BLU-RAY REVIEW

Man Who Knew Infinity, The

Featured In Issue 209, September 2016

Picture5+
Sound4.5
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Paramount Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
2061401
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Some thematic elements and smoking.
(Retail Price):
$$39.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
108
(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):
8/23/2016
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(Director):
Matthew Brown
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Based on the book by Robert Kanigel, The Man Who Knew Infinity is the enthralling true story of a friendship that forever changed mathematics. In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Patel), a self-taught Indian mathematics genius, traveled to Trinity College, Cambridge, England where over the course of five years he forged a bond with his mentor, the brilliant and eccentric professor, G.H. Hardy (Irons), while fighting against prejudice to reveal his mathematic genius to the world. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is gorgeously beautiful with a wonderfully warm cinematic appearance. The cool palette is rendered with rich, warm hues that constantly captivate the eye. The imagery is very much in the vain of paintings. Strong primaries are accentuated throughout, Contrast is well balanced with strong, solid blacks and shadow delineation that is revealing of fine detail. The contrast of cultural environments is perfectly rendered. The lighting design and production design is wonderfully artistic. Fleshtones are naturally rendered throughout. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in numerous textures of clothing and architectural buildings. Fine detail is evident in facial features and hair, especially during close-ups. This is an exceptional visual experience that expresses the beauty of filmmaking at its finest. This is a stunning, reference-quality picture. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, with excellent spatial integration. Atmospherics perfectly enhance the sense of realism, from nuanced sounds to bolder sound effects, such as rainstorms. Foley is precisely executed and enhances the atmospheric settings both in India and at Cambridge. The orchestral score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage. Surround envelopment is largely accomplished with the music but also in atmospheric sonics such as rain. Dialogue is occasionally directionalized. While not driven by loud sound effects, except for a brief wartime attack, the satisfaction comes by way of the subtle nuances of the soundtrack. This is a very effective soundtrack that will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)