De-Lovely (BLU-RAY)


On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Running Time: 
125 mins

Full disclosure: I’m not much of a Cole Porter guy. I’m more of a George Gershwin man. So I wasn’t really sold that much on a film about Porter’s life. Nothing against him or his music, but this just wasn’t my cup of tea. That said, I have to give the filmmakers credit for taking a few chances here. This is essentially a musical, but told through the framing of a theatrical production that Porter himself (Kevin Kline) is watching while it’s being narrated/directed by Jonathan Pryce. 

Did you get all that? It’s not as confusing as it sounds, but it’s also not a flawless approach. It feels a bit clunky at times and the device of showing Porter his life as he looks on seems a bit too convenient as a means of jumping around from various parts of that life. But give everyone an “A” for the effort.

This is a nice looking film on Blu-Ray. The colors are warm and rich as needed, especially during some of the swanky parties that Porter attended. The sound is also solid, which is naturally important given how much of it is spent in in song. 

The extra features include a couple of different audio commentaries, a number of behind-the-scenes featurettes, and several deleted scenes.

Jeremy Hunt
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