In Hachi: A Dog's Tale, Professor Parker Wilson (Gere), a distinguished scholar, discovers a lost Akita puppy at the railroad station on his way home from work. Despite initial objections from Wilson's wife Cate (Allen), Hachi endears himself into the Wilson family and grows to be Parker's loyal companion. As their bond grows deeper, a beautiful relationship unfolds, embodying the true spirit of family and loyalty, while inspiring the hearts of an entire town. (Gary Reber)
Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette: A Bond Of Loyalty (HD 17:50), up-front previews, Movie IQ, and BD-Live functionality.
The 1080p 1.85:1 AVC picture was photographed with the Panavision Genesis HD Camera. The picture is fabulous and is perfectly natural, with excellent resolution and contrast. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation is nicely revealing. Uniquely, we see the dog's view of the world in black-and-white and subdued color. The contrast works well. Colors are nicely hued, with rich and warm natural shades. Fleshtones are accurate. The imagery is sharp and clear, especially in facial and object close-ups, which reveal fine features. The picture is pristine throughout and is nicely dimensional. This is a wonderful picture that captures the humanity of this movie just beautifully. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a nicely produced affair, with a quiet overall presence and a nicely recorded music score that extends, to provide enhanced surround envelopment. Atmospheric and sound effects are frontal focused, with subtle touches heard in the surrounds. Dialogue is always intelligible and generally well-integrated spatially. Bass extension is solid but not prominent. This is a lovely soundtrack that perfectly complements the storytelling. (Gary Reber)