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The Ice Storm

(Blu-ray Disc - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Ice Storm
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Thanksgiving 1973. The climate is changing, both politically and physically. As the Watergate scandal unfolds in the background, the inhabitants of a small Conneticut town begin to slip into an existentialist void. Social taboos are shattered on whims and the line between adult authority and juvenile irresponsibility is practically nonexistant. Focusing on the Hood and Carver families, the film chronicles a brief period of rapid moral deterioration. Their actions--including adultery, sexual experimentation, drug use and petty crimes--become increasingly unpredictable and impulsive. Once the 'ice storm' hits, though, reality sinks in, and the severity of their situation becomes all too apparent.
Title: The ice storm
[videorecording (Blu-ray)]
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, c2013.
Edition: Director-approved Blu-ray special ed.
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (113 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in. +,1 booklet ([18] p. : col. ill.)
Notes: Special features: Restored 2K digital film transfer, supervised by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes; audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus; documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood; interview with novelist Rick Moody; deleted scenes; footage from a 2007 event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York's Museum of the Moving Image; illustrated audio interviews with Elmes, production designer Mark Friedberg, and costume designer Carol Oditz; trailer; booklet featuring an essay by critic Bill Krohn.
Originally released as a motion picture in 1997.
Based upon the novel by Rick Moody.
Title from title frames.
Summary: Thanksgiving 1973. The climate is changing, both politically and physically. As the Watergate scandal unfolds in the background, the inhabitants of a small Conneticut town begin to slip into an existentialist void. Social taboos are shattered on whims and the line between adult authority and juvenile irresponsibility is practically nonexistant. Focusing on the Hood and Carver families, the film chronicles a brief period of rapid moral deterioration. Their actions--including adultery, sexual experimentation, drug use and petty crimes--become increasingly unpredictable and impulsive. Once the 'ice storm' hits, though, reality sinks in, and the severity of their situation becomes all too apparent.
Audience: MPAA rating R for sexuality and drug use, including scenes involving children, and for language.
ISBN: 9781604657449
Statement of Responsibility: Fox Searchlight Pictures presents a Good Machine production ; an Ang Lee film; produced by Ted Hope, James Schamus and Ang Lee ; screenplay by James Schamus ; directed by Ang Lee
Credits: Director of photography, Frederick Elmes ; film editor, Tim Squyres ; music by Mychael Danna ; costume designer, Carol Oditz ; production designer, Mark Friedberg.
Performers: Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Henry Czerny, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Jamey Sheridan, Elijah Wood, Sigourney Weaver, Michael Cumpsty, Glenn Fitzgerald, Katie Holmes, Allison Janney.
System Details: Blu-ray disc; Region A; widescreen (1.85:1) presentation; DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Surround; requires Blu-ray player.
Other Language: English dialogue; English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.
Subject Headings: Connecticut Drama. Nineteen seventies Drama. Larceny Drama. Triangles (Interpersonal relations) Drama. Taboo Drama. Adultery Drama. Man-woman relationships Drama. Suburbs Connecticut Drama. Dysfunctional families Connecticut Drama. Families Connecticut Drama. Moody, Rick Film adaptations.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired.
Film adaptations.
Fiction films.
Melodramas (Motion pictures)
Feature films.
Topical Term: Nineteen seventies
Larceny
Triangles (Interpersonal relations)
Taboo
Adultery
Man-woman relationships
Suburbs
Dysfunctional families
Families
Publisher No: CC2281BD
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Nov 03, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The rare instance where the film is better than the book. Perfectly captures and dissects the post-60s, post-Watergate malaise and dead end debauchery of the suburbs. This is what "American Beauty" wanted to be.

Jun 10, 2013
  • fisnik rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The movie had lots of potential, but it goes nowhere. On top of it all, it throws in a piece of tragedy that has nothing to do with anything.

In times when writers were not free to explore sexuality, they used to kill the heroine in the end - you know, to show that god punishes these things. This movie seems to follow the same twisted logic, while not being brave enough to state it clearly. Yuck.

Feb 24, 2013
  • macierules rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Great cast and directing.

Feb 19, 2013
  • laustcawz rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wendy & Paul Hood (Christina Ricci, Tobey MacGuire) keep calling each other "Charles". Evidently, this is supposed to be an in-joke about '70s TV personality Charles Nelson Reilly, though the parents are supposed to think they mean Charles Manson.

Feb 16, 2013
  • sabalah rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

It was like being a bystander to sexual perverseness of every age, from pre-teens to seasoned forty and fifty-somethings. You watch the corruption and are appalled. If this was what the 70's was like for this segment of society, I can only hope they looked outward beyond themselves for the humanity they so desperately needed. I would not watch it again.

Jan 14, 2013
  • epotter8811 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A bit slow-paced (Ang Lee directs, so is it any surprise? He's the master of monotony though it always LOOKS gorgeous.) but a well-acted drama with a great cast of veterans and soon-to-be-stars. Of the veterans, Kevin Kline and especially Joan Allen bring an innate melancholy and aggression to their characters' crumbling marriage. I was especially taken with Christina Ricci's performance in the film, proving herself a force of nature as a rebellious teenage daughter exploring her sexuality. The rambling existential nature of the story perhaps echos the atmosphere of the early 70s when the radical 60s gave way to a world without rules. If you're looking for a definitive conclusion, don't bother; the film's final scene is just as open-ended as the decade itself. Solid, beautifully shot movie.

Oct 21, 2012
  • am2597 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oct/12 Watched alone. Not a happy movie by any means. This was the 'cut' or censored version. Don't watch again.

Aug 22, 2012
  • rslade rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Not much air-clearing in this movie: it is an effective indictment of the selfish 70s, and has some great acting of rotten characters, but leaves no feeling of redemption at all.

Jul 01, 2012
  • howardpoole rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Just a Sunday afternoon made for TV movie- but not for the little kiddies. LOTS of B movie actors- maybe even B+. A very mature theme with a little suspense to boot

Feb 06, 2012
  • MeReneG rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Ah, life and angst in the 'burbs in the 70s. The kids are unhappy and experimenting -- and so are their parents! // Some good/excellent performances by a terrific ensemble cast, including the veterans (Allen, Kline, Sheridan and Weaver as the primary adults; Czerny and Janney in supporting roles) and the young up-and-comers (Holmes, Krumholtz, Maguire, Ricci, and Wood). // Very nice direction and cinematography (particularly during the ice storm). // Definitely an unexpected end for one of the characters and for the film itself.

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Feb 16, 2013
  • sabalah rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

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Dec 27, 2011
  • Ryan Akler-Bishop rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

1973, suburban Connecticut: middle class families experimenting with casual sex, drink, etc., find their lives out of control.

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Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Ben Hood: So son, if there's anything you want to know, just ask you're mother and me, and we'll look it up for you. Paul Hood: Dad, you know I'm sixteen, right?

Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Philip Edwards: Perhaps you find in books what I try to find in people.
Elena Hood: That sounds vaguely like an insult.

Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Philip Edwards: Sometimes the shepherd needs the comfort of the sheep.
Elena Hood: I'm going to try hard not to understand the implications of that.

Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Ben Hood: The only big fight we've had in years is about whether to go back into couples therapy.

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The Ice Storm: Casting the Locations

The Ice Storm: Casting the Locations

Apr 03, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

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