Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Made in Dagenham Blu-ray Review

Release Date: March 29th, 2011
Disc Size: 28.1 GB
Film Size: 24.1 GB
Film Rating: R
Region: A
The Video
Made in Dagenham’ debuts on Blu-ray with a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 video presentation. The film has a fairly soft look compared to your average new release film, but the high-def presentation proves to be a notable improvement from DVD.

The high-def clarity is especially obvious, with a noticeable upgrade in both detail and colors. Colors are somewhat muted, but are generally rich and easy to appreciate. Black levels stay solid throughout as well.

The film’s video presentation doesn’t quite reach demo material, but I cannot imagine the film looking any better. There are no technical issues to be found whatsoever, just an accurate presentation of the film in high-definition that will please any viewer. 8/10

The Audio
An English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track serves as the lossless option and only audio option, aside from the audio commentary. Optional subtitles include English, English SDH and Spanish. English Commentary subtitles are also included.

Going in I expected a decent audio mix, but I do think the mix included is actually better than my expectations. The film is generally quieter, but brings plenty of reasons to love it. Dialogue is key and is presented crisp and clear as can be.

The film’s surround use is quite constant, although the effects are a bit more on the light side and expectedly so. The mix works well with presenting the film’s audio experience like it should be and I think viewers will be pleasantly surprised. Don’t go in expecting demo material by any means, but I certainly think this is the best the film could sound. 8.5/10

The Extras

Audio Commentary
With Director Nigel Cole

The Making of Made In Dagenham (13:22) (SD)
Go behind-the-scenes with this Starz produced feature. The cast and crew provide interviews mixed with film clips and on-set footage.

Deleted Scenes (7:33) (SD)
Eight deleted scenes are included

Outtakes (2:18) (SD)
Outtakes for the film are included in standard-definition and nothing special.

Theatrical Trailer (2:19) (HD)
The theatrical trailer is included in high-definition, very nice.

Bookmarks
Save your favorite scenes and return to them at anytime via the bookmarks feature.

BD-Live Portal (Internet Connection Required)
Access HD and SD trailers for current and upcoming Sony Pictures releases.

The extras included on this release are certainly satisfying; however I cannot get over the fact that the majority of features are included in standard definition. It is a shame, but at least they are included regardless of quality. The theatrical trailer was a welcome addition and I hope the studio begins to make it a priority in including for all releases. Overall viewers will be satisfied, but may be left hoping for more. 5/10

The Movie
Made in Dagenham’ is a film I had an opportunity to see before the Blu-ray release, but I still was very excited to revisit the film. I love ‘Made in Dagenham’ and I think it is a shame the film is not getting nearly as much as attention that it deserves.

The film is directed by Nigel Cole and stars Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson. The story takes place in 1968 and is about the fight for equal rights among men and women. Like with most inspirational films, it is based on true events.

The film tells the story of Rita O’Grady (Sally Hawkins) and her female co-workers, all 187 of them compared to the 55,000 men employed by Ford. Their fight for equal pay makes for a truly inspiring story which made for big changes throughout the world.

The performances in the film, particularly that of Sally Hawkins truly impressed me, and I am glad to see she is getting some recognition for her performance. The story isn’t among the most inspiring we have seen on Blu-ray, but it goes to show what changes can be made when we stand up for change. It is a great film that I hope more viewers will take the time to watch. 8.5/10

The Blu-news Summary
Made in Dagenham’ is a very enjoyable film with a great video and audio presentation. The extras included are satisfying, but they did leave me wanting a bit more. Overall this Blu-ray release is ‘Recommended’ to all.

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