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My take: An Education (2009)

HD Goofnut
04-14-2010, 08:16 PM
Title: An Education (2009)
BD-50 Single-Layer Disc
Video: 1080p/MPEG-4 AVC
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 (originally 2.39:1)
Subtitles: English and French
Run time: 100 minutes
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region Coding: Region A Only
Equipment used for review: Sharp LC-46SB57UN 46" 120Hz 1080p LCD (24fps), Onkyo TX-SR606 7.1 Receiver, Onkyo SKS-HT540 7.1, & LG BH200 Super Blu

Cast/Crew Info:
Carey Mulligan as Jenny
Olivia Williams as Miss Stubbs
Alfred Molina as Jack
Cara Seymour as Marjorie
Peter Sarsgaard as David
Directed by Lone Scherfig

My take: (the breakdown)

There has been plenty of praise for An Education over the last few months so I decided to give it a spin. Set in London in 1961 the film opens with a 16 year old girl named Jenny who is an only child, has rather strict parents, and attends a private school for girls. When she meets a man named David, who's about 25 years older than her, she begins to have glimpses of what life is like as an adult and the potential 'fun' should could be having. Jenny of course falls in love with the front sporting David and she thinks there may actually be a future with him. Will she give up her old dream of attending Oxford University and dabbling in English literature? Give this one a rental and find out. I would keep this one away from small kids under about 12 due to adult themes, but older children should be fine with this one as there is no nudity or profanity.

I suppose I have become spoiled by the larger budget new releases as far as video quality goes, but I still felt this one was above average in its own right. Colors are well saturated, but seem to be intentionally muted as to where everything has some sort of grayish theme to it. Flesh tones are accurate for the most part, but I felt they were slightly pale at times. Grain is relatively light and remains consistent throughout the film's run time. Fine detail is exquisite as every possible thing that can be seen is easily visible. If it wasn't for the extensively muted palette I probably would have liked it more.

There's certainly nothing earth shattering about this 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track, but it certainly meets the call. Dialogue is the main component to the mix and it is always well prioritized and easy to understand. Surrounds see some sporadic activity in the form of rain, a dance club, a bustling school, a Greyhound race track, and the film's musical score. I honestly felt like I was enveloped by the sound and not all lossless surrounds track accomplish this. Your sub doesn't see much work outside of a couple spurts, but the LFE seems to be on target when it is called upon.

The included supplemental package is meager at best. We receive an audio commentary, three rather short making of features totaling just over 30 minutes, and the film's theatrical trailer. Two of the making of features are presented in 480 while the third and trailer are in 1080.

Movie: 6.5/10
VQ: 8/10
AQ: 8.5/10
Supplements: 3.5/10
Final word: Worth A Rental

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04-19-2010, 11:19 PM
A treat to watch this along with all family members.

HD Goofnut
04-19-2010, 11:22 PM
A treat to watch this along with all family members.

I wouldn't exactly say that. This is definitely aimed at a more mature audience.

Chris Gerhard
04-20-2010, 02:44 AM
I wouldn't exactly say that. This is definitely aimed at a more mature audience.

I don't think you should bother responding to his posts, all appear to me to be nothing more than an opportunity to click on his signature link. I haven't bothered to click on the link but ignoring or reporting the posts makes more sense than responding to them.


07-03-2010, 03:52 AM
An Education is such a nice movie. In that movie all characters have nicely play their part. This movie is one of the best movie that you can watch it with your family members.