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Doubt (BLU-RAY)

Doubt

Movie
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On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
Grade:
A-
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 44 Minutes

Doubt tells a tale that’s gripped by fear, rumor, and (not surprisingly) doubt within a Catholic school during the mid-60’s. Meryl Streep portrays Sister Aloysius, playing her paranoid-laced role with vicious abandon. Philip Seymour Hoffman is Father Flynn, the priest in Aloysius’ sights. Amy Adams plays as Sister James, the young nun caught in between the gossip and suspicion surrounding Father Flynn’s possible improper behavior with one of the young male students.

Elevated by the fine abilities of these three leads, Doubt is quite a compelling story. It’s also very thought-provoking, inviting the viewer into the central conflict between certainty and doubt by leaving many of the specifics unexplained. This might frustrate some, but it succeeds in engaging and pulling you into the moral dilemma at the core of the story. Very well done and highly recommended.

QUALITY:
Excellent. Clean visuals, vibrant colors at both ends of the light-dark spectrum. The sound quality is also good, with solid levels across the board. Granted, as a period drama, you’re not really going for explosion and crazy sound effects. But it’s a good mix, especially for when the conversations lower to a whisper.

BONUS FEATURES:

Doubt: From Stage To Screen, Scoring Doubt, The Cast Of Doubt, The Sisters Of Charity, Feature Commentary with Writer/Director John Patrick Shanley.

Jeremy Hunt
Review by Jeremy Hunt
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