The Blind Side (2009)

Genre(s): Biographical / Drama / Sports
Warner Brothers || PG13 - 128 minutes - $28.98 || March 23, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-03-19


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: John Lee Hancock
Writer(s): Michael Lewis (book); John Lee Hancock (screenplay)
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Tim McGraw, Quinton Aaron, Kathy Bates


Theatrical Release Date: November 20, 2009


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Additional Scenes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Iím not sure whatís wrong with me, but lately all of the ďbigĒ movies that everyone enjoyed or have been talked about at the water cooler havenít appealed to me. Letís take for example, oh I donít know, The Blind Side, starring Sandra Bullock and nobody else. I say that because the cover only shows Sandra Bullock and not the other supporting cast. Thatís just a little bit rude now isnít it? The flick didnít really excite me as much as I hoped it would, but it was decent enough for a Friday night movie.

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is struggling in high school and odds are wonít be able to graduate. Upon walking home one day in the rain, Leigh (Sandra Bullock) and Sean (Tim McGraw) pick him up and take him to their house to sleep for the night. Leigh quickly bonds with Michael, despite the fact she already has two kids, S.J. (Jae Head) and Collins (Lily Collins) to deal with already. She decides to ask the other teachers whatís going on with him at the school and why heís failing, and the news somewhat shocks her.

It turns out that even though Michael is failing all of his classes, he was given the great gift of having amazing protective instincts and scoring in an incredibly high percentile. Leigh realizes that this means he should be playing football, and gets him to learn by hearing rather than reading and his grades improve so much he can play football. He struggles at first though, mainly because he doesnít understand whatís going on since Coach Burt (Ray McKinnon) isnít supportive and quite honestly a big jerk to Michael. Upon further playing around and help from his new family, Michael quickly learns the game and manages to become an amazing player for the team at his high school. He gains the attention of several major recruiting colleges in the area and now has a choice to make about his future. Will he continue playing football or is there something else in mind for this amazing football player?

I understand the fact that this was based on a real story somewhat, but man the movie does drag on for what seems to be thirty or so minutes longer than it should have. I was struggling to stay awake the entire time even though I was watching the movie during the day. Michaelís back story isnít all that interesting and itís never really dived into as much as I hoped it would be. Plus, Leighís history isnít discussed as to why or how she comes into all the money or the caring spirit for Michael all of a sudden, even though she doesnít know him yet befriends him so fast. I know they are small things that probably wonít bug many, but they do bug me to the point of where I write about them, obviously.

The acting here is really superb, but not from Bullock. I will say this is the best movie sheís been in for many years, but sheís outclassed by Aaron and the other supporting cast. I donít understand as to why his name isnít on the cover since this will probably be the movie to break him out and get him starring roles in the future for other films. I literally believed that he was the character he was portraying in real life, whereas Bullock came off to me anyways as overacting her role and the accent she tried to use just sounded too fake to sound believable. I know, Iím going to get blasted for saying the previous line, but it really is how I felt when I was watching the movie.

The movie is an enjoyable ride but in my opinion lasts a little too long for most people to be able to watch through. At over two-hours long, Iíd be hard pressed to find anyone other than older adults be able to watch this all in one sitting and kids will be bored to no limit. The story is engaging yet not enough to keep interest for the two-plus hour duration.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Additional Scenes (7 minutes): Somehow a two-hour film only has seven minutes from it cut? Iím sorry but somehow I just canít help but imagine another re-release down the road with way more extras for DVD owners. The four scenes available add zilch to the story and are quite boring so you can pass.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Since this is a Warner Brothers DVD, I never really expect that much. Now granted, this is a film that deserves the best quality due to the sheer amount of money it made and also the fact that Bullock has gained so much attention for her acting. Instead, we get the usual ho-hum transfer that doesnít make hold a candle to other studioís and their releases. The transfer has some issues right off the bat with being a little too soft for my tastes, as at times there were a few colors such as white that did jump off the screen in a few scenes. Plus, the fact that grain and noise were plaguing the film throughout didnít help much for this one. I also am sad to write that depth-wise thereís not a lot here, and flesh tones werenít appropriate. There were several instances where the colors changed for no reasons as the scenes progressed. Even though I am harping on the transfer, this is just another average transfer for an average flick.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track though on the other hand is only slightly better than past releases. Surround usage though is still minimal at best, as though this isnít really an action flick but more of a drama. That being said, thereís nothing here thatís going to blow your ears in anyway, since most of the film is front-heavy your surround speakers might as well turn themselves off and conserve power. In fact, I donít even remember my surround sound speakers going off except for maybe two times during the football games and the one crash scene. Dialogue levels are fairly basic and I donít recall ever being over or underwhelmed by them, instead I just wished they had some ďoomphĒ to them. This believe it or not is an improvement over past releases, but not enough to actually get me to like the audio tracks just yet.



.::OVERALL::.

The Blind Side is a great film but in my opinion undeserving of the entire buzz that came with the flick. The supporting cast does a much better job than Bullock does, which is surprising considering she won the award and the rest of the cast didnít for some reason. The technical package as usual for Warner DVDís isnít the best, and the lack of special features makes this one a rental at best.