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Blu-ray Review: I, Tonya

March 20, 2018

By John Corrado

Landing a spot on my list of the best movies of 2017, I, Tonya is a gripping and surprisingly sympathetic biopic of disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding, and the film is now available on Blu-ray.

Margot Robbie netted a much deserved Best Actress Oscar nomination for her knockout performance as Harding, and Allison Janney of course won Best Supporting Actress for her jaw-dropping, scene-stealing performance as her abrasive mother.  The film itself is gripping, entertaining, and stylish as hell, subverting the usual biopic formula to offer something that feels fresh and exciting, and you can read my full review of it right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a commentary track by director Craig Gillespie, as well as a selection of deleted scenes, including two takes of the same scene featuring Shawn Eckardt (Paul Walter Hauser), and a fifteen minute featurette that is more of a compilation of shorter EPK-style segments.  It sheds some interesting light on the production, most notably revealing the subtle use of visual effects in the film to digitally put Margot Robbie’s face into the figure skating scenes for the moves that she couldn’t physically do herself.

I, Tonya is a VVS Films release.  It’s 119 minutes and rated 14A.

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