This drama/romance blend captures the real-life romantic relationship of Ernest Hemingway and Martha Gellhorn. The cast is star-studded (Nicole Kidman, Parker Posey, Clive Owen, Lars Ulrich), while the narrative explains well Hemingway’s creative output during this period of eir life.
HBO has included a number of special features on this Blu-Ray. The audio commentary between Walter Murch (editor) and Philip Kaufman (director) shows that the duo has done their research. For those that wish to know more about Hemingway during this period, watching the commentary provides a considerable amount of additional context to enlighten viewers about the motivation of the titular characters and how exactly reality and film differed. While Hemingway & Gellhorn is not a title that needs crazy special effects or for viewers to be removed from reality, “Behind the Visual Effects” showcases some of the more tricky shots and other difficulties in bringing the plot from paper to silver screen. The Blu-Ray’s last bonus feature is a behind the scenes look (melding together costume and set designs with the decisions to cut specific sequences filmed for the Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray.
For the best prices, individuals that wish to procure a copy of Hemingway & Gellhorn would do well to search online; a quick scan places this Blu-Ray at a shade under $20. I believe that this film has considerable replay value as the main cast and supporting actors alike do a great job in divorcing themselves from what they have done previously, throwing themselves headfirst into their roles. Hemingway & Gellhorn is one of the strongest titles that we have reviewed this year, and this releases shows why HBO has been at the forefront of original content for the last thirty or so years.
Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review / 2013 HBO Films / 167 Minutes / http://www.hbo.com
Hemingway & Gellhorn Blu-Ray Disc Review