Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
Would I have this cover as a poster? No. It’s fully functional as a sentimental and somewhat “hit over the head” message delivery system. I don’t love it. The menu is totally blah. It’s a still image with the navigation at the bottom.
- Michael Oher Exclusive Interview – A true story is better with the real person or people involved chiming in with their perspective. Michael Oher gives an interview discussion about his experiences with the Tuohy’s and making a movie about his life. It’s a nice way to ground the movie in that “real world” realm.
- Sidelines: Conversations On The Blind Side – There are several short interviews and discussions in this section, some with cast, crew, the director and even the real folks behind the story. It’s good.
- Acting Coaches: Behind The Blind Side – It’s crazy obvious that the coaches in the movie are all real life football coaches and NOT actors. They take it all with a sense of fun and adventure and it does tell something about the love of the game and the story by the writers and directors that they wanted to bring in this crew of non-actors just for the fun and authenticity of it all.
- The Story of Big Quinton – The Blind Side is about a young man who is challenged by a hard beginning to life but who overcomes it by a series of opportunities and his own determination. The story of the actor who plays the lead role is just as interesting and parallel in many ways. We get to follow him to his neighborhood and see interviews with his family.
- Additional Scenes – There is nothing here that needed to be in the movie, so best left here in the deleted bin.
- Digital Copy – This might just be a movie you want to watch again, or share with your friends while you are on the go (who does this, I don’t know, but it’s a good movie for that kind of thing.) so use it, abuse it, enjoy the digitalness of it all.
- DVD Version Of Movie – Oh, another version of the movie…get ready to watch over and over and over 🙂
The Movie: 8/10
I didn’t want to take the time to watch this movie. That’s the whole truth. I didn’t think it would be crappy or anything, just that I have seen and heard sooooo much about it that I felt over saturated with Blind Side bandwagon recruiting and it seemed a little bit like a waste of time. I know I shouldn’t have those thoughts about movies, being someone who has fancied herself a movie lover for about, oh, 4 decades or so. The thing about not wanting to see a movie that has been so popular, trendy to chat about, and a general mass appreciated tid bit, is that sometimes the trailers and chit chat don’t really do it justice.
That’s right, I really enjoyed the movie. I do think it’s overly sappy sometimes, a few too many thoughtful glances now and then and a very very strong armed message, but then again, it’s a good message and those glances are well performed by a classy cast. I can live with these set of circumstances.
This is a movie based on a book, based on a true tale of a young man lost in his own world, abandoned by most people in his life, and truly wandering around with nothing more than a grocery bag and a t-shirt. He is spotted by a driven wealthy woman who takes him in and puts him on a different path with she and her family.
There are a lot of questions about the up close and personal details of a southern white rich family taking in a poor African American youth who may or may not be a positive or negative addition to their lives. I won’t go into all the probable issues that came up in real life, some are addressed in the movie like asshole racists, cultural and class snobbery, etc. I’ll focus on what they did decide to include, which is mostly the good stuff.
Imagine taking in a teenager, a stranger to your family, someone who has had a lot of bad experiences in his or her life already. How would they be able to be a part of your life? What kind of troubled emotional issues would they bring with them? Teenagers are tough enough to cope with, but someone who has had a sad and hardened few years to build their foundation for who they are is a big question mark walking in your door. Only a mild mannered, descent human being would be the one you would hope to be able to give a new chance. That seems to be the case with Michael Oher.
In the movie he’s a mild mannered. His personality is thoughtful and not crushed by whatever bad past he might have had. Leigh Ann Tuohy takes him in to her family’s home for a temporary stay off the street, and it turns into a lifelong choice. There are the bumps in the road, as you would imagine, and the movie tells it all in a kind of rosy, cleaned up Hollywood version, but you can use your imagination as to what the real truth might have been like. There is the involvement of a gang, academic problems, cultural obstacles for the young man and the family, but it’s all handled with a certain kind of happy happy vibe.
I don’t mind the happy vibe, it’s OK to look in on this family with an optimistic eye. It seems this woman had whatever her motives were but in the end she did something good in her life, by not just turning away from someone in need. The outcome, whether becoming a professional football player should be considered a successful thing to do with one’s life, is questionable for me, but I get the idea. He had no chances before, and through their commitment to him as a family member he had more choices, more opportunities in life, so that’s a good thing.
I love the performances, the quiet moments, the dialogue, the music, the style, as a movie it’s very well made and let’s you just enjoy and think about the story and whatever lessons you want to extrapolate. It’s a good feeling movie with a deserved nod from everyone. It might be too sappy for some folks, fair enough, but you can’t say it’s not a quality flick,
Audio & Video: 9/10
I was blown away by the video quality of The Blind Side. Seeing the football scenes made me realize that HD televisions’ killer app is the big game. This transfer boasts awesome looking detail, close ups of Sandra Bullocks face reveal almost airbrushed makeup and the detail in certain characters eyes looks better than real life. Even the darker scenes hold up well and flesh tones always look perfect. This really is a stunning looking disc and I was surprised as I wasn’t expecting showcase material from this kind of movie. If you are a fan of HD movies you owe it to yourself to take a look at this one.
The only audio track that is featured on the disc is a DTS Master Audio 5.1 track that is as impressive as the video. The football game scenes really immerse you with lots of subtle sounds that shift around the sound stage and really transport you to that time and place. Dialog is handled perfectly and is always anchored front and center. There was never a time I was wondering what people were saying. It’s a ‘set it and forget it’ kind of soundtrack. The only thing I did notice was the soundtrack was mixed a little higher than some Blu-Ray disc’s. There is around a 2db increase so dropping your receiver a little from it’s normal listening position will help out a lot.
Overall The Blind Side, while coming across like a high budget Hallmark movie of the week, has some AWESOME performances that any movie fan will get a kick out of. Sandra Bullock was well deserving of an Oscar here and I am not normally a fan. Recommended !!!!
This is a family type movie that your mom will want to watch, and show your aunt and her neighbor lady and her daughter, etc. etc. So, it’s worth the average price of around 20 bucks if you are going to use it to its fullest. I don’t have a desire to have it on my shelf, so a Netflix streaming view on a weekend evening is the perfect cheap popcorn home-date.
Overall Score 8/10