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My take: The Blind Side (2009)

HD Goofnut
04-21-2010, 10:29 PM
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Title: The Blind Side (2009)
BD-50 Dual-Layer Disc/Two Disc Set
Video: 1080p/VC-1
Audio: 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 (originally 1.85:1)
Subtitles: Several Languages
Run time: 128 minutes
Studio: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment
Rating: PG-13
Region Coding: Region Free
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:
Sandra Bullock as Leigh Anne Tuohy
Tim McGraw as Sean Tuohy
Quinton Aaron as Michael Oher
Jae Head as S.J. Tuohy
Lily Collins as Collins Tuohy
Ray McKinnon as Coach Burt Cotton
Adriane Lenox as Denise Oher
Kathy Bates as Miss Sue
Directed by John Lee Hancock

My take: (the breakdown)

I did not know much about this title and it definitely caught me by surprise as a oscar-nominated title for Best Picture. I am glad I decided to rent The Blind Side because it is definitely one of the better dramas of the 2009 year. Big Mike is a 17 year old kid who just drew a short straw in life. His mother is a drug addict and he is unknown to his father. To make matters worse he has not had the chance to apply himself in school. However, all of this changes when me meets Leigh Anne Tuohy and her supportive family. Mike soon has the chance to make something of his life and he begins to realize that he can have dreams that are attainable. This is definitely worth seeing and I highly recommend adding this to your high def library.

In the majority this Blu-ray release is pleasing to the eyes, but I did not a few issues. Colors are saturated correctly most of the time, but there are a few instances where they appear over-saturated. Contrast also seems to run a little hot and flesh tones bounce into the overly reddish tints at times. Despite these minor shortcomings the picture still looks well above average. Grain is light and consistent even during the few darker sequences. Fine detail is also well done for virtually the entire run time. Facial features and textures are both clearly visible regardless of the scene.

Slightly better than the video presentation is the 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Keep in mind this is not just a football movie so it would be wrong to expect overwhelming bass and noise for the entire film. Dialogue is always well prioritized and is never hard to comprehend. Surrounds are used for many discrete effects and for the film's musical score, but there are times when I felt they could have been more active. The sub sees some action during the football sequences and the LFE does come to life quite effectively during those times. For a dramatic story this is definitely a more than adequate mix.

For such a widely promoted and oscar-nominated title I was expecting a much more extensive supplemental package. We get four making of features totaling about an hour and seven minutes of deleted scenes. There's not even a director's commentary or a theatrical trailer, but at least all of the above features are presented in 1080. There is also a second DVD disc that contains the film as well as a digital copy.

Movie: 8.5/10
VQ: 8/10
AQ: 8.5/10
Supplements: 3.5/10
Final word: A Must Own

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JMS
04-22-2010, 05:43 AM
All in all a very satisfying movie, and a very good blu-ray. I agree about the warm push. It's almost as if they're trying to make Sandra Bullock look Mediterranean.

Speaking of which it should be noted that Ms. Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for this. And deservedly so.

Also country singer Tim McGraw does just fine as her husband. I'm not a big country fan, but his song during the closing credits adds to the movie's appeal.

HD Goofnut
04-22-2010, 08:49 AM
All in all a very satisfying movie, and a very good blu-ray. I agree about the warm push. It's almost as if they're trying to make Sandra Bullock look Mediterranean.

Speaking of which it should be noted that Ms. Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for this. And deservedly so.

Also country singer Tim McGraw does just fine as her husband. I'm not a big country fan, but his song during the closing credits adds to the movie's appeal.

I agree that she did deserve the Oscar for her role.

rbinck
04-22-2010, 09:45 AM
This is not Tim's first acting role. I think he does a good job acting. Think Elvis for comparison.

Chris Gerhard
04-28-2010, 11:15 AM
This is not Tim's first acting role. I think he does a good job acting. Think Elvis for comparison.

If I didn't know Tim was married to a beautiful entertainer in real life, I sure couldn't buy him married to Sandra Bullock in this movie. He just seems less than ordinary in everything he does, but somehow he is a success. I just can't see him as an actor either, other than as a country singer. Of course considering who Sandra Bullock married in real life, I guess anything is possible, the guys some amazing women choose to marry sure puzzles me.

As far as Sandra winning the Oscar, I am completely underwhelmed. I just don't see this role as important or challenging in any way. I liked the movie but wouldn't rate it in the top 10 movies of 2009 I have seen so far and I still have maybe another dozen to see I expect to like better.

Chris

HD Goofnut
04-28-2010, 11:28 AM
If I didn't know Tim was married to a beautiful entertainer in real life, I sure couldn't buy him married to Sandra Bullock in this movie. He just seems less than ordinary in everything he does, but somehow he is a success. I just can't see him as an actor either, other than as a country singer. Of course considering who Sandra Bullock married in real life, I guess anything is possible, the guys some amazing women choose to marry sure puzzles me.

As far as Sandra winning the Oscar, I am completely underwhelmed. I just don't see this role as important or challenging in any way. I liked the movie but wouldn't rate it in the top 10 movies of 2009 I have seen so far and I still have maybe another dozen to see I expect to like better.

Chris

I also thought that the Best Actress award was overkill for her role as well. I actually thought Rachel McAdams did a better job in The Time Traveler's Wife.

PFC5
04-28-2010, 02:50 PM
If I didn't know Tim was married to a beautiful entertainer in real life, I sure couldn't buy him married to Sandra Bullock in this movie. He just seems less than ordinary in everything he does, but somehow he is a success. I just can't see him as an actor either, other than as a country singer. Of course considering who Sandra Bullock married in real life, I guess anything is possible, the guys some amazing women choose to marry sure puzzles me.

As far as Sandra winning the Oscar, I am completely underwhelmed. I just don't see this role as important or challenging in any way. I liked the movie but wouldn't rate it in the top 10 movies of 2009 I have seen so far and I still have maybe another dozen to see I expect to like better.

Chris

If you think who Sandra married is a mystery, then look at who Julia Roberts married (and later divorced). :eek: :lol:

PFC5
06-03-2010, 10:12 PM
I just got done watching this movie and really liked it. I watched it with my wife & oldest son and we all enjoyed it.

This is based on a true story and it even shows the family that took Oher in at the end. The first thing both my wife and I said was we wished we had the resources to take someone in so we could make a difference in their life like that. I was inspired by this story and really liked it a lot.

hunt09
06-10-2010, 01:08 AM
I watched the movie Blind Side . Few says Sandra's acting is not up to the mark to win OSCAR. But i differ with them. She is gentle lad and ful of personality.

jeanhouston
06-10-2010, 06:12 AM
I saw this movie some time back; Nice moving drama and Sandra was a sure shot Oscar candidate!

ZoSo
06-17-2010, 11:50 AM
I actually stayed away from this movie at first which is surprising considering how big a football fan I am. The story isn't your conventional rise to stardom and it is definitely a lesson to us all. I was also very inspired after watching but I am a big sucker for a good movie and this fit the bill.

I actually thought that there would be more football in it but it really didn't need it as the human aspect of the story took center stage. The football did help in selling the overall appeal to get you to watch the "real" story.

The film ropes you in so much that it was a little tough to focus on how good it looked and sounded but it was fine for me on both counts.

As far as Oscar goes, I can see both sides of this argument. The film itself is a little mainstream but it is the subtle aspects of her character where she really shines and I have no problem with her having won.

peterson
06-25-2010, 11:49 PM
Seriously You must see this movie. Its a very inspirational movie.The fact that this is based on a true story just makes it much more magical.The movie, about the story of NFL football player Michael Oher, is one the entire family can enjoy, even if none are fans of the sport.