Genre: Drama, Mystery, Classic, Noir, Blu-ray
Country: United States
Starring: Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway, John Huston, Diane Ladd, James Hong
Director: Roman Polanski
Run time: 130 minutes
DVD distributor: Paramount Home Entertainment
Chinatown is, of course, one of the best movies ever made, a true classic in American cinema. Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway and the incredible John Huston in Roman Polanski’s beautiful 1974 film noir, the greatest mystery movie ever made.
And now Chinatown comes to Blu-Ray, in a solid transfer to high definition that really does enhance the picture. There are a ton of special features that were not included on the Chinatown DVD that I’ve had on my shelf for years. There’s a commentary track by director David Fincher (The Social Network, Zodiac, Fight Club) and Robert Towne, the screenwriter who came up with the sensational script.
There’s a retrospective called Chinatown: An Appreciation where Hollywood folk talk for half an hour about their love for the movie. There’s a very short interview segment with Polanski, Nicholson, Towne, and producer Robert Evans, a segment about the filming of the movie, and an interesting documentary about Water and Power in Los Angeles (which has little to do with the film itself aside from the fact that the movie centres around a corrupt water deal in LA).
All in all, there are more than two hours worth of special features on the Chinatown Blu-Ray, and most of them are really great. With all that extra content, and a significant upgrade to high definition, this new release of Chinatown, April 3rd from Paramount Home Entertainment, is now the definitive edition of one of the absolute best movies anyone has ever seen. Pick this one up.