An Education Blu-ray Review
'An Education' arrives on Region B Blu-ray with a fine 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 transfer framed in the 2.40:1 widescreen aspect ratio. Skin tones are of the pale pink, almost white, variety and the colour is slightly desaturated to give it the period feel. It could easily be said that it appears rather clinical at times, but it seems perfectly in keeping with the subject matter. The image is generally nice and sharp although a few noticeably soft scenes do stand out in the memory, while a thin veil of grain reminds us that it was all shot on film. In one or two darker scenes, the grain became somewhat more pronounced but it didn't interfere with my overall enjoyment of the piece. A healthy contrast range is presented throughout and blacks are sufficiently dark in the night scenes. Detail is pretty good throughout but it's the overall look of the 60's that really leaps out at you and drags you in.
The audio on 'An Education' comes in a DTS-HD MA 5.1 flavour and it generally focuses on the front sound stage as the piece is primarily dialogue driven. I'm happy to report that speech is distinct and intelligible throughout, while the main stereo pair come to life with the lively period music tracks such as in the main title sequence. The surrounds come to life during the early rainy sequence where Jenny meets David for the first time - but they do so with restraint while placing us gently in the scene. Later on, the nightclub scene makes use of the rears for ambience providing an authentic sounding location.
It's a competent mix that allows us to concentrate on the fine script by Nick Hornby.
- Audio Commentary
Here we have a fairly laid back chat between director Lone Scherfig, Carey Mulligan and Peter Sarsgaard that tends to focus on anecdotes rather than any kind of in depth technical discussion. The conversation is quite light and airy as they fill in some background to script changes etc but it's not one for hardened production fans. However this will make it an appealing listen for others.
- The Making of 'An Education' (SD, 8 mins)
This is an all too short look at the work that went into the production with contributions from cast and crew as well as the writer.
- Deleted Scenes (SD, 16 mins)
Here we have a collection of 11 deleted scenes from the movie. In general you can see why they were cut as they add little to the storyline. Watch out for the scene where people are listening to records in music booths in a record shop. It takes you right back to the 60's. I'd have found a way of shoe horning that scene into the movie.
- Trailer (HD, 2 mins)
It's the trailer for 'An Education', folks!
That three time Oscar nominated British movie 'An Education' arrives on Region B Blu-ray with an authentic look of the 60's in a 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer framed at 2.35:1. Skin tones have a pale True Brit look to them and the image is generally sharp with a thin veil of grain in evidence.
The DTS-HD MA 5.1 track uses the surrounds with restraint, instead focussing on the dialogue, which is clean and crisp throughout.
The disc is a bit light on extras but we do get a nice light comm. track from the director and the two leads as well as a short 'making of' featurette.
As a movie, it's Bafta winner (Best Leading Actress) Carey Mulligan's picture supported by a fine cast including Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina and Emma Thompson in a coming of age tale of a young girl who has to decide what kind of education she really wants. Great performances and a fine script make this intelligent viewing.
Suggested retail price when reviewed: £24.99
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- Audio Commentary