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The Light Between Oceans Blu-ray Review

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“The Light Between Oceans” has a lot to admire despite the tough subject matter.

After serving in WWI, a quiet man (Tom) looks for some solitude by taking on a job as a lighthouse keeper in a small Australian town. While there, Tom meets a young local woman (Isabel) whom he falls in love with and eventually marries. At first, everything goes swimmingly for the two as they live in peace at the lighthouse together, but the couple experiences real tragedy when Isabel loses two pregnancies. Shortly thereafter in a strange turn of events, Tom discovers a boat with a baby and a dead man at sea. Distraught over losing her pregnancies, Isabel convinces Tom to keep the baby and raise her as their own. Since no one knows she lost the second pregnancy, she figures they can tell people the baby is their child. Unfortunately for them, that baby still has a mother and, well, I will say no more so as to no spoil how the story unfolds.

As breathtakingly beautiful as the movie may be, “The Light Between Oceans” (which is based on the novel of the same name) is a decidedly tough watch. For a majority of the 132 minute runtime (which seems a bit excessive all things considered), the movie continually breaks your heart as the main characters lives fall apart. Sure, it might seem a bit melodramatic on the surface, but the movie has something to say about secrets, lies, loss, love, and consequences. Simply put, there’s a lot going on here compared to your average romance film due to its psychological nature.

Alicia Vikander and Michael Fassbender are arguably 2 of the best actors in the biz today so it should come as no surprise that the film is impeccably acted. You really buy their romantic chemistry and understand their characters’ complex emotions.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 2.40:1 1080p. How does it look? This picturesque movie is flat-out stunning in 1080p.

Audio Track: 7.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The high quality 7.1 track handles all of the varying audio elements perfectly.

Extras:
* Digital copy.
* Trailers for other titles.
* “Bringing The Light To Life” contains interviews, film clips, behind-the-scenes footage, discussions about the story, and a peek at life on set.
* “Lighthouse Keeper”- A featurette on the lighthouse itself.
* Commentary by director Derek Cianfrance and film professor/filmmaker Phil Solomon. Worth a listen for the interesting dynamic between the two.

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January 24, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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