Remember Me (2010) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Drama / Romance
Summit || PG13 - 113 minutes - $34.99 || June 22, 2010
Reviewer: Brad Lowenberg || Posted On: 2010-06-07


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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: Allen Coulter
Writer(s): Will Fetters (written by)
Cast: Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin, Chris Cooper, Lena Olin, Pierce Brosnan


Theatrical Release Date: March 12, 2010


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • 2 Feature Commentaries
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.78)
  • English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH

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.::THE FILM::.

Anyone remember this film hitting theaters? Yeah, me neither. I saw a few previews for it but quickly dismissed it for Summit obviously trying to cash in on Pattinson's success (I'm sure he has a deal with the studio to produce x amount of films like Dakota Fanning has). And while it looked like a film I might enjoy, I decided to just wait for the eventual Blu-ray release. Boy was I wrong not to see this sooner.

College student Tyler (Pattinson) is still feeling the tragedy that has strained his relationship with his father when he meets Ally (de Ravin), a girl who understands his pain. The last thing Tyler is looking for is love, but through their passionate relationship he finds new possibilities of happiness.

Remember Me is Robert Pattinson's first film outside of The Twilight Saga that isn't some quick direct to video release or something from a studios vaults that he appeared in trying to cash in on the success of Twilight. Anyone that's seen Robert in the those films will likely try to see Edward in this film, but thankfully Robert takes the character of Tyler and makes him real; makes him not a bloodsucking vampire.

Emily de Ravin (taking a break during the Fifth season of "Lost") shows off her acting skills here not playing a pregnant annoying girl or someone getting raped by monsters (i.e. The Hills have Eyes) and the chemistry between her and Pattinson feels real.

Aside from the 'bet', this film does not follow any of those corny romantic film steps that typically happen. Everything just feels very real - even the relationship between Tyler and his younger sister (who has a very interesting minor plot in this film).

One thing I don't want to do is spoil the wonderful ending. The revelation happens so quick, that once it appears on screen (you'll know it when you see it) your mind instantly starts putting together the pieces which leave you with a "oh, shit" moment. If you pay really close attention, you might just pick it up a wee bit earlier (look for some key scenes like what movie in playing in the Theater, cell phones being used, office decor) and you might just get it early. As someone who does not live anywhere close to where this film takes place, it wasn't as noticeable to me as it would for other people. But gees... the goose bumps that spring up when the conclusion is revealed.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

This release comes with a really nice embossed slip cover.

There are two feature commentaries: The first is with director Allen Coulter and the second with cast members Robert Pattinson, Emilie de Ravin and Ruby Jerins.

Making of Remember Me (14 Minutes; HD) An average featurette that interviews several members of the cast and discusses how the story came to be and it's shocking ending. It is more informative than other romantic making-of's I have watched.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Remember Me is presented in 1.78:1 (MPEG4) on a 50GB Disc. The film has a very soft look to it which shows on the Blu-ray release. While not as nice as other Summit films I've seen, I was still very impressed. Blacks are very dark much like the film itself (very little color is present). I wouldn't dare call this a striking transfer, simply average for a Blu-ray release.

Summit has included an English DTS MA 5.1 track for this release. Dialog is well places in the front speakers while the rears seem rather empty. I guess this is to be expected with a film that is heavily focused on dialog. Thankfully this film does not feature an upbeat soundtrack, so you'll have to deal with the moody sounds that come from the rears.



.::OVERALL::.

Do yourself a favor and go into the film not reading the back of the cover. Anything you might read will likely give away the ending (I thankfully took my own advice so the ending was much more of a surprise). And yes, I did say the word 'real' far too much in this review, but just go watch the film and you will really see how wonderful it really is.