The Queen (BLU-RAY)

The Queen

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Running Time: 
1 Hour, 37 Minutes

Helen Mirren’s performance is haunting and truly was well-deserving of her Oscar.  Unfortunately, the rest of the movie has all the charm of a made-for-TV movie presented on BBC.  But, as I always say, I am not here to review the movie, just the presentation itself as those of you that are looking to pick this up, have already made your decision.

A decent portion of this movie is presented in a way that is not supposed to pop out of your screen and is warranting grainy moments.  But, the graininess shines through in the true intended way this time around as you are not left with the burns and lines of a movie theater projection, as well as the various spots sometimes seen on a DVD.  There are many soft-spoken moments throughout The Queen and all can be heard with clarity when the 5.1 is turned on but muffles a bit on 2.0.

Bonus Features:
None, really aside from the generic Backsage Disney and an unneeded “movie showcase” that showcases the “ultimate in high definition.”

I have also taken a listen to the DVD and, if you don’t have a 5.1 or higher sound system, the DVD actually comes through better in sound and the picture quality difference is so minute that it doesn’t make the higher purchase necessary.  Unless you are just looking to stick to Blu-Ray only (like me), just go with the regular DVD on this one.

Peter Oberth
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