read ‘Cather in the Rye’ which was banned and are upset by how non-offensive it is and then attempt to make their own modern day equivalent.
But there is more to JD Salinger than the book ‘Catcher in the Rye’.
‘Salinger’ is a documentary that covers JD Salinger’s life and attempts to put together the missing pieces by many associates and admirers of the author. They weigh in on the history of the writer, his childhood, various relationships and his lost loves.
The number of actors and authors mentioned by the interviewees such as Charlie Chaplin, Orson Welles, Ernest Hemingway and the events surrounding World War II really set the time period for this movie. Glaringly absent from this documentary is Matt Salinger, his son. One gets the impression that he chose not particulate in this documentary out of respect for his father and rightfully so. One also gets the impression that JD Salinger was a kindly man that just wanted to knuckle down do his work and relationships and be left alone.
Whilst Catcher is the Rye is JD Salinger’s most famous work, many don’t realise that he wrote other books, one of which was ‘Franny and Zooey’ which chronicles the story of the Glass Family that Salinger was very attached to and treated them as if they were his real family.You’ll probably walk away thinking that JD Salinger was a reclusive man. Indeed, but which author or creative person doesn’t need time alone to do their work?
You’ll also probably walk away from this documentary thinking that JD Salinger was a strange individual. Such thoughts are very easy to think for an author that treats his fictional characters as real people.
Myself? I did what any admirer of JD Salinger would do - dived in to read more of his literary work.
Video : 3.5/5
Stock footage, Still photographs, re-enactments are used in the video to set the time period. I was especially taken in with the re-enactments of Salinger typing away in his bunker in a black room whilst a film projector is showing on the wall behind him.
It looks great on Widescreen : 1.78:1
Audio : 4/5
The DVD uses Dolby Digital 5.1 which is very evident. As part of the documentary recounts the 1950s and 60s those WWII explosions, the cold mechanical clicking of a typewriter and the dramatic orchestral music that is utilised to reveal suspenseful moments set the stage. The sounds are very booming at times and a low drumbeat is used to show these shocking reveals.
Extras : 0/5
There are no extras on this disc but for this the Blu-Ray can be forgiven. After all, the documentary is full of information already. To add something else to this documentary would be an absolute information overload.
M : 4.5/5
V : 3.5/5
I was really impressed with this Blu-Ray documentary. I tried to compare the disc to an international version of the movie for sale, but when trying to find something to compare it to, I couldn’t find it on any of the international amazon websites or eBay. The only version I found for sale on eBay was this very one. So again, this is another DVD that is available for release in Australia only.
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