Rain Man

January 28, 2012 3 Min Read

Review by: Matt Brighton

Plot: What’s it about?

I first saw “Rain Man” when it came out in the theatres about 11 years ago. I love it then, and not much has changed. Tom Cruise plays Charlie Babbit, a young hot shot car broker in Los Angeles. He learns of his father’s death and goes to Cicinatti for the funeral, only to find out that he has a brother who is the sole benefactor of his father’s $3 million dollar estate! Being obviously irritated, he “kidnaps” his brother and brings him cross-country to Los Angeles. But the fun of the movie is watching them get there.

Dustin Hoffman received a well-deserved Oscar Award for his portrayal of Raymond Babbit. Raymond is an autistic savant, sometimes referred to as “idiot” savants; meaning they are very high functioning, but have very little social skills. In Raymond’s case, he is a mathmateical genius. Charlie just wants what is his (half the money) and uses Raymond as a a barganing chip, but starts to form a relationship with his brother. I won’t give away the ending, but the film won Best Picture for 1988, and rightfully so! If you’re one of the three people out there who hasn’t seen this movie, do.

Video: How does it look?

MGM gave this film a brand new 16:9 enhancement, and it looks great. The picture is absolutely gorgeous. This film has a lot of outdoor scenes (when they are driving to L.A.) and the scenic shots look great. A vast improvement over the laserdisc release.

Audio: How does it sound?

Just like the laserdisc from a few years ago, the sound was remastered in Dolby Digital 5.1. It sounds very good, although it’s not something that I’d demo for sound purposes. Still, it’s better to have it than not.

Supplements: What are the extras?

The 8-page booklet is interesting and the trailer is nice, but I sure would love to hear commentary by Barry Levinson. Oh well, just owning this movie is good enough.

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