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Sleepwalk With Me Blu-ray Review

Sleepwalk With Me Blu-ray

“Sleepwalk With Me” is an honest, but slight dramedy.

For those that don’t know, “Sleepwalk With Me” is a partially auto-biographical tale of comedian Mike Birbiglia’s sleepwalking condition, his struggle to become a comedian, and his rocky relationship with his former girlfriend. It might all sound very self-serving (and perhaps that’s the point), but it manages to work on a variety of levels.

For anyone who has ever strived to achieve a goal (or career), the film gives you a brutally honest examination of the ups and downs of that journey. In the context of this film, we see Birbiglia continually bombing as a comedian until he eventually succeeds by pulling material from his own life (and heart).

The film also works as a relationship dramedy. Throughout the course of the story, we see Birbiglia trying to figure out his life (and what he wants) while being pressured by his family (and Abby) to be married. We know he loves Abby (and he even gets engaged to her), but it’s clear that he’s not ready for marriage and that this relationship will not work. He’s in a constant state of denial and is unwilling to address his problems (which also leaks over into his REM Behavior Disorder problem). To say it makes for an interesting character study is an understatement.

As for the cast of the film, Mike Birbiglia and Lauren Ambrose give stand-out performances here. At first, I found Birbiglia a bit grating, but he soon grows on you and becomes more confident in his acting abilities. Lauren Ambrose is the real star, however, as she shines as the kind hearted Abby.

Summary: It may not appeal to everyone, but “Sleepwalking With Me” is worth a watch.

Video/Audio:

The film, which is presented in 1.85:1 1080p, has a razor sharp transfer. The colors look especially crisp here.

The 5.1 DTS-HD audio track is also noteworthy here. While not a particularly sound heavy movie, the dialogue and music sounded fine here.

Extras:
* “Sleepwalk With Me” trailer and other IFC Film trailers.
* “Outtakes”- Not very funny.
* 5 behind the scenes shorts titled “The Baby,” “The Comedians,” “Dr. Dement,” “The Cast,” “The Creative Look,” that delve into certain scenes, cast members, characters and the cinematography.
* “Making Of” contains cast and crew interviews, set footage, and discussions about the script, Birbiglia, scenes etc.
* “Q&A With Ira Glass & Mike Birbiglia Moderated By Joss Whedon At The Writers Guild Foundation”- A fun, laidback Q&A that goes into the mock Whedon/’Sleepwalk’ war, “The Avengers,” the story structure, auto-biographical aspects, the cast, directorial experiences, and more.

December 24, 2012 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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