DVD Review - Revolutionary Road

by - 6/03/2009

PhotobucketRevolutionary Road
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet

Synopsis: April and Frank Wheeler are a young, thriving couple living with their two children in a Connecticut suburb in the mid-1950s. Their self-assured exterior masks a creeping frustration at their inability to feel fulfilled in their relationships or careers. Frank is mired in a well-paying but boring office job, and April is a housewife still mourning the demise of her hoped-for acting career.

Determined to identify themselves as superior to the mediocre sprawl of suburbanites who surround them, they decide to move to France where they will be better able to develop their true artistic sensibilities, free of the consumerist demands of capitalist America. As their relationship deteriorates into an endless cycle of squabbling, jealousy and recriminations, their trip and their dreams of self-fulfillment are thrown into jeopardy.

The REVOLUTIONARY ROAD DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles.  The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 Dolby TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles.  The discs include the following special features in high definition as noted:

        •    Commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe
        •    Lives of Quite Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road (HD)
        •    Deleted Scenes with optional commentary by director Sam Mendes and screenwriter Justin Haythe (HD)
        •    Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth (HD)—Blu-ray only

My Thoughts - Truth be told, this is a movie that made me sad and uncomfortable. It's too close to life and captures the angst of the characters with great reality. The acting, especially Winslett's is extremely good as is the direction. If you're looking for a light-hearted movie, this is not it.

My Recommendation - Watch it with plenty of tissues at hand!

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  1. Thanks for telling us about this movie. I have been wanting to see it but I think I may wait until it comes out on demand.


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