Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Soloist Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 39.9 GB
Film Size: 31.5 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

Video
The Soloist comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. Detail and colors are both fantastic on this release, and really shows off detail only there with the best releases. Skin textures were extremely sharp, particularly on Jamie Foxx, you could see every little mark and hair on his rough and dirty face. The environments were also very sharp and filled with detail, and black levels were very solid. Who said Blu-ray was only for action flicks? 9/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included and sounds very nice. The film's dialogue was always clear and the mix had a great sense of direction when it came to effects. The real star of the mix is thte music though, coming through the surround sound beautifully. The Orchestra scene in particular is so amazing, with every instrument clear and different from each other. This track is fairly quiet, but when fitting it truly shines. 9.5/10.

Extras

Audio Commentary
by Director Joe Wright.

An Unlikely Friendship: Making The Soloist (19:38) (HD)
Behind-the-scenes making of.

Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers + Mr. Lopez (4:49) (HD)

One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles (9:46) (HD)
All about the homeless and what it's like to be liviing in their conditions.

Juilliard: The Education Of Nathaniel Ayers (4:08) (HD)
The title is quite self-explanatory.

Beth's Story (2:02) (HD)
Stick figure short about how easy it is for one to become homeless, that not everyone is there because of bad choices.

Deleted Scenes (9:48) (SD)
Five deleted scenes are included.

Theatrical Trailer (2:33) (HD)

Blu-news Summary
The Soloist is a beautiful film filled with beautiful music and most importantly a beautiful story. The leads both do great jobs as their characters and portraying the most unexpected friendship of friendships. While Jamie Foxx did get on my nerves a bit, it definitely wasn't as bad as I had expected it to be.

Despite loving the film, I don't see myself watching it again, at least anytime soon. It's one of those films we have all probably encountered where we think 'Wow that was a good movie' but at the same time be able to live without seeing it again.

The Blu-ray release is top notch, featuring impressive video and audio, as well as good extras. The Blu-ray release is 'Highly Recommended' for fans of the film and 'The Perfect Rental' to those just curious.

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