PicturePresented in an anamorphic 1.85:1 format, the picture is rather good, however the style of the movie seems to give it a typically 70's feel. Colours are sharp and clear with no bleed apparent whatsoever and flesh tones are natural. Detail is superb, with every pore visible when close ups of Penn's face was on screen. Black levels are fine and deep while not sacrificing the detail levels and no artefacts were noticeable. However the print used wasn't the cleanest one I've seen, with some dust specks cropping up from time to time. However it's not enough to bother anyone, in fact due to the time period the film is set in, it doesn't seem out of place. Not bad!
SoundAs with quite a few dramas, sound isn't the most important element to the movie and this isn't the most engaging soundtrack you'll find. Rear channels are woefully under used, but give a little bit of ambience when music is playing. LFE effects are non-existent, indeed this is a very heavy dialogue based soundtrack. However this is where it is fine with clean, crisp vocals that are nice and natural sounding, especially in the salesroom where a slight echo in the voices is noticeable. My only criticism is that this is particularly quiet soundtrack, in fact I had to increase it an extra 10db on my amplifier for it to be at my “normal” listening volume. Again, this is nothing remarkable but is adequate for the movie.
ExtrasOther than trailers for Vera Drake and Primer, there are none.
VerdictWell this isn't light entertainment, indeed it is a little hard going in places, but don't let that dissuade you. This is a rather interesting movie about a factual event and even though it can get a little heavy going - it's not going to win any awards for comedy - it's certainly one of the better dramas I've seen for a while. Sure, it's had a little poetic license, but other that that, it has some good solid acting and a solid story of a little known event. Definitely worth a spin.
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