Blu-ray Disc Review
I enjoyed the features on the first go. There are two deleted scenes (HD, 3min), a featurette titles Australia: The People, The History, the Location, which is a short historical piece with Luhrmann, Kidman, and Jackman. This HD piece includes historical footage over 60 years old in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. That means a lot to me, as I absolutely hate when old archive footage is reframed for 16:9 featurettes.
Most interesting are the podcasts with Baz Luhrmann, who really wants to connect all of these featurettes together for the viewer, and help them see how they’ve all contributed to make this film as art. That’s his vision, and his vision works. The featurettes, which cannot be accessed by a “play all” function, can be selected one by one in the special features submenu. Here you will see everything from stills photography/publicity, amplifying drama with location, the role of the director of photography, and post production crew collecting sounds on location for the soundtrack. All are HD. Cool stuff!
Three theatrical trailers (A, B, C) are included in HD, as well as the theatrical trailer for Slumdog Millionaire.
IN THE END...
Excellent audio and video deliver this interesting story historically set during World War II. With a load of interesting special features, Australia is worth visiting.
March 11, 2009.