Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Remember Me Blu-ray Review

Disc Size: 31.7 GB
Film Size: 28.2 GB
Film Rating: PG-13
Region: A
The Video
Remember Me comes to Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. As expected, the film does look good in high-definition. The level of detail varies from scene to scene, many coming across much softer than others.

The film has a great level of clarity; there is no way the high-def release could be confused with DVD. Certain moments feature a very impressive level of detail; other scenes come off slightly waxy looking. Don’t worry though; this is not a case of Edge Enhancement or DNR, just on the softer side/slightly out of focus.

Colors on the release are pleasing to the eye; its intensity varies by the lighting in the scene. Remember Me doesn’t appear to have any serious issues worth mentioning. The presentation doesn’t compare to the best available on Blu-ray, but I can’t blame the transfer as everything appears to be true to the source. 8/10.

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track is the lossless mix included. A Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital audio track and two audio commentary tracks are also included. Optional subtitles include English SDH and Spanish.

The movie is extremely dialogue focused and the mix presents it accurately. Dialogue is presented front and center but is always crisp and easy to understand. The film’s surround moments are quite constant, but very much on the light side.

We have effects thrown in which help create a little busy city environment, although we have seen more immersive uses in other Blu-ray releases. The film’s music is beautiful and does extend to the surround area of your home theater setup from time to time.

Overall this is a respectable mix which presents everything that needed to be presented as clear as can be. The mix worked with the content the film provides and I was not disappointed in the least. The mix is about as good as it will get for the film, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. 7.5/10.

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Director Allen Coulter.

Audio Commentary
With Cast.

The Making of “Remember Me” (14:32) (HD)
This is a great behind-the-scenes look of the film which features plenty of cast/crew interviews and on-set footage. This is a very entertaining and informative feature.

There are very few features included, but I loved what was included. The audio commentaries are surprisingly informative from what I sampled and look forward to watching both in whole on another viewing. The featurette included is both informative and entertaining, included in high-definition.

It would have been nice if a DVD copy were included with a film like this, but not a big loss. Overall I do wish more was included, but I find myself perfectly satisfied by the high quality extras included. 4.5/10.

The Movie
Remember Me is a film which definitely looked interesting, but I was a bit apprehensive to see it theatrically as I found Robert Pattinson to be quite the dull actor with his role as Edward in the Twilight film series.

While I did not see the film theatrically, the movie quickly made news on entertainment sites all over the internet. If you have not heard about the film’s ending, I recommend you avoid even typing ‘Remember Me’ into Google and just wait to watch the movie before reading about the film.

I will not be spoiling the film for those who have yet to see it, but I can say that despite knowing the ending I still enjoyed the film very much. The film stars Robert Pattinson (Twilight) and Emilie De Ravin (Lost). There is also an impressive supporting cast which includes Chris Cooper, Lena Olin and Pierce Brosnan.

The film starts off with Ally (Emilie De Ravin) as a little girl, preparing to board the subway with her mother before things go from creepy to heartbreaking. The film then fast forwards many years from the incident and we are introduced to New York college student Tyler (Robert Pattinson). They both have their problems with themselves and their families and quickly form an unexpected connection.

The film is a love story, but it is not a chick flick. The film is also a drama which I’m sure many with divorce or death in their family can relate to in big or small aspects. The film is unexpectedly good; I truly did not expect to enjoy it as much as I did.

The film’s ending was very satisfying and brings a great message of treasuring every day you have to live and keeping your relationships with your family strong. The movie features impressive acting from the entire cast, particularly Robert Pattinson who I never thought I would call a good actor.

If you plan to see the film, I recommend you buy or rent it upon release and avoid reading up about the film. Like I said, the movie can still be enjoyed (like I did) with knowing the ending, but I think it would be even better not knowing the first time. The ending isn’t entirely difficult to guess even from reading the synopsis on the back of the case, but if you can go in without spoilers it would be even better. 8/10.

The Blu-news Summary
Remember Me is a surprisingly good film with a good video and audio presentation. There are not many extras on this release, but they certainly are enjoyable and above average in quality. Overall Remember Me on Blu-ray is ‘Recommended.

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