Sep 242017
 

The Moderns is an environmentally rich drama that has shades of Robert Altman which makes sense as director Alan Rudolph was a disciple of his, and even a little Woody Allen in some respects. It’s not the most fascinating tale or anything but the performances by both Keith Carradine and Linda Fiorentino were both top great.

 

 

The Moderns
— Collector’s Edition / Shout Select #30 —
(1988)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Shout Factory | R – 126 min. – $27.99 | September 19, 2017

Date Published: 09/24/2017 | Author: The Movieman

 


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Alan Rudolph
Writer(s): Alan Rudolph & Jon Bradshaw (written by)
Cast: Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, Genevieve Bujold, Geraldine Chaplin, Wallace Shawn, Kevin J. Connor, John Lone
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Theatrical Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (DTS-HD MA 2.0)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 1.85
Subtitles: English
Disc Size: 45.5 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Paris, 1926. A time when anything could happen … and usually did. At the center of his world is Nick Hart (KEITH CARRADINE), a struggling painter who makes a meager living drawing caricatures at his favorite café. Nick longs for success and even agrees to forge masterpieces for a wealthy divorcée (GERALDINE CHAPLIN). But what he truly desires is Rachel (LINDA FIORENTINO), the alluring wife of an obsessively jealous and lethally dangerous businessman (JOHN LONE).

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 2.5/5


Not much to this release, but there is a very extensive Art and Artifice: The Moderns (1:36:35; HD) which is a collection of new interviews with co-writer/director Alan Rudolph, producer Carolyn Pfeiffer and actor Keith Carradine and the Theatrical Trailer (2:04; HD).

There is also reversible cover artwork.

 


VIDEO – 4.0/5


Shout Factory releases The Moderns onto Blu-ray presented in its original 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p transfer created from a newly remastered in 2K from the original film elements. This is not what I’d call a fantastic looking transfer, but detail is pretty good and colors do come across exceptionally well. There might be a few specs and dirt here and there but it is mostly a clean picture.

AUDIO – 3.5/5


As with most Shout releases, this comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0 tracks, the former being the default option. The former does utilizing each speaker fairly well enough but this is mostly dialogue driven with some 1920s-era music thrown to give it some reserved depth.

 


OVERALL – 3.0/5


Overall, The Moderns is an environmentally rich drama that has shades of Robert Altman which makes sense as director Alan Rudolph was a disciple of his, and even a little Woody Allen in some respects. It’s not the most fascinating tale or anything but the performances by both Keith Carradine and Linda Fiorentino were both top great. The Collector’s Edition release from Shout includes an excellent, feature-length, featurette while the video and audio transfers were well done.

 

 

 

 

Check out some more 1080p screen caps by going to page 2. Please note, these do contain spoilers.

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