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I Am Heath Ledger Blu-ray Review

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“I Am Heath Ledger” is an insightful documentary.

For those who want to know more about the life of the late enigmatic actor Heath Ledger, directors Adrian Buitenhuis and Derik Murray’s documentary film “I Am Heath Ledger” does just that.

While far from comprehensive (certain things like his break-up with Michelle Williams and other films and shows he appeared in are barely touched upon), “I Am Heath Ledger” provides an up-close-and-personal look at the passionate actor’s life and career. While the film contains rare photos, audio recordings of Ledger, and interviews with family members and friends like Ben Harper, Naomi Watts, Ben Mendelsohn, and Nfa Forster-Jones, the film is also comprised of a significant amount of footage that Ledger shot himself (it turns out he loved cameras in all forms). As you can imagine, “I Am Heath Ledger” does touch on expected subjects such as his childhood in Australia, his whirlwind journey to success, his romance, his child, his iconic roles (ala The Joker), but there’s a lot of info. that I personally didn’t know about. For instance, his risk taking, creative and lively personality is explored here as his passion for directing, chess, Nick Drake, his sleeping problems among other subjects. The film also dispels many rumors that were out in the ether.

Overall, I would say “I Am Heath Ledger” is a touching tribute to Heath Ledger’s life and career. It may not be the deepest of documentaries, but it does offer plenty of insight into who he was as a person both on and off screen.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? The newly shot scenes look crisp while the archival videos vary in quality. In other words, it looks like a standard documentary.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? A perfectly fine audio track for a documentary.

Extras:

* An intro for the Heath Ledger Scholarship. * 24 minutes of additional stories from Heath, His Family and Friends that includes more about his childhood, road trips, friendships, and more.

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June 10, 2017 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , ,

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