The Fall (Blu-ray)

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

As a stuntman, Roy (Lee Pace) faced danger on a regular basis, as putting his health on the line was his profession. But when he was badly injured in a stunt gone wrong, he had to face emotional dangers he never expected. As he sat in a Los Angeles hospital, depression sank in and he was left with few options. When a young girl named Alexandria (Catinca Untaru) approaches him, he brightens up a little and begins to tell her an epic tale. The story follows six very different heroes who band together, in order to defeat a common foe known as Governor Odious. He soon weaves a tale that is brought to life in vivid detail thanks to Alexandria’s imagination, one that she will never forget. But has Roy conquered his depression, or does he have another reason to befriend this young visitor?

The Fall is not a great work of cinema, but it is a movie that should be seen, even if you’re just a casual movie buff or really, have even a slight interest in the visual arts. Tarsem has crafted a unique vision with The Fall and while elements from outside sources are here, Tarsem melds them with a surreal vision that creates a one of a kind experience. In The Cell, Tarsem’s knack for visual flair was held back by a mediocre plot, but in The Fall, we have a more complete package. The visuals still seem to outshine the narrative, but there is a solid, well executed plot here, without question. A wide scope of techniques are employed to achieve the vision and while some work better than others, the style is simply stunning at times. So while The Fall has its ups and downs, it is an experience and one that is well worth the journey. Given the grand visuals on showcase, this high definition transfer should be considered the only way to experience The Fall.

Video: How does it look?

The Fall is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen. This isn’t quite the ultimate reference level transfer I expected, but it comes close and is gorgeous to behold. The level of detail is stunning, with such subtle elements visible, its like looking through a window at times. The smallest touches spring to life, with texture depth that never disappoints. The print used is flawless, with no grain, debris, or other concerns. I found colors to be vivid and bold, while contrast is dead on, from start to finish. I did see a few minor artifacts, but none were that serious. So in the end, while not perfect, this transfer delivers the movie’s dynamic visuals in grand form and fans should be delighted.

Audio: How does it sound?

This Dolby TrueHD 5.1 option refuses to be outshone by the visuals, which results in a boisterous, fun soundtrack. The score tends to dominate at times, but the surrounds have ample other elements as well. The rear channels handle the ambient noise, the bass kicks deep, and the front channels deliver the rest, in a total audio package that shines. I do think some might be a little let down, as this is more of a skilled, layered soundtrack than an “in your face” one, but I think it sounds excellent. No issues in terms of vocals either, so no dialogue issues. This disc also includes English and French subtitles.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Tarsem’s director’s comments are available, while a second session joins writers Dan Gilroy and Nico Soultanakis with star Lee Pace. Tarsem’s track is a little more laid back than I anticipated, but it has some great information, while the second track provides additional worthwhile content. If you loved the movie itself, you owe it to yourself to spin both of these tracks, as they’re both insightful and well worth the investment. You can also check out two solid featurettes (with about an hour of total duration), as well as some deleted scenes.

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