The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) [Blu-Ray]

Genre(s): Biographical / Drama
Columbia || PG-13 - 115 minutes - $38.96 || June 10, 2008
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2008-06-05


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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

B L U - R A Y
.:: EXCLUSIVES ::.

Blu-ray Exclusives

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Justin Chadwick
Writer(s): Philippa Gregory (novel); Peter Morgan (screenplay)
Cast: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Kristin Scott Thomas, Mark Rylance, David Morrissey


Theatrical Release Date: February 28, 2008


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Director's Commentary
  • Inside the Court (BD Exclusive)
  • BD-Live
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes
  • Members of the Court: Character Biographies
  • To Be a Lady
  • Translating History to Screen
  • Camera Tests


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

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.::THE FILM::.

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The Other Boleyn Girl is a film based not only on historical facts, but of a novel of the same name written by Philippa Gregory.

The film depicts the King of England, King Henry VIII (Eric Bana) in need of finding a women to produce a male child to be the heir to his throne, regardless if itís his wife, Katherine of Aragon (Ana Torrent), or a mistress. After Katherine has several miscarriages, the King goes in search of someone that would be fine enough to produce a male. In enters the Duke of Norfolk (David Morrissey) who suggests that Anne Boleyn (Natalie Portman), daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn (Mark Rylance), could be a proper mistress for the King. Unfortunately for Anne, the King is hurt in a horse riding accident and finds himself being cared for by Mary Boleyn (Scarlett Johansson), and instantly takes a liking to her.

Being forced by her father and the Duke of Norfolk, Mary and the entire Boleyn family, including her brother George (Jim Sturgess) and mother Lady Elizabeth (Kristin Scott Thomas), quickly move into the Kings court in hopes of Mary producing a male heir. Soon after moving in Mary herself falling in love for the king and becomes pregnant with his child. Anne, now returning from being sent away by her father for having a secret marriage to Henry Percy, arrives just in time to stir up trouble for her sister.

Anne convinces the King to not only ignore Mary and his unborn child, but to also divorce his wife, Katherine of Aragon, so they could be married and she could be pronounced Queen of England and produce an heir to the throne. The King agrees to this right at the moment Mary gives birth to a son and the events that occur after will change the history of England forever.

I'm hardly a historical buff, but I found myself enjoying the film even though some of the film is a little bit embellished. While most of the information presented here is fact, some small things that occur may or may not be true (as even historical majors have differing opinions on certain events).

The acting in The Other Boleyn Girl is top notch. Scarlett Johansson plays a convincing Mary and Natalie Portman is spot-on for what is to be believed how Anne Boleyn truly was. I can't say that I'm a fan of Eric Bana's acting abilities (The 2003 version of The Hulk comes to mind), but he did a great job here, even though King Henry VIII was a much heavier guy in real life.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Commentary with Director Justin Chadwick - For being completely alone, this is a great track to listen to. Chadwick goes into great details about the decisions he made while creating the film and trying to bring a sense of realism to the film unlike others have done with period films before.

Inside the Court - This feature is kind of like combining a normal Picture-in-Picture track along with a Trivia track. This presents facts while the image on the screen changes. Itís an interesting new concept for a Blu-ray exclusive feature. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

BD-Live - At the time of writing, this feature is not yet available to view. It appears it might just be a portal to download trailers and whatnot. ** Blu-Ray Exclusive **

Deleted Scenes (23:46) - 12 Deleted Scenes/Alternate takes are presented here along with a slightly alternate ending. I found most of these enjoyable but appears they were cut due to run-time. Recommended Watch!

To Be A Lady (10:33) Ė This is an interesting historical featurette that shows what it was like for women of the 16th century and how they were courted. Recommended Watch!

Translating History to the Screen (10:05) - A somewhat dry featurette that shows how the book was translated into the film.

Members of the Court: Character Biographies (16:48) - This featurette covers six characters in the film (Anne, Mary, George, Duke of Norfolk, King Henry and Katherine of Aragon) while historians and others share in-depth knowledge on them.

Camera Test (2:16) - This very brief featurette discusses why the Director chose to use the camera he did to film the movie.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

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Sony presents The Other Boleyn Girl in its Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 (AVS/MPEG-4) on a 50GB disc. The transfer of this film looks amazing. The opening shot of the film is a golden-yellow wheat field that has an excellent 3D pop to them. The costumes and sets themselves all have various colors that have a almost 3D effect to them and flesh tones look perfect. There were a few times where the characters were inside that some grain was noticeable, but for the most part this is a perfect representation of Blu-ray done right.

Sony, now stemming away from PCM, gives us a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track in English, French and Spanish. Some spots suffer from muffled dialog, but for the most part its serviceable. Unfortunately much of the film is dialog heavy so you won't be getting too much action out of your rear speakers.



.::OVERALL::.

The Other Boleyn Girl is a fantastic film for not only being historically accurate (for the most part) but its engaging story and performances. This Blu-ray release will not only give you excellent Picture and Audio quality but a decent selection of Special Features.

As a side recommendation, if you enjoyed this movie at all, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not at least renting Elizabeth and its sequel, Elizabeth: The Golden Age. Both tie-in directly with the ending of The Other Boleyn Girl.