Monday, March 30, 2009

The Reader Blu-ray Review

The Reader Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 41.6 GB
Film Size: 33.8 GB
Film Rating: R

Video
The Reader comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film looks fantastic, featuring a very impressive and detailed high-def presentation. Detail was great, and was often times amazing. Colors were rich, and black levels were solid from beginning to end. The look of The Reader is similar to that of Eastern Promises, and translates to Blu-ray just as well. 9.5/10.

Audio
Included is a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track. The film is very dialogue driven, and in that department it was very clear and front heavy. The film did have a very nice and light score, that expands to the surround area nicely. This won't be an impressive audio track, but it does the job well, and free of any issues. 7.5/10.

Extras

Deleted Scenes (42:15) (SD)
There are quite a few deleted scenes as well as extended sequences, some may find them interesting.

Adapting A Timeless Masterpiece: Making The Reader (23:03) (SD)
The Director and crew talk about the film adaptation of The Reader, as well as casting of characters. It's the most interesting feature included, and provides a lot of interesting information, as well as behind-the-scenes.

A Conversation With David Kross & Stephen Daldry (9:47) (SD)
David Kross explains his audition and learning process, as well as thoughts from Stephen Daldry and Kate Winslet. He also talks about the sex scenes in the film, and how scary it was for him at first.

Kate Winslet On The Art Of Aging Hanna Schmitz (12:50) (SD)
Go behind the scenes as Kate ages from 36 to late 60s. Kate explains the process as she gets ready. Kate Winslet is extremely funny and down to earth with the crew, and fans of Kate should definitely check this out.

A New Voice: A Look At Composer Nico Muhly (4:08) (SD)
The film's score is very impressive, and comes from Composer Nico Muhly. Go behind-the-scenes as they record the film's music, as well as his intentions for the score.

Coming To Grips With The Past: Production Designer Brigitte Broch (7:21) (SD)
Brigitte talks about teaming up with the Director, as well as the importance of being authentic to detail and story. They talk about how they approached the difficult subject, one that was especially difficult for Brigitte Broch.

Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (SD)

Blu-news Summary
The Reader is a great film, but one that may not have a ton of replay value for many. The cast of course is fantastic, and Kate Winslet won Best Actress at the 81st Academy Awards for The Reader. The film travels through many years, and provides a very emotional and dramatic experience. The film really knocks down a bit when it comes to replay value though, but one that can still be enjoyed.

The Blu-ray release was very nice, featuring a completely impressive video presentation, as well as a fititng audio track. Extras are in standard definition, but very informative and welcomed. The Reader on Blu-ray is 'Recommended.'

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