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post #1 of 3 Old 04-20-2013, 07:01 PM - Thread Starter
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The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )

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Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Anchor Bay Films- 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 93 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: James Gandolfini, Famke Janssen, Joe Pope, and Edoadro Costa
Directed by: Harold Guskin
Written by: Sandra Jennings
Music by: Andrea Morricone
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 8, 2013

"What Happens in Jersey stays in Jersey"

Film Synopsis:

Set on the Jersey shore, the lives of three childhood friends begin to unravel when a secret from their past is revealed.

My Take:

Drama gets a bad rap. It's either too melodramatic or seems to be on screen just to try to tug at the heartstrings as opposed to having a deeper meaning. However, when done right it can be films most powerful genre. I like my stories of the human condition to gain its levity from some comic relief, as that seems to ground it a bit more for me. Down The Shores a full bag of serious and that was one of its misfires. What was refreshing here, was the scope of the film. It didn't try to be anymore than the small story it was. With limited location and plot, it flowed nicely and was was a little believable slice of life.

It's no secret that James Gandolfini shines when he is playing a character from New Jersey, and in Down The Shore that is as true as ever. Thanks to a great cast, this depressing, dark and cold melodrama rose up from what could have been mediocre to become pretty decent. I don't want to get into specifics on plot, as the films prologue was wonderful and unexpected (I actually watched it twice) and its events set the film in motion, setting three peoples lives off kilter as a secret from the past is slowly unraveled. Besides the good of some great acting, nice pacing and a storyline that keeps you into things, the film is ultimately a bit of a letdown as the weight of its secrets and choices are never as heavy a burden as needed to be a truly effective story of the human condition.

Parental Guide:

Rated R for language and some drug use

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

Audio: 82

(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Video: 92

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Down The Shore comes to Blu-ray from Anchor Bay featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 18.5 mbps and Dolby True HD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 mbps

Down The Shore looks like it should-- cold with the film seemingly favoring a bluer tone and a generally paler look. Its 35mm stock looks great on this transfer, with a light tinge of grain, deep and stable blacks and natural flesh-tones. Detail can range from impeccable to OK, mostly the difference is between long shots and close ups. The Lossless Dolby TrueHD track never wows, but its never asked to. Dialogue is clear, precise in the sound-stage,and never misses a beat. Light atmospherics enhance the track but dynamic range and low frequencies never have the chance to shine.

Bonus Features:

  • None Included

Final Thoughts:

Down The Shore had some great turns from its cast, a gorgeous video presentation as well as wonderful audio. As far as the film itself, it needed a bit of lighter human interaction to really ground it in reality as the weight of it all was just a bit draining. Overall this is worth a rental, not a purchase, especially considering its complete lack of supplemental features.


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I had to stop reading right after this....

Film Synopsis,

Set on the Jersey shore....

NOOOOOOOOOooooooooooooooooooooo!!!!!!!!! biggrin.gif

All kidding aside though this looks to be at least worth a rental due to Tony Soprano. biggrin.gif

I can't remember the last time I saw him in a movie as the lead though?

Thanks for reviewing this 1 Lee!
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I agree the story is lacking, but it kept me engaged. Also agree about the great cinematography, the bleakness of the setting was a bit overwhelming.
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