Based on the true-life exploits of notorious Depression-era bank
robbers Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, Bonnie and Clyde is
recognized as one of the most violent films to come out of
mainstream Hollywood. Bonnie and Clyde wasnít just revolutionary in
the way it used violence, it was revolutionary in the way its tone
shifted, getting slowly darker.
When Clyde, newly released from
jail, is caught by bored waitress Bonnie trying to steal her
motherís car, the movie seems almost seems comedic. For Bonnie (Faye
Dunaway), she is
bored with life and wants a change and she gets this chance when she
meets the charming Clyde (Warren Beatty)
fall in love and begin a crime spree that extends from Oklahoma to
Texas where they rob small banks with skill and panache, soon becoming
minor celebrities known across the country.
Both Warren Beatty and
Faye Dunaway deliver subtle, strong performances with Gene Hackman along for the ride as Clyde's over-the-top brother Buck Barrow.
Bonnie & Clyde" is not a perfect film but it's a highly
influential piece of modern cinema that has been imitated but never
toped. This is the first time that I have seen the film and I was
pleasantly surprised with this action drama that is loosely based on
the truth of two lovers on the edge.
Warner presents the film in 1.85:1 widescreen at 1080p/VC-1 on a
dual-layer BD50 disc. While this is a very old film, Warner has done
a fantastic job restoring the print to it's original glory. Since no raw audio
exists anymore for this film, "Bonnie & Clyde" could not be
remastered and is rather monotone at times.
For fans of the movie, they are truly going to enjoy this Blu-Ray
and it's nice to finally get a decent
special edition of this film. Newcomers should definitely give this
disc a spin. It's a terrifically inspirational film, fast paced and
full of style that the Blu-ray presentation only aides in keeping this
memorable film alive and kicking.