Time to revisit one of the crowning glories of 2011. Reviews of the disc find the video and audio quality are flawless. (From an Oscar angle, Fox Searchlight announced a couple of days ago that all the actors in The Tree of Life will be campaigned in supporting categories.)
(DVD Beaver)A while back I received an email requesting a ‘Top 10 Blu-ray list’ of my favorite of the new medium. Any mental list I could create is always in flux. But today and perhaps this year my number one spot would be an easy choice – The Tree of Life. The appreciation is always a balance between an adept 1080P transfer and the specific film’s visual attributes. In this latter regard The Tree of Life eclipses all in my recorded memory. With a high bitrate the dual-layered disc gave me a reference viewing – a large part due to the aural benefits (discussed below.) This may be the most beautifully shot film I can recall since the Blu-ray format evolved – and appropriately the image quality is… quite perfect. Grain is very fine, detail impressive and colors appear consistent and authentic supporting the exquisite art direction and interesting camera angles. There is nothing to do but allow the film’s rich presentation to wash over you – there is no point seeing this in the enclosed NTSC DVD. If ever there was a film to see, in your home theater, in Blu-ray – this is it.
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UPDATED: Many tweets have been coming in about Hugo. They range in tone and enthusiasm but the bottom line is that it starts off slow but then revs up and becomes a brilliant tribute to film itself. No offense to those lucky enough to see it but when it comes to a Martin Scorsese movie I will take no one’s opinion except my own, thank you very much. The last thing I would ever do is say “oh, Scorsese’s movie? I heard it was [fill in the blank].” He is quite possibly the greatest living American director. He’s up there with Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock as one of the greatest directors who ever lived period, American or not. That he made a film at all is a cultural event. That people were lucky enough to see it, they should feel honored for it, and will remember that they were there because someday that will matter. What they think about how successful it will be — nobody knows anything.
So your next question will likely be, is it in or out for the Oscar race. And my answer to that is, who cares. Sorry the AMPAS, you don’t deserve Scorsese. You never did.
Anne Thompson just tweeted from the NYFF (by the way, I am SO going next year):
Martin scorsese gets big round. Partial standing O. Work in progress: all temp, actual howard shore score, working on vfx, green screens,pre-vizes.
Good move to show Hugo as the surprise screening – it does indeed set the bar high, just as it brings a jolt excitement to the Scorsese film that many had written off as “children’s movie.” But, of course, underestimate Martin Scorsese at your own peril.
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