We get a wealth of Deleted Scenes, all with Optional Commentary by Mendes and Haythe, who state that whilst much of it was taken from the book, it was ultimately removed from the final film either because of pacing of because they felt it did not work as well in the end product (although, as I will briefly note later, some of it clearly made the trailer). Interesting to see (again, even more so if you remember them from the novel), fans will want to check out these 25 minutes of Deleted Footage.
Lives of Quiet Desperation: The Making of Revolutionary Road is a half-hour documentary looking behind the scenes at this production, and featuring contributions from all the main cast and crew, who talk about how they got involved and what they brought to the table. Mendes looks at how the movie is one for all generations and times, transcending its period setting, and his wife Winslet reveals that she was the one who started the ball rolling on this whole project. We also get some Behind the Scenes footage and information on the period sets and costumes.
Richard Yates: The Wages of Truth is an interesting almost half-hour look at the work of Yates, reflected on through his children, who look back on his books and explain how much of the pain they exhibit, the tortured souls they examine, came from within Yates himself and his own troubled life. This is quite a revealing, interesting extra to check out, even if you haven't read the book. Rounding off the disc we get the Theatrical Trailer which oddly has some footage in it that was eventually cut, making you curious as to whether there was another version of the film originally.
Transcending the period setting, breaking from your standard relationship-drama mould, Sam Mendes' bleak look at suburban marital 'bliss' and its truly rotten heart is a heavy, painful affair, carrying with it a keen but cutting social commentary on our own very existences. Far superior to similar relationship dramas like the recent, disappointing, Two Lovers, Mendes is still a little too unabashedly relentless with his doom and gloom, but if you can accept your fate then this is a worthy watch, peppered with insightful dialogue and acute performances from its fantastic stars, DiCaprio and Winslet, who are on top form.
This region-free Blu-ray release comes with a near-perfect video representation and a decent enough audio track that does the best with the material it has, as well as a wealth of truly thoughtful and insightful extras, largely avoiding any of the usual promotional filler. If you have seen and like this movie (or have read and enjoyed the book), then this release is simply and unequivocally a must-have. For those who have simply read about Revolutionary Road, it comes strongly recommended as one of the most underrated movies of last year.
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