Lucky Them (Blu-ray) (2013)

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Released 3-Jul-2015

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2013
Running Time 97:00
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 2,4 Directed By Megan Griffiths
Studio
Distributor

Shock Entertainment
Starring Toni Collette
Thomas Haden Church
Oliver Platt
Ryan Eggold



Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.85:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    Lucky Them is an independent drama with comedy about a woman examining and reconnecting with her past. It is a decent film anchored by a strong performance by Toni Collette.

     Collette plays Ellie Klug, a rock journalist working for a non-mainstream magazine in Seattle. Years ago she used to date Matthew Smith, touted by many as the next big thing. His rapid rise to musical glory came to a swift end when he failed to turn up for an important gig and his car was found empty near a waterfall. Then after a flurry of activity and supposed Matthew sightings the world moved on and he is presumed dead.

     Ellie is still living the life of a rock journalist in an era where print magazines are falling faster than the stock market. She frequently discovers new talent, sleeps with said talent and then moves on. Her frustrated boss (Oliver Platt) gives an ultimatum - find Matthew and write the story of her lifetime. Failure is not an option. When her boss gives her $1000 to pay off a dude who claims to have strong information as to Matthew's whereabouts she leaves it on a bench next to her latest squeeze, aspiring guitar troubadour Lucas (Ryan Eggold) and has to look for another source of money. She finds it in the form of old boyfriend Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), a wealthy and eccentric businessmen who has recently done a course in documentary filmmaking and will lend her the money if he can make a movie of the quest.

     Drama and comedy ensue as the odd pair struggle to find the elusive Matthew or even work out whether he is still alive. The film was directed by Seattle filmmaker Megan Griffiths and the semi-autobiographical script was co-penned by Emily Wachtel, who herself wrote under the pseudonym Ellie Klug. Its history stems back over 10 years including producer Joanne Woodward, hence the credit dedication to Paul Newman.

     Whilst the idea of a rock journalist struggling to keep their job and struggling to maintain relevancy is even more important today the script does feel a little old. The character played by Thomas Haden Church is not that far away from the self-absorbed doofus from Sideways. Nevertheless the film takes off when Church and Collette are together with their weird chemistry.

     There is also a cameo in this film which surprised audiences when it was premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. The surprise would have been great indeed and would have continued through to the Blu-ray release had it not been for the fact that there is a picture of said actor on the back of the case.

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Transfer Quality

Video

     Lucky Them comes to Blu-ray in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio consistent with the original cinematic presentation.

     IMDb does not contain details of the cinematographic process.

     The flesh tones are well rendered and there is a good level of detail to the faces and clothing. The settings for the film are generally drab interiors such as Ellie's apartment or overcast Seattle exteriors.

     The result is a film that is realistic in look but never vibrant or visually exciting.

    There are no subtitles.

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Audio

     Lucky Them carries a DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack.

     The dialogue is clear and easy to understand. There are no technical problems with the soundtrack.

     Surround sounds do not feature a lot but the pub music scenes and the waterfall scenes are well spaced. The sub-woofer is pretty quiet.

     The soundtrack is stuffed full of singer-songwriter tunes and the concluding song by Paolo Nutini is a cracker.

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Extras

    There are no extras.

R4 vs R1

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    The Region 1 DVD release contains behind the scenes footage and some interview material. There is no Blu-ray release in Region A as yet. Buy this region if you want Blu-ray.

Summary

      Lucky Them is an enjoyable indie film which makes no serious demands on the viewer. It is nevertheless an enjoyable watch. The Blu-ray quality is consistent with the modest aspirations of the film.

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© Trevor Darge (read my bio)
Monday, July 06, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge Audio 752BD All Region Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplayJVC DLX 700 with 4K e-shift on 140" Screen. Calibrated with Video Essentials/Digital Video Essentials. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationPioneer SC -LX 78K 9.2 Channel
SpeakersAaron ATS-5 7.1

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