“A Most Violent Year” wants to be a Sidney Lumet movie in the worst way. Taking place in NYC circa 1981, the film focuses on a small businessman on the verge of a big deal. Unfortunately, local mob forces are starting to lean on him to pay up. Will he break or will his wife slowly turn into Michelle Pfeiffer in “Scarface”? The world will thrill, as Jessica Chastain slowly moves away from the stunning actress we all met in 2011.

After I first saw the movie, I really didn’t care for it. However, I’m starting to overcome my J.C. Chandor hatred to find something strong about the film. The guy is a writer that wants to be a director, but his understanding of nailing visuals always felt off. Fortunately, Chandor has teamed up with the best young cinematographer in the business to put such a definitive visual stamp on a time. Seriously, this is one of the most beautiful movies of last year.

The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy, deleted scenes, commentary, featurettes and related special features. The A/V Quality is amazing for a small crime drama. The 1080p transfer is stunning and shows that Bradford Young is the new major eye in cinematography. The DTS-HD 5.1 track makes the high action come together. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

Release Date: 04/07/15

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