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"The Blind Side" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron) is a young man with little going for him.  He has no family, no home, and no prospects for the future.  The only thing he does have is his size and raw athletic ability.   After being enrolled in a Christian prep school, Michael meets the Tuohys, a wealthy family who decide to take him in as it is their “Christian duty.”  Leigh Anne Tuohy (Sandra Bullock) encourages Mike to start playing football and with some creative psychology Mike becomes an incredible player.  With the chance of playing Division 1 college ball looming, the Tuohys help Mike earn the grades he needs to get a full scholarship.

 

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 8 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: Not Specified
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Sandra Bullock, Quinton Aaron, Tim McGraw, Kathy Bates
  • Directed by John Lee Hancock
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: Mild

Commentary

This film is based on the true story of Leigh Anne and Sean Tuohy, who kindly opened up their home to the abandoned Michael.  The story itself is incredibly powerful and really is more than a simple “rags to riches” plotline.  The impact of Michael on the whole Tuohy family is elegantly displayed and shows that acts of kindness often have unintended benefits.  The acting is fantastic all around, with Sandra Bullock shining in the role of Leigh Anne Tuohy.  She won the 2009 Academy Award for best actress for this effort, and it was well deserved.  This is a very emotional and compelling story, and I highly urge even those who don’t care about sports to watch this film.  Fans of the book may feel that the movie glossed over the more detailed description of the actual “football mechanics,” but I would imagine that they will enjoy the movie nonetheless.

Technical

The Blind Side offers up a very good overall picture.  The image is sharp, with nice color saturation and very good contrast.  All-in-all, the transfer looks very natural.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is fitting for the movie.  The dialogue is clean and clear, with no need to adjust volume levels to hear individual characters or lines.  Surround and LFE use is kept to a minimum, though some of the football scenes use these channels to good effect.

Extras

The version of the disc I had contained no extras at all.  The retail release Blu-ray is well packed with bonus content though.  Included in the retail version are deleted scenes, an interview with Michael Oher, a feature on the real-life college coaches who acted in the film, a feature on Quinton Aaron, and a featurette with Sandra Bullock, Leigh Anne Tuohy, John Lee Hancock, and Michael Lewis.  All of these features are in HD.  A second disc contains a DVD and digital copy version of the film.