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DISC SPOTLIGHT: The Ice Storm Criterion Collection Blu-ray

The Ice Storm Criterion Collection Blu-ray

(R)

Movie: 4 stars out of 4

Disc: 3 and a half stars out of 4

Director Ang Lee’s 1997 period piece is widely regarded as one of the top films of the decade and is easily one of its most depressing. Kevin Kline, Joan Allen and Sigourney Weaver are the “mature” leads while younger versions of Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Christina Ricci and Tobey Maguire play the teen characters. Brittle as the title implies, “The Ice Storm” is the anti-holiday movie that fixes its jaundice eye on the decadence and tragic hedonism percolating in 1970s New England.

Technical specs: aspect ratio: Widescreen (1080p/1.85:1), audio: English (Dolby 2.0 DTS-HD MA), subtitles: none.

Special features include:

• Restored digital transfer print

• Visual essays

• Trailer

• Deleted scenes

• Filmmaker commentaries

• Cast and filmmaker interviews

• Interview with “Ice Storm” author Rick Moody

• Essay booklet by Bill Krohn

(Criterion, $39.95)