Jane Eyre (2011) (Blu-ray)
Main Menu Audio & Animation
|Year Of Production||2011|
|RSDL / Flipper||Dual Layered||Cast & Crew|
|Start Up||Ads Then Menu|
|Region Coding||4||Directed By||Cary Fukunaga|
Universal Pictures Home Video
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||None||
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish dts 5.1
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
|Original Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Miscellaneous|
English (Burned In)
|Annoying Product Placement||No|
|Action In or After Credits||No|
Jane Eyre is a piece of source material that has been made into movies and television series more than 20 times over the years including an Orson Welles & Joan Fontaine version, a BBC adaptation starring Timothy Dalton, a 1996 film starring William Hurt, bizarrely a version starring George C Scott as Rochester and most recently a 2006 mini-series starring Toby Stephens. So, what then does this new version have to offer? Quite a lot actually. It is a marvellous film, passionate, well acted and with beautiful music and magnificent bleak cinematography.
The story, for those who haven't read the novel by Charlotte Bronte or seen one of the previous adaptations is set in 1800s England and is a romantic drama. A young girl, Jane Eyre (Mia Wasikowska once the character hits her mid teens) becomes an orphan early in life and is taken in by her aunt, Mrs Reed (Sally Hawkins). Due to her willfulness she is sent to a tough religious school to reform her, run by the nasty Mr Brocklehurst. Once she is old enough she leaves the school and takes a position as a governess to a young ward of Mr Rochester (Michael Fassbender). His house is remote and despite Jane being happy living there, he regularly travels and often for long periods, leaving her alone with the young girl and the kindly housekeeper, Mrs Fairfax (Judi Dench). Rochester and Jane start to develop feelings for each other, however, not all is as it seems in Rochester's home. Later in the story, Jane leaves Rochester's house and lives with three siblings, St John and Rivers (Jamie Bell) and his two sisters. To explain, how and why this occurs would spoil the story for those who haven't read the novel or seen one of the other adaptations.
As I mentioned above this is a wonderful adaptation (although it does leave out one important scene from the novel which is in the extras) with beautiful cinematography, passionate and high quality acting from the leads who are very believable as a couple, emotional and plaintive music from Oscar Winner Dario Marianelli and assured direction from young American director, Cary Joji Fukunaga. The landscapes are beautifully bleak and form an important part of the story. The story is told in a non-linear way which is easy to understand but helps to make for an interesting film.
One thing which really annoyed me about this disc is that it automatically downloads ads one of which is for a new new TV show on US television, which is irrelevant to local audiences. Can't they put some local ads for the local release if ads have to be included?
This is a marvellous film which will be enjoyed by fans of this genre and would also have wider appeal. Personally, I found it one of the most enjoyable costume dramas I have seen.
The video quality is very good but not without challenges.
The feature is presented in a 1.85:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 1080p encoded using AVC.
The picture was quite clear and sharp throughout, although some scenes were affected by some smokey graininess such as at 87:00.The shadow detail was nothing special for Blu-ray, however this is at least partially driven by the naturalistic lighting choices.
The colour was excellent despite the grey based colour scheme of the windswept moors.
There is some minor aliasing and shimmer to be seen such as on a hat at 17:00 and a veil at 85:00.
There are subtitles burnt-in for French dialogue and there are subtitle streams in English, Spanish & French. The English subtitles are clear and easy to read.There are no obvious layer changes during playback.
The audio quality is very good bordering on excellent.
This disc contains an English soundtrack in DTS-HD MA 5.1 and a Spanish soundtrack in DTS 5.1.
Dialogue was occasionally a little difficult to make out and is really my only criticism of the soundtrack. I think this would be a source rather than transfer issue.
The music by Dario Marianelli is wonderfully emotive as I mentioned above. It sounds marvellous on this soundtrack, filling the room.
The surround speakers were incredibly well used considering the style of this film. There was excellent surround design at work, with many effects such as thunder, creaking, wind, some dialogue and footsteps coming from the surrounds. This provided a full and enveloping sound field for the film.
The subwoofer was used to support the music and add bass to thunder storms.
|Surround Channel Use|
The menu included sounds and scenes from the film and a nice design.
NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.
The Blu-ray version of this film in Region A is the same.
The video quality is very good.
The audio quality is very good bordering on excellent.The extras are decent quality but many are very short.
|DVD||SONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output|
|Display||Sharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.|
|Audio Decoder||Built into BD player. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.|
|Speakers||Monitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer|