05/25/2015  
Inside the Court of Henry VIII on DVD Jun 16Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26HeForShe Campaign Features Star-Studded Cannes ConversationDespite The Gods on DVD May 19The Gunman on Digital HD Jun 16 & Blu-ray Combo Jun 30So Bright Is the View on DVD May 26

follow us on twitter

dOc on facebook

NE News Editor

Inside the Court of Henry VIII on DVD Jun 16...
Anne Meara Dies: Actress, Ben Stiller's Mother and Jerr...
'The Voice' Winner Tessanne Chin sings 'I Will Always L...
Infected on DVD & Digital Video Jun 2...
See You in Valhalla on DVD May 26...
First look: Bill Murray in Netflix's "A Very Murray Chr...
'Late Show' Set Dismantled A Day After David Letterman ...
'Dancing With the Stars' Finale: Who Took Home the Gold...
Jane Fonda Admits She's 'Not Proud' of Plastic Surgery...
Everyone is missing the most important part of Louis C....



Share: email   Print      Technorati.gif   StumbleUpon.gif   MySpace   digg.gif delicious.gif   google.gif   magnolia.gif   facebook.gif
Permalink: Permalink.gif

DVD Review: THE LADY (BLU-RAY)



Studio: E1 Entertainment
Year: 2011
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse
Director: Luc Besson
Release Date: October 02, 2012
Rating: R for (violence including some bloody images)
Run Time: 02h:12m:28s
Genre(s): drama

“Anthony, you know as well as I do, if she ever leaves Burma, they will never allow her to return.” - Michael Aris (David Thewlis)

THE LADY (BLU-RAY)

Buy Now @ Amazon

 
    

On the surface, it's difficult to believe that this is a Luc Besson film. I've repeatedly read over the cover and the booklet inside, and I still don't see anything that suggests Besson's involvement. This mystery, alone, makes this a must-see in my book.

Movie Grade: B-

DVD Grade: B

French filmmaker Luc Besson is best known for science fiction films like the blockbuster The Fifth Element. At first glance, his sitting in the director’s chair for a biopic like 2011’s The Lady might seem a bit odd. However, his underrated work on The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc suggests that he might be the right guy to tackle the story of Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh), an often forgotten political activist who lived for many years under house arrest in her native country of Burma, and won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1991. The Lady makes its way to Blu-ray courtesy of Cohen Media Group, and the results are a gorgeous video transfer, powerful audio track, but, unfortunately short list of extras.

The Lady is far from perfect, with many of its faults stemming from a rather sloppy screenplay that simply features far too many lulls that cause the film to slog along too much. After a rather bloody opening sequence, we’re left with rather standard biopic fare, but the forced long-distance relationship between the tale’s two protagonists is engaging enough in spurts. Besson is fine as the director here, but far from at the top of his game. Still, he does a great job capturing some truly beautiful locations and seems to have a nice rapport with his excellent cast. That cast is the main reason to seek out The Lady, with Yeoh leading the way, and giving a strong, sympathetic performance throughout. David Thewlis (Naked), as Aung San Suu Kyi’s husband, Michael Aris is superb here, giving one of the best performances of his solid career, and the supporting players, including youngsters Jonathan Raggett and Jonathan Woodhouse do fine work as well.

The Lady appears in its original 2.40:1 aspect ratio, via a 1080p transfer that, amongst other things, utilizes well- rendered colors, exemplary contrast and shadow levels, and crystal clear images, to showcase cinematographer Thierry Arbogast’s rendering of the gorgeous Thailand locations. The lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is just as impressive, offering a consistently enveloping experience that adds a great deal of heft to even the slowest, most dialogue-filled set pieces. Fortunately, this dialogue is always crystal clear, easy to understand, and well- integrated into the rest of the overall mix. The only extras are a rather comprehensive, 27-minute, making-of piece, and the trailer for The Lady.

Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - October 5, 2013, 10:34 am - DVD Review
Keywords: burma, regime, devotion




Search 10,000+ titles:

or Advanced Search

DVD REVIEW ARCHIVE


Get FREE Shipping on all orders at TimeLife.com! - 120x90

 



Microsoft Store

Keywords

documentary, celebrity, comedian, anne meara, jerry stiller, ben stiller, sex in the city, law & order: special victims, television, music, memorial day concert, tessanne chin, nick fradiani, sci-fi, drama, a very murray christmas, bill murray, netflix, sophia coppola, george clooney, amy poehler, chris rock, paul shaffer, rashida jones, miley cyrus, the late show, david letterman, ed sullivan theater, taco bell, dancing with the stars, abc, rumer willis, riker lynch, noah galloway, val chmerkovskiy, jane fonda, mile high club, plastic surgery, grace and frankie, saturday night live, louis c.k., racism, israel-palestine, movies, cannes, movie, jackie, jackie kennedy, darren aronofsky, pablo larrain, pitch perfect 2, rebel wilson, super fun night, derek hough, nastia liukin, american idol, fox, jennifer lopez, harry connick jr., keith urban, ryan seacrest, gary newman, daytime soap, general hospital, anthony geary, genie francis, frank valenti, mad max: fury road, mel gibson, george miller, tom hardy, hugh keays-byrne, charlize theron, the cw, arrow, the vampire diaries, supernatural, the originals, jane the virgin, the flash, the 100, izombie, reign, beauty and the beast, action, afc football championship game, jim mcnally, john jastremski, tom brady, bill belichick, prince, baltimore, rally 4 peace, freddie gray, 3rdeyegirl, metropolitan museum of art gala, kim kardashian, chloe sevigny, john paul gaultier, georgia may jagger, sarah jessica parker, rihanna, comedy, scifi, joss whedon, the avengers, chris evans, cris hemsworth, samuel l. jackson, scarlett johansson, jerem renner, revenge, manhattan love story, selfie, the mccarthys, the millers, gracepoint, mulaney, red band society, utopia, bad judge, dallas, 10th birthday party, kelly monaco, maks chmerkovskiy, meryl davis

On Kindle!
On Facbook!
digitallyOBSESSED!
digitallyOBSESSED!
Promote Your Page Too

Visit:

Zarabesque.com

Original Magic Dress.com

Susti Heaven

Become a Reviewer | Search | Review Vault | Reviewers
Readers | Webmasters | Privacy | Contact
Microsoft Store