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Fight Club (Blu-ray Review)

23 Dec, 2009 By: John Latchem

$34.99 Blu-ray
Rated ‘R’ for disturbing and graphic depiction of violent anti-social behavior, sexuality and language.
Stars Brad Pitt, Ed Norton, Helena Bonham Carter.

Controversial in its day, Fight Club celebrates its 10th anniversary as a cult icon — a classic examination of male angst amid a sterilized corporate world.

The Blu-ray collects pretty much all of the previously available extras from the DVD versions, including all four commentaries. I found the commentary between screenwriter Jim Uhls and the original novel’s author, Chuck Palahniuk, to be most interesting, as they analyze various differences between the film and the book.

The menus are pretty awesome (after you get past the fake Never Been Kissed menu gag), showing not only the catalog graphics for the nice apartment, but also some items from the run-down estate (POS Refrigerator … FREE).

New content includes a handy “Insomniac Mode” that lets viewers search the disc by topic, and the featurette “A Hit in the Ear,” a look at the sound design of the movie.

My favorite new extra is “Flogging Fight Club,” in which Mel Gibson (on horseback) inducts the film into Spike TV’s Guy Movie Hall of Fame. It’s kind of cool to see director David Fincher and stars Brad Pitt and Ed Norton preparing their speech beforehand, and then seeing it delivered pretty much exactly as they planned.

This is a solid guy-movie disc through and through.

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