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"The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" (Blu-ray)

The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonSynopsis

In New Orleans, 1918, the day WW-I ends, the wife of a man who owns a button factory gives birth to a son who is terribly disfigured. He looks like an old man.

He leaves the baby on the doorstep of a retirement home, and the housekeeper takes him in and raises him, naming him Benjamin (Pitt).

As he grows to a seven-year old, he is in a wheelchair and looks like he is eighty.

At the retirement home, he meets Daisy (Blanchett), who is an adolescent girl. Daisy is somehow attracted to Benjamin.

A few years later, Benjamin has grown younger rather than older, and he leaves home. Daisy makes him promise to write often.

Benjamin takes a job on a tugboat, and during WW-II, the tugboat is used to tow damaged ships into port for repair.

By that time, Daisy has become a ballet dancer.

Benjamin meets Daisy again, and they become lovers, being about the same age now. But as time goes on, Daisy grows older, while Benjamin turns into a teenager.

Ultimately, Daisy, who is now an old woman, has to care for Benjamin as a baby.

All of this is contained in a diary given to the daughter (Ormond) of a woman in a hospital, dying of cancer.

 

Specifications

  • Paramount
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 45 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring  Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Julia Ormond, Elias Koteas, Phyllis Somerville, Jason Flemyng
  • Directed by David Fincher
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Yes
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

The movie is based on a story by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It reminds me of The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945), in which a painting of a man grows old, while the man stays young. Button is beautifully filmed and acted, but it is far too long.

Technical

The image is perfect (the disc was produced by The Criterion Collection), and the surrounds give occasional ambience, but they are mostly for the music.

Extras

These include the Director's Commentary, Interviews with Pitt and Blanchett, The Makeup, Behind the Scenes (special effects making Brad Pitt look like a shriveled old man), Storyboard, and Still Galleries.