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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

BLU-RAY REVIEW "Roman J. Israel, Esq"
The Towering Pillar Of Denzel W. In "Roman J."


Denzel Washington in the title role in Dan Gilroy's drama "Roman J. Israel, Esq."  Sony  

       

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Eleven weeks after its debut in U.S. and Canadian theaters "Roman J. Israel, Esq." arrived today on Blu-Ray and DVD.  It feels like Dan Gilroy's drama was on the big screen just *yesterday*.  While "Roman" isn't a great film by any stretch, its lead performance by Denzel Washington (in the title role) is.

Released a day before Thanksgiving last year, "Roman J. Israel" is a film about moral turpitude, conscience, spiritual realm and choices.  Set in Los Angeles "Roman" features Mr. Washington's Oscar-nominated turn as an attorney whose commitment to social justice is tested in one fateful moment. 

Pristine on Blu-Ray, Mr. Gilroy's film boasts effective acting from Colin Farrell as George Pierce, a slick, fast-talking, confident attorney who takes over the prestigious law practice Roman was the backbone of before tragedy struck its main partner.  The disc boasts several featurettes including "Becoming Roman", about Mr. Washington's journey to the title character, and "The Making Of". 

The Blu-Ray also has three featurettes which combined total 20 minutes.  For good measure eight deleted scenes are included from the film.  At least six trailers are shown for movies coming to Blu-Ray, including last month's "Proud Mary".

Aside from Mr. Washington's stellar, inside-out performance, "Roman J. Israel, Esq." has a fine soundtrack -- source music and James Newton Howard's score, which contains the wonderful instrumental piece "Maple Glazed Donut".

"Roman J. Israel, Esq." should be seen again if only for Mr. Washington's staggering, towering work in it.  Note the actor's body language, the halting speech, the inflections, the physical staggers and internal battles within him.  It is one of Mr. Washington's best big screen works.


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