Still Alice

Featured In Issue 197, June 2015

WSR Score5
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Based on the book by Lisa Genova, Still Alice depicts the progression of Alzheimer disease, its familial impact, and the aching resilience brought forth. Dr. Alice Howland (Moore), happily married with three grown children, is a renowned linguistics professor who starts to forget words. When she receives a diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, Alice and her family find their bonds thoroughly tested. Her struggle to stay connected to who she once was is frightening, heartbreaking, and inspiring. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three deleted scenes (HD 06:08); three featurettes: Directing Alice (HD 08:40), Finding Alice (HD 09:20), and Interview With Composer Ilan Eshkeri (HD 06:29); the theatrical trailer; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is completely natural in appearance with a well-balanced color palette. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is vividly detailed with fine nuances of facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures nicely rendered. This is a perfectly natural picture that is engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially monaural throughout with a nuanced orchestral score that is nicely recorded but relegated to the background. Stereo imaging is excellent, with surround expansion that subtly envelops. While pretty much limited to monaural, the dialogue is intelligible and well integrated spatially. (Gary Reber)