Mar 152018
 

The Age of Innocence is an all around rich experience between the costumes, production/sets and a fine cast led way by Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer. It certainly was an unusual choice for Martin Scorsese yet like any master filmmaker, really pulled it off.

 

 

The Age of Innocence
— The Criterion Collection —
(1993)

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Criterion Collection | R – 138 min. – $39.95 | March 13, 2018

Date Published: 03/15/2018 | Author: The Movieman


MOVIE INFO:
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Writer(s): Edith Wharton (novel); Jay Cocks and Martin Scorsese (screenplay)
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder, Richard E. Grant, Alex McCowen, Geraldine Chaplin, Mary Beth Hurt, Stuart Wilson, Jonathan Pryce, Robert Sean Leonard
DISC INFO:
Features: Featurette, Interviews, Trailer
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1
Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.40
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 46.3 GB
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A

 


PLOT SYNOPSIS


Wealthy lawyer Newland Archer (DANIEL DAY-LEWIS) is engaged to sweet socialite May Welland (WINONA RYDER) in 1870s New York. On the surface, it is a perfect match. But when May’s beautiful cousin Countess Ellen Olenska (MICHELLE PFEIFFER), who is estranged from her brutish husband, arrives in town, Newland begins to question the meaning of passion and love as he desperately pursues a relationship with Ellen, even though she has been made a social outcast by Archer’s peers.

 

SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.5/5


This single-disc release is housed in a standard clear Criterion Keep Case and inside is a booklet containing an essay by film critic Geoffrey O’Brien.

Interviews:

  • Martin Scorsese (23:24; HD) – The legendary director talks with filmmaker, writer, and festival director Kent Jones on his approach to adapting the novel.
  • Jay Cocks (23:01; HD) – The co-screenwriter talks about adapting the novel as well as his collaboration with Scorsese.
  • Dante Ferretti (19:04; HD) – Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Antonio Monda sits down with Production Designer Ferretti to talk about his approach to the set design.
  • Grabriella Pescucci (18:54; HD) – Academy Award winner costume designer Pescucci discusses with Monda about the project on the designs of the film’s wardrobe.

Innocence and Experience (25:27; HD) is a standard behind-the-scenes featurette from 1993 that aired on HBO. Nothing of real note here as its mostly canned interviews and some BTS footage, but better than nothing.

Theatrical Trailer (2:23; HD)

 


VIDEO – 4.75/5


The Age of Innocence comes to Blu-ray receiving a new restored 4K digital transfer and was approved by Ridley Scott (though honestly, not sure what that means, probably took a look at a couple scenes and said “cool”). The picture looks quite good with some sharp and excellent detail and that rich detail of the production and costumes really pops out while dark levels appear stark and deep.

AUDIO – 4.25/5


The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track outputs clean dialogue via the center channel as the front and rear speakers are a bit softer but probably in keeping with the movie which is very talky, though the musical score does come across fairly well.

 


OVERALL – 3.5/5


Overall, The Age of Innocence is an all around rich experience between the costumes, production/sets and a fine cast led way by Daniel Day-Lewis and Michelle Pfeiffer. It certainly was an unusual choice for Martin Scorsese whose wheelhouse is (usually) crime-dramas whereas this was a societal-drama, yet like any master filmmaker, really pulled it off. The Blu-ray release from The Criterion Collection has excellent video/audio transfers and some okay bonus material.

 

 

 

 

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

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