New Release: Road to Perdition Blu-ray

Road to Perdition movie scene with Jude LawDirector Sam Mendes’ brooding Mob drama Road to Perdition got its high-definition Blu-ray debut on Aug. 3, 2010.

Starring Tom Hanks, Paul Newman and Jude Law, 2002’s Perdition grossed $104 million during its theatrical run.

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Road to Perdition tells the story of Mike Sullivan (Hanks), a hit man for the Mob boss who must go on the run after his son witnessing a killing. Based on the graphic novel by Max Allan Collins and Richard Piers Rayner, the movie is set against the Great Depression and features the cinematography of the late Conrad Hall, who won an Academy Award for his work on the film.

The 117-minute, R-rated movie was nominated for five other Oscars: Best Supporting Actor Paul Newman, Best Art Direction, Best Original Score, Best Sound and Best Sound Editing.

The Blu-ray video got the approval of director Mendes, who said, “I was a bit of a Blu-ray skeptic because I thought the movie looked pretty good to begin with, so I immodestly wondered how it could be better. But the difference when you watch the film on Blu-ray really is astonishing. The depth and the colors and the texture really are a joy to behold. Very sadly, Conrad Hall — who shot the movie, and won the Academy Award — is no longer with us. But I like to think that he is smiling down on this beautiful new version of his final film.”

A documentary tribute to Hall, “A Cinematic Life: The Art & Influence of Conrad Hall,” will be included in high-definition on the disc. Perdition was one of the last films of Hall, who also shot Mendes’ American Beauty, among others.

Other bonuses on the Blu-ray are:

  • introduction to the film by Mendes, shot in high-def,
  • “The Library: A Further Exploration of the World of Road to Perdition”
  • commentary by Mendes
  • deleted scenes with optional commentary by Mendes, and
  • a making-of featurette.

The last three were on previous releases of the film on DVD.

The Blu-ray was priced at $29.99.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.