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Directed by Noah Baumbach
USA 2019

 

A love story about divorce. A marriage coming apart and a family coming together. Marriage Story is a hilarious and harrowing, sharply observed, and deeply compassionate film from the acclaimed writer-director Noah Baumbach. Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson deliver tour-de-force performances as Charlie, a charismatic New York theater director wedded to his work, and Nicole, an actor who is ready to change her own life. Their hopes for an amicable divorce fade as they are drawn into a system that pits them against each other and forces them to redefine their relationship and their family. Featuring bravura, finely drawn supporting turns from Alan Alda, Ray Liotta, and Laura Dern—who won an Academy Award for her performance here—as the trio of lawyers who preside over the legal battle, Marriage Story (nominated for six Academy Awards, including best picture) is a work of both intimacy and scope that ultimately invokes hope amid the ruins.

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Divorce is described in Noah Baumbach’s masterful “Marriage Story” as like a death without a body. Something has been lost. There is grieving, anger, denial. In his personal and moving story, Baumbach captures the insidious nature of divorce, how two well-meaning people who still care about each other will do things they would never think they would do. Surely, you’re not the kind of person who would use secrets as a weapon in a divorce case? You wouldn’t turn a child against a parent to gain an advantage? It’s other people who do stuff like that. With remarkable grace and compassion for his characters, Baumbach portrays divorce as a great equalizer, turning us into versions of ourselves we didn’t expect to become.

Excerpt from RogerEbert.com located HERE

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Theatrical Release: August 29th, 2019 (Venice Film Festival)

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Review: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Criterion Spine #1038 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:17:02.714        
Video

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,983,228,677 bytes

Feature: 34,984,409,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3190 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3190 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Descriptive Audio:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

 

1.66:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,983,228,677 bytes

Feature: 34,984,409,088 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.35 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New interview with Baumbach (20:50)
• The Players, a new program featuring interviews with actors Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta (19:37)
• The Filmmakers, a new program about the production of the film, featuring interviews with Baumbach, editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Jade Healy, costume designer Mark Bridges, and producer David Heyman (11:51)
• The Making of “Marriage Story,” a new program featuring behind-the-scenes footage (1:37:41)
• New interviews with composer Randy Newman and Baumbach about the film’s score (11:13)
• New program featuring Baumbach walking the viewer through a key location from the film (6:43)
• Trailers (Nicole Trailer - 1:15 / Charlie Trailer - 1:19)
PLUS: Notes on the film by novelist Linn Ullmann


Blu-ray Release Date:
July 21st, 2020
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 16

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (June 2020): Criterion have transferred Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Noah Baumbach". It's on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The image quality is as pristine as you might expect for such a modern production. It looks flawless.

On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround track (24-bit) in the original English language (there is also a lossy Descriptive audio track option.) Like the video it is perfect exporting the film's sounds directly, and cleanly with the score by Randy Newman (The Natural, Pleasantville, Toy Story, The Princess and the Frog, Leatherheads, Awakenings.) Criterion offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'A'-locked Blu-ray.

The Criterion Blu-ray is stacked with supplements starting with a new 20-minute interview with director/writer Baumbach who talks about the film's evolution. The Players runs 20-minutes and is a new program featuring interviews with actors Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern, Alan Alda, Julie Hagerty, and Ray Liotta, recorded in New York and Los Angeles in 2019, discussing the production and their individual participation. The Filmmakers, is a new 12-minute program about the production of the film, featuring interviews with Baumbach, editor Jennifer Lame, production designer Jade Healy, costume designer Mark Bridges, and producer David Heyman were recorded in Los Angeles in 2019. The Making of “Marriage Story,” is a new program of 1.5 hour's worth of video journal footage of the film's production featuring unseen on-set footage of the cast and crew. There is a new 11-minute interview with composer Randy Newman recorded in Los Angeles in 2019 and features footage of writer-director Noah Baumbach and Newman in a recording studio, working on the film's score. There is 7-minjutes of writer-director Noah Baumbach discussing a pivotal location in the film. Lastly, are two trailers and the package has liner notes by novelist Linn Ullmann.

Noah Baumbach's Marriage Story is... exceptional. There is a scene where Charlie Barber (Adam Driver) looks at the wall showing a framed photo of one of his plays, Bergman's "Scenes From a Marriage" . An obvious reference to the influential film/play about the disintegration of a marriage. It's a desperately sad film, occasional humor, with amazing performances. Just excellent. The Criterion Blu-ray with plenty of valued extras is strongly endorsed. What a fantastic surprise Marriage Story turned out to be.

Gary Tooze

 


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