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Blu-ray Review: Lady Bird

April 3, 2018

By John Corrado

Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird is a wonderful coming of age film that finds the perfect balance between being funny, moving, bittersweet and a little edgy, just like its spirited protagonist Christine “Lady Bird” McPherson (Saoirse Ronan).  The film is now available on Blu-ray.

This was my second favourite movie of last year behind The Florida Project, and it’s worth seeking out now, especially if you haven’t seen it yet.  Nominated for five Oscars, including a much deserved Best Director nod for Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird already feels like a modern classic, and it’s carried by phenomenal performances from Saoirse Ronan and Laurie Metcalf.  For more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track with Greta Gerwig and cinematographer Sam Levy, as well as the featurette Realizing Lady Bird.  The fifteen minute piece takes its name from the French word for director “réalisateur,” which Gerwig tells us that she finds to be a much more accurate description of her approach to filmmaking, realizing her vision rather than directing it.  It’s an excellent behind the scenes look that features some good interviews with the cast and crew, and really highlights the amount of love and care that Gerwig and her entire cast and crew brought to the deeply personal project.

Lady Bird is an Elevation Pictures release.  It’s 94 minutes and rated 14A.

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