I was not able to get a copy of Hidden Figures on Blu-ray before publishing, so definitely be aware it’s coming home to support women in the sciences. That gave me some time to catch up on Paterson from earlier this month and get a look ahead at next week’s releases of Split and Sleepless, after this week’s new release Lion.
Lion is the emotional true story of Saroo Brierly (Sunny Pawar and Dev Patel), who got lost as a child in India, only to find his way home as an adult. Lion could be even more harrowing in high definition. The scenes in India look beautiful, bustling with activity in underdeveloped streets and overgrown nature. By contrast, the big city can seem stark. Certainly the deeper Saroo gets into his Google Earth obsession drains the film of color yet maintains the harried detail in the performers.
Three deleted scenes show more emotional Patel performances and include a flashback to Saroo’s childhood portrayed by Pawar. The most captivating behind the scenes feature has the real Saroo Brierly tell his story in his own words, illustrated with scenes from the movie. Other bonus features feel repetitive with the same soundbites and film clips.
M. Night Shyamalan enjoyed a major comeback with Split. While it was as divisive as any Shyamalan film, the pros carried the box office away from the cons.
Whatever you think of the film, Shyamalan sure can craft a compelling frame. That basement dungeon is creepy and you see all the sharp grimy detail on Blu-ray. Occasional trips outside show bright Philly streets with autumn colors for contrast.
The alternate ending is very brief, just a tad more menacing than the last time we see James McAvoy in the finished film. The surprise connection was always there in the final tag. Speaking of which, Shyamalan openly talks about the big spoiler twist in the bonus features so don’t watch them first! He gives you about 20 minutes between three behind the scenes extras and he’s a good talkr.
14 minutes of deletes scenes include an entire new character. Shaw is someone Dr. Fletcher (Betty Bucklye) consults on her theories and provides more psychological exposition. An added childhood flashback shows young Casey say something to her dad but not the full extent. There is more with the Hedwig and Patricia personalities too.
Sleepless – On Blu-ray April 18
This gritty reboot of the rom com moves the lovin’ from Seattle to Vegas. Just kidding its a remake of the French action film Sleepless Night. The Las Vegas lights glow in high-def and hit the gritty street in full detail. It’s one of those green tinted night shoot movies but it holds up.
Five deleted scenes include three Dermot Mulroney scenes and two for T.I. The Behind the scenes is only four minutes but that’s fine. I didn’t really want to hear more about the basic fight training and interior Vegas casino set. It is interesting there’s no mention of French original though.
Paterson – On Blu-ray Now
The best part of Paterson isn’t the picture. It’s the audio so you can hear Adam Driver say, “We have plenty of matches in our house.” But, if you watch Paterson on Blu-ray, the city of Paterson looks majestic. Heck, the bus like majestic! We have plenty of clarity on our Blu-ray. But no extras. Paterson speaks for itself.