The Great Gatsby Review and Blu-ray Features
The Great Gatsby
29 March 1974
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
I’m just curious as to what are some your favorite quotes from the book or the movie
Nick Carraway: I thought of Gatsby’s wonder when he first picked out the green light at the end of Daisy’s dock. He had come a long way to this lawn, and his dream must have seemed so close that he could hardly fail to grasp it… He did not know that it was already behind him.
Nick Carraway: They say you killed a man.
Jay Gatsby: Only one?
Jay Gatsby: I was raised in America but educated in Oxford. That’s a family tradition.
Jay Gatsby: How do you do, old sport? I’m Gatsby
Girls if you were Daisy what would you do?
I can’t honestly believe how Daisy could still have feelings for Tom when she knew he had ‘a girl in New York’ wouldn’t you have up and left with Gatsby?
Well, that sort of thing was more “accepted” amoung the wealthy and nobility in centuries past.
She also had a child to think about in a time when divorce was almost unthinkable.
One must put themselves in Daisy’s shoes. If one was the kind of woman who would marry a man for his money and the lifestyle he would provide, even though she had given her promise to her first love, well that kind of woman would never leave the comfort of her luxuries.
Gatsby didn’t realize that you can’t change the past by trying to repeat it.
Daisy had just as much of an idealized view of Gatsby as he had of her; he was her lost love, her handsome, noble soldier in the white car. When Tom revealed Gatsby’s gangster connections in the Plaza scene, that image crumbled and Daisy was so devastated that she couldn’t concentrate on her driving and ran over Myrtle as a result
Redford’s total absorption in the Watergate scandal during that time
Mia Farrow writes that the main reason she couldn’t create on-screen chemistry withRobert Redford was because of Redford’s total absorption in the Watergate scandals that were rocking Washington, D.C. at the time. Farrow says Redford spent all his free time locked in his trailer, watching the political scandal unfold on television. Two years later, Redford played Watergate reporter Bob Woodward in All the President’s Men(1976).
In the scene where gatsby shows nick nd daisy his shirts why is daisy so emotional? Is it because she is seeing that the man she once loved and could not stay with because he had no money now has beautiful and expensive shirts, or it is just because she is amazed by his wealth, I mean ina materiaistic way
In some way, that is the point in the movie where either there is a turning point, a huge emotional release.
Before then, Gatsby was just building up to the big reunion – throwing parties hoping she’d show up, gathering wealth, obsessing. He doesn’t know what’s happening or going to happen. He is so focussed, he doesn’t think about what happens after they meet.
Daisy has had a roller coaster day…so much to take in in one day, a big surprise.
When they get to the shirts, he perhaps realises all his wealth and possessions that he accummulated to impress her – they didn’t matter, she still loves him as Jay Gatsby or Gatz, or as much as she allows herself to love anyone. The shirts and parties …have no meaning now.
Like two people who are in love sees the skies bluer and the roses more fragrant , the shirts take on more beauty to both of them and are also useless at the same time.
She cries at the beauty and he throws them as they mean so much less now but were a symbol of his previous obsession.
Daisy did not want to be with Gatsby because he was poor. She loved him but rich girls don’t marry poor boys as she stated.
going to Gatsby’s house and seeing all those beautiful shirts that he gets BOUGHT FOR HIM in England makes her emotional because the present Gatsby is who she wanted. If she would have stayed with him, that is what she could have. But instead she moved on to Tom who she wasn’t even sure she loved more than Gatsby. She made a foolish choice, and she missed out. That was the turning point when she realized it.
RT/Meta Critic Review
’70s adaptation is visually stunning..(Click here to see)
Faithful adaptation (Daniel Perry)
The Great Gatsby is presented on Blu-ray with an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. Director Jack Clayton and cinematographer Douglas Slocombe favor a lot of diffuse light and even occasional soft focus lenses throughout this film, which some may mistake for a so-called “soft” looking transfer. This is actually a lustrously beautiful high definition presentation that very ably recreates the original film appearance. Grain is still very much in evidence, and fine detail is abundant, helped immeasurably by Clayton’s favoring of extreme close-ups throughout the film. Colors are very accurate looking (it’s such a pleasure to watch a film that hasn’t been color graded to within an inch of its life) and very well saturated. There are some very minor stability issues which are almost not worth mentioning on fast passing patterns like car grilles.
The Great Gatsby features a lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that doesn’t over aggressively repurpose things for a surround mix, and in fact plays things relatively conservatively. I was in fact kind of surprised in the opening credits how the “ghost music” was anchored in the front channels rather than being discretely splayed through the surrounds. Later, however, in the first of the big party scenes, Riddle’s source cues are clearly pumping out of the rear channels while the party sounds emanate from the front and side channels, giving a nice sense of aural depth. Dialogue is almost always front and center, but is clear and easy to hear and uniformly well prioritized in the mix. Fidelity is excellent and dynamic range has a few spikes in the more crowded sequences.
No supplements are offered on this Blu-ray disc.