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Devil In A Blue Dress (1995/Sony/TriStar/Twilight Time Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B

PLEASE NOTE: This Blu-ray is now only available from our friends at Twilight Time, is limited to only 3,000 copies and can be ordered while supplies last from the link below.

Carl Franklin's powerful 1995 film noir, Devil in a Blue Dress, is available on Blu-ray disc for the first time in the deluxe treatment thanks to our friends at Twilight Time. The film looks incredible in this new transfer and sports humor, attention to detail, and an incredible cast including Denzel Washington, Tom Sizemore, Don Cheadle, and Jennifer Deals. In what I feel is one of Denzel's greatest performances, this is a film you don't want miss or revisit again on this great new release.

In late 1940s Los Angeles, Easy Rawlins (Denzel Washington) is an unemployed black World War II veteran with few job prospects. At a bar, Easy meets DeWitt Albright (Tom Sizemore), a mysterious white man looking for someone to investigate the disappearance of a missing white woman named Daphne Monet (Jennifer Beals), who he suspects is hiding out in one of the city's black jazz clubs. Strapped for money and facing house payments, Easy takes the job, but soon finds himself in over his head.

As far as period pieces go, it's breathtaking what the filmmakers accomplished here. You actually feel as if you were transported to the past as every detail was taken into consideration here down to the set design and costumes to the classic cars. As mentioned in the linear notes included with the film, it's unusual for a film noir piece to have a black star but this certainly has all the attributes of a film noir: voice over, a private investigator as the lead that ends up in his over his head, and even the cinematography here has classic film noir touches of light and shadow. The film also has a powerful commentary on race at the time, making it incredible today how far we have come as a society.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and a powerful English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track (in a solid mixdown from its original Sony Dynamic Digital Sound (SDDS) 7.1 theatrical release), the film looks and sounds better than it ever has before on video, finally capturing its theatrical film appearance. Also on the disc is an English 2.0 DTS-HD MA track.

Special Features...

Isolated Score Track with music by Elmer Bernstein in lossless 2.0 DTS-MA

Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Carl Franklin

Don Cheadle Screen Test

Original Theatrical Trailer

and a highly collectible booklet with a great essay on the film by Julie Kirgo with color photographs.

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