|A Beautiful Mind|
Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris
Widescreen Awards Edition two-disc set; widescreen; closed caption; English, French audio tracks; Spanish, French subtitles; commentary by director Ron Howard; commentary by screenwriter Akiva Goldsman; deleted scenes with optional director's commentary; "A Beautiful Partnership" Ron Howard and Brian Grazer; "Development of the Screenplay"; "Meeting John Nash" The Nash Theory of Equilibrium"; "Accepting the Nobel Prize in Economics" Nash's Nobel Prize acceptance speech; "The Process of Age Progression" aging makeup technique featurette; storyboards-to-final feature comparison; "Creating the Special Effects" featurette; "Scoring the Film"; "Inside 'A Beautiful Mind'"; Academy Awards Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actress, Best Adapted Screenplay; "A Beautiful Mind" soundtrack; cast/crew biographies; production notes; theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM.
|For the first three-quarters of this calculatedly classy biopic, director Ron Howard takes a believable, extremely effective approach to the tragic circumstances of brilliant, but schizophrenic, mathematician John Forbes Nash, Jr. The film artfully toys with viewers' perceptions to give an internal perspective on Nash's descent into madness during the Cold War era. Then, the old-age makeup kicks in and so does the sentiment. Still, the performance by Russell Crowe ("Gladiator") as Nash, the quirky, socially inept genius and professor, is as good as he's ever given. Jennifer Connelly ("Requiem for a Dream"), whose lithe beauty has often landed her in ingenue roles, does a admirable job playing the physics student who marries Nash and must decide whether to stand by him during his breakdown. And a snap-brimmed Ed Harris ("Pollock") brings his sharpest edge to bear as a mysterious agent forcing Nash to use his mental skills to break Russian code for the U.S. government.|