365 High-Def Days of Oscar: Day 1

Year: 2011

Oscar Nominations:

Best Actress

Best Supporting Actor


Colin Clark, an employee of Sir Laurence Olivier’s, documents the tense interaction between Olivier and Marilyn Monroe during production of The Prince and the Showgirl.


“My Week with Marilyn” is an astounding representation of the late 1950s, is shot beautifully, and features a talented cast that delivers some exceptional performances. This is arguably the best performance of Michelle Williams’s career. The drama eventually gets emotionally powerful, but seems very flirtatious when it comes to the storyline. You’re basically teased the entire film concerning Marilyn’s true intentions, mental state, and well-being. The conclusion felt like more of a reach around that stopped before you had the chance to climax and didn’t feel fully gratifying. Aside from Williams’s performance, the incredibly lush jazz soundtrack took hold of your senses in ways the movie only dreamt of doing.

So because we already know that Marilyn was not just a sparkling movie star and because this is all so widely familiar and with its own widely referenced myth and iconography, the only reason to make this into a film is that you have come up with some unique angle that sheds new unexpected light into the thing. A structure that can hold together so many cinematic dreams implicit by having at the center this woman who gave flesh to them.

We trust that a lot of that is fictional and doctored, itself not far from a movie script. Ideally, our film has the option of conflating personal recollection, diary, rehearsal, film being made, into our film about the fabrication of myths and an actress looking to understand the real person behind the role she’s given to play.

The Blu-Ray comes with a DVD copy as well as a few special features. There’s a commentary and a featurette about the production. The 1080p transfer is a little too dark at times, but the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track is a hair below reference quality. No dialogue is dropped and the music-filled sequences come to life with immense audio passion. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.

RELEASE DATE: 03/13/2012

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