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Nine

review by Zach B.

 

 

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 118 Minutes

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Marion Cotillard, Penelope Cruz, Judi Dench, Fergie, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman and Sophia Loren 

Screenplay by: Michael Tolkin and Anthony Minghella
Based on the musical 

Directed by: Rob Marshall

 

Studio: Sony/Weinstein Co.

Retail Price: $28.96

Features: Audio Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and John DeLuca, 8 Featurettes, 3 Music Videos

Specs: 2.40:1 Anamorphic Widescreen, English Dolby Digital 5.1, English Subtitles, Scene Selection

Released: May 4th, 2010


 

 

"Nine" is presented in 2.40:1 anamorphic widescreen, and does not disappoint. The film is something of a spectacle, with its bold visual design and forays into black-and-white, and the transfer does keep up. Fleshtones are accurate, black levels are solid and detail is quite good. Contrast is kept pretty balanced, and while the transfer actually has moments where it does not seem so sharp, the strong color saturation makes up for it. There's a lot of rich, even eye-popping hues throughout the movie and its musical numbers — glittery silvers and seductive reds, for example. Definitely a treat.

 

The English Dolby Digital 5.1 fits the bill as well. I'll talk about the more "basic" stuff first: dialogue is very clear and crisp, firmly centered and always easy to hear. Surround effects are more on the subtle side, but are actually quite discrete (Guido driving his roadster, footsteps and cigarette lighters, for example). Fidelity is pretty high, dynamic range is robust and the whole track envelopes nicely.

Of course, "Nine" is a musical and thats the main draw. When those musical numbers start, all the channels certainly come alive, to the point where you feel like you're right with the characters as they perform. Subwoofer use is decent but not bombastic here, vocals are always firm while the music itself is creatively mixed and spread nicely through all the channels. A lively mix, overall.

Subtitles in English are also included. 
 




Running the length of the movie is a Audio Commentary with Director Rob Marshall and Producer John DeLuca. This is a pretty solid and informative track that goes through all the motions of this film adaptation: praising the cast, the shoot itself, creating the musical numbers, the story and characters and what differs from the movie when compared to the stage production. If you liked the movie and want to know more about its creation, this is worth a listen.

The bulk of the extras consist of 8 Featurettes, which in total run 50 minutes. The pieces are: "The Incomparable Daniel Day-Lewis," "The Women Of 'Nine,'" "Director Rob Marshall," "Behind the Look of 'Nine'," "The Dancers Of 'Nine'," "The Choreography of Be Italian," "Making Cinema Italiano" and "The Choreography of Cinema Italiano." The titles of these are self-explanatory, and all the featurettes are well put-together and interesting. You not only get a sense of the cast and crew, but the hard work and practice that it took to make the musical numbers and movie's style. It may not be a comprehensive documentary, but put together, you get a good — if at times slightly fluffy — look at the film's production.

Finally, there are 3 Music Videos: "Cinema Italiano," "Take It All" and "Unusual Way."
 

"Nine" was something of a miss upon its debut this past movie season, and it certainly did not get the kind of critical kudos and box office numbers that afforded director Rob Marshall's break-out hit, the musical adaptation of "Chicago." Those who missed it in theaters, or do want to own it, won't be disappointed by this DVD: a solid amount of extras as well as a strong presentation for what can be a pretty gorgeous looking movie.