2.5 C
New York
Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Advertisement

Everybody’s Fine Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1; French Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Miramax/LionsGate
  • Blu-ray Release Date: October 16, 2012
  • List Price: $14.99

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(All TheaterByte screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG at 100% quality setting and are meant as a general representation of the content. They do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:4/5]

Family-themed movies can be heart-warming like It’s a Wonderful Life. However, there is a fine line between honest emotion and mawkishness. Everybody’s Fine is a well-crafted film that skirts but never crosses the sentimental line in the sand. Robert De Niro (Limitless; Cop Land; A Bronx Tale; Goodfellas; Raging Bull; The Deer Hunter) plays Frank Goode, a widower who is planning a reunion dinner with his children Rosie (Drew Barrymore; Whip It; Scream), Amy (Kate Beckinsale; Underworld: Awakening; Whiteout; The Aviator; Serendipity; The Last Days of Disco), David (Austin Lysy) and Robert (Sam Rockwell). Things don’t exactly work out the way he planned as, Rosie, Amy and Robert cancel on him while David is missing in action. So Frank takes things into his own hands and plans a cross country odyssey to visit them individually. But as the poet Robert Burns so perfectly put it “the best laid plans of mice and men gang aft agley.” As each visit spins out, it becomes obvious that the father-child relationships are pretty strained, even more so since Frank’s wife died. There are the frequent reality vs idealism moments that define families and these are eloquently captured in Everybody’s Fine. The children that we do get to meet have lives quite different from those that Frank envisioned for them. Using the device of seeing each child through Frank’s eyes as still a child, you begin to understand the basis for his disconnect with them. Viewers with an acute sense of déjà vu will recognize the plot outlines from a 1990 Italian film, Stanno tutti bene, directed by Giuseppe Tornatore and starring the incomparable Marcello Mastroianni. Watching this intimate portrayal of a family that has lost its unifying character  is not easy going but writer/director Kirk Jones makes it work with a strong cast and script. 

Video Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

This 2009 film has excellent cinematography that defines the effective relationship of the characters to each other. Detail is generally good but some of the scenes, particularly the indoor closeups have noticeable graininess.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

As a dialogue-driven film, we get very clear projection in the DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack.  There is little ambience and with the exception of a tuneful Paul McCartney ditty, the background music is unexceptional.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2/5]

There is a package of brief extras:

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes: a brief look into those that did not make the cut.
  • The Making of Paul McCartney’s “I Want To Come Home.”

Taken as a whole this is small stuff and adds little to the film.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

There is such poignancy to this film that it is hard to watch without getting a lump in the throat. Given a great cast with a script to match, this movie grabs your attention from the beginning and does not release it until the end. Of course, De Niro is the major reason for seeing Everybody’s Fine. As his career has progressed, De Niro has moved from the mainly tough guy roles to those that demonstrate his sensitive side. He captures perfectly Frank’s difficulty in relating to his children as they are rather than as he had hoped they would be. Be prepared to cry, and believe me you will, this one is just that good.

Additional Screen Captures

[amazon-product]B009DBAPZ2[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product]B008U1ANPI[/amazon-product]

Purchase Everybody’s Fine on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Everybody's Fine (2009)

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

[amazon-product]B009DBAPZ2[/amazon-product]

[amazon-product]B008U1ANPI[/amazon-product]

Purchase Everybody’s Fine on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Everybody's Fine (2009)

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com


Advertisement

Related Articles

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent release on Blu-ray of this long maligned but still fun to watch film.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Stay Connected

301FansLike
0FollowersFollow
724FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Notice of Compliance with FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION 16 CFR Part 255

In accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 16 CFR part 255 guidelines, this website hereby states that it receives free discs and other theatrical or home entertainment “screeners” and access to screening links from studios and/or PR firms, and is provided with consumer electronics devices on loan from hardware manufacturers and/or PR firms respectively for the purposes of evaluating the products and its content for editorial reviews. We receive no compensation from these companies for our opinions or for the writing of reviews or editorials.
Permission is sometimes granted to companies to quote our work and editorial reviews free of charge. Our website may contain affiliate marketing links, which means we may get paid commission on sales of those products or the services we write about. Our editorial content is not influenced by advertisers or affiliate partnerships. This disclosure is provided in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR § 255.5: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

Latest Articles

FX Original Black Narcissus (TV Series Review)

A buttoned-up remake of the classic 'Black Narcissus' in the form of a 3-episode series that portrays the physical and emotional struggle of English nuns to establish a school in a remote palace in the Himalayas.

Perry Mason: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray Review)

A complex neo-noir origin story for the famous criminal defense attorney gets a gorgeous Blu-ray release from Warner Bros.

Popeye: 40th Anniversary Edition (Blu-ray Review)

An excellent release on Blu-ray of this long maligned but still fun to watch film.

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The Hobbit: The Motion Picture Trilogy is arriving for the first time on 4K Ultra HD remastered in Dolby Vision and overseen by Peter...

TheaterByte’s Holiday Gift Guide for 2020

Let’s focus on the donut here: BEST Home Entertainment Holiday EVER.
%d bloggers like this: