Remember Me (Blu-ray) (2010)

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Released 13-Jul-2010

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Audio Commentary-Cast
Audio Commentary-Director
Featurette-Making Of
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2010
Running Time 112:22
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Allen Coulter
Studio
Distributor

Sony Pictures Home Entertain
Starring Caitlyn Rund
Moisťs Acevedo
Noel Rodriguez
Kevin P. McCarthy
Chris Cooper
Robert Pattinson
Athena Currey
Lena Olin
Case ?
RPI $39.95 Music Marcelo Zarvos


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (224Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.85:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired Smoking Yes
Annoying Product Placement Yes
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

†††† Despite a barrage of media trying to convince the world otherwise, Robert Pattinsonís non-Twilight career has made it painfully apparent that young ladies are in love with Edward Cullen, rather than the actor behind the sparkly makeup. Remember Me is an angsty drama that on spec is a teen girl's wet dream - a teary drama about a self-destructive bad boy with a heart of gold who falls for the daughter of a cop he has a beef with, herself a girl who is still emotionally fragile from having watched the murder of her mother years earlier. Think a head on collision between Romeo And Juliet and Rebel Without a Cause. Aside from the fact it ticks all the boxes on the emo teen recipe card, the film itself is actually pretty decent and takes one or two refreshing turns. Despite all this it fell quite flat at the box office around the globe. Who says too much publicity for your star isn't a bad thing?

†††† College student Tyler Hawkins (Pattinson) is heading towards his 22nd birthday at what seems like breakneck pace. For years he has been haunted by his older brotherís suicide, which happened on that brotherís 22nd birthday, and as the big day approaches he begins to head off the rails. A convoluted chain of events leads to him getting arrested following an alley fight that he was trying to break up, and he is roughed up a little in the process by a cop (Chris Cooper) who he discovers has a daughter in one of his classes. Egged on by a friend, Tyler asks the girl, Ally Craig (Emilie de Ravin), out as a way to get back at her father. Real love blossoms. Ally helps Tyler tackle his own family issues, which mainly centre around what he sees as his wealthy father's (Pierce Brosnan) lack of consideration for his children - in particular towards Tylerís primary school aged sister who is somewhat of an outcast herself.

†††† Director Allen Coulter had previously done the commendable job of wringing the performance of a lifetime from man-of-wood Ben Affleck in Hollywoodland. Unfortunately lightning has failed to strike twice. The performances are decent on the whole, but Pierce Brosnan and Robert Pattinson manage some truly ridiculous bouts of competitive overacting when put on screen together (maybe they had been watching The Room as a warm up). Although the silliness of this excessive emoting is awfully apparent it is easy enough to accept in context. Its real effect is to leave you wondering what the film could have been had the players been reined in a bit.

†††† Though a bit over the top at times, Remember Me is an engaging drama that makes far better use of it's leading man than that leading man's usual franchise. The film is unafraid to take a few adventurous turns along the way, making it all the more worthwhile viewing.

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Transfer Quality

Video

†††† The film is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio, which looks like an open matte of the theatrical 1.85:1 ratio, in 1080p. The video looks very good. The image is clear and sharp, with only a slight hint of film grain to it. The shadow detail is excellent. The colour palette is quite natural and even throughout. There is no sign of any compression artefacts or film artefacts in the image at any point.

†††† The film features English subtitles for the hearing impaired. Based on the portion sampled they appear to be accurate and well timed.

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Audio

†††† The film includes a lone English DTS HD Master Audio track.

†††† The audio is crystal clear and well mixed. Dialogue is clear and easy to understand at all times.

†††† The film features a contemporary orchestral score form Marcelo Zarvos as well as a large number of well-chosen indie to emo songs.

†††† The surrounds are put to good use, primarily for music and background environmental audio. The subwoofer is used relatively sparingly, though to fair effect on the few occasions it is called for.

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Extras

Audio Commentary with Cast

†††† Stars Robert Pattinson, Emile de Ravin, and Ruby Jerins along with the film's producer deliver a commentary track tailored directly for teens with throbbing hearts. Vapid and self important, but amusing.

Audio Commentary with Director

†††† Allen Coulter provides a commentary that is interesting though a little laborious at times. Not to matter too much about the latter as he is actually surprisingly pleasant to listen too.

Making of Featurette (14:53)

†††† Fifteen minutes of press-kit fluff that spends longer promoting the mythical cult of Rob than telling us anything about the production of the film.

R4 vs R1

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

††††The US Region A edition appears to be identical to the local Region B release. Draw.

Summary

††††A surprisingly entertaining, though undeniably overdone, emo drama with a solid cast. On spec it's squarely aimed at teenage girls, but holds up well for other audiences.

†††† Video and audio are of a high standard. The extras are superficial and largely forgettable.

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© Adam Gould (Totally Biolicious!)
Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Review Equipment
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DisplayOptoma HD20 Projector. Calibrated with THX Optimizer. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
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AmplificationPioneer VSX2016AVS
Speakers150W DTX front speakers, 100W centre and 4 surround/rear speakers, 12 inch PSB Image 6i powered sub

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