Iron Lady, The

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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Academy Award®-winning actress Meryl Streep delivers the definitive portrayal of Margaret Thatcher, the enigmatic, highly controversial figure who became the first and only female Prime Minister of England. Much more than a biographical epic, The Iron Lady is also the intimate journey of a "common" grocer's daughter whose social ambition and steel will—along with the love of her husband and confidant, Denis (Broadbent)—propelled her to unprecedented power in a world dominated by men. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the making-of featurette (HD 12:20); four mini-featurettes: Re-creating The Young Margaret Thatcher (HD 02:03), Battle In The House Of Commons (HD 02:28), Costume Design: Pearls And Power Suits (HD 02:43), and Denis: The Man Behind The Woman (HD 02:33); up-front previews; and a digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is quite real in its characterization of the era in which Margaret Thatcher lead. The color palette is perfectly natural, with strong hues and solid primaries. Deep blues are particularly vibrant as well as blacks. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation. The makeup on Meryl Streep is amazingly real and believable, especially during her old age. Fleshtones are accurate throughout, with nuanced tones. Resolution is excellent, with impressive fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The imagery is real and natural throughout, for an impressive visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, with excellent spatial integration and intelligibility. The storytelling is supported with a well-recorded orchestral score that projects a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds. Some segments are accompanied with aggressive rock music. Atmospherics and special effects enhance the turmoil unleashed with countrywide strikes and upheaval, reinforced with deep bass in the .1 LFE channel during various bomb explosions. Surround envelopment is prominent during the scenes of upheaval, with an aggressive surround presence providing a holosonic® spatial dimension. In some segments the soundfield is active, with directionalized dialogue throughout, which is quite effective. Overall, this is a soundtrack with an enriched dialogue presence that really communicates the character development and the storytelling. (Gary Reber)