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Still Alice [Blu-ray]
(Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, 2014)
Review by Gary Tooze
Region: 'A' (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 32,103,813,341 bytes
Feature Size: 24,721,428,480 bytes
Video Bitrate: 24.93 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case inside cardboard slipcase
Release date: May 12th, 2015
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2824 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2824 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps
DTS-HD Master Audio French 2098 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2098 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
English (SDH), English , French,none
•Directing Alice (8:40)
•Finding Alice (9:20)
•Interview with composer Ilan Eshkeri (6:29)
•3 Deleted Scenes (6:08)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:18)
Description: Alice Howland, happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of Early-Onset Alzheimer's Disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring.
The accomplished Julianne Moore stars as respected academic Alice
Howland, shocked by her diagnosis of early onset Alzheimer's disease,
and the actress' work as someone coping with the ravages of the
unthinkable deserves all the plaudits it's going to get.
Co-writer/directors Wash Westmoreland and Richard Glatzer, the British duo behind 2006 Sundance award-winner Quinceañera, adapt Lisa Genova’s first-person novel with sensitivity and scalpel-sharp precision: there isn’t a single false note in the film, and only one redundant scene (Stewart doing an am-dram Chekhov play). It even has a few advantages over the book, cleverly representing Alice’s deteriorating brain functions cinematographically, by means of blurred images, and a camera that whirls about Alice as she stands at the epicentre of a confused maelstrom. At the film’s own centre is Moore’s sympathetic, heartfelt performance, which tracks Alice’s journey from momentary forgetfulness to muddled haze without it ever looking like acting.Excerpt from Empire Online located HERE
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Still Alice looks pretty solid on Blu-ray from Sony. It appears to have been shot on digital and looks exceptionally clean with tight detail in both close-ups and medium shots. Denis Lenoir's cinematography adds some impressive, and subtle, touches to the visuals. The 1080P is on a dual-layered disc with a supportive bitrate. I see no digital manipulation and there is no noise nor artifacts. It has an inherent soft-focus look at time - definitely relating to the protagonists plight. This Blu-ray has a consistent appearance providing a pleasing video presentation.
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Sony transfer using a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2824 kbps. There aren't an abundance of separations, but a few that accentuate the surround's capabilities. Aside from the wonderful score by Ilan Eshkeri (Closure, Black Sea), there area mixture of other pieces from Lyle Lovett to J.S. Bach (Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major) sounding pristine via the lossless. It's a fairly passive soundtrack with few effects. There are optional subtitles on the Region 'A' Blu-ray disc.
Supplements include some video pieces dealing directly with the production; Directing Alice runs just shy of 9-minutes with director Wash Westmoreland giving discussion. Finding Alice focuses a bit more on the diseases and has similar input from the principals. We also get a short-ish interview with composer Ilan Eshkeri, 3 Deleted Scenes and a theatrical trailer.
May 8th, 2015
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 5000 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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Gary W. Tooze
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