Jane Eyre (2011) (Blu-ray)

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Released 8-Dec-2011

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama Main Menu Audio & Animation
Deleted Scenes
Featurette-Making Of-3
Audio Commentary
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2011
Running Time 120:09
RSDL / Flipper Dual Layered Cast & Crew
Start Up Ads Then Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Cary Fukunaga
Studio
Distributor

Universal Pictures Home Video
Starring Mia Wasikowska
Jamie Bell
Su Elliot
Holliday Grainger
Tamzin Merchant
Amelia Clarkson
Craig Roberts
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music Dario Marianelli


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish dts 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 English (Burned In)
English
Spanish
French
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

    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.
   

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Transfer Quality

Video

    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.

Video Ratings Summary
Sharpness
Shadow Detail
Colour
Grain/Pixelization
Film-To-Video Artefacts
Film Artefacts
Overall

Audio

    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.

Audio Ratings Summary
Dialogue
Audio Sync
Clicks/Pops/Dropouts
Surround Channel Use
Subwoofer
Overall

Extras

    A decent selection of extras are included.

Menu

    The menu included sounds and scenes from the film and a nice design.

PocketBlu

    This disc is PocketBlu enabled so you can control your network Blu-ray player from your handheld and download content to watch on the go.

uHear

    This is a Universal feature I have not noted in the past but it is quite useful allowing you to jump back a small way in the film and replay with the subtitles turned on just in case you missed a line. You just press the yellow button on your remote.

Deleted Scenes (16:52)

    A number of scenes some of which should have been kept in the film especially the tearing of the veil, which my wife tells me is a big scene in the book. All of them are worth watching..

A Look inside Jane Eyre (3:41)

    An extended trailer/promo featurette.

To score Jane Eyre (2:14)

    Very short featurette on developing the score.

The mysterious light of Jane Eyre (1:52)

    Extremely short featurette about the cinematography and lighting approach.

Commentary - Director Cary Joji Fukunaga

    Cary is a good talker who speaks with passion. He focuses the commentary on technical details because he feels they were the commentaries of most interest to him as a young filmmaker. May be too technical at times for a casual audience but still worth a listen. He also covers locations and his approach to translating the book.

What's New

    Access to BD-Live for trailers.

R4 vs R1

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.

Summary

    An impressive new adaptation of the Charlotte Bronte novel.

    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.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, April 23, 2012
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