The Immigrant Review and Bluray Features
23 May 2014
Behind the Scene and other Major Plot Points
Marion Cotillard had to memorize 20 pages of Polish dialogue and she had only two months to learn it.
Classical Spin on typical tale
James Gray’s latest tale of melancholic woe and spirits in emotional turmoil takes us back to when America was the land of opportunity for the tired, poor, huddled masses. The director’s fifth feature is once again centered in New York, where past entries like “Little Odessa” and “Two Lovers” took place, but “The Immigrant” takes us back ninety years, putting a classical spin on his typical tale.
Character of Marion Cotillard
Marion Cotillard keeps getting better and better and digging deeper into her characters. She is far and away the best actress out there and continues to work with the finest filmmakers. Her confession scene in this movie was stunning, beautiful- the best shot of the year.
Joaquin, Joaquin, Joaquin.
What can I say about him. I really am conflicted. Part of me thinks that he was masterful in this role, but I really am not sure. He certainly “pulled it off” but I am still deliberating as to if I believed all of his personality quirks, or if I would have believed him more if he had taken a more minimalist approach. Certainly a good performance, but the jury is out as to whether it was as genius as many are claiming.
Character of Jeremy Renner & his relationship with Ewa
The character of Jeremy Renner was playful and fun to watch, and I was heartbroken for Ewa at the end of his role. I really had wanted him to take her away out west, even though it would have ended the story, I just wanted her to be happy, that’s how perfect it was.
The final scene between Eva and Bruno was perfect and I hope that come Oscar season this movie gets some recognition.
Director’s comments on the film
James Gray considers “The Immigrant” as the best film of his career and Marion Cotillard as the best actor he ever worked with.
RT/Meta Critic Review
The physical look of the movie is a revelation of a lost past. (Click here to see)
One of the wonders of the film is how Gray reveals unexpected depths and dimensions of these characters throughout their journeys. (Click here to see)
For what it is – a golden-toned melodrama about an innocent being tarnished and then redeemed in the Big City – The Immigrant is a lovely piece of work. (Click here to see)
An astonishingly beautiful, irresistibly grim movie.(Click here to see)
The Immigrant arrives on Blu-ray with a pleasing film-quality 1080p transfer. Anchor Bay’s image retains a healthy and consistent grain structure, but don’t expect too much from the disc in terms of flashy details. The image features a tight, well-defined collection of textures but leaves razor sharpness behind in favor of a softer period appearance. As a result, faces lack nitty-gritty complexity but general clothing lines and period surfaces are nicely detailed on the macro level. Colors are muted to the point that even the brightest reds are fairly flat. The image is defined by its heavy sepia appearance that leaves the movie favoring only shades of bronze, yellow, and flat earthy tones. Flesh tones share this same push. Black levels are a bit inconsistent, appearing pale here and tight and deep there. Light banding intrudes into a couple of shots but the picture is otherwise clean. While not a classic showstopper, videophiles should be more than satisfied with a transfer that’s faithful to the source.
The Immigrant‘s DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack isn’t designed with sonic spectacle in mind. Listeners can expect a more subtle, but no less impressive, experience. Music is generally light and airy, featuring a welcoming front end space, a well-appointed surround support, and just the right bit of added weight at the bottom. The track frequently springs to life with all variety of ambient support, whether the din at Ellis Island’s arrival area, minor street side elements, rolling thunder, or seagulls and gentle breezes with some scattered gusty winds floating through the listening area. A few crowd moments are nicely defined, whether scattered applause or catcalls. Dialogue is firmly fixed in the center and flows with natural clarity.
The Immigrant contains a commentary, a short featurette, and a trailer.
- Audio Commentary: Co-Writer/Director James Gray offers an intelligent and well-spoken discussion of the film’s structure, technical secrets, digital effects, the strive for visual authenticity, inspirations, editing, sound design, characters and performances, and much more. The track nicely supports the film and sometimes builds it better than the movie proper.
- The Visual Inspiration of The Immigrant (1080p, 2:54): The filmmakers discuss real period photographs and paintings that inspired the film’s visual appearance.
- The Immigrant Theatrical Trailer (1080p, 2:28).