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The Great Gatsby

The Great Gatsby

Released: May 10, 2013

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Released: June 15, 2013

Format: Digital (2 hr, 32 min)


Song Credits

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Jazz age recordings by THE BRYAN FERRY ORCHESTRA


"Together"
Written by Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media Limited


"No Church In The Wild"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, James Brown, Kanye West, Michael Dean, Charles Njapa, Terius Nash, Gary Wright, Phil Manzanera, Joseph Roach and Christopher Breaux
Published by © 2011 WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music, Dynatone Publishing Company, Intersong-USA, Inc., Bug Music Inc, a BMG company, Please Gimme My Publishing Inc / Papa George Music, Blue Mountain Music Ltd, Universal Music MGB Ltd and 2082 Music Publishing
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited, EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited, J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd, Hebbes Music Group Pty. Ltd
Performed by JAY Z and Kanye West, Frank Ocean and The Dream
JAY Z appears courtesy of Roc Nation
Under license from Roc Nation / RocAFella / Island Def Jam (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited


"Young and Beautiful"
Written by Elizabeth Grant and Rick Nowels
© 2012 EMI Music Publishing Germany GMBH / R-Rated Music. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"Young and Beautiful"
Written by Elizabeth Grant and Rick Nowels
© 2012 EMI Music Publishing Germany GMBH / R-Rated Music. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Rick Nowels
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey appears courtesy of Polydor Records UK
Licensed courtesy of Polydor Records UK & Universal Music Domestic Rock/Urban
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd & Universal Music GmbH


"Young and Beautiful"
Written by Elizabeth Grant and Rick Nowels
© 2012 EMI Music Publishing Germany GMBH / R-Rated Music. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Rick Nowels, Emile Haynie, Elliott Wheeler and BLAM
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey appears courtesy of Polydor Records UK
Licensed courtesy of Polydor Records UK & Universal Music Domestic Rock/Urban
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd & Universal Music GmbH


"Hearts A Mess"
Written by Wally De Backer, William Attaway and Irving Burgie
Published by Samples 'N' Seconds Records Pty Ltd* By kind permission of J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd* and BMG Chrysalis/Mushroom Music.


"Let's Misbehave"
Written by Cole Porter
© 1927 (Renewed) WB Music Corp.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Performed by Irving Aaronson and his Commanders
Sound recording licensed by Select-Audio-Visual Distribution, a Naxos Company


"Ain't Misbehavin'"
Written by Thomas "Fats" Waller, Harry Brooks and Andy Razaf
Published by Razaf Music (ASCAP).
All rights administered by Primary Wave Music Publishing, LLC/Wixen Music Publishing, Inc
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Australia
© 1929 EMI Mills Music Inc.
Licensed by EMI Davis Music Australia Pty Limited, Chappell & Co Inc. (ASCAP) and Redwood Music Ltd.
Administered by J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd. Used with permission.
Performed by Louis Armstrong
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd


"St Louis Blues"
Written by W.C. Handy
© 1914 Handy Bros Music Co Inc.
Licensed by EMI Davis Music Australia Pty Limited.
Performed by Louis Armstrong
An Artist Alliance Recording, Licensed from LicenseMusic.com ApS, courtesy of Charly Acquisitions Ltd, by arrangement with CPC Music Services


"Love Is The Drug"
Written by Bryan Ferry and Andrew Mackay
Published by BMG Chrysalis/Mushroom Music and Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Bryan Ferry and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appear courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"New Orleans Bump (Monrovia)"
Written by Ferd "Jelly Roll" Morton
Published by Edwin H. Morris & Company, A Division of MPL Music Publishing, Inc. (ASCAP) and Southern Music Publ. Co. Inc
Performed by Jelly Roll Morton
Courtesy of Cleopatra Records
By arrangement with The Orchard


"Who Gon Stop Me"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, Kanye West, Michael Dean, Shama Joseph, Maurice Simmonds and Joshua Kierkegaard Grant Steele
Published by © 2011 WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music, Sony ATV Music Publishing and Please Gimme My Publishing Inc / Papa George Music, Sak Pase Music Publishing (BMI)/Sham and Verse Publishing (BMI) / BuVision Publishing (BMI)
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited, and Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Produced by Shama "Sak Pase" Joseph
Performed by JAY Z and Kanye West
JAY Z appears courtesy of Roc Nation
Under license from Roc Nation / RocAFella / Island Def Jam (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited


