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"About Time" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Stephen Hornbrook

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Synopsis

The men in the Lake family have an usual gift, the ability to tavel through time. When Tim (Domhnall Gleeson) turns 21 he learns of this gift from his father James (Bill Nighy) and is told to use it for a better life. His first goal is to end his loneliness and woe a girl. Tim moves to London to become a lawyer and moves in with his father's writer friend Harry. Finding that special someone seemed like a lost cause until Tim has dinner in the dark with his best bud and he meets Mary. Time travel then comes into play when Harry's play fumbles on opening night. In an effort to fix the play's performance, Tim ends up cancelling out the event that led to him meeting his love, Mary. He finds a way to meet her again and has the ability to retry over and over until he gets it just right and she falls for him as well.

Specifications

  • Universal
  • 2013, Color, rated: R, 2 hours 3 Minutes
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD MA 5.1
  • Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Rachel McAdams, Bill Nighy
  • Directed by Richard Curtis
Rating
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  • Violence: No
  • Sex: Mild
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

Richard Curtis has written some excellent films, Notting Hill, Love Actually, and his track record was the main reason for my interest in this film. I'm happy to say that Curtis has once again created magic. This is such a lovely movie that will not only make you laugh, perhaps cry, but also might make you think about life. It's really a story of how Tim learns to understand life and what it is all about. I didn't realize this until now but Domhnall Gleeson is the great Brendon Gleeson's son and he really does a wonderful job guiding this movie. Bill Nighy plays the father just how you'd expect him to, and it is totally believeable. This is not one to miss.

Technical

I have seen some stunning Blu-ray transfers lately and although there is nothing wrong with the video on About Time, it wasn't quite up to par. Color and detail were good, but contrast was lacking at times.

The dialog was balanced and clear and the movie's lovely score is played back with a big, but recessed soundstage. Good sound and fitting for this type of movie.

Extras

Audio Commentary, Deleted Scenes, Blooper Reel, The "Luckiest" Music