Everything Everywhere All At Once – UHD Review

4.5 Stars Every New Discovery Is Just A Reminder… “We're All Small And Stupid.” - Recommended
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Today, Everything Everywhere All At Once. Evelyn Wang (Michelle Yeoh) is beset on all sides by the banality, impossibility, and absurdity her life has become.  She’s a karaoke loving laundry store owner, despite always wanting more out of her time on Earth. She’s about to face a ruthless IRS auditor, Deirdre (Jamie Lee Curtis). Her daughter is closeted and the family fears won’t be accepted by matriarch Gong Gong, whose traditional outlook won’t approve of such a thing. And her husband Waymond (Ke Huy Quan) is a bit daft but approaches every situation with a positive attitude that would make Barney cry.

Evelyn’s worlds collide when she is thrust into “The Multiverse” facing off with clones of everyone in her life, some of whom have skills very different than she does, some of whom have made radically different life choices, and some of them, well, want to kill her.

Resolving such a a genre bending mix of action, drama, family squabbles and pathos will require to re-evaluate her life many times over and to pull from parts of herself she didn’t know she had.  And she’ll have to adapt empathy for the life choices and outlooks of those around her.  Most of which don’t make sense from the outside looking in, but when their origins are revealed all help Evelyn become the best version of herself.

Everything Everywhere All at Once (2022)
Released: 25 Mar 2022
Rated: R
Runtime: 139 min
Director: Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Jamie Lee Curtis
Writer(s): Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
Plot: An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, in which she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.
IMDB rating: 8.1
MetaScore: 81

Disc Information
Studio: Lionsgate
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio: Dolby Atmos
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, Other
Rating: R
Run Time: 139 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Keep Case with Cover
Disc Type: BD50 (dual layer)
Region: A
Release Date: 08/08/2022
MSRP: $9.99

The Production: 5/5

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Roger Ebert famously claimed that movies are “Like a machine that generates empathy.” EEAAO tries its heart out to help illustrate how true that is.  Evelyn is beset upon by enemies and views her allies as duds or as arrayed against each other.  By tossing her into an incredible ordeal, one where she has to both outwit and learn from both allies and enemies, the film hopes for us take a new lens to the folks in our own lives. And to help us re-evaluate how we can love them better for being who they are and to understand that they are wearing the scars of the baggage they carry. Some of which we have loaded on to them whether we realize it or not.

That it hopes to do this by examining the life of someone many of us would consider a nobody is kind of the point.  We are all the heroes of our story and everyone we come into contact with is the hero of theirs.  Even if their story isn’t a grand adventure or a fantasy come true. Each and every one of us is dealing with stuff nobody else will ever know and is doing the best they can with the tools they have.  I know a lot of folks in my Facebook timeline that can use a reminder of that more often than they get… and I know I need to do my own self reflection more often too.  So that’s a win for the movies.

Video: 4.5/5

3D Rating: NA

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EEAAO is interesting in that it uses a number of different aspect ratios and color palettes to heighten the look and feel of the time frame and “universes” that we visit.  Evelyn’s original world is a bit dram and desaturated, while those she visits can range from hyper detailed and colorful, to cartoony, to ultra-sharp.  It’s terrifically well executed using different looks done in editing while having been shot on Arri Alexa in higher than 4k modes.

Audio: 5/5

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I wasn’t expecting much out of what should be a dialogue driven think piece, but EEAAO delivers sonically BIG TIME.

Bas extensions are sub 30hz if my pants legs rattling can be believed, and if you aren’t sure just listen to the opening scene when the film announces you are going to go on a journey here so you better be prepared.

The dialogue is front heavy and while there are sections in multiple languages all are well documented on screen and clear where native.

Each world transition gives a satisfying kssssshhhh from overhead and then when the shooting starts Atmos reaches all corners.

Special Features: 3/5

I ran through all the extras save the commentary and found them informative and revealing for how everything “all fits together”.  Recommended!

Audio Commentary with directors and writers Daniel Scheinert and Daniel Kwan
Almost Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About
Alpha-Bits
Putting Everything on the Bagel: Cooking up the Multiverse
Outtakes
Music Visual
Deleted Scenes

Overall: 5/5

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My review of EEAAO is a bit late for its arrival on disk but my delay can be your boon if you have not seen it yet.  This disk is down to a mere 10 bucks on Amazon right now and should be in your collection for the AV qualities alone.  That it’s a terrific, affirming movie with a lot to say about how we live our lives and treat the people around us is even more reason for more folks to see it.  It’s surprising, funny, heartfelt, original and just damn cool. You should see it (Or see it again), and you should help more people you know see it too.  Recommended.

Sam is both a moderator and reviewer at Home Theater Forum and is the voice behind Home Theater United, the Home Theater Forum Podcast which he started with cofounder Brian Dobbs. Sam has long advocated modest, best “bang for the buck” theater components and is loving every minute of this golden age of home audio-visual magic. Sam is a software engineer, a former volunteer firefighter, a current planning commissioner, leader of a large board gaming group and the personal servant of two tuxedo cats.

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Robert Crawford

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Yeah I know but I prefer streaming thru iTunes. Guess it doesn’t really matter.
I prefer iTunes too, but I’ve played movies that weren’t available in DV on Vudu using my Roku. But, did playback in DV on the Vudu app on my AppleTV.
 
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Lucky for UK fans then that UHD’s are region free. ;)
Yes, but its expensive to import at the moment and won't all the extras be on a Region A encoded Blu Ray disc..?

This was one of only two 2022 film for which I did not make it past 20 minutes.
So maybe I don't need to worry... :) (PS Robert, what was the other one...?)
 

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I blind bought this a while back, still haven’t gotten around to it. Hopefully soon.
 

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It took me three or four times to finish the film and while I enjoyed the performances, especially Ke and Michelle’s, it was just a bit too crazy and over the top.

I need to rewatch it at some point. I did find it hard to follow. Perhaps with subtitles and commentary.
 

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Watched it start to finish - but it took a colossal effort. Its a collection of childish effects strung together in an incoherent story line about the multi-verse that generated zero emotional investment. It finally came to an end only because (in this universe) time is linear. Otherwise it was all over the place (including a universe were human fingers are (literally) hotdogs.

Every 30 mins or so I asked my wife - "You still want to watch this?" Unfortunately, she said "yes, maybe it will get better" each time.

Don't be fooled and get your hopes up like I did - it has a big tease - a false ending about 3/4ths the way through where credits start to roll. But unfortunately, its just the end of a movie within the movie and you've still got 45 mins of hotdog fingers and rocks talking to each other to sit through. The rock scene is in the desert and is supposed to be a universe where no life evolved but theirs clearly a small airport on the right side in the distance. OMG.

More enjoyable things I could have done with my time include: Watching Ishtar and getting a colonoscopy.
 

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More enjoyable things I could have done with my time include: Watching Ishtar and getting a colonoscopy.
Root canal and Bill Murray's acting in The Razor's Edge...but yes - infinitely better/less painful ways to spend your coin and time.
 

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On the opposite end, I bailed with about 20 minutes left. :)

I can understand quitting 20 minutes in. It is less understandable quitting wit 20 minutes left where everything that has gone on hits tied together and resolved.

I didn't much like the film, because I was expecting a science fiction film and got a dysfunctional family drama with science fiction trappings. I did manage to finish it, but I just don't care to watch films about family dysfunction. I can watch the news for that.
 
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