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Doubt Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Miramax

Apr 10, 2009 Web Exclusive Bookmark and Share

Playwright, screenwriter, and director John Patrick Shanley hasn’t directed a film since 1990s underrated Joe Versus the Volcano. Eighteen years later, his film followup is an adaptation of Doubt: A Parable, his 2005 play that won both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award. The story follows Sister Aloysius’ (Meryl Streep) pursuit of priest Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) when he is suspected of molesting a young African-American boy at a Bronx Catholic school in 1964. In the big screen version, the details of the Bronx and the day-to-day inner workings of the St. Nicholas Church School are fleshed out, and ace cinematographer Roger Deakins opens the world of the play up in beautiful detail.

Joining the two powerhouse leads are the innocent nun Sister James (Amy Adams) and the boy’s mother, Mrs. Miller, brilliantly portrayed by the always great Viola Davis. Another notable collaborator is Howard Shore, whose score elegantly carries the formal film towards its emotionally shattering climax. Certain scenes (notably the ending) lose the stark impact they have in the stage original, but overall, the film is a solid drama that leaves you—as it intends to—in doubt.

The special features on the film are largely of the fawning variety. Every feature about the cast, the score, and taking the story from stage to screen seems to include scenes of all of the actors and Shanley endlessly complementing each other. The only two features that are really worth watching are a short featurette on the real life Sisters of Charity and an insightful commentary from Shanley himself. (

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June 22nd 2009

The bonus features with Doubt on Blu-ray start off with From Stage to Screen, a series of interviews with the cast and crew about…

July 3rd 2009

I was actually hoping for a really good Doubt as a Blu-Ray comp….and it is able to prove itself….

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