Steady like a train. Sharp like a razor. I never considered myself a huge fan of Johnny Cash and after watching Walking The Line, I don't foresee myself going out and buying any of his music. On the other hand, watching this upcoming DVD release was a very positive experience for me. I walked away with a better understanding and appreciation for the man behind the music. While watching Walk The Line, I couldn't help but to be reminded of the 2004 film, Ray, whose storyline almost runs parallel to that of Johnny Cash. Both are stories that involve a lackluster southern childhood, the death of a brother, and a sudden rise to fame and fortune that leads to dependency of alcohol and drugs. In the same way that Jamie Foxx captured the essence of Ray Charles, Joaquin Phoenix has resurrected the "Man in Black" from the dead, not only completely nailing all his mannerisms but the brooding voice as well. This film could have easily fallen into a slump with its repetition of depressing themes if not for the inclusion of Reese Witherspoon as June Cater. It is a performance certain to win her an Oscar for Best Actress. From the moment Reese walks on stage, we are drawn into her smile, energy, and relentless spunk. The DVD transfer is quite good, though there is a noticeable amount of grain in the southern childhood sequences that take up the first quarter of the film. I summized that the grain was intentional, as it quickly disappears as the film progresses into Johnny's adult years. The film has a very subdued color pallette with mostly earthy tones. This isn't a colorful film by any means, and I actually enjoyed the warmth of this transfer, though it's a bit on the soft side resulting in a slight loss in detail. Perhaps again...intentional. Audio is excellent. The concert sequences put Joaquin and Reese in the three front channels while the sounds of an appreciative audience can be heard roaring through the rears. The rear channels also make great use of weather effects including thunder, wind, and even the movement of trees in the background. While yet another biopic where everyone roots for the man who cheats on his wife and becomes dependant on drugs and alcohol, Walk The Line somehow remains very entertaining mostly for its dead-on performances from its stars. I'll even go on record saying that there was a lot of toe-tapping going on throughout. This is absolutely a film worth a blind purchase. Release Date: February 28, 2006 Note: Compressed screencaps are not a proper representation of film ratio or transfer quality.