Good Night, And Good Luck Blu-ray Review

GoodNightGoodLuckSquareRenaissance man George Clooney directs, co-writes, co-produces and co-stars in this surprisingly gripping look at legendary TV anchorman Edward R Murrow’s face-off with Communist-hating US Senator Joseph McCarthy. Shooting in glorious black and white, all the more ravishing in HD, Clooney paints a vivid picture of a 1950s TV studio, while drawing subtle parallels with a more recent challenge to civil liberties: substituting ‘Iraq war dissenter’ for ‘Communist’ crystallizes the film’s relevance. David Strathairn leads a superb ensemble cast, with Altmanesque overlapping dialogue and a pleasingly improvised feel giving the film the urgency of, appropriately, live television.

EXTRAS: There’s nothing new for the BD, but a 15-minute standard-def documentary about the real-life Murrow and amiable, self-effacing commentary by Clooney and co-writer/producer Grant Heslov prove to be more than adequate.

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