Revolutionary Road

Featured In Issue 141, July/August 2009

WSR Score4
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DreamWorks Home Entertainment
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Based on the novel by Richard Yates, Revolutionary Road reunites Academy Award® nominee Leonardo DiCaprio and Academy Award winner Kate Winslet in a mesmerizing and moving story about the lives of a passionate young couple living in suburban Connecticut. They decide to risk everything to pursue their dreams to live in Paris. They're willing to break away from the ordinary—but can they do it without breaking apart? (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Sam Mendes and Screenwriter Justin Haythe, two featurettes: Lives Of Quiet Desperation: The Making Of Revolutionary Road (HD 29:03) and Richard Yates: The Wages Of Truth (HD 326:04), 15 deleted scenes with commentary by Mendes and Haythe (HD 25:14), and the theatrical trailer.

The 1080p AVC picture is nicely rendered, with a natural look throughout. Interior scenes are nicely dimensional and exhibit excellent contrast. Colors are accurate, with natural hues. Blacks are solid, and shadow delineation reveals fine texture details. At times the imagery appears slightly desaturated and washed out. This is an aspect of the visual stylization and the characterization of the 1950s. Resolution is revealing of fine facial features, hair, clothes, smoke, and textures. Overall, the picture exhibits a reserved color palette and natural appearance. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is low-key and often monaural in character, due to intimate dialogue scenes. Dialogue sounds perfectly natural and nicely integrated spatially within each scene. In some scenes the dialogue is supported with subtle reverberation in the stereo channels, to enhance the spatial dimensionality. The orchestral music score provides the limited surround envelopment, which when engaged, is quite nice and holosonic®. As well, the atmospheric effects can also enhance the sense of realism and dimension. While not an exciting soundtrack, appreciation of the dialogue and low-level soundscapes is deserved. (Gary Reber)