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Gloria Bell Blu-ray Review



A free-spirited divorcee spends her nights on the dance floor, joyfully letting loose at clubs around Los Angeles. She soon finds herself thrust into an unexpected new romance, filled with the joys of budding love and the complications of dating. Check out Ralph Potts’ Blu-ray review of Gloria Bell.



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

Film:

Extras:

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

87



Details:

Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2019
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 101 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Julianne Moore, John Turturro, Michael Cera, Brad Garrett, Caren Pistorius, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Rita Wilson, Sean Astin, Holland Taylor
Written & Directed by: Sebastian Lelio
Region Code: A

Release Date: June 4, 2019


"Love. Life."


Synopsis:

“Julianne Moore stars as Gloria, a free-spirited divorcée who spends her days at a straitlaced office job and her nights at L.A. dance clubs. One evening, Gloria meets Arnold (John Turturro) — and finds herself in a new romance that shows her love can strike at any time.” – Lionsgate Home Entertainment


My Take:

Ever the quintessence of an independent film, Gloria Bell is a slice of life drama that takes a snapshot of the daily life of a fairly ordinary woman, as she goes through the routines associated with life after divorce, staying connected with her adult children, and trying to discover/rekindle romance. While repetition would seemingly embody day to day, it’s the little things, the tiny ripples, that subtly change life’s course for Gloria, until she meets Arnold. Initially, I found Gloria Bell to be slow moving, and at first glance, a bit boring. Soon, I saw beneath the surface toward what writer/director Sebastian Lelio, was striving for.

Once the narrative took shape, it became an interesting, character driven drama, that speaks to the delicacies of human encounters via a contemplative and sometimes metaphoric context. Those elements, infused with deadpan humor, romance, and intriguing use of prose, which are complimented by an excellent performance by Julianne Moore, make Gloria Bell an entertaining and refreshing film that asks little of the audience other than to sit back and take it in.


Replay Value:


Parental Guide:

The rating is for sexuality, nudity, language and some drug use.


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


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Gloria Bell comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

By design this film doesn’t boast vibrant colors are eye popping visuals, but the encoding appears solid. Colors have a muted level of saturation and those used are rarely bright which gives the perception of a limited palette. Overall, they are naturally rendered, and appear to fall within the visual range intended. Fleshtones have appreciable complexional distinction and predominately appear natural. Blacks are respectable with above average delineation. Shadow detail is quite good which enhances visual perception during the scenes shot in limited lighting. Resolution is adequate so that varying degrees of detail can be seen in close ups but the video isn’t razor sharp or dimensionally strong. This seems to coincide with the creative decisions of the filmmaker, and results in stable imagery that lacks the eye-popping definition that some may expect from a newer film.

I wouldn’t classify this as an engaging soundtrack but DTS-HD Master Audio’s higher resolution brought out the best in it. Dialog is centrally focused, with distinguishable intonation, and requisite clarity. Surround activity isn’t abundant however the entire surround platform was utilized to present the music featured in the story and rendered effective directional/spatial effects that enhanced dimension, generating a stable sound field. Dynamic range and low frequency effects appropriately augmented the recording’s elements and at times had nice solidity.

Bonus Features:
  • An Extraordinary Woman: Making Gloria Bell - Featurette
  • Writer/Director Audio Commentary
  • Digital Copy




Final Thoughts:

Written and directed by Sebastian Lelio, Gloria Bell is a rewarding indie drama that takes the road less traveled, providing an entertaining slice of life film experience. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring gratifying high definition audio/video and, a light supplemental package. Gloria Bell is an eclectic film that may not have universal appeal but, should find an audience with viewers that enjoy something refreshingly different.






Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews


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Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
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