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"Crazy Heart" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Bad Blake (Jeff Bridges) is a down-on-his-luck country musician whose best days seem to be far behind him.  Stuck driving around the south playing gigs at bowling alleys and dive bars, Bad is slowly falling into a pit of alcoholism and despair.  After meeting a young reporter named Jean Craddock (Maggie Gyllenhaal) Bad starts to turn his life around, but getting back to the top may prove to be harder than he thought.

Specifications

  • 20th Century Fox
  • 2009, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 51 min
  • Aspect Ratio:  2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Robert Duval
  • Directed by Scott Cooper
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Suggestive
  • Language: Bad

Commentary

I will freely admit that I am not a fan of country music, but this movie was simply excellent.  Jeff Bridges brings Bad Blake to life and definitely deserved the Oscar win for best actor.  Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall were excellent in their supporting roles as well.  Even Colin Farrell was somewhat convincing as Bad’s ex-protégé.  The story was extremely moving and the script was tight.  The movie was exactly as long as it needed to be, without any filler or fluff.  Highly recommended, even if you don’t care for country music.

Technical

I was very pleased with the picture quality of this disc.  The picture was nicely detailed, without coming across as too sharp or processed.  Film grain was subtle, but contributed to the very natural look of the film.  Black levels were solid and colors were rich without being oversaturated.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was great as well.  Dialogue is nice and clear and the surrounds were well utilized.  The soundtrack really came to life during the music scenes, which sounded fantastic.  Guitars had just the right twang, bass was clean and tight with good punch, and the pianos/keyboards sounded just right.

Extras

Extras are presented in a mix of HD and SD.  There are about 30 minutes of deleted scenes and alternate music takes, a brief featurette with the film’s stars, and the theatrical trailer.  A second disc contains a digital copy of the film.