Thursday, March 26, 2009

A Mighty Heart Blu-ray Review

A Mighty Heart Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys Johnson
Disc Size: 34.5 GB
Film Size: 31.4 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

Video
A Mighty Heart comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film gets a healthy encode that is true to the source. Visually, the presentation is rather dull as far as color scheme goes. Detail varies from well-lit scenes to darker scenes, with the well-lit scenes far more impressive. The darker scenes are actually quite unimpressive at times, but not fault of the high-def transfer. This is a pleasing presentation of the film, and certainly better than the DVD release. 7/10.

Audio
Paramount has included a 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track. The audio track is definitely more impressive than the video presentation, and was a bit more immersive than I expected. The film is front heavy, but does have a nice amount of surround use as well. Dialogue stays front and center, clear at all times. While the film's city effects and score manage to make light, but effective use of the surround speakers. This won't be demo material at all, but it's certainly nice. 8/10.

Extras

A Journey Of Passion: The Making of A Mighty Heart (30:03) (SD)
Cast and crew interviews, as well as good behind-the-scenes commentary and footage from the film.

Public Service Announcement - Pearl Foundation with Christiane Amanpour (2:08) (SD)
A public service announcement for the Pearl Foundation, also can be viewed prior the film starting.

Committee to Protect Journalists (8:40) (SD)
Talks about the foundation that was formed over 25 years ago, featuring interviews with the chairman of the committee and more.

Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
A Mighty Heart is an amazing film, with a truly fantastic performance from Angelina Jolie. She brings so much emotion to an already amazing story and film. Anyone with even slight interest should definitely give the film at least a rental.

The Blu-ray release isn't amazing, but it is accurate, and that's what is most important. A Mighty Heart on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended' for the film alone.

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