The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves, and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams, and high-octane tragedy and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. Based on the novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald. (Gary Reber)
Special features include seven featurettes: The Greatness Of Gatsby (HD 09:14), "Within And Without" With Tobey Maguire (HD 08:41), The Swinging Sounds Of Gatsby (HD 12:17), The Jazz Age (HD 15:43), Razzle Dazzle: The Fashion Of The '20s (HD 16:22), Fitzgerald's Visual Poetry (HD 06:55) and Gatsby Revealed (HD 30:07); three deleted scenes and one alterate (HD 14:24); 1926 trailer; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.37:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is a conversion by Prime Focus that looks fantastic. The color palette is boldly saturated throughout with a stylized appearance, to exaggerate the opulence of the period's wealthy. The 3D presentation projects a dazzling cinematic sense of dimensionality and perspective. Contrast is excellent, with (filthy) rich blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are healthy and flushed throughout and at times are prone to reddishness. But oversaturation is intended as a stylized element to the lavish story of romance and wealth. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The 3D is effective throughout, even during close-ups. The image depth is presented inwardly with few out-of-screen instances. The extravagant party scenes at Gatsby's are so, so very dimensional. This is another terrific conversion with spectacular 3D perspective depth that enhances the storytelling. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by a pulse-pounding roaring 20's "jazz age" blended music score by Craig Armstrong. The music is full of dynamic punch and power and rhythmic presence throughout. The score is widely projected across the soundstage with extension to the surrounds. The organ complement is wonderful. The .1 LFE channel effectively enhances the beat and sound effects when appropriate. Surround envelopment is immersive in the surrounds and provides a sense of holosonic® presence. Dialogue sounds naturally integrated spatially, except for an instance or two. Atmospherics and sound effects enhance the sense of historic realism to the hyper-hypnotic visuals. This is a vibrant, yet sensitive sonic experience that perfectly complements the storytelling. (Gary Reber)