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"Doubt" (Blu-ray)

DoubtSynopsis

Father Brendan Flynn (Hoffman) is the pastor at St. Nicholas Catholic Church and its associated school in the Bronx, New York. Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Streep) is the Principal of the school, and she runs it so sternly, the children are very afraid of her.

Sister Aloysius becomes suspicious of Father Flynn when she notices that he is paying special attention to one of the students, Donald Miller (Foster). She thinks Flynn may be molesting the boy.

So, she confronts him, and demands an explanation of why he called Donald to the rectory one afternoon, only to have the boy return to his class with alcohol on his breath. He denies any wrongdoing, and says Donald had consumed some of the wine that he uses during church services.

She still does not believe him and remains firm in her attempt to get him removed from St. Nicholas.

One of the other nuns, Sister James (Adams), is young, a newcomer to the parish, and she cannot understand why Sister Aloysius persists in light of Father Flynn's explanation.

 

Specifications

  • Miramax
  • 2008, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring Meryl Streep, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Viola Davis, Joseph Foster
  • Directed by John Patrick Shanley
    Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

The movie is just as much about the harsh treatment of all students in Catholic schools of the 1960's as it is about sexual molestation of little boys by priests, and how the church ignored the problem, simply moving guilty priests to other parishes. It's a brilliant motion picture, and the fact that it was passed over for Best Picture, with the mediocre Slumdog Millionaire winning that award, is why the Academy Award Ceremony continues to lose audience numbers on TV.

Technical

The image is as sharp as I have ever seen on Blu-ray, but the surrounds are used just for the music.

Extras

These include Scoring Doubt, The Cast of Doubt, the Director's Commentary, Sisters of Charity, and From Stage to Screen.