Nov 282016
 

Punch-Drunk Love isn’t one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s greatest work, yet it’s still a lovely film nevertheless, what was most impressive then and now is seeing that Adam Sandler can turn in a well done, dramatic performance and paired with the exquisite Emily Watson makes for a poignant little romance-drama.

 

 

Punch-Drunk Love
— The Criterion Collection —

(2002)

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy, Romance
The Criterion Collection | R – 95 min. – $39.95 | November 15, 2016

Date Published: 11/28/2016 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Paul Thomas Anderson
Writer(s): Paul Thomas Anderson (written by)
Cast: Adam Sandler, Emily Watson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Luis Guzman, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Lisa Spector, Julie Hermelin, Karen Hermelin, Ashley Clark, Robert Smigel
DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurettes, Interviews, Deleted Scenes, Trailers
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 43.0 GB
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


THE MOVIE — 3.75/5


Plot Synopsis: Struggling to cope with his erratic temper, novelty-toilet-plunger salesman Barry Egan (ADAM SANDLER) spends his days collecting frequent-flyer-mile coupons and dodging the insults of his seven sisters. The promise of a new life emerges when Barry inadvertently attracts the affection of a mysterious woman named Lena (EMILY WATSON), but their budding relationship is threatened when he falls prey to the swindling operator of a phone sex line and her deranged boss (PHILIP SEYMOUR HOFFMAN).

Quick Hit Review: Punch-Drunk Love might not be one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s greatest films, I personally prefer his ensemble drama Magnolia, but it’s one of his more intimate films and one that showed Adam Sandler actually had some dramatic chops, a side to him I wish he’d do more of instead of some poorly written slapstick comedy. This film is finely written and the odd chemistry between Sandler and Emily Watson, who also delivers a magnetic performance, really makes the film work.

This was only my second viewing in the 13 since its release, but Punch-Drunk Love still holds up really well with the trifecta of Paul Thomas Anderson’s writing and direction and the performances from Sandler, Watson and the late and great Philip Seymour Hoffman in relatively small but important role.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5


This Criterion Collection release comes with a foldout booklet. All features are in either 1080i or 1080p unless otherwise noted.

Deleted Scenes (9:41) — There are only two scenes, The Sisters Called and “Are You From California?” Neither of these is particularly noteworthy.

Mattress Commercial (0:52) — This is a funny commercial featuring Hoffman in character but a funny not-so-happy accident at the end.

Blossoms and Blood (11:58) is a short film directed by Anderson and featuring Adam Sandler and Emily Watson though this is really just some alternate takes and deleted footage.

Scopitones (6:20) are just short musical takes from the movie.

Interviews:

  • Jon Brion (27:19) — The composer discusses his approach to scoring the film. Also included is a recording session (9:56) from 2001.
  • Jeremy Blake (20:25) — This digital artist, who passed away in 2007, created the abstract imagery for the film. Here we get art experts discuss his work and his career on the whole. Also included is some additional artwork.

Cannes Film Festival 2002 (7:02) — Paul Thomas Anderson won the best director award at the Cannes Film Festival and the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or. Here we get interviews with members of the cast and crew conducted for the festival, along with the Press Conference (37:58) for the film.

The Pudding Guy (5:04) is an interview conducted for the Today Show from 2000 with civil engineer David Phillip whose accumulation of over a million frequent-flyer miles through a Healthy Choice promotion was the inspiration for a plotline in the film.

Also included is the Theatrical Trailer (2:27), Jeremy Blake’s Love (1:24) and “Eat Tomorrow” (0:33) TV spot.

 


VIDEO – 4.5/5


Supervised by Paul Thomas Anderson, Punch-Drunk Love is presented in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and created from a 35mm interpositive giving us a very nice looking 1080p high-definition transfer. Colors are generally vibrant and detail, even in darker shots, which are stark, is well defined and sharp. There were no noticeable or discernible artifacts, aliasing, dust marks or other flaws making for a clean transfer.

AUDIO – 4.0/5


The audio also got special attention. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack was taken from a 35mm magnetic track and for what it is, meaning a talky drama, it’s fine, albeit nothing special. Dialogue levels sounded crisp and clean while the score from Jon Brion makes usage of the rear channels along with some ambient, off-screen noises.

 


OVERALL – 3.75/5


Overall, Punch-Drunk Love isn’t one of Paul Thomas Anderson’s greatest work, yet it’s still a lovely film nevertheless, what was most impressive then and now is seeing that Adam Sandler can turn in a well done, dramatic performance and paired with the exquisite Emily Watson makes for a poignant little romance-drama. This Blu-ray released through The Criterion Collection offers good video/audio transfers and an OK selection of bonus features.

 

 

 

 

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