Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2012



Pariah (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Clements



Adepero Oduye plays Alike, a seventeen-year-old who lives in Brooklyn with her parents and little sister.  Alike is a budding talent in poetry while quietly embracing her identity as a lesbian.  Her parents' relationship is already strained and the inevitable realization of Alike's sexual orientation adds immeasurably to the pressure.  Will Alike be able to hold it all together and come out alright?



  • Universal Pictures
  • 2011, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 27 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Codec: VC-1
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Adepero Oduye, Kim Wayans, Aasha Davis and Charles Parnell
  • Directed by Dee Rees
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes


This is a very engaging movie right from the start.  Much of this is due to the solid performance of Adepero Oduye.  She shows great poise as a maturing young woman who is struggling to cope with the impact of her own unique individuality.  Her on-screen mother, played by Kim Wayans is another well done acting job particularly in the first half of the movie.  Kim plays the role of the sisniter, single-minded mother to a tee.  I was thoroughly entertained by this movie.  It is a solid recommendation.


The image dislays a natural palette of colors with solid black levels and satisfying grain.  There is good inner detail in the shots and I didn't see any compression artifacts or edge enhancement.  The film is a bit on the dark side and this transfer is true to this style.  I like the audio very much as well.  There is solid ambience in the atmospheric settings with downright amazing sounding music.  All in all, this is a very solid transfer.


This Blu-ray has a few brief but interesting extras - "Dee Rees: A Director's Style", "A Walk in Brooklyn" and "Trying Out Identity: Pariah's Wardrobe".