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After James (Dan Stevens), a blind man, inexplicably regains his vision, he becomes possessed by a drive to make a better life for himself. However, his new improvements (a nicer home, a higher paying job, tailored suits, luxury car) leave little room for the people who were part of his old, simpler life: his plain wife (Malin Akerman) and close friend Bob (Oliver Platt). As his relationships buckle under the strain of his snowballing ambition, it becomes uncertain if James can ever return from darkness. Director Ido Fluk paints a visual world that reflects the mesmerizing effect that newfound sight has on James; the vibrant backgrounds and the sun-drenched rooms are captivating in their beauty. His dreamy and subjective style combines with an astute sense of character to craft a tale of desire, perception, and what it really means to be blind.

theticketbluStudio: Shout! Factory
Year: 2017
Release Date: June 6, 2017
Run time: 95 minutes
Rating: R

Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Region: A

Dan Stevens stars here as James, a man who suddenly regains his sight, after many years, when a pituitary brain tumor shrinks. At first, he celebrates with his loving wife Sam (Malin Akerman) and his 13-year-old son Jonah (Skylar Gaertner). However, soon James wants more in his life and this leads to strong marital discord and his engaging in shady and manipulative business practices at his real estate company job.

The movie does tend to focus a lot on James (actor Dan Stevens) much more than the characters around him like his wife, son, best friend, etc, but I don’t think that was done too heavily. It just seems like the story was told in a way from James’ perspective instead of from others. That kinda makes sense since he is the one who went from being blind to able to see again.

Movie Quality: 9/10

Print/Audio Quality

The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Shout Factory does a great job bringing this film into the world of high definition. The biggest strong point in the entire print is that colors looking natural on Blu-ray. With outdoor scenes, color is vibrant and bold in this transfer. On hindsight, details are lacking though which hurts this print a bit and I was expecting a bit more. While this is not a home run in terms of visuals, fans of the film will definitely want to upgrade to Blu-ray.
Print Quality: 9/10

The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. With the move to high definition, the audio gets a nice DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix and also retains its original 2.0 mix. I am glad that we did get a 5.1 mix which opened things up further in the soundfield. I was quite immersed at all times throughout no matter if it was special effects or dialogue. The depth of the dialogue is well done through the center channel sounding very clear and crisp. The action sequences sound nice and really help fill the soundfield.
Print Quality: 9/10

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Ido Fluk and Writer Sharon Mashihi
  • Original Theatrical Trailer [HD]

Special Features: 3/10

Final Thoughts

There is a very realistic feel to the influences and conflicts that arise through most of his sight restored life and aside from a somewhat predictable ending, its all done with some pretty good results, which surprised but entertained me.
Overall Rating: 8/10