The Time Traveler's Wife Blu-ray Review

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by AVForums Feb 18, 2010 at 12:00 AM

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    The Time Traveler's Wife Blu-ray Review
    SRP: £22.31


    'The Time Traveler's Wife' materialises on Region free Blu-ray with a fine looking 1080p VC-1 transfer, framed at 2.40:1. We get a sharp and detailed image with skin tones in the good old Hollywood tan tradition and a strong use of colour throughout.
    Our eyes are treated to the verdant greens of meadows and woodland. The night scenes give is good deep blacks and there's a healthy contrast range throughout the movie. The snow scenes in the wood, near the end of the movie, looked convincing to the point where I actually felt cold. Exposure was perfect as there was no burn out on the peak whites, yet we still had well balanced skin tones.
    Overall, this is visually an impressive movie.

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    The audio on 'The Time Traveler's Wife' comes in a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround mix. Let's face it though, a love story is never going to really rock your sound system, so this one concentrates on ensuring that the sometimes very softly spoken dialogue is always clear and intelligible. There are some surround effects that will wake you up like the car crash at the start of the movie, full of screeching tyres and an explosion to make you jump. Other events that startle are off screen voices and the spot effects like the dropping of a plate. They really sound as if they are in your own room. A good, if unchallenging mix.

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    There's no audio commentary, out-takes, gag reel or trailer with 'The Time Traveler's Wife' (Phew!), but we are given a couple of chunky docos.

    • An Unconventional Love Story (HD, 25 mins)

      Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana discuss their respective roles and the time travelling love affair. They go into an amazing amount of detail that will be of great interest to other actors, such as examining motivation, reactions and what their characters would be thinking in various situations.

    • The Time Traveler's Wife: Love Beyond Words (HD, 21 mins)

      We hear from the director & scriptwriter, just how difficult it was and what processes they used to distil the book down to feature film length. The cast and crew describe their roles and their input to the film. It's a bit like a long promo.

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    'The Time Traveler's Wife' arrives on Region free Blu-ray with an impressive looking 1080p VC-1 transfer, framed attractively in the widescreen 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Lush greens and warm skin tones abound in this beautifully shot film which provides us with a sharp detailed image with fine contrast throughout.

    The DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio ensures that softly spoken lines are heard clearly and not lost amid other sonic activity - although there's generally not too much going on to challenge your sound system.

    We're given a couple of in depth chunky docos as extras, without the inclusion of out takes or the other usual suspects.
    Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams turn in excellent performances in this complex time travelling love story adapted from Audrey Niffenegger's best seller that will continue to boost paper hankie sales for the foreseeable future.

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    Suggested retail price when reviewed: £22.31

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