The Ice Storm (Criterion)
Ang Lee’s unrelentingly dour exploration of family dysfunction in mid-1970s Connecticut was unaccountably chosen as the opening night feature of the New York Film Festival in 1997. Perhaps its story, about Watergate and a group of people unknowingly contributing to their own extinction, was the drawing card. Rick Moody’s novel is far more knowing and less glib than James Shamus’ screenplay. A stellar cast--Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver, Joan Allen, Christina Ricci, Tobey McGuire, and a newcomer named Katie Holmes--does what it can.
EXTRAS: Commentary by Lee and Schamus; deleted scenes; interviews with director, screenwriter, actors, cinematographer, production designer, and costume designer.