Tuesday, November 17, 2009

My Sister's Keeper Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 18.6 GB
Film Size: 16.3 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: Free

Video
My Sister's Keeper comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. One thing I have noted since the very first theatrical trailer release is the very distinct look of the film. The high-def trailers were always very soft and had a very golden glow look to them. The look also appears on this Blu-ray release, but at least it's accurate.

Personally I don't like the way the film looks, it creates a very misty look. Don't be confused with waxy, which is far worse. Detail is always there, the glow look just keeps it a bit toned down and almost like if there's a layer above the detail.

The DVD looks the same way as well, only at a lower resolution and encode size, making the upgrade very clear when comparing the two formats side by side. The look may not be totally appealing, but it's certainly free of any actual technical issues. The film looks the way it is supposed to look, so I can't argue with that other than saying I don't like the look.

Colors are nice but certainly affected by the glow as well, if you have ever seen a daytime soap opera, it's slightly similar to that. Overall I am very pleased with the Blu-ray release, it just doesn't stand out among most new release films on the format due to the stylistic choices used. 7.5/10.

Audio
A 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio track is included. The film has a fairly quiet tone, which the mix presents nicely. Dialogue being key in the film always come through the front speakers clear as can be. The film's music and few effects do expand to the surround area, lightly, beautifully and most importantly fitting.

I can't really complain about the audio for the type of film that this is, there are not many scenes that could really use mass environment effects. It's a nice quality track and I appreciate Warner giving us a lossless audio mix for this release. 7/10.

Extras

From Picoult To Screen (13:35) (HD)
All about Jodi Picoult, author of 15 best-selling novels, including My Sister's Keeper. She talks about how she gets her ideas in general and specifically to My Sister's Keeper. This also features cast and crew interviews, as well as the behind-the-scenes footage. Not a bad Blu-ray exclusive featurette at all.

Additional Scenes (16:24) (SD)
There are eight additional scenes, including one alternate ending scene.

Digital Copy
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media, a new approach at Digital Copy in which the authorization code is embedded on the disc, rather than an included piece of paper. I like it, much less to worry about.

There are not many extras, but the best extra is Blu-ray exclusive. From Picoult To Screen is a very interesting feature that any fan of the film will enjoy. The additional scenes are mediocre at best, and presented in standard definition. The Digital Copy is nice, but I doubt I would watch this film on my iPod simply because it's so sad.

Blu-news Summary
My Sister's Keeper is told mostly from the perspective of Anna Fitzgerald (Breslin), an eleven year old girl who was basically conceived to provide donor parts for her older sister with leukemia. The parents played with genetics to guarantee a perfect match, since their son was unable to. Anna gets sick of being a donor and fights for the right to her own body, which ultimately brings her family closer than ever before after so much struggle.

It's a very cute and touching film, but to be honest there's nothing truly special about it. I was very excited to see this film due to the very unique nature of the story, but overall it felt much more like it was made for television, as if the constant fade in shots and soft glow weren't bad enough.

I really wanted to love this film, particularly with all the talent behind it. I absolutely love Nick Cassavetes and his fantastic directing for The Notebook, and I certainly enjoyed the acting and of course the fantastic actors in the movie. I find myself in constant awe at the talent that is Abigail Breslin, she's always so great, whether it be award nominated films like Little Miss Sunshine to fun comedies such as Zombieland.

The film definitely pulls at your emotions, and by the end you may find yourself emotionally drained depending on how much you connect with the characters or your own experiences in life. The movie can be funny at times, but it's mostly a drama from beginning to end.

I thought the film played out nicely overall, it was just a bit too long for it's own good. The theme is a very sensitive one, but I'm sure you will find yourself touched by the film in one way or more. 7/10.

The Blu-ray release is good considering the style choices for the video, audio is fitting, and extras are weak but welcome. Overall this release is 'Worth A Look.'

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