Excerpt: Roman Polanski’s direction is measured and masterful in every way, punctuated by superb compositions and stylish camera work by John Alonzo. The characters are superbly colorful, the acting beyond measure. J.J. “Jake” Gittes is one of the roles that made Jack Nicholson “Jack,” and Faye Dunaway’s performance as the seductive but damaged Evelyn Mulwray just gets better and better with time.
Conclusion: One of the great mystery suspense films, Chinatown makes its Blu-ray debut with a fairly fine feature presentation and all but one of its DVD bonus features intact. Although there is a lot of extra content here, it is a bit underwhelming aside from the commentary, with the Centennial Collection's epic water documentary failing to interest much and the other making-of featurettes being a bit limited in their design.
Excerpt: The Movie Much of the power of a movie like Chinatown lies in its ability to educate viewers about a topic they might know little or nothing about--in this case the development of modern Los Angeles--a more difficult task in today's era of 24-hour documentary channels and, of course, the internet. But it is also one of the best mysteries to ever grace the big screen, as 1930s private investigator J.J.
Conclusion: 'Chinatown' is a dazzling cinematic specimen that remains as intriguing, involving, and visually arresting today as it surely seemed almost 40 years ago upon its initial release. Director Roman Polanski and screenwriter Robert Towne meticulously evoke 1930s Los Angeles, as well as film noir, yet take the genre to new and unexpected heights, while Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway contribute iconic portrayals that brim with understated power.
Conclusion: They don’t call them masterpieces for nothing. Chinatown is the epitome of one due to the classic screenplay that is considered flawless. The directing is assured and so is the acting by all those involved. At long last the Blu-ray has arrived for the new crop of aspiring filmmakers and film fans in general to grab a copy, so that they can see what all the fuss is about.
Conclusion: Chinatown is one of those rare classic pictures that absolutely defines a style and an era. It's proof of the timelessness of film and its power as an art form, not only as a lasting medium but as a time capsule that may be crafted in any time and in any place to take audiences on a journey to what was and, on a few reels of film or now on a disc or disk drive, anyway, still is. Roman Polanski's Chinatown defines cinema as art and escapism combined into one.
Excerpt: Quite possibly one of the most respected films to come around in the last 30 years, Chinatown holds up as well now as it did when it came out in 1974. Starring a then “star” on the rise, Jack Nicholson and an already established female lead, Faye Dunaway, Chinatown wasn’t exactly an ‘art house’ movie. Mostly it’s associated with director Roman Polanski who also helmed the critically acclaimed Rosemary’s Baby .