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The Ice Storm [Blu-ray] [Criterion Collection]

  • R
  • Blu-ray
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Director Ang Lee's main concern is a subtle examination of family life that he began with THE WEDDING BANQUET and EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN. With THE ICE STORM, Lee creates a truly American period film that is equally concerned with family relationships, set in 1970s New England. It is Thanksgiving, 1973, and the Carvers and the Hoods are two prototypical suburban families seemingly living the good life in New Canaan, Connecticut. Behind their New Age philosophies and polyester fashions, however, lies deep discontent. One husband carries on an unsatisfying affair with the other family's wife, while his teenage daughter experiments sexually with both of the neighbor's boys. When a winter storm descends upon their upper middle class neighborhood, buried resentments bubble over, leading to a tragedy neither family will ever forget.

    An intense, well-acted drama based on the novel by Rick Moody, THE ICE STORM is a masterly depiction of the frigid emotional life of suburbia. Great care was taken to accurately recreate the fashion, philosophy, and music of the 1970s without devolving into camp. Sigourney Weaver, Kevin Kline, and Joan Allen all excel in their roles, but it is the younger actors (Christina Ricci, Tobey Maguire, Elijah Wood, Adam Hann-Byrd) who steal the show.
  • Credits
    Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Susan Alexandra Weaver, Joan Allen, Courtney Peldon, Henry Czerny, Tobey Maguire, Toby Maguire, Christina Ricci, Adam Hann-Byrd, David Krumholtz, Jamey Sheridan, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes, Michael Cumpsty, Allison Janney
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Perfectly conceived....THE ICE STORM is cinema at is most immaculate..."
    Sight and Sound

    "...A jewel....A methodically constructed social satire of suburban boredom..."
    USA Today

    "...The film is often satirical and frequently very funny, and quietly observant in its performances..."
    Chicago Bulletin

    "Kevin Kline is heartbreaking....Lee's self-help suburban hedonists try and fail to make sense of a world that's changing too fast..." -- Grade: A-
    Entertainment Weekly

    "Ang Lee's elegant, shattering adaptation of the Rick Moody novel....The big chill is hardly reserved for the outdoors."
    Wall Street Journal

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