A very charitable reading might say that Roman Polanski’s Based on a True Story is designed to be self-negating.
MPI dumps this perversely engrossing film onto DVD with a reasonably strong transfer, but precious little in the way of bonus features.
By far the most uncompromising and gory of the many adaptations of the play, and its viciousness is perfectly preserved by Criterion.
After years of respectable filmmaking, it’s refreshing to witness a reinvigorated Roman Polanski willing to once again delve deep into seedy psychodrama.
The Criterion Collection’s stunning Blu-ray transfer does complete justice to every frame of the Polanski film’s pictorial grandeur.