“The Immigrant” was one of those movies that seemed like it was going to set the world on fire and then nothing. I went out of my way to hunt it down during the theatrical exhibition and was floored. Unfortunately, viewers were few and far between. We sought each other online and began to regale each other with our appreciation. How did James Gray manage to make a film about immigration that felt like a long lost Elia Kazan movie?

Marion Cotillard is a stunning actress that remains among the best living in her field. Her careful portrayal of Ewa is never a waif, but a stranger in a strange land trying to carve out an identity. Whether it’s her interactions with Bruno or Orlando, she is never lost. She’s just a poor woman that wants to be better. Better for herself and better for the sick Magda. If anything, it’s inspiring.

The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, trailer and featurette as the special features. The A/V Quality is stunning for a drama. The 1080p transfer is among the best of 2015. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 track is expansive and stands on par with bigger action movies. I wish that more readers would be willing to give it a shot. “The Immigrant” is going to be a home theater experience that you won’t soon forget.

Release Date: 04/07/15

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