The Others Blu-ray Review
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Run time: 104 minutes
Audio: DTS HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
This movie has a number of levels, many of which are not immediately apparent because of the excellent acting, near perfect casting and exquisite cinematography. On the artistic level the movie will appeal more to artists and writers, and to those who enjoy a well crafted plot and a surprise ending. On another level, though, this movie will inspire a self examination of how one perceives realities. It does this by exposing the filters and assumptions that we all use when observing and mentally correlating those observations with our knowledge of fact into our realities. It also has an obvious message about coexistence and acceptance. Regardless of whether or not one believes in the supernatural, the story and the ending will be completely unexpected for most who watch this movie. The many clues wrapped in foreshadowing and other plot devices will not make sense until the end, but if you carefully examine them a day or so after watching this movie you’ll have some keen insights into your own unique set of filters and assumptions that you use daily. There are other levels and messages within this movie that will surface days or weeks after watching it, such as the way the female characters are portrayed as more proactive, central figures than the male characters. The movie also challenges religious beliefs in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. I am not sure if this is yet another subtle layer of the plot or if it reflects the views and biases of the writers and director – but these elements are there. If you enjoy great dialog and a masterful story with an interesting plot that is presented with beautiful visuals then you’ll love this movie on an artistic level. If you enjoy mental challenges and subtlety that is presented with social and cogitative challenges you’ll love this movie on a deeper level.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:78:1 aspect ratio. ‘The Others’ is a film that is dark by design with a fog, misty, creepy type of atmosphere. For a dark film, black levels hold up very well. The only issue is that there is crush due to the heavy use of dark scenes. Colors look good, but darker colors do get lost in the darker scenes. Flesh tones are natural and accurate looking. Details can vary with the darker scenes, but much better with the scenes that have lighting. If one thing is lacking with this print is excellent details.
Print Quality: 8/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA l0ssless 5.1 mix. ‘The Others’ is a dialogue driven film which feels much more front heavy until the creepy sound effects fill the soundfield. This is a very atmospheric and immersive sounding film once the score kicks in. The rears provide quite the punch filling the soundfield. There are many scenes that really made me jump with the effects. Dialogue is clean through the center sounding ever so crisp.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Xeroderma Pigmentosum: What Is It? The Story of a Family Dealing with the Disease
- Look Inside The Others
- Visual Effects Piece
- An Intimate Look at Director Alejandro Amenábar
- Theatrical Trailer
Special Features: 8/10
I highly recommend this as a fun romp. My kids absolutely love this movie. Personally, I thought the CGI could have been better, but this obviously isn’t an adult movie. If you have young kids, they’ll likely enjoy it.
Overall Rating: 8/10