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



Audio/Video total rating:

( Max score: 100 )

Studio and Year: Focus Features- 2012
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 95 minutes
Genre: Biography/Comedy/Drama

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 2.35:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams
Directed by: Roger Michell
Written by: Richard Nelson
Music by: Jeremy Sams
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 9, 2013
"The President. The First Lady. The King. The Queen. The Mother. The Mistress...One weekend would unite two great nations...After cocktails of course."

Film Synopsis:

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret "Daisy" Suckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

My Take:

Though critics seemed to hold Bill Murray's portrayal of our 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, in high regards, I found it strange and a bit too fluffy. Here we are watching a man considered strong, a man who was the commander-in-chief during World War II, and even though this was depiction of a few days while he was in love and seemingly away from the stress of his job, I expected more strength. Well, what I expected was FDR, and I don't feel I saw him on-screen. I had the feeling that the makers of the film knew it was an odd depiction of the former President so they just decided to "go for it" when choosing Murray. Now I am not saying Murray was not good, actually he was very good, but he didn't feel like I think FDR would be like.

The plot is of a visit by Brits new King Bertie and Queen Elizabeth to FDR's upstate New York retreat. The visit is in effort to gain US support in war against the Nazis. The film splits into two story-lines, the royal visit, which is by far the best and most comedic elements of the film, and FDR's affair with his removed cousin...yes I said cousin... played by Laura Linney. Awkward moments such as the infamous "Hand Job" scene challenge the viewer and keep us engaged, but this one never finds any stride or level of balance to take it above a curious & easy watch.

Parental Guide:

Rated R for brief sexuality

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

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Video: 88

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Hyde Park on Hudson comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Studios Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 22.4 Mbps and DTS-MA HD 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.4 Mbps

An enjoyable presentation highlighted by a gorgeous filmic cinema-scope image, the video here is definitely Hyde Park on Hudson's best attribute. The image has a slight dreamy look and natural color palette, highlighted by overblown contrast, that gives the film a softer look, yet it is still riddled with finner details; this one is a winner. The DTS-HD MA audio track is pedestrian due to the films plot, though moments of surround activity are noticeable when called for as are dynamics, thought these moments are limited.

Bonus Features:

  • Audio Commentary with Director Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader

  • (HD) A Look Inside Hyde Park on Hudson

  • (HD) Deleted Scenes

  • (HD) First Days

  • BD Live Enabled

  • DVD Copy

  • Digital Copies (UV and Itunes)

Final Thoughts:

Hey man, it's Carl Spakler playing FDR---thats a must-see right there! Murray is great, but didn't feel like FDR to me. This is worth a watch even though not dramatically engaging-- its awkward moments keep you along for the ride. Hyde Park on Hudson's video presentation is stellar and make a rental recommendation to interested parties.

Lee Weber
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Thanks Lee.

I enjoyed Murray's performance and agree that the depiction of FDR here is something I wasn't expecting. I do agree that is more or less the intention, to portray a story/side of him that perhaps we didn't know. I am a Laura Linney fan and always find her to be engaging. The film is based on a diary written by Linney's character which detailed her affair with FDR as well as the events of that weekend in Hyde Park.

A decent watch to be sure.


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Not a big Bill Murray fan - but really found interesting several parts of the King's Speech, with "Bertie" and the WWII timeline (of course I am expecting two VERY different personal "stories")

However; that said - I will be giving this one a rent (maybe even a tiny bit of history lesson as a bonus)
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