"Bang Bang"
Written by William Adams, Sonny Bono, James P. Johnson, and Cecil Mack
Published by i.am.composing, LLC (BMI) / BMG Sapphire Songs (BMI), Mushroom Music,
(c) WB Music Corp and Redwood Music Ltd. Cotillion Music Inc., Chris-Marc Music, Cherry River Music Co.
(Samples "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Sonny Bono. Cotillion Music Inc. and Chris-Marc Music)
(Samples "Charleston" by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack. WB Music Corp., Redwood Music Ltd.)
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Contains elements of "Charleston" written by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack.
Covered by Marco F. Ferrari on the piano, and performed by Jazz Ensemble.
Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Produced by will.i.am
Performed by will.i.am
Under license from Interscope Records (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited


"Bang Bang"
Written by William Adams, Sonny Bono, James P. Johnson, and Cecil Mack
Published by i.am.composing, LLC (BMI) / BMG Sapphire Songs (BMI), Mushroom Music,
© WB Music Corp and Redwood Music Ltd. Cotillion Music Inc., Chris-Marc Music, Cherry River Music Co.
(Samples "Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)" by Sonny Bono. Cotillion Music Inc. and Chris-Marc Music)
(Samples "Charleston" by James P. Johnson and Cecil Mack. WB Music Corp., Redwood Music Ltd.)
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"A Little Party Never Killed Nobody (All We Got)"
Written by David Listenbee, Jordan Orvash, Maureen Ann McDonald, Francesca Richard, Andre Smith, Stacy Ferguson, Alexander Scott, Andrea Martin, Kamaal Fareed.
Published by GoonRock Music/ Chebra Music, administered by Kobalt Music Publishing Australia/(c) 2013 Mo Zella Mo Music, Verses of Style Publishing BMI/Notting Hill Music administered by Universal Music Publishing Australia, Dre Kroon Music, Headphone Junkie Publishing (ASCAP), EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited, God's Cryin' Publishing/ Sony ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP), Songs Music Publishing LLC, Songs of SMP / U Betta Like My Music (ASCAP)
Produced by GoonRock
Performed by Fergie, Q-Tip and GoonRock
Q-Tip appears courtesy of G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam Recordings
Goonrock appears courtesy of Goonrock Music
Licensed courtesy of Interscope Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.


"Rhapsody In Blue"
Written by George Gershwin
© 1924 (Renewed) WB Music Corp.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty. Ltd.


"Over The Love"
Written by Stuart Hammond, Kid Harpoon, Aaron Foulds and Florence Welch
Published by Universal Music Publishing Ltd and Beggars Music Limited and Young Turks Publishing/Beggars Music Limited
Produced by Emile Haynie, Tom Hull and Baz Luhrmann
Performed by Florence + The Machine
Licensed courtesy of Universal-Island Records Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd


"Still"
Written by Lionel Richie
© 1979 Jobete Music Co Inc. obo itself, Libren Music and Brenda Richie Publishing. Licensed by EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited


"Izzo (H.O.V.A.)"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, Kanye West, Freddie Perren, Alphonso Mizell, Berry Gordy and Deke Richards
© 2001 Lil Lulu Publishing / Ye World Music / Jobete Music Co Inc. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited / EMI Songs Australia Pty Limited
Produced by Kanye West
Performed by JAY Z
JAY Z appears courtesy of Roc Nation
Under exclusive license from Island Def Jam/RAL Records (US)
Licensed courtesy of Universal Music Australia Pty Limited


"Empire State Of Mind (Pt II) Broken Down"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, Alexander Shuckburgh, Sylvia Robinson, Bert Keyes, Alicia Augello-Cook, Angela Hunte and Jane't Sewell
Published by © 2009 WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music, Gambi Music Inc., Global Talent Publishing. Lellow Productions / J Sewell Publishing / Masani Elshabazz Music.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd, EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited. and Fable Music Pty Ltd
Performed by Alicia Keys
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment Australia Pty Ltd


"100$ Bill"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter and Evan Mast
© WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music and El Pico Publishing (BMI)
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Produced by E. Vax
Performed by JAY Z
Licensed courtesy of S. Carter Enterprises


"100$ Bill"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter and Evan Mast
© WB Music Corp., Carter Boys Music and El Pico Publishing (BMI)
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"Where The Wind Blows"
Written by Andrea Martin, Dan Dougherty and Phil Ponce
Published by © God's Cryin' Publishing / Sony ATV Music Publishing (ASCAP), WB Music Corp/Redwood Music Ltd.
By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Contains samples from "Oh! You Have No Idea"
written by Dougherty and Ponce,
performed by Sophie Tucker,
courtesy of Jasmine Records
Produced by Andrea Martin
Performed by Coco O. of Quadron
Coco O. appears courtesy of Vested In Culture/Epic Records


