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"Every Day" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Tyler Stripko

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Synopsis

Ned’s (Liev Schreiber) life is not going according to plan.  He is unhappy with his job, his teenage son is gay, his wife (Helen Hunt) is unhappy, and worst of all – his ailing father-in-law (Brian Dennehy) has just moved in with the family.  In order to put his life back on track, Ned must find a way to accept the cards he’s been dealt and come to grips with them.

 

Specifications

  • Image Entertainment
  • 2010, Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 33 min
  • Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
  • Codec:  AVC
  • 1080p
  • English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Starring: Liev Schreiber, Helen Hunt, Carla Gugino, Brian Dennehy, and Eddie Izzard
  • Directed by Richard Levine
Rating
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  • Violence:  No
  • Sex:  Yes
  • Language: Yes

Commentary

A movie reviewer’s gig is not always easy.  We often get films that we’ve never heard of or were released straight to video.  “Every Day” is one of those films.  I don’t recall seeing any advertisements for the film or seeing it on the marquee at the local cinema.  However, the film turned out to be far better than expected.  Perhaps due to the talents of “Nip/Tuck” writer/producer Richard Levine, everything about the movie just seemed incredibly realistic, from the characters to the situations.  The cast was excellent, with Liev Schreiber and Brian Dennehy delivering stand-out performances.   I even found myself enjoying Helen Hunt, who I don’t usually care for.   The story moves along well and has a lot of heart to it.  Definitely worth a rental.

Technical

The picture quality on this Blu-ray disc was pretty good.  The digitally shot image was sharp with just a bit of induced “film grain.”  However, contrast suffered a bit due to what looked like elevated black levels.  There also appeared to be a slight “haze” to the image that could also be due to a black level elevation.  The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack was merely average with almost no surround or LFE use.  However, dialogue was perfectly clear and the music punches through the front channels nicely on a few occasions.

Extras

Included on this disc are deleted scenes, cast interviews, and the original trailer.  All extras are in standard-definition.