Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world.
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The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures - 2014
Feature running time:
English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, Chinese, French, Indonesian/Bahasa, Korean, Spanish, Thai
Greg Kinnear, Kelly Reilly, Thomas Haden Church, Margo Martindale, Connor Corum
Randall Wallace & Christopher Parker
Blu-ray Disc release Date:
July 22, 2014
"Unlock the mystery…"
Based on the #1 New York Times best-selling book, Heaven is for Real recounts the true story of a small-town father who must find the courage and conviction to share his son's extraordinary, life-changing experience with the world. Starring Academy Award® nominee Greg Kinnear (Best Supporting Actor, As Good As It Gets, 1997) as Todd Burpo, the real-life father whose son Colton claims to have visited Heaven during a near death experience. Colton shares the details of his amazing journey with childlike innocence and speaks matter-of-factly about things that happened before his birth ... things he couldn't possibly know. Todd and his family are then challenged to examine the meaning from this remarkable event.
Based on the book of the same name by Todd Burpo Heaven is for real
tells the story of the four-year old son of a small town Nebraska pastor who during emergency surgery slips from consciousness and enters heaven. He survives and begins talking about being able to look down and see the doctor operating, his dad praying in the hospital chapel and his mother making telephone calls in waiting room. The family didn't know what to believe but soon the evidence was clear as Colton began to reveal things he’d seen and people he’d met in heaven that he couldn’t have possible known about otherwise.
Heaven is for real
is most definitely a film that carries a message. Its foundation is faith based however I didn’t find it to have the syrupy after school propaganda feel that other films of its type have. The story is well written and stays on point as it depicts a spiritual family that is suddenly faced with a crisis that tests their faith. Once their prayers have been answered their 4 year old son tells them of an experience he had while in surgery which raises questions that cause them to re-examine their beliefs. This is a very personal story and it comes across that way. It’s not overtly preachy per se and I feel it speaks more to providing inspirational thought for people of faith rather than necessarily trying to make believers out of those who aren’t.
The drama and melodrama that revolves around the Burpo family as well as the ensuing strife/fallout, involving their friends/parishioners/townspeople makes for an engaging and sometime moving film. I think how affected you are by this film will depend largely on your beliefs as well as your personal experience with the loss of loved ones. I watched it with my wife and we enjoyed it not only for its spiritual foundation and charming performances but for the positive message it carries about family and community. Heaven is for real
isn’t a perfect film as it sometimes get weighed down with minutia that could easily have been suggested rather than depiction. I didn’t find that to be an unrecoverable flaw and opted to simply take it at face value. For me the result was a pleasant and worthwhile film that families can enjoy.
The rating is for thematic material including some medical situations.
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.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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- Surround Sound presentation:
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- Low frequency extension * (non-rated element): NA
Heaven is for real comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 Mbps.
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Shot digitally this film looks excellent on Blu-ray Disc and features glossy high definition video quality that exhibits high level detail, and refining sharpness that brings out the innate lifelike textures of the source material. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal that can be visually stimulating. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid-level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. Colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the remaining spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Contrast is bold applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and drives whites with washing away detail. Blacks are gradational and fairly deep which helps them pop during sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure in backgrounds. Other than some very minor banding this is a rewarding presentation that looks great.
This film relies heavily on the spoken word and the DTS-HD MA soundtrack handles it with crystalline articulation and descriptive intonation that allows even minute changes in vocal inflection to be discernible. The presentation maintains a frontal perspective but broadens occasionally to effectively simulate exterior surroundings or the echoed expanse of the church. Dynamic range is appropriate and supports the track’s recorded elements which include the music score. Fidelity appears intact as the soundtrack has excellent tonal balance and high level detail that make for an enriching listening experience.
- (HD) Colton goes to Heaven – 4 minute featurette
- (HD) 6 deleted scenes
- (HD) * Exclusive * The making of Heaven is for real – 13 minute featurette
- (HD) * Exclusive * Creating Heaven – 4 minute featurette
- Bonus DVD
- Ultraviolet Digital Copy
Based on the book by Todd Burpo Heaven is for real
is an entertaining faith based family film with a heartwarming center that revolves around the true story of a little boy whose experience during emergency surgery impacts the lives of those around him. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a fair supplemental offering that includes insights from the cast, crew and real life subjects. If you find the subject matter to be of interest Heaven is for real
is worthwhile viewing so feel free to toss it in your rental queue and give it a spin on Blu-ray.
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