The Movie: 10/10
I’m going to be straight forward on this one. I gave it a 10 out of 10, what more do you need to know? This is one of those stories told on film that completely and utterly captivated me in a way that doesn’t happen very often. The people in this world of sadness, YES it’s very sad and a little depressing, make sense as people in the real world. Coping with death is a theme, and just coping with life and loss in general, which is where the sadness comes from, but in a good way. Every single person is amazing, so no one gets a nod from me in particularly. I was convinced every minute that these characters were living this life on the screen in front of me. I cried, I smiled, and cried some more, because they reminded me of what it is to be human. It’s a big claim, but I can’t help it. Watching how someone has crafted these people to face the overwhelming doom in their lives, while also injecting so much hope and humor, it felt like living, and what more can a fictional piece of entertainment offer?
I’m not much of an escapist, so digging into real life emotions makes more sense to me. I like the confrontation of how to face the loss of the folks we love in this life, and if a movie can wake up that deep heart-break for a little bit, and still make it entertaining, it deserves every award and nomination it gets.
I feel like I’m saying the same thing over and over, which is actually what I’m doing, but that’s because I only have one response to this movie…..fell in love with it. You know how we are when we first fall in love, all gushy and enthusiastic. If you watch Manchester By the Sea and you hate it, that’s fair. It’s not for everyone. If you can just sit back and let the emotions wash through you and it makes you think about the non-fictional people in your life, grab a box of tissues and a blanket for comfort…you’re gonna need it:)
- A Conversation With Director / Writer Kenneth Lonergan – While this sounds like a video featurette it’s actually a feature-length audio commentary. The director is joined by Peter Ventrella for a discussion of the film.
- Emotional Lives: Making Manchester By The Sea (16 Minutes) – A bunch of interviews and clips for the film. This is largely an EPK style featurette.
- Deleted Scenes (6 Minutes) – Three deleted scenes one of which should have been included in the movie.
- UV Digital Copy
Cover Art: 5/10
I love this movie so much, but the cover doesn’t do it justice. It looks more like a movie of the week, but it doesn’t matter. The movie is awesome and I would have this as a poster just to remind me of it.
Audio & Video: 8/10
Manchester By The Sea comes to Blu-ray courtesy of Lionsgate and a 1080P AVC encoded transfer. Digitally shot the Home Presentation remains faithful to the theatrical version and looks very impressive from start to finish. Color correction is used in the film to give everything a cold clean look and that translated well. I did see a couple of compression artifacts at the start of the film but aside from that everything was on point.
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is quite subtle and doesn’t have a ton of surround action. Dialog and let’s face it 99 percent of the movie is talking comes across clear, clean and central to the listener. I did not like the music much in this film but it does come across when needed. Overall a great looking and sounding release.
Overall Score 10/10