BLU-RAY REVIEW

Intouchables, The

Featured In Issue 175, March 2013

Picture5
Sound4.5
WSR Score5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
41377
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Language and drug use
(Retail Price):
$35.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
112
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2011
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
03/05/13
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Eric Toledano & Olivier Nakache
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Golden Globe nominee for Best Foreign Film, The Intouchables chronicles the true story of Driss (Sy), an ex-con from the projects who is hired to take care of an eccentric French aristocrat named Philippe (Cluzet). His newfound job quickly becomes an unpredictable adventure. Speeding a Maserati through Paris, seducing women, and paragliding over the Alps is just the beginning, as Driss turns the often humorous world of upper-class Parisian society upside-down. As this unlikely duo overcome adversity of every flavor, they also shatter their preconceptions of love, life, and each other. Based on the Number One International Best-Selling Book You Changed My Life. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five deleted scenes (HD 05:35), sneak peeks, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is beautifully photographed with an absolutely natural visual quality and elicits realism. The color palette is strongly, yet naturally, saturated with rich and warm hues. Fleshtones are perfectly natural as well. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is exacting, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is an exceptional visually engaging experience that perfectly depicts the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The French DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced, with a natural spatial quality during both energized and nuanced quiet scenes. Atmospherics and sound effects are spread wide, and at times, deep into the surrounds. The music score is wonderful, with selections from Earth, Wind & Fire; Cool And The Gang; George Benson; and others, including classical and solo piano. Fidelity is excellent throughout. Dialogue sounds perfectly natural and nicely integrated spatially. Deep bass from the .1 LFE channel enhances the sound at appropriate times and never sounds unnatural or exaggerated. This is a wonderful soundtrack experience that delivers emotionally. (Gary Reber)