"Crazy In Love"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles and Eugene Record
© 2003 Carter Boys Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music Inc, Unichappell Music Inc, Beyoncé Publishing / Hitco South/ Music of Windswept, a BMG company,
By kind permission of EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited, Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd. Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good, Simon Willey and Jon Brion
Performed by Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
Emeli Sandé appears courtesy of Virgin Records Limited


"Crazy In Love"
Written by Shawn JAY Z Carter, Rich Harrison, Beyoncé Knowles and Eugene Record
© 2003 Carter Boys Publishing, EMI Blackwood Music Inc, Unichappell Music Inc, Beyoncé Publishing / Hitco South/ Music of Windswept, a BMG company,
By kind permission of EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited and Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Music Publishing Pty Ltd
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"Back To Black"
Written by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
© 2006 EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Hollywood Holt
Performed by Beyoncé x André 3000
Beyoncé appears courtesy of Parkwood Entertainment/ Columbia Records
André 3000 appears courtesy of Epic Records


"Back To Black"
Written by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson
© 2006 EMI Music Publishing Ltd. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by Bryan Ferry with The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
Bryan Ferry and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appear courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"Young and Beautiful"
Written by Elizabeth Grant and Rick Nowels
© 2012 EMI Music Publishing Germany GMBH / R-Rated Music. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited.
Produced by Elliott Wheeler and Rick Nowels
Performed by Lana Del Rey
Lana Del Rey appears courtesy of Polydor Records UK
Licensed courtesy of Polydor Records UK & Universal Music Domestic Rock/Urban
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd & Universal Music GmbH


"Oh! You Have No Idea"
Written by Dan Dougherty and Phil Ponce
© 1928 (Renewed) WB Music Corp/Redwood Music Ltd. By kind permission of Warner/Chappell Music Australia Pty Ltd and J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd.
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good, Simon Willey and Elliott Wheeler
Performed by Andrea Martin and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited


"Together"
Written by Romy Madley Croft, Oliver Sim and Jamie Smith
Licensed by Universal Music Publishing Group Pty Limited
Produced by Jamie Smith
Performed by The xx
Licensed courtesy of Young Turks
By arrangement with XL Recordings Ltd/ Beggars Group Media Limited


"Love Is Blindness"
Written by U2
Published by Universal Music Publishing B.V. except Blue Mountain Music Ltd (UK) and Mother Music (Irl.)
Produced by Jack White III
Performed by Jack White
© 2011 Third Man Records
Licensed courtesy of Third Man Records


"Into The Past"
Written by Joseph Ray, Daniel Stephens, Alana Watson and Craig Armstrong
Published by © 2013 EMI Publishing Ltd. Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited and Warner-Olive Music LLC (ASCAP)
Produced by Daniel Stephens and Joseph Ray
Performed by NERO
NERO appears courtesy of MTA Records
Licensed courtesy of Mercury Records (London) Ltd
Under license from Universal Music Operations Ltd


"Hearts A Mess"
Written by Wally De Backer, William Attaway and Irving Burgie
Published by Samples 'N' Seconds Records Pty Ltd*
By kind permission of J. Albert & Son Pty Ltd* and BMG Chrysalis/Mushroom Music.
Performed by Gotye
Licensed courtesy of Samples 'N' Seconds Records Pty Ltd


"Kill And Run"
Written by Sia Furler and Chris Braide
Sia Furler: © 2013 EMI Music Publishing Ltd.
Licensed by EMI Music Publishing Australia Pty Limited
Chris Braide: BMG Chrysalis/Mushroom Music, Chris Braide designee (BMI)
Produced by Chris Braide and Oliver Kraus
Performed by SIA
Sia appears courtesy of Monkey Puzzle Music


"Can't Repeat The Past", "Infinite Hope", "Daisy's Theme"
Written by Craig Armstrong
Published by Warner-Olive Music LLC (ASCAP)
Produced by Bryan Ferry, Rhett Davies, Colin Good and Simon Willey
Performed by The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
The Bryan Ferry Orchestra appears courtesy of BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Movie Review: Great Gatsby (Blu-ray), The

by Dan Goldwasser
on August 30th, 2013
[3 / 5] printable

F. Scott Fitgerald's 1925 novel The Great Gatsby has been heralded as an American classic. Taking place in 1922, the novel explores the soap operatic relationships between a handful of characters on the wealthy Long Island coast outside of New York City. Recent Yale graduate Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) has just moved to a small house nestled between the mansions in West Egg. His cousin Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan) lives across the bay in East Egg. Through Daisy, Nick meets Jordan (Elizabeth Debicki), a young golfer he starts to fall for. She reveals to him that Tom (Joel Edgerton)–Daisy's husband–is having an affair with Myrtle (Isla Fisher), the wife of a poor worker who lives in the industrial wasteland between West Egg and NYC.

