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 1970’s 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 Audio™ 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)