John Mulhern

by: John Mulhern
February 8th, 2010

Blu-ray rating: 6/10

This review will only be over the disc and its features, not the actual film itself. If you would like to see a review of the film, you can check out Kate's HERE.

Ever since I was a child, I've endlessly dreamt of having the ability to travel through time. Naturally, I imagined the ability as something I would have complete control over, as most children would. I never once wondered what it might be like if it was out of my control. How could one live their life happily, and really develop relationships? THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE tells us the tale of a man who tries to live as normal a life as he possibly could with such an ailment.

From reading the back of the case I was pretty worried about this set. The back of the case only had two listed special features, which usually in that case it seems as they are tacked on lazily at the last minute. I prepared for disappointment, would I ultimately be let down by this Blu-ray set?

I was very shocked and surprised when both features ended up being pretty long and fleshed out. A lot of work was put into the features, both of which give you a good look into how the film was made and what drove its production.

The first feature is "An Unconventional Love Story" which delves into the relationship between time traveling Henry and his wife Claire. It has some very interesting interviews with Eric Bana and  Rachel McAdams. One thing that makes it so interesting to me is the explanation on how they built the love in their fictional relationship. I think it is really easy to forget how much thought goes into acting, and this is a nice wake-up call to see how much thought was put into something that is almost certainly overlooked by most viewers. Not to mention that the feature is over twenty-five minutes long, and honestly it never got boring.

The second feature is "The Time Traveler's Wife: Love Beyond Words" which covers the trials and tribulations of adapting the book by Audrey Niffenegger into a feature film. It discusses some of the liberties it took with the source material and why. The feature has a lot of interviews with the cast and crew and gives you a good idea as to how the film turned into the final product; it is also twenty minutes long, giving the features on this disc a pretty lengthy run-time.

Sadly, there is no commentary track which is pretty upsetting with this set, as I think it could have been a pretty interesting one. Even worse off, there is no making of feature that pertains specifically to to the actual filming and production of the movie. The closest thing we get to that is the "Love Beyond Words" feature, which simply does not cut it in this case.

The actual film looks pretty fantastic on Blu-ray, and I think might be the best non-action or sci-fi film I've seen on the format, period. So much care was taken about the color scheme of the film during production, and the colors just look absolutely stunning. I wasn't expecting it to look that phenomenal, but it really does.

The film also has a digital copy to download to your computer and other media devices. But sadly, the lack of commentary really hurt the overall value of this disc. At the same time, the features that are there are extremely well executed. Ultimately, this disc will appeal to its key demographic but cinephiles might be a little disappointed. I definitely suggest giving this a rent at least, everyone deserves to feast their eyes on all the gorgeousness.

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