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The Adjustment Bureau [Blu-ray]

 

(George Nolfi, 2011)

 

  

  

 

Review by Gary Tooze

 

Production:

Theatrical: Universal Studios

Video: Universal Home Video

 

Disc:

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

Runtime: 1:45:50.344

Disc Size: 44,018,528,061 bytes

Feature Size: 30,658,394,112 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.57 Mbps

Chapters: 20

Case: Standard Blu-ray case

Release date: June 21st, 2011

 

Video:

Aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps

Video codec: VC-1 Video

 

Audio:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3891 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3891 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS Audio French 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
DTS Audio Spanish 768 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround

 

Subtitles:

English (SDH), French, Spanish, none

 

Extras:

• Commentary with director/writer George Nolfi

Deleted and Extended Scenes (6 - 6:55)

• The Labyrinth of Doors: Interactive Map of New York (33:57)

• Leaping Through New York (7:36)

• Destined to Be (4:51)

Becoming Elise (7:08)

Second disc DVD/Digital Copy

 

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Description: Academy AwardŽ nominee Matt Damon (The Bourne trilogy) stars in this action thriller about a man who glimpses the future Fate has planned for him – and chooses to fight for his own destiny. Battling the powerful Adjustment Bureau across under and through the streets of New York he risks his destined greatness to be with the only woman he's ever loved (Emily Blunt: The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada). Based on a story by the legendary Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report and Blade Runner).

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On the brink of winning a seat in the U.S. Senate, ambitious politician David Norris meets beautiful contemporary ballet... dancer Elise Sellas--a woman like none he's ever known. But just as he realizes he's falling for her, mysterious men conspire to keep the two apart. David learns he is up against the agents of Fate itself--the men of The Adjustment Bureau--who will do everything in their considerable power to prevent David and Elise from being together. In the face of overwhelming odds, he must either let her go and accept a predetermined path...or risk everything to defy Fate and be with her.

 

 

The Film:

The themes of screenwriter George Nolfi’s first feature film as director will delight philosophers. Does free will exist, or are we travelling along pre-determined paths — and if so, who determines them, and to what extent? Where does chance end and design begin? Can we fight Fate? Luckily for us, Nolfi’s execution will excite everyone else, for this metaphysical love story/thriller manages the very difficult trick of remaining intriguingly intelligent while unfailingly placing entertainment well ahead of explanation.

Excerpt from Empire Online located HERE

“Who is George Nolfi?” a colleague whispered when the final credits began to roll for “The Adjustment Bureau,” a fast, sure film about finding and keeping love across time and space. Good question. If the fates allow — or perhaps, as in this very enjoyable movie, the men in gray suits and fedoras permit and “things go according to plan” — you should be hearing more from Mr. Nolfi, a screenwriter turned director who has brightened the season with a witty mix of science-fiction metaphysics and old-fashioned fluttery romance.

Excerpt from Manohla Dargis at the NY Times located HERE

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

The Adjustment Bureau looks extremely competently transferred on Blu-ray from Universal who, strangely, are using the VC-1 encode rather than AVC. The 1.85:1 image quality shows some subtle grain. It isn't really as sharp as one might expect but this may have been the way it was shot. Colors, contrast and depth are at a high level though. It has a film-like thickness that benefits the image. There is a shade of noise in the darker scenes but it was never an issue for normal viewing purposes. Overall this looks very good - but not at the most dynamic visuals I have seen. I expect that this Blu-ray is a strong representation of the theatrical producing a pleasing presentation.

 

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Audio :

The DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3891 kbps is excellent. The film sneaks in some aggressive bass with a suspenseful original score by Thomas Newman (Revolutionary Road, WALLˇE, Little Children). There isn't an abundance of special effect but there are some subtleties (rain, crowds etc.) that make their way to the rear speakers. This track has appeal supporting the film experience very well. There are optional subtitles and my Momitsu has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

 

Extras :

There are some excellent supplements starting with a good commentary from director/writer George Nolfi. He seems an intelligent chap and can give professional insights into the story, themes as well as production. Included are six deleted and extended scenes running just shy of 7-minutes. There are about 50-minutes of further extras including an interactive 'The Labyrinth of Doors: Interactive Map of New York' where you choose a specific door to go through which, through Google Maps, shows a cool overhead view towards its locale and then an optional brief interview of the like. Kind of cool if not something you would revisit. There are short featurettes on 'Leaping Through New York' and 'Destined to Be' and 'Becoming Elise' with Emily Blunt as well as a second disc DVD/Digital Copy accessible with your portal device.

 

 

BOTTOM LINE:
I enjoyed The Adjustment Bureau and actually watched it a second time with my wife where I ended up liking it even more. Viewers will have to 'get over' some of the details of the plot which can seem silly but they are really allegorical - representing fate, chance and coincidence and how it plays such a defining role in our lives. These themes run heavily in Keislowski's cinema and while The Adjustment Bureau requires some suspension of disbelief for key sci-fi plot points - once those are circumvented - it's a wonderful, old-fashioned film experience. The Blu-ray is not demo but gave me an excellent presentation and along with the solid extras - it is a package that we can whole-heartedly recommend! 

Gary Tooze

June 14th, 2011

 

  

  


 

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.

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