The Truman Show (1998) [Blu-ray]

Genre(s): Comedy / Drama
Paramount || PG - 102 minutes - $29.99 || December 30, 2008
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2008-12-29


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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: Peter Weir
Writer(s): Andrew Niccol (written by)
Cast: Jim Carrey, Laura Linney, Noah Emmerich, Natascha McElhone, Ed Harris


Theatrical Release Date: June 5, 1998


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • The Making of The Truman Show
  • The Visual Effects of The Truman Show
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Photo Gallery
  • Theatrical Trailer/TV Spots


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1), Spanish (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese

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.::THE FILM::.

Jim Carrey is a great actor. Almost every movie heís been in, aside from him being cast as The Riddler in that one movie I can never remember because thereís like eighty sequels it seems like every year, has been a joy to see. More than a decade ago, he starred in what is arguably his best role to date, as Truman Burbank, in The Truman Show.

Truman (Jim Carrey) is the star of a television show that has chronicled his life from birth up until now. The director Christof (Ed Harris) has built an entire world for him to live in, which there is no deaths or disease, and Truman is safe from harm. His whole life is scripted, which as Truman lives his life he is starting to notice more and more.

One day while starting his car, he notices a light fall from the sky. He examines it and is unable to figure out exactly what it is. He shrugs it off and drives to work while the radio comes on to let him know that it was a freak plane accident. He once again lets it go and continues on with his job and returns home to Meryl (Laura Linney) who is his wife. Meryl shamelessly plugs items when they are in the house, which Truman doesnít catch on to until later in the movie.

He knows that something is wrong about his life, and soon discovers that everything is scripted. Every time he tries to leave the island something comes up, there are no available trips or the bus stalls he tries to get on. Frustrated, he begins to go crazy until his best friend Marlon (Noah Emmerich) calms him down and lets him know that everything is okay. Truman starts to remember about a girl he once knew from a long time ago that captivated him and let him know that his life is all for television, that nothing is real. He sets out to try and escape from the fantasy he is living on, but can he? Will Christof let him or will he throw everything at him to prevent such a thing from happening?

On the comedy side, The Truman Show delivers. Carrey is hilarious in most of the scenes he is in, with his little quips and his attempts to leave the television set. The movie also has a serious side to it, in the fact that his entire life is basically a lie. Itís sad that his best friend Noah only comes over in the time of a crisis with a six-pack of beer and lies to his face every time he talks. His wife also does a great job at trying to conceal the lie throughout the film.

Overall, this is a movie that if you havenít seen it yet, youíre missing out on one of the best movies from the 90ís. Even if youíve seen it before, this is a film that can be re-watched over and over again as each time itís still a joyous movie to view.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The special features on this Blu-Ray are identical to those from the 2005 Collectorís Edition.

The Making of The Truman Show (41 minutes): Comprised of two special features, this chronicles how the film was made and interviews with the cast. Itís a great look into the film and how it came to be. If you enjoyed the film then by all means check this out.

The Visual Effects of The Truman Show (13 minutes): The visual effects of the movie are detailed and how they added to it. For some reason thereís an annoying green bar on the right side during this feature. Otherwise once again another interesting extra that is worth a look.

Deleted Scenes (13 minutes): Four deleted scenes presented in SD that werenít in the movie. Thereís nothing of value here sadly.

Finally, the filmís theatrical trailer, television spots, and a photo gallery are available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

With a 2.35:1 AVC codec, The Truman Show is a sight to behold. Colors appear perfect and contrast is of no issue. There are no hints of artifacts or edge enhancement present. This is a significant upgrade from the past editions of the DVD. Depth wise the movie looks great as well. The last half of the movie shows how wonderful the film looks, even though itís more than a decade old. There are no real issues to report on this transfer.

On the audio side, the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track gets the job done. Even though the movie is primarily a comedy, dialogue sounds perfect coming mainly from the center channel and front speakers. Surround was only used in a few scenes, but the scenes they were used in sounded amazing. The ending sequence was a pleasure to hear, as was the dialogue as it was crisp and clear. Levels however were a bit inconsistent throughout the movie, but it doesnít represent much of an issue.



.::OVERALL::.

The Truman Show is a fine piece of cinematic history. This is one of Jim Carreyís best movies to date. Itís a great movie with phenomenal acting from the entire cast, and keeps you glued to the television with several performances from them. On the technical side, this is a knockout for an upgrade for past owners as both audio and video are worth it. The special features are a bit lacking, but that shouldnít be an issue. Pick it up and watch Truman view the world through his eyes.