Just released from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company, the DVD for My Blueberry Nights is a delightful cinematic experience with some wonderful visuals and an engaging story about self-discovery and relationships. It stars Jude Law (Cold Mountain), Natalie Portman (Closer), David Strathairn (Good Night, And Good Luck), Oscar winner Rachel Weisz, and, in her debut performance, Grammy award-winning artist, Norah Jones.

Jones made her acting debut in the film, and she did an outstanding job as Elizabeth, a young woman stung by lost love who sets out on a journey across the country to find the best way to come to terms with the man who broke her heart. Before she leaves, however, Elizabeth befriends Jeremy (Jude Law) who owns a little café in New York City. He has a jar full of keys that have been left by other jilted lovers, hoping the object of their love will come back. Elizabeth puts her keys in the jar and for several days stops at the café every evening to see if anyone has asked for her. Each time, she shares a piece of blueberry pie with Jeremy, who has his own set of keys in the jar.

Then one day she decides she cannot go into the café anymore as the person she is, and so begins her journey of self-discovery. During that journey that takes her as far as Las Vegas, she meets and befriends a number of people, each of whom has a lesson to teach her. There’s the troubled cop and his estranged wife, as well as a down-on-her luck gambler with a score to settle. Nothing is predictable or stereotypical about the plot or these characters created by Kar Wai Wong and Lawrence Block who share screenwriting credits.

Directed by Kar Wai Wong (In the Mood for Love, 2046), My Blueberry Nights  is filled with visual delights; ice cream melting on a piece of hot blueberry pie, unique mirror images,  shots that had people perfectly framed in a sign on a storefront window, and a beautiful sunset on the Nevada desert.

This isn’t the standard “Romantic Comedy” fare, although there are some funny moments. It could be compared more to The Remains of the Day than Sex and the City or Knocked Up. Both The Remains of the Day and My Blueberry Nights deal with complex themes such as dignity, pride, wasted lives, and unrequited love, and both are told through beautiful, understated performances by the lead players.  It also has a wonderful soundtrack, with vocals by Norah Jones.

Price:                            $19.97

Street Date:                   July 1, 2008

MPAA Rating:               PG-13
Run Time:                     95 minutes
Catalog Number:            81346
Languages:                   English Dolby 5.1
Subtitles:                      English and Spanish
Closed Captioned
Available at:  Amazon.com

Maryann Miller    Maryann’s Web site

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