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LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 140 minutes (2D and 3D versions), featurettes, trailers
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: Mandarin 7.1 Surround, 5.1 Surround, 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English

STUDIO: Kino Lorber/ Wild Bunch/
RELEASE DATE: 12-17-2020
LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is a form of beautiful poetry as dreams are like memories. Memories like dreams can be deceptive as time goes on. I can compare this beautiful visual masterpiece by director Bi Gan to the films of Wong Kar Wai. The first half of the movie weaves through the present and memories of a lost soul who is looking for his mother since she abandoned him when he was a kid. He also recounts the times a woman drifts in and out of his life like a dream. The last hour sifts to a long winding shot as the character's search leads him to this town where he thinks he may have finally caught up with his long lost mother. He navigates the labyrinth of the town's tunnels and streets like a dreamlike trance.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
The blu-ray release has the movie presented in both 3D and 2D versions on separate discs.
The extras are on the 2D disc. There is also a booklet that is included in the blu-ray case.

Interview with director Bi Gan- he talks about how the movie was made and how he views it as a piece of poetry that began with a certain town that inspired the ideas for the story
Interview with star Haung Jue as he talks about how he was cast and how it was to work with Bi Gan compared to other directors
Very short making-of documentary
US and Chinese trailers for the movie

FINAL ANALYSIS: LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT is pure poetry about the dreamlike quality of memory as we one tries to find himself in his own life. It is a hypnotic film experience I would compare o the best films of Wong Kar Wai.

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