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Sunshine Cleaning [Blu-ray]


(Christine Jeffs, 2008)



Review by Gary Tooze



Theatrical: Back Lot Pictures

Video: Overture Films / Anchor Bay



Region: 'A'-locked (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:31:17.472

Disc Size: 29,939,369,558 bytes

Feature Size: 24,680,448,000 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.380 Mbps

Chapters: 12

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: August 25th, 2009



Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p

Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video



Dolby TrueHD Audio English 3043 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3043 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps



English (SDH), Spanish, none



• Commentary by writer Megan Holley and Producer Glenn Williamson

A Fresh Look at a Dirty Business 11:17 in HD

• Trailer for the film and Previews

BD-Live capable





Description: Once the high school cheerleading captain who dated the quarterback, Rose Lorkowski now finds herself a thirty something single mother working as a maid. Her sister Norah is still living at home with their dad Joe, a salesman with a lifelong history of ill-fated get rich quick schemes. Desperate to get her son into a better school, Rose persuades Norah to go into the crime scene clean-up business with her to make some quick cash. In no time, the girls are up to their elbows in murders, suicides and other...specialized situations. As they climb the ranks in a very dirty job, the sisters find a true respect for one another and the closeness they have always craved finally blossoms. By building their own improbable business, Rose and Norah open the door to the joys and challenges of being there for one another -- no matter what -- while creating a brighter future for the entire Lorkowski family.



The Film:

Amy Adams is a hugely likeable actress and she's on typically superb form as Rose, lacing her usual adorable sweetness with a slightly tougher edge that's constantly surprising. She's equally matched by Emily Blunt (delivering another note-perfect American accent), who somehow manages to be both frustrating and sympathetic as Norah; she also has an intriguing streak of unpredictability, so you're never quite sure what she's going to do or say next.

In addition, Adams and Blunt have strong sibling chemistry that's entirely believable and forms the emotional heart of the film. There's also great support from Rajskub, while Arkin essentially reprises his grouchy granddad routine from Little Miss Sunshine and Collins Jr and Zahn offer welcome variations on the usual love interest roles.

Excerpt from Matthew Turner at ViewLondon located HERE


Image :    NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

I was impressed by the image quality of Sunshine Cleaning on Blu-ray. It's dual-layered with a high bitrate and the image is very tight and exhibits some positive depth. Close-ups showcase the strong detail and colors are in passive hues. The visuals subtly show off the film's deft contrast and overall I had no complaints with the way this looked in 1080P. It's far in advance of what I was expecting (as was the film itself). Neither noise nor grain was overly apparent. I highly doubt anyone will be disappointed in the way this looks on Blu-ray. Expectantly, the 2.35:1 image is perfectly clean.

















Audio :

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track at 3043 kbps can easily handle what this film has to dish out. Sunshine Cleaning is pretty passive on the audio front. There are no notable moments in the film that require strong separation aside from the first 2-minutes. Even Michael Penn's score is appropriately subtle. Dialogue is crisp and clean and there are optional English or Spanish subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region 'A'-locked.



Extras :

The commentarists, writer Megan Holley and Producer Glenn Williamson, sound a bit shy. They are a fairly monotone and on the quiet side but they supply good information - as knowledgeable as one might expect the director to impart. Williamson talks about production, shooting locations and casting and Holley discusses the intricacies of the story. I really like the film so I also got something out of the commentary. There is an 11-minute HD featurette filler about the occupation in the film but it's kind of uninteresting. There is a trailer for the film and some previews. 



Like other films I tend to get hooked on (Little Miss Sunshine, Powder Blue and Synecdoche, New York to name a few) I first read a lot of lukewarm reaction to this movie, and after seeing it - frankly I just don't get it. This is a wonderful film in my opinion. I LOVED it! It's far less a comedy - as many might expect - than it is survivalist human story of family, coping, achieving and grieving. Amy Adams has 'it' - she can express vulnerability, she can be very sexy and has solid comedic timing. The Blu-ray represents Sunshine Cleaning far better than I was anticipating. It's a first class presentation for the home theater. I strongly recommend! 

Gary Tooze

August 14th, 2009



About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.

Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who focused 'too much' on image and sound quality - I find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction. So be it, but film will always be my first love and I list my favorites on the old YMdb site now accessible HERE.  

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