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Boyhood Blu-ray Review

Boyhood Blu-ray

“Boyhood” is a stunning cinematic achievement.

Filmed over the course of 12 years, “Boyhood” is a coming of age fictional drama film that chronicles the life of Mason Jr. (played by newcomer Ellar Coltrane) from age 6 to freshman year of college. Through these years, the story follows Mason Jr., his sister Samantha, and his divorced parents (Olivia and Mason Sr.) through the joyous, tragic, romantic, exploratory, educational, and painful moments of life.

If you’re looking back on your viewing of “Boyhood,” you might discover that the movie is light on story and heavy on moments, but that’s precisely the point. Writer/director Richard Linklater’s ambitious film is all about time and life’s little moments. Linklater understands that in looking at our own lives, we remember pivotal (or maybe not so pivotal) moments whether they be happy or sad. By making the narrative a non-traditional collection of scenes, the viewer gets a truly transformative experience as they see the character of Mason Jr. grow and change before their very eyes in an almost documentary like way. To say it was a unique and ingenious storytelling technique is an understatement. The movie would simply not have the same emotional impact with a standard screenplay structure.

Even though Richard Linklater is the mastermind behind this project, a lot of credit should be given to cast members Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane, and Richard Linklater’s daughter Lorelei Linklater. All of these performers give incredibly naturalistic and believable performances. Patricia Arquette in particular gives a career best performance as Mason’s mother Olivia. Her heartbreaking final scene in the movie alone is worthy of an award.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Near perfect. The numerous Texas locals are especially noteworthy in this hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? From the soundtrack to the dialogue, there isn’t a false note in this DTS track.

Extras:
* DVD copy and digital copy.
* “The 12 Year Project”- Richard Linklater and other cast members talk about the project during different years of the film’s production. Behind-the-scenes footage and film clips are also included. A fantastic 19 minute extra.
* An involving 53 minute Q&A Wth Richard Linklater, Lorelei Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, and Ellar Coltrane from a Cinefamily screening in LA. This convo sheds a lot of light on the production.

Overall Thoughts: “Boyhood” is fully deserving of all the acclaim and awards it has been receiving. A must see.

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January 8, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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