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The Company Men Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Rating: R
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: The Weinstein Company/Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: June 7, 2011
  • List Price: $39.99

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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(Screen captures are lightly compressed with lossy JPEG  thus are meant as a general representation of the content and do not fully reveal the capabilities of the Blu-ray format)

The Film

[Rating:3/5]

While The Company Men will surely strike a nerve with anyone affected by the new reality of the flagging economy we all live in today, its mundane look at the effects of our now drawn out recession on the lives of several people in 2010 lacks any spark.

Bobby Walker (Ben Affleck) finds himself fired when his company, GTX, begins its drive towards downsizing. He and his co-workers Phil (Chris Cooper) and Gene (Tommy Lee Jones) suddenly find themselves in a harsh world, jobless, where the luxuries that once defined them, like Porches, golf club memberships, and even their kid’s XBox’s, are a financial burden. The film follows their experiences over the course of a year as they come to terms with their new realities, showing how it affects their lives with their families and friends.

It is a compelling and truthful story, but the execution and script here is dull, lacking a real sense of charisma. It is more melodrama filled with shallow characters that never rise to the level of making one feel any sense of connection with them.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The Company Men is rather bland looking film, generally speaking. There is nothing in its palette that jumps off the screen, no bold colors and certainly no amazing cinematography to show off any fancy lighting schemes. With that being said, this 1080p AVC encodement looks pleasing enough, clean and detailed, but not spectacular. Just like the original film, it’s a bit blah. It also has some pale flesh tones occasionally that look a bit odd.

Audio Quality

[Rating:3.5/5]

The DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack is also lackluster. While it does offer solid dialogue with no signs of clipping, there is not much activity in the surround channels, dynamic range is a bit limited, and high frequencies sound just a bit harsh.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:2.5/5]

While there are the obligatory deleted scenes and making-of plus an alternate ending offered here, they are all in standard definition. Additionally, there’s the so-so audio commentary.

  • Feature Commentary with Writer/Director John Wells
  • Alternate Ending (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:12.52)
  • Deleted Scenes (1.78:1; 480i/60)
  • Making The Company Men (1.78:1; 480i/60; 0:14.23)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

The Company Men is a relevant film for our age that misses the mark. While it tries its best to pull all the right strings, it never makes its puppets dance. Skip it.

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BestBuy.com:
The Company Men -

Purchase The Company Men on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:3/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:3.5/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:2.5/5]

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