Movie Review: THE MODERNS (Collector’s Edition) Blu-ray

THE MODERNS was directed by Alan Rudolph from a screenplay by John Bradshaw and Alan Rudolph and stars Keith Carradine, Linda Fiorentino, John Lone, Geraldine Chaplin, Geneviève Bujold, Kevin J. O’Connor and Wallace Shawn.

Paris, 1926. A time when anything could happen … and usually did. At the center of this world is Nick Hart (Keith Carradine), a struggling painter who makes a meager living drawing caricatures at his favorite café. Nick longs for success and even agrees to forge masterpieces for a wealthy divorcée (Geraldine Chaplin). But what he truly desires is Rachel (Linda Fiorentino), the alluring wife of an obsessively jealous and lethally dangerous businessman (John Lone).

The movie takes place during the roaring twenties and follows Nick, an American artist who has found his way to Paris. There he accidentally bumps into his estranged/long lost wife Rachel who has since entered into a new relationship with Bertram, a rich an eccentric psychopath who’s full of jealousy and will try to kill anyone who even looks Rachel’s way. Well, Nick and Rachel pick up right where they left off and end up having a love affair with Bertram being the odd man out. The psycho ends up catching on to what’s actually happening and goes on disastrous rampage destroying all of Nick’s artwork that he comes across. The threesome finally have to come to terms with this tangled web and finally have a dangerous face-to-face about it. Without spoiling too much for you let’s just say Bertram doesn’t handle rejection well but he’s also full of insane surprises. Nick on the other hand finds his way back to the U.S. and waiting on him in the end is Rachel.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some original artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The Moderns has been fully restored from the original film elements, mastered from a brand new film transfer. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Moderns was another first time watch for me and even though these kind of noir movies aren’t really my cup of tea, I still enjoy watching any movie that I’ve never had the opportunity to see before. Director Alan Rudolph did a good job capturing the style and attitude of the roaring twenties and all of the actors did a great job with their characters. I liked how the movie would fade from color to black and white during key scenes. The story is all about love and art and focuses on this tangled web between these three people. The use of dialogue, fashion styles and classic sets were all spot and and authentic in every way. It’s amazing how popular this whole Paris café society was back in the day but this is where all the hipsters, cool cats and artists flocked to during this time. The Moderns has been fully restored from the original film elements, mastered from a brand new film transfer and it looks and sounds pristine. This 1988 dramatic noir make its Collector’s Edition Blu-ray debut on September 19th from Shout! Factory’s new Shout Select line.

Distributor: Shout! Factory

Run Time: 126 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1) / B&W and Color

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features:

  • New Interviews with director Alan Rudolph, producer Carolyn Pfeiffer and star Keith Carradine
  • Fully restored from the original film elements, mastered from a brand new film transfer

 

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