There is much mystery around the owner of the mansion next door to where Nick is staying. Jake Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) holds lavish parties, but no one knows where he came from or how he made his fortune. Soon it becomes clear that Gatsby has a past history with Daisy and is hoping that Nick can help them reunite–much to Tom's displeasure. The Great Gatsby is famous for capturing a slice of what life was like for the excessively wealthy in the greater NYC area. This cautionary tale explores the themes of decadence, moral corruption, idealism and excess–all through the prism of the Jazz Age. So, it would seem perfect that Moulin Rouge! director Baz Luhrmann would make a new feature film adaptation of this story.

The thing I like most about Luhrmann's films is that he never compromises his vision. I might not agree with that vision, but you can't say the guy doesn't give it all he's got. Gatsby is all style over substance–the lavish parties, the decadence of the wealthy, the corruption of their lives–it's all there, but there's not much beneath it. The actors try hard to give the characters some depth and meaning–but it just isn't working. By the time DiCaprio says "old sport" for the 84th time, you feel like laughing. It's not intentionally funny, but it just borders on the absurd.

Once you get past the basic storyline, what is the film about? The visuals, of course, and the music. And that's where Luhrmann really shines. His wife, Catherine Martin, is not only a co-producer on the film, but is also the production designer and costume designer. This film is a testament to her skills and ability to truly bring a bygone era to life. Gatsby is certainly eye-candy to look at. The parties are at the level of insanity which Moulin Rouge! was and helping with that is the music. I understand what Luhrmann was going for by involving Shawn "Jay-Z" Carter to produce hip-hop tracks for the 1920s period film, since in many ways hip-hop is today's jazz. And in many respects, it works. But it's not just the hip-hop elements that contribute to the music. Bryan Ferry recorded vintage-sounding jazz, Craig Armstrong wrote an emotional score, and everything gets tied together. Lana Del Rey performs a song "Young & Beautiful" which appears throughout the film–in the score, in the songs, in the jazz–which in many ways provides the emotional core that the acting performances weren't able to achieve.

Released on Blu-ray, The Great Gatsby looks phenomenal. Baz Luhrmann's filmmaking style is typically marked by deep saturations and contrasts, and cinematographer Simon Duggan's efforts to create that imagery is dazzlingly recreated in the HD image. There is the occasional bit of crush where details get lost in the shadows, but it really showcases production designer Catherine Martin's amazing work on the film with eye-popping results. There is an obviously synthetic level of surrealism to the image, given the nature of the visual effects and stylistic approach, and skin tones are for the most part unnaturally pinkish, but it seems to fit fine (just as how orange skin seems fine in the Transformers films) with the approach taken.

Presented as a DTS-HD Master Audio lossless English 5.1 audio track, The Great Gatsby sounds incredibly modern for a period film. Obviously, part of that is the involvement of Jay-Z and other hip-hop artists, but it's also a very immersive and, at times, aggressive soundscape. Dialogue is clear and never drowned out by the tumultuous partying going on and the surrounds and subwoofer definitely perform for the whole film. Notably aggressive are the car engines, especially the recording of Gatsby's Duesenberg–which was actually comedian Jay Leno driving his own collectible vehicle! (As mentioned in the extras, below.) As it is a Baz Luhrmann film, much like Moulin Rouge!, the music plays a very important role. Beyond the hip-hop stuff, there is a melodic vocal with Lana Del Rey that is woven through the film, as well as some vintage-sounding jazz newly recorded by Bryan Ferry. And all of it is held together with Craig Armstrong's emotional score. It's clear that a lot of work went into the audio and The Great Gatsby as a film experience is easily elevated by these efforts.

This Blu-ray release of The Great Gatsby has a solid number of extras, but sadly no commentary track or trailers for the film. Starting with "The Greatness of Gatsby" (HD, 9-minutes), director Baz Luhrmann, screenwriter Craig Pearce, and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Toby Maguire discuss their mission to bring Fitzgerald's novel to the big screen, from workshopping the material to casting and pre-production. "'Within and Without' with Toby Maguire" (HD, 8.5-minutes) is a behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the movie as seen from Maguire's perspective. "The Swinging Sounds of Gatsby" (HD, 12.5-minutes) is a great look at the fascinating approach to the music and sound design of the film. Interviews with music supervisor Anton Monsted, as well as Jay-Z, Craig Armsrong and Bryan Ferry are prominently featured, as well as a look at all the different artists that helped bring the musical soundscape of the film to life: Beyonce, Fergie, the xx, Lana Del Rey, and all discuss their involvement.

