By Fred Topel | Image property of respective holders
A Serious Man
A bunch of dramatic movies were all released on Blu Ray this month and sent to me within days of each other so I had the great idea to lump them all together. I know when you’re involved with heavy drama, you want to see all the gritty detail.
Serious Blu-Ray Releases
First, the most serious of all, ironically, A Serious Man. There’s nothing but mundane details to see in all of the film’s lingering shots. Quite a contrast between the cold offices and the bright, popping suburban rooftops. The opening fable looks distinctly great too.
Love Happens is a big city movie so you see all the gritty detail of the city in perfect clarity. It’s also got a certain gloss to being a polished big studio movie. They don’t hold on Aaron Eckhart’s burned feet long enough to really get the effect, but it’s all on his face when he finally deals with his grief. Yes! That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!
Walk the Line is perfectly crisp and clear to see all the detail and color of Johnny Cash’s journey from the farm, to Europe, to touring the world. Stage performances, small town sets, costumes and everything look fantastic.
The Last King of Scotland is the grainy one of the bunch but it seems intentional. It’s also all lit with an orange glow, perhaps all to simulate the heat and grit of Africa. You still see the gritty detail but it’s through the grit of grains and harsh lighting too.