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The Time Traveler's Wife [Blu-ray]

 

(Robert Schwentke, 2009)

 

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Warner

Video: New Line Home Video

 

Disc:

Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)

Runtime: 1:47:25.063

Disc Size: 23,616,011,346 bytes

Feature Size: 18,828,570,624 bytes

Video Bitrate: 17.03 Mbps

Chapters: 26

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: February 9th, 2010

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: VC-1 Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3539 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3539 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DUB: Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -4dB
 

Subtitles:

English, Dutch, German, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

An Unconventional Love Story (25:55 in HD!)

The Time Traveler's Wife: Love Beyond Words (21:06 in HD!)

• Second Disc - Digital Copy

 

Bitrate:

 

 

Description: Lose yourself in timeless love with this gloriously romantic story of the journey of two hearts. Artist Clare Abshire (Rachel McAdams of The Notebook) shares a deep emotional bond with Henry De Tamble (Eric Bana of The Other Boleyn Girl), a handsome librarian who travels involuntarily through time. Knowing they can be separated without warning, Clare and Henry treasure the moments they have together, imbuing them with the yearning and passion of two people imprisoned by time…and set free by love. Based on the #1 bestseller, The Time Traveler's Wife weaves together destiny and devotion, past and future to turn an extraordinary love into an extraordinary love story.

 

 

The Film:

The Time Traveler's Wife is a conventional adaptation of an unconventional novel. That's not necessarily a bad thing - screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin and director Robert Schwentke (Flightplan) impose structure on a story that, in Audrey Niffenegger's long and complex book, cartwheels freely through time. The film version plays like a "best hits" compilation, shoehorning in most of the key events while glossing over subplots and subtleties that are explored in depth on the written page. But that's the way it is with motion picture adaptations and, although this is not the best one, it's more than respectable and provides the romance, humor, and pathos demanded by fans of the genre.

The prominence of "time traveler" in the title might lead the viewer to believe this is a science fiction film, but it's nothing of the sort. At best, the chronological impairment can be considered a plot device - a fantasy conceit employed to enhance the love story's flavor. Ultimately, The Time Traveler's Wife succeeds not because it toys with things like time travel paradoxes (which it does, albeit not mind-bendingly) but because, as in all good romances, we learn to care about the characters and want them to experience happiness with each other.

Excerpt from James Berardinelli and ReelViews located HERE

 

 


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

The Time Traveler's Wife appears to have a decent single-layered transfer to Blu-ray from New Line. Colors can look exceptionally brilliant at times but flesh tones seem accurate. Upon zooming-in the visible grain was a little clumpy but detail was at a strong enough level, with some desirable depth, to suggest manipulations were not applied - or if they were, they were gentle enough to dismiss.  There are some darker scenes that look a bit noisy and the modest bitrate belies the limitations.  I suspect most purchasers will be quite content with this Blu-ray with the bright outdoor color sequences looking impressive.

 

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Audio :

Audio these days has reached zenith proportions in the attempt to duplicate theatrical experience and on The Time Traveler's Wife the DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 3539 kbps is no exception. Deft separations are noted in many areas with tight crisp effect noises and healthy bass when called upon. With Mychael Danna - they have one of the best and his score here plays perfectly with the narrative sounding wonderful in the lossless track. There are some optional subtitle choices and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

 

Extras :

Although surprisingly limited to 2 featurettes these extra features seem adept at conveying some of the pre-production efforts in moving the novel to the screen. An Unconventional Love Story runs 25-minutes and has input from director Schwentke as well as McAdams and Bana's exploration of defining the characters. The Time Traveler's Wife: Love Beyond Words runs just over 20-minutes and deals more directly with bringing the best-selling novel to the screen with input from screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin. There is a second disc - Digital Copy available for use on portable devices.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I think this is a pretty good film. I really liked the extra dimension of a love story with the time traveling backdrop. It is very thought-provoking and performances are excellent. I believe the idea was to have the time traveling issues relate as a corollary directly to those people might find in their modern relationships - acceptance, understanding, cherishing time together and the inability to tie each other down. Anyway, the Blu-ray does its job with only some potential niggling flaws. I doubt we're going to see it looking any better and I, do indeed, recommend! 

Gary Tooze

January 26th, 2010

 

 


 

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 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3500 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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