Synecdoche, New York (Blu-ray)

Starring: Philip Seymour Hoffman & Samantha Morton Director: Charlie Kaufman  Rated: R: Restricted
Synecdoche, New York (Blu-ray)
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Blu-ray Disc Features:

  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 2 hours, 4 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 2008
  • Label: Sony Pictures
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • NTSC
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Package Note: Region ABC
  • Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
  • Audio:
    • Dolby True HD 5.1 - English
    • Stereo - English
    • Subtitles - English SDH, English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Infectious Diseases in Cattle: Bloggers' Round Table
    • NFTS/Script Factory Masterclass with Charlie Kaufman
    • Screen Animations
    • Featurette: The Story of Caden Cotard
  • Interactive Features:
    • BDLive

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Entertainment Reviews:

Los Angeles Times - 10/24/2008
"SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is beautiful....It makes an irrefutable case for the universality of the individual human experience."
New York Times - 10/24/2008
"SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK is as much a cry from the heart as it is an assertion of creative consciousness. It's extravagantly conceptual but also tethered to the here and now..."
Premiere - 10/24/2008
"[F]or viewers up for the challenge, it may be the film most likely to stick with you."
Chicago Sun-Times - 11/05/2008
"This is a film with the richness of great fiction....The subject of SYNECDOCHE is nothing less than human life and how it works."
Rolling Stone - 11/13/2008
"Kaufman provides juicy roles for his actors, including Michelle Williams, Dianne Wiest and Tom Noonan, who get caught in the time war as art imitates something resembling existence."
Film Comment - 11/01/2008
"[W]hile deadly serious in theme, the film is frantically playful in its construction, introducing a new surrealist gimmick in nearly every other scene..."
Uncut - 05/11/2009
4 stars out of 5 -- "Kaufman's meta-cinema must be applauded....He's presented here something intricate enough to put furrows in the brows of Borges or Baudrillard."

Product Description:

From Charlie Kaufman, comes a visual and philosophic adventure, "SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK". As he did with his groundbreaking scripts for "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation", and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Kaufman twists and subverts form and language as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.

Product Description:

From Charlie Kaufman, comes a visual and philosophic adventure, "SYNECDOCHE, NEW YORK". As he did with his groundbreaking scripts for "Being John Malkovich", "Adaptation", and "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind", Kaufman twists and subverts form and language as he delves into the mind of a man who, obsessed with his own mortality, sets out to construct a massive artistic enterprise that could give some meaning to his life. Theater director Caden Cotard (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is mounting a new play. His life catering to suburban blue-hairs at the local regional theater in Schenectady, New York is looking bleak. His wife Adele (Catherine Keener) has left him to pursue her painting in Berlin, taking their young daughter Olive with her. His therapist, Madeleine Gravis (Hope Davis), is better at plugging her best-seller than she is at counseling him. A new relationship with the alluringly candid Hazel (Samantha Morton) has prematurely run aground. And a mysterious condition is systematically shutting down each of his autonomic functions, one by one. Worried about the transience of his life, he leaves his home behind. He gathers an ensemble cast into a warehouse in New York City, hoping to create a work of brutal honesty. He directs them in a celebration of the mundane, instructing each to live out their constructed lives in a growing mockup of the city outside. The years rapidly fold into each other, and Caden buries himself deeper into his masterpiece, but the textured tangle of real and theatrical relationships blurs the line between the world of the play and that of Caden's own deteriorating reality.

Plot Keywords:

Actors | Actresses | Broadway | Directors | Families | New York City | Relationships | Theatrical Release

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