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Behind the Candelabra Blu-ray
Due to its subject matter and all-star cast, Behind the Candelabra received a lot of attention before it made its debut on HBO. Directed by Steven Soderbergh and starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas, the film follows the life of Scott Thorson and his reported lover, the famed pianist Liberace, during the late 1970s. The TV movie is based on the book of the same name written by Thorson in the eighties.
The story of love gone wrong is not a new movie trope. However, if you throw in Liberace’s wild personality, vibrant costumes, and eccentric lifestyle, you have the makings of something a little more interesting. Behind the Candelabra, despite its faults and its monumentally unlikeable characters, is always interesting.
The movie takes us through the rise and decadence of Liberace and Thorson’s relationship. A lot of the focus during the first portion of the movie is on Thorson’s introduction into Liberace’s public lifestyle. It’s tough to play chauffer to a man Thorson clearly feels equal to, and while there is plenty of glitz to living with Liberace, it does come with its own problems. When Liberace decides he wants Thorson to undergo plastic surgery to emulate him, the threads begin to unravel.
Soderbergh’s film is darkly comedic and certainly worth the watch, but HBO Home Entertainment’s DVD set is certainly not up to the company’s usual standards. It’s a flimsy white case with few bonus features, but it also only lists for $19.99, and it’s already available for cheaper over at Amazon.
Best Special Feature: HBO’s DVD set is a barebones affair, and the only bonus feature is a behind-the-scenes “Making of” segment that talks to the cast and crew members. If you really liked the movie, it might be worth a perusal, but don’t count the bonus feature as an additional reason to purchase the movie. It’s not particularly awesome.
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