Chinatown [Blu-Ray] Roman Polanski

Chinatown [Blu-Ray] Roman Polanski
The last line in Roman Polanski's Chinatown is one of its greatest ironies. "Forget about it, Jake; it's Chinatown." These words are said to Jack Nicholson's private investigator, J.J. Gittes, just moments after his entire world comes crashing down upon him and seconds before the camera pulls up to reveal one of the most infamous closing shots in film history. The irony, of course, is that Chinatown is completely unforgettable. The 1974 classic, which takes place in 1937, holds up incredibly well. Polanski places the viewer at the center of the investigation, which results in an addictive need to know where every bewildering turn is going to lead. And with Nicholson's Gittes in every single scene in the film, we as an audience are given the opportunity to watch the case he's working on unfold in real time and piece together the evidence ourselves as well. And what a case it is! Robert Towne's Oscar-winning original screenplay (the only Oscar the film won out of its 11 nominations) is dense, engaging and constantly shocking. While Gittes is trying desperately to stay on top of a murder case that may or may not directly involve the woman who hired him in the first place (Faye Dunaway, in her prime), the city of Los Angeles is in the process of figuratively raping its farmers in pursuit of redefining its borders. It is all somehow connected and it's your job to figure it all out. It might take two viewings. The brand new Blu-Ray release contains some recycled extras that shed greater light on the controversial Los Angeles backdrop, as well as providing some pretty candid insights into the production, with archived interviews from Polanski, Nicholson and Towne. New to the set is a commentary between Towne and huge fan David Fincher. Chinatown is simply a must for every film fan's collection. (Paramount)