Winter’s Tale Blu-Ray Review

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The Movie: 6/10
Ascully just reminded me to write this review, and when he said, “Don’t forget Winter’s Tale” I thought, “What? What’s that?” The truth is the movie didn’t stick in my mind very well, which I will explain, but don’t get discouraged, it’s not because I didn’t like it. It’s not memorable though, which might be worse.

This is a period piece, mostly. We see a love story of a chancer thief type guy and a young woman dying of Consumption. His life started in a somewhat weird way so we have to keep thinking of that, reminding ourselves he’s not just any chancer thief guy. There are surprises that I will not mention, because it’s nice for them to be surprises. The heart of the story is pretty basic though, love, good, evil, humanity, etc.

Mixing a love story with a battle between good and evil is not new, and Winter’s Tale doesn’t do enough for me to be fully enthralled. I tried, really I did. I love some of the ideas, the characters, the depiction of a mixture of reality and beliefs is a nice toned down spectacle, but it never quite suck ed me in completely. I can’t figure out what it is that didn’t do it for me. The performances were fine, if not a bit too fantasy based. The young woman is just too ethereal, and our leading man plays it a bit too Hollywood casual sometimes. When he’s up against William Hurt he gets a little cocky, and breaks the youthful thief character bit.

The sets and most of the effects are pretty good, if not too glossy. There are movies that depict historic times with a certain grit, and others that do not. Winter’s Tale does not. If you are in love with the love story you won’t care about the special effects or the weaknesses here and there. I guess I”m not romantic enough, so the whole “Love conquers all” and “We all have a purpose” stuff didn’t grip me. In other movies with similar motifs I’m totally into it, but this one was way way too mushy.

It is a good movie though, great for a Saturday afternoon. If you love getting lost in a fantasy of love and stuff, you might just think I”m crazy for not being that big of a fan. I would watch it again though, strangely enough, and then I would probably follow it with something like Seven, just to balance out the PG13 lightness with some rated R darkness.

Features: 5/10

  • Winter’s Tale: A Timeless Love – The cast and crew take you through the making of the movie, this is more about the themes of the story and the process of adapting it to the screen. People looking for the technical aspects of making the film will be disappointed.
  • Characters Of Good & Evil – The movie take a look at good and evil. Here we take a look at the contrast between the two sides.
  • Additional Scenes – Twelve minutes of additional scenes, none of which should have been kept in the movie. If you are a mega fan you might¬†appreciate¬†these.
  • DVD & UV Digital Copy

Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
I wouldn’t have this cover art as a poster. It’s boring and does not reflect the heart of the movie. The menu is navigation, so not much in the packaging to brag about.

Audio & Video: 7/10
I would describe the 1080P AVC encode Warner have used here as clean and smooth. The movie was filmed digitally so it’s naturally clean and grain free. Facial features are very well defined as well as the overall contrast and black levels in the film. Colors are subdued and obviously tweaked in post. I feel this movie should have been shot on film as the digital nature not only makes the CGI scenes look a little silly it also gives it a flat lackluster feeling. Despite that the transfer here is very faithful to it’s theatrical presentation.

The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack used on Winter’s Tale is also quite subdued and lacks the boombastic nature we are used to with most modern movies. Still Warner’s track here is very detailed and mostly centered around the dialog. During the films final moments the LFE channel finally lights up, but by then it’s a case of to little to late. Think of the audio track of Winter’s Tale as you would a romantic comedy and adjust your expectations accordingly.

Overall Score 6/10