Hidden Figures Blu-ray Review
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Studio: 20th Century FOX
Release Date: April 11, 2017
Run time: 127 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/ 1 DVD
Taraji P. Henson is a mathematics wunderkind who is called upon to assist in calculating the math requires for launches and recoveries. A single mother of three daughters, she graciously and calmly works through the difficulties of being a lone black woman in a department full of white men in the racially segregated state of Virginia. Her calmness breaks in one scene and she wonderfully states, quite loudly, the obstacles she is forced to endure and overcome. This is quite a contrast from her normally calm dignity. As a side story, she is also involved in a burgeoning romantic relationship and she shows another totally side of herself – that of a shy, demure woman, which she carries off perfectly.
Octavia Spencer, a very strong actress, does a wonderful job as a black woman with the responsibilities of a supervisor that she is not allowed to have the title or compensation for. She deals with her supervisor, Kirsten Dunst, with patience and tolerance and delivers what I think was the finest line in the film in response to Dunst’s comment that, “I have nothing against y’all.” Spencer replies, “I know you probably believe that.” Surrounding me in the auditorium was a subdued murmur of knowing assent and acknowledgment from the audience. Clearly, the black moviegoers all have had that thought, probably more often than one would like to think. As a white male, the sounds of the audience gave me pause and had great impact. That line, alone, made this movie worth seeing.
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. ‘Hidden Figures’ is a fantastic looking period piece on Blu-ray. Considering that the source material is fantastic and that this film is very enjoyable, the print takes it up another notch. I found this print to be rather eye pleasing with a color palette filled with various colors. Fleshtones are very natural and accurate. Black levels are solid throughout. The image was also sharp with excellent details. The details shine at epic proportions here with this film. The image is clean and pristine making this a very nice looking image.
Video Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 7.1 mix. This film is a dialogue driven film. Dialogue was clean through the center channel with a nice degree of depth. I never had to raise or lower the volume to make out what was being said. The soundfield does get a few effects into play, but nothing major. The soundtrack takes advantage of the soundfield with audio also lightly pouring through the rears. I found this to be more of a front heavy experience due to the type of film.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- It All Adds Up — The Making of Hidden Figures [HD]
- Deleted Scenes [HD]
- Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia [HD]
- Audio Commentary by Theodore Melfi and Taraji P. Henson
- Gallery [HD]
- Theatrical Trailer [HD]
Special Features: 7/10
‘Hidden Figures’ does more than entertain, it hangs our historical washing on the line for all to see. Well done to the originals ladies and equally well done to their modern counterparts.
Overall Rating: 8/10