IRIS (2014)

“Iris” is the latest documentary from Albert Maysles. This tale is about a 90 year old fashion designer that I don’t recognize and her views on life. She’s still going strong in old age, but seems to have regrets about her life choices. She plays them off for awhile, but keeps returning to career choices and why she didn’t have kids. But, she’s just as quickly back to making funky arrangements with found items.

I have such a hard time with fashion documentaries. I’ll watch any documentary and enjoy those rare slices of real life. But, the phony nature of fashion matched with an obsession with dull aesthetic just repels my brain. The politics of pretty have never fascinated me outside of giving the world a chance to spotlight their architects. But, what do you do when the grand designers of fashion lack anything of importance?

The Blu-Ray comes with deleted scenes and an interview with Iris Apfel as the special features. The A/V Quality is solid for a documentary. The 1080p transfer works for a documentary. The DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track supports the audio coverage for Iris. In the end, it’s worth a purchase for documentary nerds.

Release Date: 8/25/15

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