Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - May, 2010


"The Lovely Bones" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Chris Heinonen



Based on the very popular novel, The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, who is murdered coming home from school one day by a neighbor.  After her death, Susie is in an area between Heaven and Earth, helping to look over her family and lead them towards finding her killer, and also unsure of how to let go and let them move on with their lives, and move on herself.



  • Paramount Pictures
  • 2009, Color, Rated PG-13, 2 Hr 15 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Starring:  Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Stanley Tucci
  • Directed by Peter Jackson
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  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: Implied
  • Language: Bad


Coming from a book that many people, including my wife, loved, and directed by Peter Jackson, I had really high hopes for The Lovely Bones, but unfortunately the film left me cold.  It moves slowly, and leaves out lots of details from the novel that led to some confusion in my mind as to what was going on at times.  Unfortunately, it's not a movie that I would really recommend, much less to people that have young children (myself included), which make it fairly painful to watch.


However, The Lovely Bones does have an absolutely stunning image.  Probably the most detailed non-CG film that I have seen on Blu-ray, there is so much detail and texture in the shots that it gave me something to focus on the whole time.  At certain points in the film there were some extreme close-up images, and those looked absolutely fantastic as you could see the detail on paper or fingers really come through.  The sequences in heaven with CG also looked fantastic, with colors that would pop from the screen, and no issues that I could see.  A truly reference quality image.

The soundtrack, while not as instantly impressive as the image, also does a fantastic job.  All channels are used to drag you into a situation, be it a busy shopping mall or the quiet nighttime streets of a neighborhood.  A few times I thought they could have been even more aggressive with the surrounds, but it did a fantastic job of heightening the suspense of the film.


The only extra is a good one: A 3 hour, multi-part documentary on the making of the film, going week by week.  I've not been able to finish it yet, and it comes on a separate disc, but so far it's much more interesting to me than the film was on it's own and worth watching if you are interested at all in the production of a film.If you have a BD-Live connection, as I did, a couple of extra trailers will play before the movie.