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The Cobbler Blu-ray Review

The Cobbler Blu-ray

Don’t buy into the negative reviews for “The Cobbler.”

Max is a bored man who wants more out of life. He spends his repetitive days working at a shoe repair shop his dad owned before he mysteriously vanished and he takes care of his ailing mother. One day, after his stitching machine breaks, he uses an antique stitching machine to do the job and soon discovers that when he repairs a person’s shoes with this machine, it allows him to become the owner of the shoes. Amazed by this discovery, Max’s outlook on life completely changes as he is able to experience the life of other people no matter the race or gender. Unfortunately, this “magic” doesn’t come without consequences as he becomes mixed up with criminals. Without spoiling too much, the film also contains two key characters/subplots involving a barber (Jimmy) and an activist (Carmen).

Director Thomas McCarthy (who is best known for indie gems such as “Win Win,” “The Station Agent,” and “The Visitor”) might seem like a strange choice to helm the oddball comedy “The Cobbler,” but it shares a lot of themes and ideas with his preivous work. At its heart, it’s a very human story about family, community, diversity, identity, and what it’s like to be in someone else’s shoes (literally). To some, the core concept might come across as a sappy fairy tale, but this poignant drama has its share of touching moments. Sure, the story is not so subtle and corny at times, but it deserves credit for its heartfelt messages.

“The Cobbler” also deserves credit for giving star Adam Sandler a movie that isn’t a total bomb. For years now, the actor has been wasting away in unwatchable drivel, but “The Cobbler” gives the actor the type of layered role that we know he is more than capable of handling (see “Punch-Drunk Love” for reference). The supporting cast (which contains Ellen Barkin, Dustin Hoffman, Method Man, Steve Buscemi, and Dan Stevens) is also rather rewarding here. No one’s role is wasted at all.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.85:1 1080p. How does it look? This disc contains the type of crisp transfer you would expect from a Blu-ray release.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track does the job.

Extras:
* DVD copy.
* Image Entertainment trailers and a trailer for “The Cobbler.”
* “The Making of The Cobbler” contains the usual film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, interviews, and discussions about the story, director, and characters.

 

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April 20, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | ,

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