In 1959 Truman Capote a popular writer for The New Yorker learns about the horrific and senseless murder of a family of four in Halcomb Kansas. Inspired by the story material Capote and his partner Harper Lee travel to the town to research for an article. However as Capote digs deeper into the story he is inspired to expand the project into what would be his greatest work In Cold Blood. To that end he arranges extensive interviews with the prisoners especially with Perry Smith a quiet and articulate man with a troubled history. As he works on his book Capote feels some compassion for Perry which in part prompts him to help the prisoners to some degree. However that feeling deeply conflicts with his need for closure for his book which only an execution can provide. That conflict and the mixed motives for both interviewer and subject make for a troubling experience that would produce an literary account that would redefine modern non-fiction.
Commentary by director Bennett Miller and actor Philip Seymour Hoffman
Commentary by director Bennett Miller and cinematographer Adam Kimmel
Unanswered Prayers - a documentary on Truman Capote
2 behind the scenes documentaries
Condition: Brand New (shrink wrap was removed, manufacturer security seals are intact)
Actors: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Clifton Collins Jr., Chris Cooper
Director: Bennett Miller
Format: Widescreen DVD
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: March 21, 2006
Run Time: 114 Minutes
Our Price: $9.95
"Hoffman's portrayal of the petite yet outsize Truman Capote...is impeccable -- it's bound for awards..."
Entertainment Weekly - Lisa Schwarzbaum (09/30/2005)
"Hoffman's unmissable and unforgettable performance as Truman Capote should make him the frontrunner for every Best Actor prize in the book."
Rolling Stone - Peter Travers (10/06/2005)
"[R]apt, absorbing and thrillingly perceptive....CAPOTE honors its subject by doing just what Truman Capote did. It teases, fascinates, and haunts." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Owen Gleiberman (10/07/2005)
"[A] fascinating and fine-grained reconstruction....Not only does Mr. Hoffman achieve an impressive physical and vocal transformation...but he also conveys, with clarity and subtlety, the complexities of Capote's temperament."
New York Times - A. O. Scott (09/27/2005)
"The complexity of a gifted author, as well as his self-aggrandizing nature, are what the film focuses on. Hoffman delivers a thrilling and profound Oscar-caliber performance that will haunt viewers well after the movie is over."
USA Today - Claudia Puig (09/30/2005)
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "Catherine Keener is remarkably subtle and soulful as Capote's friend and helpmeet Harper Lee."
Premiere - Glenn Kenny (11/01/2005)
5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he movie steers its own delicate course through the ethical minefields of 'faction' with consummate skill....It's Hoffman's film -- a tour de force..."
Uncut - Tom Charity (03/01/2006)
"Philip Seymour Hoffman is in complete control of his effects....The Oscar-worthy achievement is really the voice..."
Sight and Sound - Tim Robey (03/01/2006)
"[I]t's a stark, complex and ultimately stunning examination of a man who exploited others for professional gain and the emotional price he paid."
Movieline's Hollywood Life - Geoff Berkshire (03/01/2006)
4 stars out of 5 -- "[Miller] deserves much credit for his sedate, seemingly effortless direction and beautifully composed style."
Total Film - Mark Salisbury (08/01/2006)
4 stars out of 5 -- "Beautifully shot and flawlessly acted; this captures the essence of the iconic novel and also brings a lingering poignancy to a portrait of a man as troubled and haunted as the novel's subjects."
Ultimate DVD - Natalie Braine (08/01/2006)
"Ms. Keener's quiet austerity provides a counterbalance to Mr. Hoffman's brilliance."
Wall Street Journal (10/16/2009)
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