Thursday, April 9, 2009

Frost/Nixon Blu-ray Review

Frost/Nixon Blu-ray Review
Written by Loys JohnsonDisc Size: 39.3 GB
Film Size: 29.4 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: Free

Video
Frost/Nixon comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The film mixes a bit of real footage into the mix, which is quite low quality when compared to the overall film. Despite the footage added, the film would not be the same without it, and therefor I can't dock what can't look any better. Colors on the Blu-ray release are very rich and fitting, with overall solid black levels throughout. Detail is also quite impressive, particularly any close-ups, with every wrinkle, scar, and hair clear as can be. 9/10.

Audio
Universal Studios has included a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track for Frost/Nixon. I expected it to be a front heavy affair, which it was. Dialogue stays front and center, extremely clear. The front left and right speakers present the film's effects and score beautifully, and despite not being a surround experience, it was still an immersive experience. The score is extremely fitting to the film, and it just sucks you in to Frost/Nixon. This track won't impress, but it will certainly please. 8/10.

Extras

My Scenes (BD-Live Enabled)
Save your favorite scenes in the film, or share them with friends via BD-Live.

Deleted Scenes (30:27) (SD)
There are quite a few deleted scenes. Despite being in standard definition, fans of the film should enjoy them.

Discovering Secrets: The People and Places Behind the Story (13:19) (HD)
Interviews with Sir David Frost, the Smith's (Who lent their home to both the original interview, as well as the film interview), and more. This is a very interesting featurette, and one that fans should definitely check out.

The Making of Frost/Nixon (22:58) (HD)
A both interesting and entertaining makiing of, which features interview from the cast and crew. Also included is a lot of behind-the-scenes footage. It goes through different levels of production.

The Real Interview (7:28) (HD)
Features footage from the real interview, with HD interviews with the director, cast, and crew.

The Nixon Library (6:22) (HD)
John H. Taylor, Executive Director of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation and Kathy O'Connor, Assistant Excecutive Director of the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace Foundation explain the Nixon Library and Birthplace, as well as stories.

Feature Commentary with Director Ron Howard
Ron Howard provides a very insightful and informative commentary from beginning to end. He explains pre-production, casting, and much more. He always has something to say, and made it a very enjoyable commentary track.

U-Control:
The Nixon Chronicles:
Pop-Up trivia track with information on the characters and more. Also included is the mixing of both the feature film interview, with the original interview. You can toggle the audio track to hear either the film version, or the original version as you view both.

Picture in Picture Video Track:
A lot of the Picture in Picture track is borrowed from the regular supplements, but placed in parts that were fitting to each other

BD-Live
Currently unavailable

Blu-news Summary
Frost/Nixon is one of my favorite films from 2008. The film may not look appealing to everyone, but I encourage anyone with even slight interest to at least give it a rent. The story is told extremely well, and is both entertaining and interesting. The casting for the film was fantastic, and everyone in the film played their parts extremely well. Despite the story of Frost/Nixon not being a new story by any means, it still manages to keep you on the edge of your seat.

The Blu-ray release is great, featuring a top-notch video presentation, a good audio track, and a nice and entertaining amount of extras. Frost/Nixon on Blu-ray is 'Highly Recommended.'

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

honestly you can't make up your mind. First it was "Rachel Getting Married" your favorite film of the year, and then its "Frost/Nixon" lol what the hell? You make no darn sense.

Loys Johnson said...

Hi,

Rachel Getting Married and Frost Nixon are just some of my favorites from 2008. My favorite film of all 2008 is Slumdog Millionaire. I never stated in either review that it was my absolute favorite.

Cheers and thanks for posting.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the early and detailed review. One of the best movies ever for me.