Still Mine (Blu-ray)

July 31, 2014 4 Min Read

Review by: Matt Malouf

Plot: What’s it about?

Getting old is simply a part of life. It’s going to happen to a lot of us whether we like it or not. Still Mine tells the story of a husband and wife, and the lengths one man will go to in order to continue his long relationship with his wife. James Cromwell plays Craig Morrison, he’s a farmer who is going through a battle trying to finish his new despite some legal technicalities. He’s told that he needs to go through the proper channels before he can start building a new home. This angers him and confuses him since the land is his. Why should he have to get approval on land he owns? His wife Irene (Genevieve Bujold) is slowly losing her memory and seems to be slipping further each day. Craig’s ultimate goal is to complete his new house that he hopes to move himself and his wife into. Despite several visits from a government inspector, he continues to work on his new house. He complies with several demands, including paying a $400 fine to begin building, but there are other things he forgets such as using the proper procedures when building. His close friends and family tell him that it may be time for his wife to be transferred to assisted living, and that she’s not getting any better, but he refuses to give in.

The basic premise is rather simple, but the reason this film works is that it has its heart in the right place and the acting is in top form. Sometimes films can sneak up on us and that’s precisely what happened here. I wasn’t expecting to enjoy Still Mine as much as I did, but it tells a nice story that, despite its predictable nature, still made an impression on me. There are also areas where it could’ve faltered, but avoids doing so. For one, the Government inspector could have turned into a villain role, but instead, he’s simply a man trying to do his job. At first I wasn’t aware that the film is based on a true story, but that also seems to help matters. Things could’ve become sappy or overly dramatic, but thankfully that doesn’t happen here. There’s also an effective court scene late in the film that might’ve been overdone in a lesser film. Still Mine is definitely worth your time, and turns out to be quite a rewarding experience. Check it out.

Video: How’s it look?

The film is presented very nicely here. The image is AVC encoded (1.85:1 ratio) and features strong visuals throughout. The film’s setting lends itself nicely to the HD format. A lot of the shots are wonderful to look at with deep, strong colors. Cromwell tends to look scruffy through much of the film and the individual hairs on his face show up strongly. You can even spot his stubble on numerous occasions as well. The print is flawless. This transfer serves the film as it should.

Audio: How’s it sound?

The DTS HD track is fine, if unexceptional. Vocals were always clear, but this isn’t a film that will put your system to heavy use. I didn’t notice a lot of background use, but the film didn’t call for it. There are a few subtle moments where we can hear some background noise, but they’re scarce. Still, fans will be pleased with this track as it presents the film nicely, as it should.

Supplements: What are the extras?

  • Digital Copy

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