Blu-ray Monday: Gatsby

It’s Blu-ray Monday again, and this week we’ve got a copy of Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann’s critically acclaimed adaptation of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel up for grabs.

This stylised adaptation stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, and includes musical contributions from Jay-Z, Lana del Ray and The XX. Set in 1922, and through the eyes of Nick (Tobey Maguire) we watch the story of the wealthy, enigmatic Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) as he rides high in an era of loosening morals, jazz, bootlegging and sky-rocketing stocks. Nick reacquaints Gatsby with Daisy (Carey Mulligan), a lost old flame and it soon becomes clear that Gatsby has built up an empire just to impress her. But as Gatsby tries to win Daisy back, has he taken on the impossible? The Blu-ray version includes featurettes on recreating the twenties atmosphere through jazz age music and fashion design, as well as multiple scenes deleted from the theatrical release.

Critics were wowed by the production design in Gatsby, following similarly lavish approaches in his previous films, including Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. So this week we wanted to hear which movie productions had transported you to another time or place most convincingly. Some movies have meticulously recreated period details – such as Gangs of New York’s mile long street of purpose built mid-nineteenth century buildings or Titanic’s painstaking reconstruction of the doomed vessel using its original blueprints. Other movies have made whole new universes; with the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings trilogies realising the epic landscape of Middle Earth and George Lucas’ cult hit Star Wars creating an entirely new galaxy. But which one impressed you the most? Let us know in the comments!

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