Judging from the large volume of films Jessica Chastain has coming out in the next two years, people will inevitably want to see her early work (and in this case the film that she explodes into the movie making world with - as I had really only seen her in Stolen [Blu-ray] before). After watching the lengthy interview included on this BD and being mesmerized by her screen presence throughout this beautiful film, she is proving herself as one of the most natural and articulate ladies in the industry.
The story follows a young lady through ten years in her difficult teen and early adult life, traveling from state to state as she looks for love, expressing her amazing artistic skills, and a better life than what keeps getting thrown her way. The supporting performances around her are believable and professionally played, but Jessica was beyond captivating and managed to convey a heartfelt and solid lead performance that carried the title character perfectly.
The BD quality is clear throughout with no real falterings. Her fair skin never appears to bleed into the frame, and even in the Arizona scenes the contrasts are subtle yet still vibrant. The DTS is competently mixed and the special features include:
* Bloopers, 3:33 minutes. Not funny and could have easily been excluded and the quality is below lodef.
* Interview with Dan Ireland & Jessica Chastain, 20:54 minutes. A sit-down interview with the two of them talking film and career. The film was made four years prior to this talk and she has definitely come into her own. Worth the watch if you become a fan of hers (a dry setting in a room).
* Interview with Theresa Russel, 3:00 minutes. Only talks about her character (library setting - dull), skipper.
* Interview with Dermot Mulroney, 4:21 minutes. Funny and informative about indy film making (outdoor panoramic forest setting - beautiful).
* Interview with Michael Vartan, 6:04 minutes. Having watched his whole set here one should be a huge fan of his to sit through it.
* Director commentary, scene specific. He obviously loves this project and dearly loves his star, and I suppose fans of his The Whole Wide World and Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont will like some of the insights he gives about making those films also.
No region coding listed, English language and subtitles only. Four stars for the film and one more for the BD specs and supplements. A worthy owner but at least worth a rental watch to say you saw where it all really started for her...nicely done.