October Baby (Blu-ray)

September 27, 2012 4 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

Hannah (Rachel Hendrix) has always felt like an outsider, thanks to in part to some ongoing health issues. She has endured a number of physical and mental health concerns, some of which seem to be getting more serious. After an episode lands her in the hospital, her parents decide to reveal that they’re not her birth parents. This sparks an intense turmoil within Hannah, who makes plans to explore her past and learn more about who she really is. This prompts a road trip with a longtime friend, a trip which Hannah hopes will answer some questions that weigh on her mind. While the others on the trip just want to have fun, Hannah begins to unravel the truth about her birth family and discovers some unexpected secrets. As she uncovers more about her family, will Hannah find the answers she seeks, or only more questions?

I have to be honest, these kind of inspirational “finding yourself” movies don’t usually click with me. Even so, I gave October Baby a fair shake and I am glad I did. The film doesn’t drown in melodrama or cliches like most of this kind, which let the story and performances take the spotlight. Rachel Hendrix is the driver of this experience, as she is the central character and takes us on her journey of self discovery. Her performance is terrific and she is able to get both the happiness and heartbreak of the circumstances across quite well. The rest of the cast is fine as well, but Hendrix is the show stopper here without a doubt. The story does travel down some well worn roads, but it keeps your interest and tosses in some unexpected moments. So yes, October Baby is predictable, but that doesn’t keep it from being solid entertainment.

Video: How does it look?

October Baby is presented in 2.40:1 widescreen. This transfer looks rock solid, with good detail and no errors I could pick up on whatsoever. The image has a sharp, natural presence that never disappoints. I wouldn’t rank overall depth with the best the format has to offer, but fans will appreciate the strong detail for sure. The colors look natural and warm, while contrast is accurate and never wavers at all. In the end, this is just a terrific looking visual presentation.

Audio: How does it sound?

This DTS HD 5.1 soundtrack is effective, but the film’s sound design is rather basic. So while it all sounds good, there isn’t much in terms of presence or what not. The main focus is on dialogue, which comes through in clear, easy to understand fashion and suffers from no errors. The film’s music adds some minor life at times, but for the most part the surrounds are given the night off. So the movie sounds good, it just won’t light up your home theater. This disc also includes English and French subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes audio comments from the directors, a blooper reel, some deleted scenes, Life is Beautiful music video, and a handful of behind the scenes featurettes.

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