Paul Newman

Aug. 21, 2010 | 12:45 a.m.

‘Road to Perdition,’ the best comic-book movie without capes, hits Blu-ray

Ask most moviegoers to name a comic-book movie and they’ll say “Iron Man,” “The Dark Knight” or maybe one of the “Spider-Man“ films, but the sector goes far beyond the superhero fare — just consider the jarringly eclectic film festival you could organize with comics adaptations like “Persepolis,” “Ghostworld,” “Akira,” “Sin City,” “300,” “History of Violence,” “Men in Black,” “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,” “American Splendor” and “30 Days of Night.” The best of the no-cape comics adaptations? Here’s a vote for “Road to Perdition,” the 2002 crime masterpiece that has just arrived on Blu-ray for the first time and looks fantastic in the format. The movie presents a grim tribal tale of fathers and sons in the Irish gangland of Depression-era Chicago and the cast is outstanding. Two cinema titans, Paul Newman and Tom Hanks, are studies in restraint and emotional simmer and there is plenty […]
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