By Fred Topel | Image property of 20th Century Fox
In my personal crusade against shoddy theatrical exhibition, the only positive thing I had to say about Australia is that it would look great on Blu Ray. All those outback landscapes that were so fuzzy on screen would at least show high detail in Blu Ray. At least I was right about that.
On Blu-Ray: Australia
There are some gorgeous landscapes and since the film is shot with modern equipment, it all shows up. All the grains of dirt in harsh sunlight or by firelight at night. Even in the midday sun, they manage to distinguish some colors across the desert.
Bright colors populate the wartime scenes. The aesthetic is like an oil painting and they can achieve that with a digital transfer. As docks explode, the orange fire and blue water show the highest contrast of Blu Ray colors.
The whole film is about moments, which is why it doesn’t work as a narrative, but those moments at least look like the moments they’re supposed to be. Kissing in the rain, showing another side at the ball, returning triumphantly… These scenes look momentous, sure. That’s all though.