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Blu-ray Review: The End of the Tour

January 26, 2016

By John Corrado

★★★★ (out of 4)

The End of the Tour Blu-rayBack on January 5th, Sony Pictures Classics released the excellent drama The End of the Tour on Blu-ray.  Based on a true story, the film follows journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he reflects upon the five days he spent with late author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel) during the final stretch of his book tour for Infinite Jest in 1995, as the two writers reflect upon fame, relationships and finding some form of meaning in their lives and work.

Directed by James Ponsoldt, from a brilliant screenplay by Donald Margulies, the majority of The End of the Tour revolves solely around these two central characters, and it’s a privilege to be along for the stimulating and emotionally resonant conversations between their great minds.

We find ourselves reflecting upon our own lives as we listen to them talk, with a growing sense of sadness and reflection as the two men reach the end of their trip, and we heartbreakingly glimpse the multitude of factors along the way that led David Foster Wallace to take his own life in 2008.  Featuring a pair of knockout performances from Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel, who is devastatingly affective in a rare dramatic role, The End of the Tour is a beautifully written and sharply observed character study, that is both thought provoking and deeply moving to watch.

The Blu-ray also includes nine deleted scenes.

The End of the Tour is 106 minutes and rated 14A.

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