BLU-RAY REVIEW

By The Sea

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

Picture4
Sound3.5
WSR Score3
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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
61177730
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Strong sexuality, nudity, and language.
(Retail Price):
$$26.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
123
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
(Disc Release Date):
7/5/2016
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(Director):
Angelina Jolie Pitt
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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By The Sea follows an American writer named Roland (Pitt) and his wife (Jolie Pitt), who arrive in a tranquil and picturesque seaside resort in 1970ís France, their marriage in apparent crisis. As they spend time with fellow travelers, including young newlyweds and village locals, the couple begins to come to terms with unresolved issues in their own lives. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 09:23) and Gena Rowlands: An Inspiration (HD 04:55), seven deleted scenes (HD 11:46), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a perfectly natural color palette with rich and warm hues that are never exaggerated or overly saturated. Fleshtones are perfectly natural and realistic. Contrast is well balanced, with imagery shifting from the exteriors of the small village by the sea and interiors of a hotel suite and a hotel bar. Everything appears perfectly realistic and scenically beautiful. Resolution is a bit soft but close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture is nicely detailed. This is an appealing and pleasant visual experience with generally slow-moving imagery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is undistinguished, as it is virtually predominantly dialogue focused, with extremely limited atmospherics and sound effects. The music score also is limited and softly presented with nuanced surround. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially. Overall, this is a very quiet and nuanced soundtrack that services the slow-paced storytelling. (Gary Reber)