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 "Anna Karenina" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

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Synopsis

Keira Knightley, Jude Law and Aaron Taylor-Johnson dazzle in this stunning new vision of Leo Tolstoy's epic love story. At the twilight of an empire, Anna Karenina (Knightley), the beautiful high-ranking wife of one of imperial Russia's most esteemed men (Law), has it all. But when she meets the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky (Taylor-Johnson), there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot be ignored. She's immediately swept up in a passionate affair that will shock a nation and change the lives of everyone around her.

 

Specifications

  • Universal Studios
  • 2012, Rated R, 2 Hr 10 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: MPEG-4 MVC
  • English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
  • Starring: Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson
  • Directed by Joe Wright
Rating
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  • Violence: Mild
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

“Sin has a price”, says Karenina’s husband at the start of this film. And by the end, we see just how high a price. My fear was that this “artistic” presentation would ruin the feel of the original novel, but I in fact enjoyed this film quite a bit. The director uses an actual stage to present the film, so some scenes are “real” while others are performed on the stage floor. It added to the sumptuous design and feel for the entire movie which made it enjoyable to behold. Costumes were gorgeous as well. Ms. Knightley looks beautiful and as like the other actors, all perform well. The story does beg the question: Is love just a form of madness? That depends on the type of love, I guess.

Technical

The picture quality is top notch. Lots of eye candy can be seen here. Very vivid colors and textural details are ever present. Contrast is very good with lots a of field depth. I saw no artifacts or overly smoothed processing. Sound quality, especially the musical score, was spacious and strong. The thunderous hoof beats during the racing scene really put the sub woofer into overdrive, too. All in all, the picture and sound enhance this worthy award nominated film and make it worth your while to check it out.

 

Extras

The extras are nothing novel: deleted scenes, commentary and time-lapse photography.