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Youth (2015/Fox Blu-ray)

Picture: A Sound: B Extras: A Film: A-

World re-known conductor Fred Ballinger (Michael Caine) and his long time friend and acclaimed filmmaker/director Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel) have retired from the world stage and vacationing together in a Swiss Alps resort for the rich and famous. There among all the wealthy elite and famous can they only find peace and peers from the madding adoring crowds, but as they reminisce and live their twilight days they must come to terms with the life they lived, left behind, and followed. They come to ponder what the sum of their lives have meant in Paolo Sorrentino's Youth (2015).

Fred is a world class savant who has the ability to conduct/turn anything into a musical masterpiece, but after a giving a lifetime to music, he is estranged with his daughter and hounded by the Queen's emissary to play once more. Trapped between senility, fantasy, reality and living in a paradise (not a bad way to go) he reveals to his daughter while he hasn't been there for her as her father, he has always expressed his feelings and emotions through his music. And the reason why he retired and stopped playing is because his wife can no longer sing for him. While his feelings have been true, he still regrets the things he missed and he is reminded of what has made him famous is just as important as what has made him felt alive.

This film was a psychological drama about lives of people who the rest of the world believe that the wealthy, famous and stars are living in a different world than the rest of us common people. While some of them DO live in a different world, they are still human and they have to deal with the ideals and expectations the world has placed on them. Eccentric not by completely by choice, but by the nature of their talent(s) and what society has put them through. Rachel Weisz, Paul Dano, Jane Fonda and Mark Kozelek also star.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digitally-shot digital High Definition image is about as good as an HD-shot drama of this type can look pushing the RED Epic Dragon camera to its limits, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 mix mat not impress as much, but has plenty of ambiance, is warm and is well-recorded. Extras include separate featurettes with Michael Caine & Paolo Sorrentino, Music and Sound, The Essence of Youth, Cast, gallery and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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