Miss Sloane (Blu-ray) (2016)

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Released 7-Jun-2017

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Political Drama Featurette
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2016
Running Time 132:09
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By John Madden
Studio
Distributor
Transfilm
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Jessica Chastain
Gugu Mbatha-Raw
Chuck Shamata
John Lithgow
Michael Stuhlbarg
Jake Lacy
Sam Waterston
David Wilson Barnes
Lucy Owen
Michael Cram
Case ?
RPI ? Music Max Richter


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame Unknown English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures Yes
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    The world of politics has always lent itself as a good topic for films and television series. Comedies like Yes Minister and dramas such as House of Cards (US and UK versions) have become household names. Miss Sloane is another addition to the list of movies with a political theme and one that ticks all the right boxes. The movie uses political drama to raise awareness of the pros and cons of the American system of government and even questions the validity of the Bill of Rights in modern society. Ultimately however, the political drama is only a backdrop to the character study that unfolds around the lead character. The viewer is given a look into the mind of an extremely smart yet dispassionate person who’s drive to succeed at the expense of those around them takes ever increasing twists and turns throughout the movie..

    Jessica Chastain excels as the lead character Elizabeth Sloane, an extremely self-driven individual who lacks emotional attachment to those around her. Sloane works for a large law company where she has made a name for herself as a successful lobbyist. Sloane’s employer is engaged by the powerful Gun Lobby to lobby against the Heaton-Harris bill which proposes tighter gun laws. When the opportunity avails itself, Sloane jumps ship to a smaller company in order to lobby in favour of the Heaton-Harris bill. It is a David and Goliath battle and as the movie progresses Sloane has to use all her skills as a political strategist to stay one step ahead.

    Although Jessica Chastain steals the limelight as the lead character special mention should be made of the supporting actors. First minor gong goes to Gugu Mbatha-Raw for her portrayal of the traumatised yet determined Esme Manucharian. Minor gongs also go to Sam Waterson as Sloane’s first boss George Dupont and Mark Strong as Sloane’s second boss Rodolfo Schmidt. Honourable mentions to Chuck Shamata as Bob Sanford of the Gun Lobby and Alison Pill as Sloane’s aide Jane Molloy.

    The movie starts in the present and uses well-structured flashbacks to build the story. As a political drama in its own right Miss Sloane is a success. Extra depth in the movie is provided by the personal look into Sloane’s psyche which the viewer can see but not her colleagues. After watching the movie one finds oneself analysing both Sloane and her environs. Is Sloane a good or bad person? Is a difficult upbringing an excuse for emotionally destroying those around you? Is Sloane herself just a pawn in the American political system? When does personal drive to succeed become a self-destructive force? Overall an exciting yet thought provoking movie.

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Transfer Quality

Video

    The video transfer is very good except for one instance of a ghosting effect around Jessica Chastain’s face when applying a cosmetic. This occurs within the first few minutes of the film and as it is a close-up shot the artefact is so obvious that even a non-cinephile would find it a distraction. Fortunately it is not repeated elsewhere thus allowing the viewer to enjoy the remainder of the film.

    There are English for the hearing impaired subtitles available which are clear and easy to read.

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Audio

    The audio is delivered via DTS HD-MA 5.1 and is quite reasonable. Given the movie is a political drama, most of the audio is comprised of spoken dialogue so not many opportunities to utilise surround sound capabilities. The surround sound does kick in nicely during crowd scenes such as press gatherings and court room sequences.

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Extras

    There is one 10 minute extra that comprises short interviews with the actors and the script writer.

Menu

    The menu features music.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

    The audio and extras included in the American Zone A release are the same as those in the Australian Zone B release. Reviews of the Zone A release make no mention of the brief yet noticeable ghost effect seen at the beginning of the Zone B release. Not much in it but the Zone A release wins (just) owing to zero video artefacts.

Summary

    A thought provoking movie that is both a political drama and an analysis of the human psyche.

    The video quality is very good with the exception of one short but obvious artefact.

    The audio quality is good.

    There is one short extra.

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© David Graham
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
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