Thursday, February 26, 2009

Milk Blu-ray Review

Milk Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 40.0 GB (BD-50)
Film Size: 31.7 GB
Region: Free
Rating: R

Video
Milk comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film uses quite a bit of old footage, which doesn't exactly translate well to the overall high-def presentation, but it wouldn't be the same with out it. The film also has a significant amount of grain that varies from scene, mostly a light layer, but more than a few scenes featured a significant amount. Colors were generally quite impressive, but at times felt a little dull.

On the other hand, well-lit scenes in the film typically lend themselves well to high-definition, filled with detail and vibrant colors. Black levels are solid, and stay that way throughout. There does not appear to be any tampering with the source, and this is about as good as I can imagine the film looking with today's technology. If you are a fan of the film, don't hesitate to pick up the Blu-ray despite a few flaws. 8/10.

Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included, and is a mixed bag overall. Dialogue felt a bit odd at times, sometimes feeling dull or too loud, but generally is was quite balanced and clear. This is a front heavy affair as far as surround use goes, with the film's music staying mostly in the front right and left speakers. The audio experience was not amazing, but the film doesn't really need one to be honest. 7/10.

Extras
My Scenes
Remembering Harvey (13:21) (HD)
Hollywood Comes To San Francisco (14:32) (HD)
Marching For Equality (7:58) (HD)

BD-Live:
Deleted Scenes (Not live just yet)
My Scenes Sharing

It was definitely dissapointing to see the lack of extras on this release. Included is the MyScenes feature, which lets you save your favorite scenes, as well as share them through BD-Live.

Also included is Remembering Harvey, which does just that through the people who knew him and were affected by him. Hollywood Comes To San Francisco features behind-the-scenes footage, as well as cast interviews and overall thoughts. Marching For Equality features footage of the march featured in the film, with thoughts from supporters. Deleted Scenes have been saved exclusively for BD-Live on the Blu-ray, which is a shame, but at least they will be available.

Blu-news Summary
Milk is a great film about the life of Harvey Milk, and features an amazing performance from Sean Penn. He really adds so much to the film, and there's no question in my mind why he won best actor at the 81st Academy Awards. It's a film that may not be for everyone, but anyone with an open mind, this is one to definitely watch.

The Blu-ray release is quite solid, featuring a a video presentation that is true to the source, and quite nice as well. The audio track is decent, and it's hard to expect much more from it. Extras are a bit lacking, but the DVD is as well. Milk on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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2 comments:

Farzan said...

Great review, I loved this film. I thought it was the best film of last year right behind Slumdog. I noticed that the film had grain too and parts of the film were slightly dark. I think this was done on purpose to make the film look like its from that time period. I also agree that the film used some really old TV footage to progress the story, but it also made more sense that way. Penn was simply amazing in this film and he really made this film much more special than it already is. Without him, it wouldn't be the same. I cant wait to pick up the Blu Ray, but I am a little sad about the features.

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear the disc is pretty good, I kinda figured it wouldn't be stunning. Day one for me.