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Disobedience Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews this drama based on the book by Naomi Alderman that tells the story of forbidden love, reignited, after years apart.



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83



Details:

Studio and Year: Universal - 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 115 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandro Nivola
Directed by: Sebastian Lelio
Music by: Matthew Herbert
Written by: Sebastian Lelio, Rebecca Lenkiewicz based on the book by Naomi Alderman
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: July 17, 2018


"Love is an Act of Defiance"


My Take:


New York photographer Ronit Krushka flies to London after learning about the death of her estranged father. Ronit is returning to the same Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her decades earlier for her childhood attraction to Esti, a female friend. Their fortuitous and happy reunion soon reignites their burning passion as the two women explore boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Based on Naomi Alderman’s book, Disobedience tells a simple, yet complex story of two women bound by first love but, are forced apart due to cultural and religious restrictions. Separated by time and distance their oppressed feelings burst forth after they are reunited by the death of one of their parents/community leaders. The trailer for this film looked quite good and was anxious to review it. I wasn’t disappointed.

At its heart this is a love story but, it’s the cultural and religious dynamic that underscores its thematic context, providing the connective tissue that allows us to cross the barrier, seeing Esti’s repressed feelings, Ronit’s rebellious and resentful nature, and the understanding of how it all reaches the boiling point with the tiniest of sparks. It was easy to become entrenched in this film. Reminiscent of a stage production it speaks to the human condition at an impressionably emotional level. You can’t help but imagine what it would be like, which of course imparts feelings of empathy and understanding.

There is profound genuineness to the interaction among the characters which extends beyond the two principles lending a wonderful balance to the proceedings. The pace is deliberate but I never found myself checking the time. As it builds toward its climax you can’t help but see the handwriting on the wall but that won’t keep you from the hope of avoiding it. The ending may not be to your liking but it’s truthful and effecting. I thoroughly enjoyed the performances, particularly by McAdams, Weisz, and Nivola.

Disobedience is well-executed drama that speaks to the human condition via a densely drawn landscape with provocative questions and emotive themes that beat to a culturally different but universal drum. I loved it.


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The rating is for some strong sexuality, brief nudity and 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: 78
(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: 88
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Disobedience comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

This high definition presentation is on par with other new release films of its type and generally looked great. Colors are natural looking with a pleasing and reserved quality that remained within the scope required by the settings and clothing featured in the film. Flesh tones vary somewhat but most offers little complexional differences which appears to coincide with the film’s geographical setting. Contrast is stable with solid blacks and estimable shadow detail. Images are detailed and crisp, with definable lines and appreciable dimension. While I noticed sporadic occasions where resolution fluctuated slightly this appeared innate to the photography and never called fidelity into question. The video is rendered well and doesn’t show any overt signs of compression related anomalies or video artifacts.


The DTS-HD MA soundtrack delivers dialogue that is crisp, tonally descriptive and well-articulated. The front three channels handily convey the soundtrack’s elements via an open soundstage that features excellent clarity and imaging.


Bonus Features:
  • Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Based on the book by Naomi Alderman Disobedience is well-executed drama that speaks to the human condition via a densely drawn landscape with provocative questions and emotive themes that beat to a culturally different but universal drum. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring solid technical merits and disappointingly no bonus material. Disobedience is highly recommended viewing and deserves a place at the top of your Blu-ray rental queue.






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Good Christ, Ralph! When I am more or less sober I will attempt a more coherent response. Until then, Bravo Man! A more Poetic, a more eloquent response to a wonderfully Human Movie, I can not Conceive.
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Good Christ, Ralph! When I am more or less sober I will attempt a more coherent response. Until then, Bravo Man! A more Poetic, a more eloquent response to a wonderfully Human Movie, I can not Conceive.
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Great review Ralph with which I completely concur. Ronit and Esti are complex women enmeshed in a very complex situation. Rachel McAdams and Rachel Weisz are terrific as their characters try to find their way to some kind of daylight. Alessandro Nivola does a wonderful job of navigating between these two powerhouse actresses. The look at the culture of Orthodox Judaism and a natural provincialism was also noteworthy. I saw a video in which Ms. Weisz said that "it was easy to fall in love with Rachel McAdams". The same can be said about Ms. Weisz. This film gets 5/5 from me.
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Definitely worth watching to get an insight into what it means to leave a culture with historic cultural roots and return to it as an outsider. All three leads were outstanding (Weisz, McAdams, Nivola). All in all, I'd rather watch a thought provoking movie like this than some action film that just happens to sound good in a HT.


Not just that, but when a movie makes you want to put on your Kindle a book you'd never read otherwise, it must be doing something right..
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