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The Time Traveler’s Wife Blu-ray Review

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is pretty straight forward story, but it’s worth watching for the chemistry between Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams.

Grades:

Content: B-

Picture: A-

Audio: A-

Extras: C+

The logline: Clare falls in love with a man named Henry who has the ability to time travel unwillingly. Naturally, Henry’s constant disappearances and reappearances throughout Clare’s life complicate their relationship.

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a by the book romantic drama, only this tale has a science fiction time travel gimmick as a plot device. Surprisingly, the gimmick manages to work despite the fact that the story lacks surprises and is fairly repetitive and predictable. Luckily, the story is secondary here as the characters are what drive the film.

For once, the main characters both SEEM like real people and stars Rachel McAdams (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Eric Bana (“Star Trek” and “Hulk”) make the characters believable due to their convincing on screen chemistry. If you really analyze the material, you realize it’s quite difficult to make such an outlandish and melodramatic love story translate to screen, but McAdams and Bana pull it off. Without them, I don’t think the movie could have worked.

The widescreen 1080p picture quality looks great, but that’s to be expected for most recent films released on Blu-ray.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is not going to put your speakers to work much, but it’s perfectly fine.

Extras include Warner trailers, a digital copy, a featurette titled “An Uncoventional Love Story” that explores the characters and their relationship, and another featurette titled “The Time Traveler’s Wife- Love Beyond Words” that discusses bringing the book to screen.

February 12, 2010 - Posted by | 1 | , ,

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