The Review at a Glance: (max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: 20th Century Fox - 2009
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 111 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, Ewen McGregor, Christopher Eccleston, Joe anderson
Directed by: Mira Nair
Music by: Gabriel Yared
Written by: Ron Bass & Anna Hamilton Phelan based on the two books “East to the Dawn” and “The sound of wings”
Region Code: A
Blu-ray Disc release Date: February 2, 2010
"A love without limits. A life without fear"
Experience the romance, struggle and triumph of legendary aviatrix Amelia Earhart as she chases love and lives her dreams in Amelia, landing on Blu-ray Disc with Digital Copy and DVD February 2 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. Hailed as “The Queen of the Air,” Amelia boldly flew into the annals of history with her solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Bound by ambition and love, her enduring marriage to George Putnam could not be broken by her determination to fly, or a secret passionate affair. Equal parts gripping drama, stirring romance and epic adventure, Amelia will take your breath away and send your spirit soaring!
Amelia portrays the true story of aviatrix Amelia Earhart, the iconic and larger than life woman who helped pioneer American Aviation. She captured the attention of the world with her first transatlantic flight in 1928, would repeat the feat solo in 1932, and later attempt to circumnavigate the globe in a Lockheed Electra 10 airplane. Her bid was unsuccessful as she and navigator Fred Noonan disappeared in the central Pacific Ocean, near Howland Island in July 1937. Amelia Earhart was truly a remarkable individual. Among her numerous accomplishments is her becoming the first woman to receive the Distinguished Flying Cross, awarded for becoming the first aviatrix to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, writing best-selling books about her flying experiences, being instrumental in the formation of The Ninety-Nines, an organization for female pilots and, and being an early supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment. Her passion for flying and sense of adventure inspired others to push the envelope and follow their dreams. The film depicts her life beginning with the events that led up to her first transatlantic flight and follows through until her tragic disappearance. This includes many of her accomplishments (and failures), and her relationship/marriage to George “GP” Putman.
My knowledge of Amelia Earhart is admittedly limited but I have always found her story to be intriguing. What an incredibly charismatic, gifted and charming person she must have been. The circumstances surrounding her disappearance has been the subject of conjecture/theory since it happened 70 plus years ago. Regardless her memory lives on through her numerous accomplishments/deeds. I liked Amelia but not so much because it was a well orchestrated film but because I found the subject so interesting. As a movie I felt that it moved a little slow at times and strove hard for accuracy which made it feel too biographical. Having said that I appreciated its attention to detail, the thematic aspects regarding her relationship with George and the emphasis placed on the depiction of her love of flying. As with true stories we know how it ends but I couldn’t help but hope that somehow she and Fred would make it. Hilary Swank is a superb actress and I thought she gave an incredibly genuine performance. In my opinion Richard Gere has successfully and effectively transitioned as an actor. He played this role with conviction and the pairing with Swank breathed life not only into the characters but the story as well. The cinematography is absolutely gorgeous and I applaud director Mira Nair’s decision to forego the extended use of CGI. Amelia may not be as compelling a film as I expected but its subject matter and the strong performances by the cast made for an involving experience that was well worth it.
The rating is for some sensuality, language, thematic elements and smoking.
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.**
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Amelia comes to Blu-ray Disc from Fox featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 34 mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.2 mbps.
This is a reference quality high definition video presentation that features resplendent colors and deep, image penetrating resolution. Images boast transparent imagery, with defining sharpness that highlights fine object detail. The sweeping pans and aerial vista views of the various landscapes offer three dimensional depth, lucid visual acuity and an almost tangible reach out and touch perspective. Contrast is boldly applied which slightly overdrives whites while adding punch to colors and dynamic quality to sun drenched sequences. Blacks and shadow detail are strong which provides dark scenes with excellent depth of field and noticeable gradational highlights. Colors are rich and vibrant, with deep, beautifully rendered primaries that stand out but appear natural and tonally delineated. The video has a filmic and grainy texture that rarely calls attention to itself during scenes with plenty of light. In dark scenes it occasionally took on more prominence but wasn’t what I would describe as obtrusive. I also noticed in several instances (predominantly interior shots) that resolution dropped off slightly. From what I could tell that was innate to the photography and fidelity remained intact.
The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was notably engaging and featured sparkling clarity and superb high level detail. Dialogue was impressive in its tonal distinction and transparent blend with the front three channels. Imaging and sound effects reproduction were first rate as the sound field in the front of the room bristled with sonic detail. The surrounds were primarily utilized for spatial atmospheric presence however discernible discrete audio cues were effectively mixed in where appropriate. Low frequency effects came in the form of bass content associated with Gabriel Yared’s music score and support of sound effects that required low bass resonance or tactile impact. Dynamic range was excellent which provided good solidity and weight to the audio in general. I felt that the mix highlighted the strengths of the source material and sounded great.
- (HD) Deleted scenes
- (HD) Making Amelia – 23 minute featurette
- (HD) The Power of Amelia Earhart – 10 minute featurette
- (HD) The Plane Behind the Legend – 4 minute feature
- (HD) Re-constructing the Planes of Amelia – 6 minute production featurette
- Movietone News reels – 7 segments
- Mrs. Putman flies the Atlantic again – This time alone
- Amelia Earhart flies over the U.S in 17 hours
- Miss Earhart flies from Hawaii to U.S to win solo crown
- Aviation (introducing the Electra)
- Aviation (Amelia testing her place)
- Names in the news: Amelia Earhart
- Race to rescue Amelia Earhart
- Digital Copy Bonus Disc
Amelia isn’t an exciting film about aerial adventures or a drama heavy romance. It plays more like a dramatic biopic about one of America’s most influential women in aviatrix Amelia Earhart. I didn’t find it thoroughly compelling from a thematic standpoint but enjoyed it nevertheless thanks to its interesting subject matter and the performances by leads Hilary Swank and Richard Gere. Its stunning reference quality high definition video presentation from Fox on Blu-ray makes for great demonstration material and the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack doesn’t disappoint. The middling set of bonus supplements is a let down although I always appreciate the inclusion of a Digital Copy. Unless you’re a fan this may not qualify as a must own however it is worth checking out so toss it in your rental queue and look to the skies.
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