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



Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Image Entertainment - 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 94 minutes
Genre: Drama

Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: David Duchovny, Vera Farmiga, Graham Phillips
Directed by: Christopher Neil
Written by: Marc Jude Poirer
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 4, 2012
"You can't choose your family...or can you?"

Film Synopsis:

As Ellis prepares to leave Tucson for his freshman year at an East Coast prep school, he also faces separating from his flaky, new age mother and the only real father he has ever known: Goat Man.

My Take:

Ellis (Graham Phillips- The Good Wife) is about to realize he might just be the most mature person in his family. At 15, he is leaving Tuscon to go to a stuffy East Coast prep school far away from the hippy-dippy mediation and scream therapies of his trust fund baby mother (Vera Farmiga) and her live in the pool house free-loader "Goat Man". Goat Man, played by David Duchovny is ganja smoking, downwardly mobile guy in his late 40s who's hair and beard are as long as the years he has wasted. For as much of nothing he has accomplished, he is most proud of one thing, that he has been sort of a father figure to Ellis, as Ellis' dad is across the country and has not been part of his life. When Ellis goes to the Prep School, he seeks his dad out and finds out some secrets, rekindles that relationship and turns his mom into a tailspin.

Goats is a strange movie indeed. Conjuring thoughts of Wes Anderson, but a bit more conventional, the movie is like life and is a snapshot of one 9 month period, and has no definitive story-arch, or ending for that matter. We see Ellis change, and how his growing up effects the adults in his life. Based on Mark Jude Poirier's best-selling novel, Goats the film is neither a compelling drama or a compelling coming of age story, it just..."Is". And that is how "Goat Man" would like it.

Parental Guide:

The rating is for drug content including teen drug and alcohol use, language, sexuality and nudity.

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: 82

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Video: 88

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Goats comes to Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 18.2 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.8 Mbps.

Goats is a nice looking film and a great transfer form Image entertainment. Color struck me right of the bat with their real life lucidity and vibrancy, even in the dull Tuscon Desert. Blue Skies were a nice contrast to the arid desert, and coupled with a nice dose if fine details, the on-screen imagery was very nice indeed. The DTS-HD 5.1 track is not terribly active, thought it does a nice job making the contrast of the open desert of the west coast and the stuffy prep on east coast feel very natural. The light ambiance in the rears are used with taste, and all bits of dialogue are easily discernible. A very pleasing HD track on both fronts.

Bonus Features:

  • (HD)The Making Of Goats

  • (HD) Mailman's Lament

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) Theatrical Trailer

Final Thoughts:

Goats is best described as "blah". As a coming of age story, it had little weight and as a drama it held no real emotion. Over-all it was a nice and light movie that is an enjoyable one time watch. Performances of Duchovny and Farmiga were very good, and Graham Phillips looks to have a promising future. Image Entertainment treats us to a great looking and sounding release, however it is best watched when your queue is looking bleak or on cable one late night.

Lee Weber
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I will have to see this based alone on Duchovny being in it. I love him in Californication. Thanks for reviewing this one Lee! Will definitely have to give it a rent.
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