The Truman Show Blu-Ray Review

Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
I have always appreciated the poster that made it to the cover of the DVD. Now that I’ve seen it so many times, I would like to see a poster or DVD image that reflects the funny product placement ads in the film, in the show. The cover could be a fake ad for some laundry soap that looks like a 50’s magazine advertisement. However, that’s not what they have done. I still like it. The menu is standard Blu-Ray muckity muck…

Features: 6/10 (No commentary, which is the one thing I want!!)

  • How’s It Going To End The Making Of The Truman Show Part 1 & 2 – The making of that brings back some of the cast and crew 10 years later to look back at the experience.
  • Faux Finishing The Visual Effects Of The Truman Show – How did they make the moon, the button cam, necklace cam, etc.?? Find out how a movie makes us believe we are watching a show filmed with 5000 tiny cameras recording the life and times of an unsuspecting Truman.
  • 4 Deleted Scenes – These are unfinished and the content of the scenes wouldn’t have added anything to the story, so farewell yon deleted scenes.
  • Photo Gallery – Photos of the movie, stills behind the scenes…you know the drill.
  • 2 Theatrical Trailers HD & 2 TV Spots – I didn’t remember the trailers from the original release, so it was nice to see how the movie was presented waaaaayyyy back in the 90’s.

The Movie: 10/10
Just thinking about watching this movie again took my mind to that “happy place” we movie lovers go sometimes. That little nook or cranny deep inside our memories where the best movie watching moments thrive. It’s not a very populated place, very few movies are lucky enough to get the honor of retiring there. It’s not quantity, but quality that counts for this little hideaway spot, and The Truman Show is all quality. Stop reading now if you don’t like to experience someone gushing over a film.

You’ve been warned.

When I say that very few films have a life changing effect on me, I’m talking VERY FEW. They are, after all, “just movies”. I agree with that description most of the time, but then there are some stories, some performances, some ideas that go beyond. It’s those ideas of The Truman Show that have held onto me for all these years.

The movie tells the story of a man who has been the star of a TV show his whole life, and he’s the only one who doesn’t know it. The town he lives in, the people he knows, mother, wife, best friend, it’s all fabricated. Every line of dialogue people say to him he believes as reality, but it’s all written, contrived by Christof, the creator of the show.

Ok, that’s the simple recipe for this movie. I don’t think I can begin to explain why it has such a real life impact on me, but I’ll say this, the idea of being trapped in a reality designed by someone else where you are just going through the motions, well, that’s something I have felt a lot in my grown up life. Being told how to think, what to believe, how to act, when to, how to, where to, why…on and on. It’s life, I know, but it’s like whoever wrote this story, and others with the same principle, really get it. We are pawns, puppets, just scrambling around through life being controlled by things we have no grasp of.

I think what I tap into the most with The Truman Show is the idea of being told what to fear. Building a person’s life around being afraid of something, so someone else can benefit. That is how I see media, news, advertising, all if it comes around to making us afraid of something, being fat, being poor, being different, not having what our neighbors have, and on and on and on. It’s all made up so someone can make money, keep us controlled. Truman is us, or so that’s how I see it. I’m not a crazy paranoid conspiracy type, but let’s face it, a lot of how you live your life has been created by someone else. Why do you care about Secretary Day, or Grandparent Day? Why do we start Christmas shopping in October? Why do we all flock to the doctor’s office for medicine instead of figuring out how to just take cre of ourselves with a good diet and exercise? Someone somewhere invented a “market” for these things so they can make more money.

Truman lives in a world that’s created by Christof, who has his own mysterious reasons for having taken on Truman and the construction of his whole life. Christof might get some personal satisfaction, fill a need, feel protective, needed, or whatever about Truman, but the bottom line is he has manipulated every aspect of his life for his own gain, and the sponsors. Truman’s wife is a pretty evil tool in the whole thing. She pulls out a product and gives a sales pitch, catch phrases and all, just to get it on the screen for people to see and therefore buy. Truman then eats it, uses it, wears it, drives it, all to sell more to the public. The more I watch the movie the more insidious and brilliant it all seems.

I could seriously go on and on, but my fingers won’t type that much:) You can listen to the podcast to hear more of our thoughts on the film. For now I’ll wrap up with a few words about the cast, direction, music, sets, art direction, costumes….fantastic. That’s the word for them all, fantastic. There is not a flaw in this film as far as I’m concerned. It looks, sounds, and feels satisfying every single time. It is life-changing for one reason, it makes me shake off a little more bullshit that’s piled up in my life every time I watch it. I’ve seen it enough times now, there’s barely any left…ahhhh So, if I don’t see ya again, good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

Audio & Video: 9/10
I am really familiar with The Truman Show. I actually own all the DVD versions that are available. The Blu-Ray presentation is quite a step up from the DVD in every respect. First, this movie is already stunningly lit and photographed so the color space that Blu-Ray affords makes the film look better than I remember. Clothing is super detailed. Take the scene where Truman meets Lauren/Sylvia in the library, the detail in her red sweater looks incredible. It’s something I have never noticed on the standard DVD.  I agree with my Cidtalk when she said the Truman Show was a life-changing movie. If you have not seen it yet Blu-Ray is the best place to experience it.

Audio has been remastered in an uncompressed 5.1 Dolby TrueHD track that really sounds alive. The music adds a lot to this movie and it sounds it’s best in this uncompressed form. The Truman Show is mostly dialog driven but there are some subtle sound cues and during the storm sequence some excellent surround sound effects. For an 11 year old movie ,Paramount have done a great job with the Truman Show on Blu-Ray. I have never seen it in a theater and watching it yesterday in HD on a large screen really came close. Highly recommended!

Value: /10
Please tell me this Blu-Ray version of The Truman Show is 10 bucks. Please please. I’m just saying, it’s 11 years old, it’s wonderful, I love it, but it’s ELEVEN years old! I will own it no matter the cost, that’s the sad truth, but if you are about to experience it for the first time I recommend renting the Blu-Ray. If you LOVE it,you’ll pay the piper, just like me. Great movie, and a rare one that I’m willing to dish out the cash to make sure I can watch it whenever I so choose.

Overall Score 9.5/10

(The movie is a solid 10, but the extras keep the disc from getting a perfect score.)