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Margot At The Wedding
review by Zach B.
MPAA Rating: R (For Sexual Content and Language)
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Starring: Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jack Black, John Turturro, Ciaran Hinds
Written and Directed by: Noah Baumbach
Features: A Conversation with Noah Baumbach and Jennifer Jason Leigh, Theatrical Trailers
Specs: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1,
English Subtitles, French Subtitles, Spanish Subtitles, English Closed Captions, Scene Selection (12
Released: February 19th, 2008
"Margot At The Wedding" is presented in a nice, 1.85:1 anamorphic
widescreen transfer. This was a low-budget production, and it looks
like you're watching the film in a soft haze. At the same time though,
the transfer really evokes a warm, golden feel - be it the interiors of
Pauline's home, or the woodsy exteriors (pretty shocking, given the
cold nature of the movie). The print is clean, fleshtones really hit
the spot and color saturation and detail are exceptional. There's no
edge enhancement, but I did notice some edge halos and noise. Other
than that though, this is a really nifty transfer.
There's not much to say about the English Dolby Digital 5.1
track. This movie is all talk, and in that department it succeeds: all
the dialogue is very clear and easy to hear. With that noted, the
subwoofer is non-existent, and surrounds are minimal - some I did
notice are crickets chirping outside, or when Malcolm (played by Jack
Black) turns on a chainsaw. "Margot At The Wedding" also barely
features any music, but when a musical cue pops in, it does feel pretty
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 track is included too, plus English closed
captioning and subtitles in English, French and Spanish.
The main goodie here is A Conversation with Noah Baumbach and Jennifer Jason Leigh. The
writer/director and his real-life spouse (and co-lead) spend nearly 13
minutes discussing aspects of the movie: working with Nicole Kidman,
the nature of its characters and how they approached working on the
film. There is a lot of insights shared here, and it's clear both
enjoyed making the movie. The two - who sit across from one another -
don't exactly banter, but there are some good back-and-forth moments
throughout. If you liked the movie or not, it's worth a watch.
Also included are two Theatrical Trailers.
"Margot At The Wedding" is one of those movies that wildly
polarizes audiences, but at least there's a lot within it to discuss.
There isn't much in the supplements area on the disc, but the transfer
is excellent and the 5.1 mix hits the spot. This movie didn't exactly
have much traction nor buzz when it was released during the fall of
2007, but given that this is a completely character driven film with
lots of dialogue, DVD seems like the perfect place to discover it.