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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

 

Studio: Paramount

Retail Price: $29.99

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 Scenes)

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 natural.

A 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.