"The Blind Side" is the story of teenager Michael Oher (Aaron), who is surviving on his own, virtually homeless, when he is spotted on the street by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Bullock). Learning that the young man is one of her daughter's classmates, Leigh Anne insists that Michael—wearing shorts and a t-shirt in the dead of winter—come out of the cold. Without a moment's hesitation, she invites him to stay at the Tuohy home for the night. What starts out as a gesture of kindness turns into something more as Michael becomes part of the Tuohy family despite the differences in their backgrounds. Based on the book "The Blind Side: Evolution Of A Game" by Michael Lewis. (Gary Reber)
Special features include an interview with the real Michael Oher (HD 10:02), two featurettes: "Acting Coaches" (SD 04:52) and "The Story Of Big Quinton" (HD 13:40), one-on-one interviews with Sandra Bullock and Leigh Anne Tuohy (HD 05:11), sideline conversations with Writer/Director John Lee Hancock and Author Michael Lewis (HD 27:36), four deleted scenes (HD 07:07) and a digital copy of the film.
The 1080p VC-1 picture appears naturally rendered, though not exceptional. The color palette is well balanced with natural hues that convey a rich and warm feeling. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Blacks are deep but at times crushed, as is shadow delineation. Resolution is nicely revealing of facial features and object textures, especially in close-ups. The imagery appears generally clean with slight grain, which conveys a cinematic effect. While not outstanding, the picture quality is warmly visual and pleasing. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced, with a dialogue track that sounds quite forward and not particularly well-integrated spatially. The music score is nicely recorded and provides subtle surround envelopment. The overall focus is monaural. While the football action generates high SPL energy, the action is in the front channels with ineffective impact in the surrounds. The mix sounds unbalanced in this regard. When the surrounds do engage, it is the music and not the sound effects that energize the surround envelopment. Bass extension also is limited and not as effective as would be expected. The soundtrack misses numerous opportunities to really engage the soundfield with aggressive surround impact. (Gary Reber)