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post #1 of 3 Old 07-24-2017, 09:23 AM - Thread Starter
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The Lovers Blu-ray Review

Ralph Potts reviews this quirky, offbeat, romance that takes a refreshing look at love, fidelity, and family.

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



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



Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Romance/Comedy

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

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Debra Winger, Tracy Letts, Aidan Gillen, Melora Walters, Tyler Ross, Jessica Sula
Written & Directed by: Azazel Jacobs
Music by: Mandy Hoffman
Region Code: A

Release Date: August 1, 2017

"A Love so Strong it can Survive Marriage"

My Take:

A husband and wife (Tracy Letts and Debra Winger), each embroiled in a secret, extramarital affair, are sent reeling when they suddenly fall for the least likely person imaginable – one another – in this scalpel-sharp, deliciously grown-up comedy.

Written and directed by Azazel Jacobs The Lovers takes a refreshing approach to the romantic dramedy. Presenting a fly on the wall perspective into the lives of a couple, Mary and Michael, who for years has coexisted in a marriage devoid of closeness, both emotionally, and physically, and has sought found it outside of the marriage, essentially relegating them to roommates. Unfortunately for them their extramarital relationships are under a bit of a strain due to their inability to end the marriage. The turning point rests on a visit from their estranged son, and his new girlfriend, during which they plan (unbeknownst to one another) to tell him that the marriage is over. Under the pressure of both the visit and constant prodding from their toe tapping significant others, Mary and Michael find themselves unexpectedly drawn to one another, reconnecting on levels that they haven’t in years.

The Lovers is a cute, quirky, love story that makes for an interesting study of relationships and people. Allowing us to see how a completely disconnected union can be reignited via a narrative that exudes both optimism and pessimism, works perfectly, as we can see through the eyes of the quartet. The relationship with their son pours gasoline on the fire, portraying the emotional damage that years of familial strife can put upon a child. I thought that the performances by Debra Winger and Tracy Letts, and the chemistry they shared, was excellent.

The Lovers turned out to be more than I expected, and made for an entertaining, and worthwhile evening.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide:

The rating is for sexuality, brief nudity and language.

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: 80
(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: 86
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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The Lovers comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate 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 3.1 Mbps.

This a solid video presentation that offers excellent refinement during close ups and clear rendering during mid-level camera pans. The color range perfectly sets the film’s somber tone and has a reserved aesthetic that rarely offers bright, eye catching hues. Rendering is clean and depth is appropriate. Fleshtones keep pace with the look of the rest of the film and have a balmy but natural texture. Spot on contrast yielded crisp, bright whites and blacks are stable but slightly elevated which leaves them appearing less dynamic and occasionally flat. I didn’t see this as a problem based upon the visual style of the film. This is a pristine encoding that showed no obvious signs of video related artifacts or anomalies.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 surround mix features dialogue that is full bodied with defining tonal characteristics and prominent soundstage position. High level detail is readily apparent as subtle sound effects, music and voices were rendered with superior clarity and depth. There is little call for active surround activity and extended dynamics however there is frequent use of atmospheric sounds that stabilize the soundstage in support of the venues being depicted onscreen. That coupled along with the eclectic music of Mandy Hoffman gives the soundtrack an open sounding and balanced presence that helps drive the films thematic elements.

Bonus Features:
  • The Music of Romance: Scoring The Lovers Featurette
  • A Complicated Passion: Making The Lovers Featurette
  • Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Azazel Jacobs
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Azazel Jacobs The Lovers is an intimate, funny and refreshing portrait as seen from the perspective of a marriage in crisis. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video mated with a fair supplemental package that offers insights from the cast/crew. The Lovers is time well spent and deserves a place at the top of your Blu-ray rental queue.

Ralph Potts
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Thanks for the review.

This is one that I will pick up. I know my wife will like it. A good husband buys a movie like this for his wife once in awhile because she sure over looks all the movies that I watch with explosions, killings, war and plain crap-y.


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Thanks for the review Ralph. A lot of smaller films get lost in the shuffle these days.
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