- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 10, 2015

A 29-year-old woman who never ages found love a heartbreaking experience in director Lee Toland Krieger’s well-received romantic fantasy released earlier this year.

The Age of Adaline (Lionsgate Home Entertainment, Rated PG-13, $39.99) arrives on Blu-ray and allows viewers repeat chances to consider whether eternal youth is all that it’s cracked up to be.

Blake Lively stars as chronically pensive Adaline Bowman with strong support performance from Harrison Ford and Michiel Huisman, a father and son who, at points, are both madly in love with Adaline during her long life.

A digital transfer beautifully brings to light the complex visual strategy of the director, production designer Claude Pare and cinematographer David Lanzenberg.

They mix soft focused flashback sequences, warm lighting on current encounters and nearly sepia-toned scenes while revealing the life of a 108-year-old woman covered over eight decades in and around San Francisco.

An enthusiastic optional commentary track by Mr. Krieger leads the extras as he delves deep into the minutiae of the production, especially budgeting and technical information.

It’s worth noting that the director says early on that he is well very aware of the importance of delivering informative commentary for Blu-ray owners and actually references his favorite tracks from Paul Thomas Anderson on “Boogie Nights” and any of David Finch’s films.

Viewers also get roughly an hourlong look at the production through a trio of featurettes that focuses on the visual style, incredible costuming from Academy Award-winning designer Augus Strathie (who had access to the Gucci clothes archives) and Mr. Krieger’s meticulous pre-production work ethic.

The most-entertaining featurette of the bunch focuses on the actor Anthony Ingruber, tasked with playing a young version of Mr. Ford. The guy nails it and has the perfect voice inflection to the point that I wonder if he has a career in any of the upcoming “Star Wars”-related movies.

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