Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) knows little about family. Less about football. What the homeless teen knows are the streets and projects of Memphis. Well-to-do Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) knows little about his world. Yet when she and Michael meet, he’s found a home. And the Tuohys have found something just as life-changing: a beloved new son and brother. This real-life story of family and of Michael’s growth into a blue-chip football star will have you cheering with its mix of gridiron action and heartwarming emotion. Share the remarkable journey of the college All-American and first-round NFL draft pick who was a winner before he ever stepped onto the playing field.

Studio: Warner Home Video
Year: 2010
Release Date: March 23, 2010
Run time: 129 minutes
Rating: PG-13

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD50/ 2 DVD
Region: A

The Blind Side, directed by John Lee Hancock, inspired many people through the true story of Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron). Oher lived his whole life in poverty and homelessness. Then in an extraordinary turn of events the Tuohys, a rich white family from Nashville, Tennessee, take him into their massive home and Michael Oher joins the family. Michael then achieves greatness in football through the position of left tackle.

The movie began with a play-by-play account narrated by Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) of a professional football game in which a legendary quarterback was injured. The defensive lineman, Lawrence Taylor, tackled the quarterback in his blind side. (Hence the name of the movie.) The left tackle position then became much more valued because the quarterback needs someone to protect their blind side. This tied into the story because huge, tall Michael Oher had extreme protective instincts. The Tuohy family helped Michael achieve his potential both athletically and academically by showing him unconditional love and never failing support.

The Blind Side also proves an important point to the nation. It received an extremely large profit; by January 1 it reached the 200 million mark. The movie appealed to everyone. Sports fans enjoyed watching the football, Moms loved to see the strong willed mother Leigh Anne (Sandra Bullock), and kids could not stop laughing about little S.J. Tuohy’s (Jae Head) hilarious proposals. The Blind Side wonderfully depicts the story of Michael Oher.
Movie Content: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/VC-1 with a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. From the colors to the details, your jaw will drop if you look for some of the superb details. Colors are vibrant providing an excellent looking picture. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Blacks look inky. Details are where this film shines the most with the camera even panning away in many scenes. Not once did I feel like I was at a loss for details making this a very strong presentation.
Video Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film. The rears provide quite a few times where sound effects panned across the speakers. There are many scenes that are outside which also take advantage of the soundfield providing some dynamic sound. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Audio Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Sideline Conversations with Director John Lee Hancock & Author Michael Lewis [HD]
  • The Real Michael Oher: An Exclusive Interview [HD]
  • Acting Coaches: Behind the Blind Side [HD]
  • The Story of Big Quinton [HD]
  • Sideline Conversations with Sandra Bullock & Leigh Anne Tuohy [HD]
  • Deleted Scenes [HD]

Special Features: 8/10

Final Thoughts

This film truly moves you because it shows you that no matter the size of a person, they have feelings; and the slightest gesture of kindness can change someone’s life forever. On Blu-ray this film has excellent video and audio which if you have the option, I would recommend going with the Blu-ray version.
Overall Rating: 8/10