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Chinatown 25th Anniversary DVD Description
Many films from the 1970s allow even the most gripping narratives to flow with the consequences of real life. CHINATOWN is a classic film whose intrigues and adventures culminate in life-changing moments for its protagonist, Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson).
Director Roman Polanski's classic neo-noir detective story is set during a heat wave in 1930s Los Angeles, where residents suffer from a water shortage due to an ongoing drought. With stellar contributions from composer Jerry Goldsmith and screenwriter Robert Towne, whose script recalls the hard-boiled cynicism of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett, CHINATOWN is a complex and superbly crafted period drama that has become Polanski's most critically acclaimed film. Private investigator Gittes runs a sleazy detective agency. When a client (Diane Ladd) hires him to spy on her "husband," who is rumored to be having an affair with a younger woman, Jake uncovers a plot against the man--but this is only the tip of the iceberg. Still to emerge are a sex scandal implicating the real wife (Faye Dunaway), with whom Jake is destined to become more closely acquainted, and a real estate swindle of tremendous proportions devised by her tycoon father (John Huston), backed up by a vast network of corrupt city officials and landowners who make life hell for the private eye.
This story crystallizes the impact of a chance meeting with the romantic ideals of the early 1970s, when the American urban landscape and economic power structures were in flux.
Region 1 Keep Case - Sensormatic Single Side - Dual Layer Collectors Edition Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35 Letterbox - 2.35 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - English Dolby Digital Mono 2.0 - French Additional Release Material: Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer Production Interviews: Roman Polanski - Director, Robert Evans - Producer, Robert Towne - Writer Interactive Features: Interactive Menus Scene Selection
Winner, 1974 Academy Awards: Best Original Screenplay - Robert Towne
Noise Reduction - Dolby
Recording Mode - Dolby Surround AC-3
Additional Information - 25th Anniversary - Sensormatic