Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Doubt Blu-ray Review

Doubt Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 46.6 GB
Film Size: 25.9 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A

Video
Doubt comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation that will easily please both fans and high-def enthusiasts. The transfer is sharp, clear, and detailed. Black levels were very impressive, and never faltered. Colors were always rich, and also quite vibrant when the scene settings and lighting allowed. The details on the buildings, the detail on the roads, the detail of the clothing, it's all extremely impressive. Doubt is without a doubt one of the best high-def presentations I have seen. 10/10.

Audio
Miramax has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, and it definitely met by expectations. The movie is very dialogue driven, and fairly quiet for the most part, although it does have a fantastic score. Dialogue is front and center, and I found it to be very clear. The film's score lightly expands into the surround area, but was overall a front heavy affair. It's hard to expect much of a surround use or aggressive track from a film that relies almost entirely on dialogue. Doubt sounds just fine. 7.5/10.

Extras

From Stage To Screen (19:06) (HD)
The cast and crew discuss how they brought Doubt to the big screen

The Cast Of Doubt (13:50) (HD)
EW.com interviews with Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Viola Davis.

Scoring Doubt (4:37) (HD)
Composer Howard Shore talks about what inspired the music in the film.

Sisters Of Charity (6:28) (HD)
Interviews with real nuns as they explain the history of the Sisters Of Charity.

Audio Commentary
Commentary by Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley

Sneak Peeks (HD)
Lost, The Proposal, On Blu-ray Disc, Miramax Films Trailers

Blu-news Summary
First off, I have to say this film has some of the most amazing and sincere performances of 2008. Doubt has been nominated for 5 Academy Awards, although unfortunately did not win any. The nominations included Best Actress (Meryl Streep), Best Supporting Actor (Philip Seymour Hoffman), Best Supporting Actress (Amy Adams), Best Supporting Actress (Viola Davis), and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Patrick Shanley).

Despite not winning, Doubt definitely deserved each nomination it received. Meryl Streep, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman had nothing to prove with their performances, but Amy Adams and Viola Davis both provided some amazing and quite surprising performances to be honest. Doubt is one that must be seen, whether it be a purchase or a rental.

The Blu-ray release is fantastic, featuring a very impressive video presentation, and a good audio track. There aren't too many extras, but fortunately they are all in high-definition and entertaining. Doubt on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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