Turning The Spotlight On...The Master (Blu-ray)

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    This afternoon I had the opportunity to sit and watch the upcoming release
    of The Master on Blu-ray.
    I must say, it's been such a long time since I have been mesmerized by
    a film from start to finish. All of that is achieved by the remarkable, outstanding
    performances by Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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    It's essentially the story of down-and-out war veteran Freddie Quell (Phoenix),
    recently discharged from the Navy and attempting to re-establish his life in
    post WWII America. Freddie happens to stumble upon Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman),
    a charismatic evangelist cult leader who lures the drunken sailor into becoming
    a guinea pig for his Processing techniques.
    The Blu-ray transfer is exceptional with its sharp, detailed picture that is
    free of any noise or artifacts. Image retains a very realistic look thanks to
    its warm colors and natural skin notes. Certainly, home theater enthusiasts
    who demand the best from Blu-ray will be very pleased with its the crystal-clear
    imagery. There's not much to rave about the film's audio quality, which
    while clear and distinctive for its duration, remains mostly "front heavy." Fortunately,
    the wonderful, textured score by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood is superbly translated
    throughout the film.
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    The Master is going to be one of those films that will be "hit" or "miss" with
    its audiences. While Phoenix and Hoffman give what I feel to be one of the
    best performances of their careers, the story itself is quite dark in its dealings
    with human psychology. I found myself enjoying the film for its characters
    rather than a story itself.
    It is my hope that Joaquin Phoenix wins the Oscar for Best Actor for
    his performance in this film. It is one of the most remarkable performances
    I have seen from an actor in quite a long time. For that reason alone, The
    Master is worthy of a rental. Those who share my opinion that this movie
    is brilliant, will no doubt have already preordered their purchase.
    Screen captures directly from the Blu-ray. Click for larger image.
     
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    It isn't for everyone but I think this movie should have had a Best Picture nomination. Looking forward to checking it out on Blu-ray.
     
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    Travis, I agree. I think, like myself, Academy members were more mesmerized with the performances rather than the storyline, which you must admit, gets very odd at times. As I noted in my review, this seems to be the kind of film that is going to be either well received or blatantly rejected by audiences. I did forget to mention that a lot of credit needs to be given to the film's cinematography which is quite wonderful and often amazing to watch on a large home screen.
     
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    I think that a viewing of the film would likely be benefited by skimming the Scientology Wikipedia page before going in ;)
     
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    Nice to hear this one was done right. for my money, The Master and Django Unchained were as good as movies got last year. The Master had me completely devastated by the end. Can't wait to revisit it.
     
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    Hard to enjoy a story in a film that lacks one.
     
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    PTA is may favorite director but this film is a mess. I said my piece in the thread about the theatrical release.
     
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    ^ I was lukewarm to it when I first saw it but I went back and saw it a second time and I appreciated it much more. Maybe you'll dig it more a second time around.
     
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    Ron This film was shot in 65 MM and Ideally should have been viewed in 70 MM. I don't regret driving 50 miles to see this in 70 MM, one bit.
     
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    Joaquin Phoenix's performance is the best, bravest, rawest of the year. Amy Adams is subtly chilling and much more deserving of an award than Anne Hathaway's turn, which is good, but is fueled by a tremendous publicity machine. I wish more people had seen this movie. It's this year's The Tree of Life: you either love it or hate it. I was emotionally and aesthetically moved by both.
     
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    Jose,
    I think your overview (above) is spot on. The performances in this film are amazing.
    I think Amy Adams is more deserving of an award than Anne Hathaway, but as you
    correctly stated, there's a huge publicity machine at work here.
    I can understand why some feel there is a total lack of story here. What I took away
    from the film is that this is more of a character study of what happens when someone
    who is emotionally lost is taken in by a charlatan and brainwashed. Both characters
    have no redeeming qualities, and you sit and watch the interaction between these two
    men who are completely devoted to each other despite the opposition around them.
    I didn't particularly like Tree of Life, for the same reason some of you didn't like The
    Master (so a great compare, Jose). I felt that film lacked a comprehensible story, but
    now in hindsight, I realize it's all about the characters.
    As I stated previously, I hope Joaquin takes home the Oscar. It is one of the most
    amazing performances I have ever seen from an actor. He really had to reach deep
    inside himself to bring out that performance.
     

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