Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 22.0 GB
Film Size: 17.5 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: ABC
The Video
The Time Traveler’s Wife comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p VC-1 video presentation. The transfer is quite strong, featuring impressive colors and some very satisfying detail. The film has a natural grain present during most scenes, but beneath the grain is a very good amount of detail.

Colors on this release are very appealing and appear accurate to intention. I was also very happy to see very strong black levels throughout, usually inky as can be. The transfer is not perfect though, with some very evident edge enhancement and DNR to be found.

The edge enhancement and DNR are not terrible at all, but they are quite noticeable during certain scenes, bringing a very waxy look to the picture. Again, the use is very minor, and while upsetting it could have been much worse.

The good does outweigh the bad moments with this transfer and fans should still be very pleased with the high-def result. The transfer is not perfect at all, but aside from a few moments is quite satisfying. 8/10.

The Audio
A 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is included for this release and is surprisingly effective. I honestly expected much less from the mix, but found myself very satisfied by the track.

Dialogue being key to the film is presented as crisp and clear as can be. Notice I did not say front and center at all times, this mix uses dialogue in very strong ways throughout the surround speakers and becomes far more effective.

The film’s effects are surprisingly clear and feature great direction. There are certain scenes that will wake up your surround speakers in a very strong way and definitely adds to the experience as a whole. The track does not make for demo material, nor compares to the best, but I couldn’t have asked for more from this mix considering the movie itself. 8/10.

The Extras

Disc 1:

An Unconventional Love Story (25:56) (HD)
Rachael McAdams and Eric Bana explore the defining moments in Henry and Clare’s relationship.

The Time Traveler’s Wife: Love beyond Words (21:06) (HD)
The cast and crew talk about turning the book into a film, as well as the difficulties and benefits that come from being a film.

Disc 2:

Digital Copy
Compatible with iTunes and Windows Media.

There are not many bonus features to be found on this high-def release. Despite the lack of features, it is actually superior to the DVD version. I appreciate the bonus features being included in high-definition and I liked the behind-the-scenes footage. Fans of the film should really enjoy the features provided, it just is not much. 5/10.

The Movie
I definitely remember the theatrical trailer for The Time Traveler’s Wife, and to be honest I thought the movie looked a bit ridiculous. Having never read the novel; the film is my first impression of the story.

The movie stars Rachel McAdams as Clare Abshire and Eric Bana as Henry De Tamble. Clare is an artist while Henry is a librarian who also time travels on the side. While the film starts up with them meeting up in a library, Henry had actually met Clare as a little girl.

Thank goodness the child’s mother was not around as he appeared naked in the bushes to her, asking for her blanket to cover himself up. Fortunately unlike the real world, this scene is totally innocent and cute. Although in reality it would definitely come across more creepy than cute.

Henry has always been time traveling, going to the future and going back to the past. But what I really did not like about the film is the lack of effect. He can go back and forth in time with no real effect on his surroundings, which really makes no sense when you think about it.

The love story as a whole is decent and there are some very strong moments of connection, but I really thought too much time was focused on time travel that we couldn’t really appreciate the relationship between Clare and Henry.

I’ve always liked Rachel McAdams, but even she could not save the film from its very big imperfections. The Notebook is a better love story that also stars Rachael McAdams and is also available on Blu-ray from this same studio (New Line Home Entertainment).

I don’t know how the book itself described the time travel or how effective it was, but the film fails to deliver and just brings more questions than answers by the end. It’s a cute story and certainly entertaining, but the confusing flaws make it hard to really enjoy like other romance films. 5.5/10.

Blu-news Summary
The Blu-ray release is surprisingly strong, featuring a good video presentation and engaging audio mix. The extras are not much, but superior to the DVD release. The film has its serious flaws, but is still quite romantic. ‘Rent It.

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