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Sony, $27.96; Blu-ray, $34.95
There was little chance that director John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s bestselling novel “The Road” was going to be as powerful as the book, which turns the cliché of post-apocalyptic survival into a haunting, poetic tale about fathers and sons and letting go. And sure enough, literalizing McCarthy’s story on screen does rob it of some of its mystery. But Viggo Mortensen is effective as a dad trying to protect his son from ravagers in the scorched wasteland of the future, and Hillcoat skillfully conveys McCarthy’s profound sense of melancholy and impending doom. Most important, he’s made a movie that’s painful to watch but gets people to reflect on the meaning of their own lives and families — just as McCarthy intended. “The Road” DVD and Blu-ray add a Hillcoat commentary, deleted scenes and short making-of featurette. [Source]
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