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Miracles from Heaven Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews the drama based on the story of the Beam family, whose daughter Annabel suffers from a rare digestive disorder, but finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )



Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 2016
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 109 minutes
Genre: Drama/Biopic

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English/Portuguese DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, French/Spanish/Thai Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Cantonese, Chinese, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai
Starring: Jennifer Garner, Kylie Rogers, Martin Henderson, John Carroll Lynch, Eugenio Derbez, Queen Latifah
Directed by: Patricia Riggen
Music by: Carlo Siliotto
Written by: Randy Brown based on the book by Christy Beam
Region Code: A,B,C

Blu-ray Disc release Date: July 12, 2016

"The Incredible True Story of a Young Girl's Miracle"

My Take:

When Christy (Jennifer Garner) discovers her 10-year-old daughter Annabel (Kylie Rogers) has a rare, incurable disease, she becomes a ferocious advocate for her daughter’s healing as she searches for a solution. After Annabel has a freak accident and falls three stories, a miracle unfolds in the wake of her dramatic rescue that leaves medical specialists mystified, her family restored and their community inspired.

Based on the memoir by Christy Beam with a screenplay by Randy Brown, Miracles from Heaven 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 some 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. 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/melodrama that revolves around the Anna's plight, as well as the ensuing strife involving financial problems, and Christy's shaken faith, makes for an engaging, and moving film. I think how affected you are by Miracles from Heaven will depend largely on your beliefs as well as your personal life experience. I watched it with my wife and we enjoyed it not only for its spiritual foundation and solid performances but for the positive message it carries about family and community. Miracles from Heaven isn’t a perfect film, but I opted to simply take it at face value. For me the result was a pleasant and emotive film that families can enjoy.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for thematic material.

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: 84
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA

Video: 92
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Miracles from Heaven comes to Blu-ray Disc from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2 Mbps.

This film looks excellent on Blu-ray 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, defining clarity, and high level detail that made for an enriching listening experience.

Bonus Features:
  • (HD) Miracles Abound: The Making of Miracles from Heaven – 9 minute featurette
  • (HD) Bearing Witness – 9 minute featurette
  • (HD) Creating Heaven: Concept Art Exploration – 3 minutes
  • (HD) "Your Words" Music Montage – 3 minutes
  • Filmmaker Audio Commentary
  • (HD) 5 Deleted Scenes
  • (HD) Accounts from Annabel – 6 minute featurette
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Based on the memoir by Christy Beam Miracles from Heaven is an entertaining faith based family film with an emotive and heartwarming center that revolves around the true story of a 10-year-old girl that suffers from a rare digestive disorder, but finds herself miraculously cured after surviving a terrible accident. It comes to Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition video, crystal clear lossless sound and a solid supplemental offering that includes insights from the cast, crew and real life family. If you find the subject matter to be of interest Miracles from Heaven is worthwhile viewing so feel free to toss it in your rental queue and give it a spin on Blu-ray.

Ralph Potts
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Thanks for the review. I will see if I can locate at Redbox. Sounds like my kind of movie (and certainly having Jennifer Garner in it doesn't hurt).

EDIT: I watched it this evening with my wife and granddaughter. It may have been a bit tough on the granddaughter but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
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This was such a great movie with inspirational message. It sounded and looked great. The characters are very charming in their own way. This movie reminded me of "Heaven Is For Real" in terms of a small church and rural setting. The movie will be airing on STARZ starting 12.24.16. I highly recommend a viewing during this holiday season.
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