Ang Lee

The Ice Storm

The Ice Storm

Suburban Connecticut, 1973. While Richard Nixon’s “I am not a crook” speech drones from the TV, the Hood and Carver families try to navigate a Thanksgiving break simmering with unspoken resentment, sexual tension, and cultural confusion. With clarity, subtlety, and a dose of wicked humor, Academy Award–winning director Ang Lee renders Rick Moody’s acclaimed novel of upper-middle-class American malaise as a trenchant, tragic cinematic portrait of lost souls. Featuring a tremendous cast of established actors (Kevin Kline, Joan Allen, Sigourney Weaver) and rising stars (Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Elijah Wood, Katie Holmes) The Ice Storm is among the finest films of the 1990s.

Film Info

  • Ang Lee
  • United States
  • 1997
  • 113 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #426

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Restored high-definition (2K on the Blu-ray) digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus
  • Documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood
  • Interview with novelist Rick Moody
  • Deleted scenes
  • Footage from a 2007 event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image
  • Illustrated audio interviews with Elmes, production designer Mark Friedberg, and costume designer Carol Oditz
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Bill Krohn

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Purchase Options

Special Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • Restored high-definition (2K on the Blu-ray) digital film transfer, supervised and approved by director Ang Lee and director of photography Frederick Elmes, with 2.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Audio commentary featuring Lee and producer-screenwriter James Schamus
  • Documentary featuring interviews with actors Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Tobey Maguire, Christina Ricci, Sigourney Weaver, and Elijah Wood
  • Interview with novelist Rick Moody
  • Deleted scenes
  • Footage from a 2007 event honoring Lee and Schamus at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image
  • Illustrated audio interviews with Elmes, production designer Mark Friedberg, and costume designer Carol Oditz
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Bill Krohn

New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

The Ice Storm
Cast
Kevin Kline
Ben Hood
Joan Allen
Elena Hood
Sigourney Weaver
Janey Carver
Tobey Maguire
Paul Hood
Christina Ricci
Wendy Hood
Elijah Wood
Mikey Carver
Jamey Sheridan
Jim Carver
Adam Hann-Byrd
Sandy Carver
Katie Holmes
Libbets Casey
David Krumholtz
Francis Davenport
Michael Cumpsty
Phillip Edwards
Henry Czerny
George Clair
Allison Janney
Dot Halford
Glenn Fitzgerald
Neil Conrad
Credits
Director
Ang Lee
Screenplay
James Schamus
Producer
Ted Hope
Producer
Ang Lee
Cinematography
Frederick Elmes
Editing
Tim Squyres
Producer
James Schamus
Based upon the novel by
Rick Moody
Music
Mychael Danna
Production design
Mark Friedberg
Costume design
Carol Oditz

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