THE PLOT THUS FAR
Directed by Emmy® Award winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, The Normal Heart tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. Based on Kramer’s Tony Award® winning play of the same name, it takes an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. An ensemble of searing performances featuring Academy Award® nominee Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Emmy® winner Jim Parsons, and Academy Award® winner Julia Roberts.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“The Normal Heart” is the first filmed adaptation of the 1985 award winning play. Mark Ruffalo steps into the Larry Kramer role, as he tries to make sense of the rise of AIDS. Unfortunately, the gay community feels that being told not to have sex is an effort to contain their community. So, they hook up and start the firestorm that has never quite quelled. Kudos to Ryan Murphy for not glossing over that part of the historical record.
I appreciate what Ryan Murphy tries to accomplish with his work. Murphy was willing not to flinch away from the sexual escapades in a way that got Friedkin chastised ages ago. But, Murphy is willing to balance a sense of heart to show the world that these were real people that were dying in droves due to medical ignorance. The fact that society was willing to stay quiet for so long should never be forgotten. The Reagan Legacy should be forever besmirched by creating a national medical Holocaust against the LGBT community. But, that’s an argument for another time.
The Blu-Ray comes with a Digital HD copy and extended behind-the-scenes look with many interviews as the special features. The A/V Quality is quite strong for a drama. The 1080p transfer is strong for nearly the two and a half hour stretch. Plus, the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track really stands strong. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
RELEASE DATE: 08/26/2014