Although critics scored this film highly, I'm going to have to go against the grain on this movie.
My wife and I just watched this yesterday...for me, the story was, well, just mehh
My wife hated Cast-away because of the solitude throughout the entire movie. I thought Cast-Away did a great job of conveying that solitude and drawing the viewer into the story. This movie, however, failed to get me involved in the desperation and overall emotions of the character. One thing that particularly annoyed me was Redford's reactions to each new challenge. For example, he wakes up to a 2ft gaping hole in the hull of his yacht and he's just kind of moping around for the next 15minutes. No look of fear, no panic, no sense of urgency. As the movie continues and his situation grows more urgent, his demeanor doesn't seem to change very much. I kept getting that same impression throughout the film besides the 2 or 3 times when he screams briefly out of frustration. Others will surely disagree, but I just didn't feel connected to the plot or the character.
Now, onto the A/V stuff...
As mentioned in the OP's review, I immediately noticed the color banding in both light and dark scenes without specifically looking for it. Colors seemed to fit the plot and environment...bright and washed out when Redford is under the relentless noon sun and cool hues during the night scenes.
The audio is easily the best part of this Blu-ray. Lot's of ambient and enveloping sound details. The distant wind noises and creaking hull are examples that come to mind. Even at modest listening volumes, there was powerful low end during the storm scenes. For me it was one of those movies that, on several occasions, made my room shudder. A few times the bass output startled me with subsonic vibrations against my chest.
Personally, I'm glad I rented rather than seeing it in theaters or purchasing the Blu-ray.
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