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The End Of The Tour Blu-ray Review

The End of the Tour Blu-ray

“The End of the Tour” is extraordinarily well acted.

Based on true events, “The End of the Tour” tells the story of Rolling Stone writer/author David Lipsky interviewing and following around author David Foster Wallace for a story he’s working on. As David Foster Wallace embarks on the end of his book tour in Minnesota, he and Lipsky develop a camaraderie together as they talk about life, dogs, friends, entertainment, careers, sex, Alanis, his bandana, emotions, struggles, “Broken Arrow,” and so on. Unfortunately, Lipsky’s journalism manages to put a wall between him and David Foster Wallace which causes some tension.

The late David Foster Wallace may be best known for his now classic novel “Infinite Jest,” but “The End of the Tour” pays tribute to him by shedding light on who this intelligent, shy, soft spoken, lonely, troubled, and guarded man really was. The film, which plays like a real life version of “My Dinner With Andre,” is largely just two people shooting the breeze, but you get sucked into their conversations. The film is essentially one long character study of two people and it’s a touching and rewarding experience to watch them.

Naturally, much of the credit here should go to Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel. I’ve been known to knock Eisenberg from time to time due to his samey performances, but he breaks out of that mold here for the most part. The real star, however, is Jason Segel who gives a truly astonishing award worthy performance. Not only is it the best performance of his career, but it’s also so unlike anything else he’s ever done. He really digs deep here to play the famed author and I’m curious to see where his career goes from here on out.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? From the snowy exteriors to the interiors of David’s home, this transfer is sharp.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? This DTS track handles the largely dialogue driven content well.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Lionsgate trailers.
* 6 deleted scenes.
* “A Conversation With Composer Danny Elfman”- Elfman talks about how he came on board the project, his career, and composing for “The End of the Tour.” Good stuff.
* “Behind The Tour”- A 24 minute featurette that contains set footage, interviews, a peek at crew members at work, discussions of the project, and more.
* An informative but not so exciting commentary by Jason Segel, James Ponsoldt and Donald Margulies.

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November 4, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , ,

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