Love can be found in some of the strangest places. (And people!) So goes the journey of mute woman Holly Hunter in Jane Campion’s classic "The Piano" out on Blu-ray this week from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. So why say no go? Check out the musical accompaniment below!
Title: "The Piano"
Cast: Holly Hunter, Harvey Keitel, Anna Paquin
Director: Jane Campion
Runtime: 120 minutes
Release Company: Lionsgate
The Flick: There is no question that not only is "The Piano" Jane Campion’s masterpiece, but in a lush Blu-ray format it’s pure visual gold. Her crisp contrasts, picture like landscapes and even emotional intensity is knocked up a notch with digital quality. Plus the entire cast – from Holly Hunter and Harvey Keitel to young Oscar winning Anna “True Blood” Paquin – is sensational and provide the meat of the movie meal. Five-star flick – made better.
Best Feature: The glaring omission of NO features (and a theatrical trailer does NOT count!) is a real f-you to fans of the flick. Not even a Campion commentary – SHAME on all of you!
Best Hidden Gem: There is the film itself...at least this one never claimed to be a ‘Special or Collector Edtion’!
Worth the Moola: Look, I’m all for releasing flicks like The Piano on Blu-ray where they deserve to be preserved, but I curse both Lionsgate (you put out the five-star "Mimic Director’s Cut" – what happened?!) and cast and Campion for giving loyal movie geeks nothing of note for their hard earned dollars – this sucks! (And like Sid And Nancy, a recent release in the same boat, I say boycott this bastard!)