REVIEW: A SINGLE MAN
OVERVIEW: Internationally renowned fashion designer Tom Ford makes his critically-acclaimed filmmaking debut with the seductive and stylish romantic drama A SINGLE MAN, available on Blu-ray and DVD this July 6th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Colin Firth (Mamma Mia!, Bridget Jones’s Diary) gives a BAFTA-winning and Oscar®-nominated1 performance as George Falconer, a college professor struggling to find meaning in his life after the tragic death of his partner. Four-time Oscar® nominee Julianne Moore (Best Actress, Far From Heaven, 2002) co-stars in a Golden Globe®-nominated turn as George’s best friend and former lover in a sterling cast that also includes Matthew Goode (Watchmen, Match Point), Ginnifer Goodwin (“Big Love”, He’s Just Not That Into You), Nicholas Hoult (Clash of the Titans, TV’s “Skins”) and Lee Pace (“Pushing Daisies”, Infamous). Featuring sumptuous art direction, stunning cinematography and ravishing costume design, A SINGLE MAN is a heart-stopping piece of exquisitely crafted cinema that movie lovers are invited to experience like never before on Blu-ray and DVD.
SYNOPSIS: Set in Los Angeles in 1962, at the height of the Cuban missile crisis, A SINGLE MAN is the story of George Falconer (Firth), a 52-year-old British college professor who is struggling to find meaning to his life after the death of his long time partner, Jim (Goode). George dwells on the past and cannot see his future as we follow him through a single day, where a series of events and encounters, ultimately leads him to decide if there is a meaning to life after Jim. George is consoled by his closest friend Charley (Moore), a 48-year-old beauty who is wrestling with her own questions about the future. A young student of George’s, Kenny (Hoult), who is coming to terms with his true nature, stalks George as he feels in him a kindred spirit. A SINGLE MAN is a romantic tale of love interrupted, the isolation that is an inherent part of the human condition, and ultimately the importance of the seemingly smaller moments in life.
DVD: The film is presented in widescreen with a
2.40:1 aspect ration preserving its theatrical
format. Looks clean, images without any types of color
saturation. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has done pretty
good job with this transfer. Not only the picture looks
good in this version of the film, also the sound it is
good. A Dolby Digital English providing a nice complement to the picture. It also includes
English subtitles. Unfortunately the DVD doesn't include
French and Spanish subtitles, which I found to be
considering the big Hispanic population in the USA.
In terms of special features
the DVD includes a Director's
commentary and "The Making of A Single Man"
which is behind the scenes of the film with commentaries from
the filmmakers and the cast.
Anamorphic Widescreen (2.40:1)
Digital 5.1 Surround English
Subtitles - English
Featurette: The Making of
A Single Man
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