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Director Brian De Palma returns to the helm for the first time since 2002's Femme Fatale with this stylish screen adaptation of James Ellroy's novel detailing one of the most notorious unsolved murders in Hollywood history. Elizabeth Short (Mia Kirshner) was a struggling actress looking to make a name for herself in 1940s-era Tinseltown. Unfortunately for Elizabeth, it was her grim fate that would ultimately overshadow anything she would accomplish during her short and tragic career. When police discover Elizabeth's body cut clean in half and with all of her organs missing, ex-pugilist detectives Lee Blanchard (Aaron Eckhart) and Bucky Bleichert (Josh Hartnett) are the men charged with cracking the case and apprehending the killer. This isn't your average murder case, however, and as Blanchard's marriage to Kay (Scarlett Johansson) begins to suffer due to his obsession with the sensational crime, his partner Bleichert discovers a troubling link between the victim and the mysterious Madeleine Linscott (Hilary Swank), a prominent socialite and the daughter of one of the town's most connected key players.~Jason Buchanan
Reality and Fiction: The Story of The Black Dahlia - Sit down with best-selling novelist James Ellroy (L.A. Confidential) as he gives his in-depth perspective on the Black Dahlia crime
The Case File: Go behind the scenes to meet the filmmakers, actors and crew who brought an infamous legend to the screen
The De Palma Touch: See how acclaimed director Brian De Palma brings his unique and shocking visual style to the film
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Brian de Palma at his very finest
Owned for 4 months when reviewed.
When looking at the blue stripe at the bottom of the cover, I was afraid it was an early blu-ray transfer that was poorly done. Thankfully I was mistaken. The transfer is pristine.
It's Brian de Palma at his very finest. Lots of great movies have been inspired by this crime, and this one is argueably the best. This is film noire done right.
Vilmos Zsigmond's atmospheric cinematography is beautifully presented on this Blu-ray.
Like the image quality, the DTS 5.1 audio track is outstanding -- rich, dramatic and making creative use of immersive sound.