"The Jazz Age" (HD, 15.5-minutes) is an interesting look at the era in which Firtgerald lived, and how he drew his inspiration for The Great Gatsby from the NY scene around him. Luhrmann talks extensively about the influences, and it's intercut with documentary and archival footage from the era. Quite fascinating stuff! "Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion of the '20s" (HD, 16.5-minutes) showcases the excellent work of production designer Catherine Martin. She discusses how she researched the clothing and styles of the era, including gaining access to the Brooks Brothers archives–and how they helped manufacture all the costumes and directly influenced the film. "Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry" (HD, 7-minutes) has Luhrmann discussing how 3D filmmaking brought him a new toolset that allowed him to bring some of Fitzgerald's more poetic literary moments from the book to life on the big screen.

"Gatsby Revealed" is multi-segment extra that looks at five sequences from the film and how they were made (either production based, or visual effects): "Gatsby's Party" (HD, 7-minutes) looks at the way they accurately recreated a swingin' 1920s party down to the minute details and "Disconcerting Ride" (HD, 5 minutes) looks at Gatsby's car and how visual effects transformed the ride into something from right out of the novel. It also looks at the sound design of the film, including the car engines (mentioned above) and a fun anecdote about Jay Leno allowing the production to record his Duesenbergs–as long as he was driving them himself! "Daisy and Gatsby Meet" (HD, 8-minutes) looks at this deceptively simple scene from the film that was actually fraught with weather issues that affected filming; "The Plaza" (HD, 4.5-minutes) delves into the research and recreation of this iconic NYC landmark hotel; finally, "Pool Scene" (HD, 6-minutes) explores the research and recreation of the visually memorable finale from the film.

The Blu-ray also features a selection of "Deleted Scenes" (HD, 14.5-minutes) hosted by Luhrmann. These include some extemporaneous scenes wrapping up the end of the film, including Nick's relationship with Jordan, as well as the inclusion of Gatsby's father, who tells us stuff about Gatsby that we already knew from other scenes. Finally, the last extra on here is the "1926 The Great Gatsby Trailer" (HD, 1-minute), which was for the lost silent film version of the novel. Oddly, there is no trailer for the 2013 version included.

The Great Gatsby is definitely a film which feels more like style over substance. In many ways that feels like the point–the story is simplistic and the performances a bit too one-note to allow the audience to feel anything other than a sense of wonderment at the visual spectacle unfolding on the screen. And, indeed, it looks and sounds great on Blu-ray. I'll also say that due to the reasonably interesting extras, I find myself appreciating what the filmmakers were attempting and the craft put into it than the actual result. The Great Gatsby is definitely worth a rental on Blu-ray, but the soundtrack albums are required owning.

Movie Review: Great Gatsby, The

by Sean Saulsbury
on July 3rd, 2013
[3.5 / 5] printable

Set at the height of the Roaring Twenties, Baz Lurhmann's version of The Great Gatsby is slick, entertaining, dramatic at times, and accessible to modern audiences.

That last point is not necessarily a good thing. Some of the driving scenes play out like a Grand Theft Auto video game, much of the extravagant parties are set to hip-hop music from decades into the future, and the 3D adds little to the experience. Some will love it, some will not. But consuming an adult beverage just prior to viewing the film is recommended, regardless.

Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann clearly sets his mark, and if you like his style you will likely enjoy Gatsby. Leonardo DiCaprio works well in the lead role as the mysterious Jay Gatsby, and the script keeps us intrigued as it slowly reveals new information about Gatsby–some of it is seemingly contradictory at times, which adds to the pleasure of having it all make sense in the end.

The other players are fine in their roles–nobody really stands out as fantastic–but Carey Mulligan as the love interest is the least compelling. She is too melancholy and her slouchy posture detracts from her sex appeal. (On the other hand, DiCaprio's love for Mulligan's character is convincing, which saves the flick from being a bore.)

Ultimately, the film works because it portrays the extent to which a man will go for love. That is something most of us can identify with. There are also two or three scenes that are well set up, dramatically written and you will be close to the edge of your seat anticipating what is going to happen next. (Note I didn't say "on" the edge of your seat, but "close" to it.) The costume design is fantastic and the best thing about the movie.

While the picture's theme, which is the tragic nature of pure love in an impure world, is ultimately a false dichotomy and not one I personally identify with, it is well and clearly portrayed none-the-less.

In the end, Gatsby is not all that great. But it is pretty good. If you are a big DiCaprio fan, love a spectacular party and a good plot, and like to get a little inebriated before a trip to the theater, then The Pretty Good Gatsby is worth a watch.



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