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"An Education" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Jenny Mellor (Carey Mulligan) is a very gifted 16 year old girl living outside of London in the early 1960’s.  Her entire focus in life is in gaining admission to Oxford university, a task that would please her hopeful father (Alfred Molina) to no end.  A chance encounter with a very charming older man named David Goldman (Peter Sarsgaard) shows her that there is more to life than just academia.

 

Specifications

  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 40 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring: Carey Mulligan, Peter Sarsgaard, Alfred Molina,
  • Directed by Lone Scherfig
Rating
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  • Violence: None
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Some

Commentary

“An Education” was a best picture nominee at the 2009 Academy Awards and I whole-heartedly concur with that honor.  The story was totally engrossing and moved along without any slow downs or needless fluff.  Alfred Molina and Peter Sarsgaard were both fantastic in their respective roles.  However, the real star of this film is Carey Mulligan, who managed to bring innocence and naivete to her character yet still showed  the attitude and sass one would expect from a 16-year old girl.  Considering  the subject matter of this movie, things are handled quite delicately and you almost forget that you are watching a fairly old man seduce an under-age woman.  Overall, this is an excellent film and well worth your viewing time.

Technical

The picture quality of this disc is better than average, but not fantastic.  There is a bit of softness to the image and it is not entirely the result of film grain.  Colors are a bit muted and drab, but this is supposed to be London after all.  The few scenes where they get out of the city show a bit more color and contrast.  The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is solid overall.  Dialogue is very clear, with no jockeying of the volume buttons required to hear every important word.  The surround and LFE channels are only used sparingly, but do their job when called for.  I was highly impressed with the scene in the jazz club, where the front channels simply come to life and deliver a very realistic and beautiful  “audiophile” moment..

Extras

Included on the disc is an audio commentary, a brief making-of featurette, the theatrical trailer, and some deleted scenes.  Sadly, all of these are in standard definition.  The only HD extra is a short “red carpet” featurette from the film’s US premiere.