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The Love We Make Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Video Codec: AVC/MPEG-4
  • Resolution: 1080p/24 (23.976Hz)
  • Audio Codec: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1,LPCM 2.0 Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish
  • Region: A (B? C?)
  • Rating: NR
  • Run Time: 94 Mins
  • Discs: 1 (1 x Blu-ray)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • Blu-ray Release Date: December 6, 2011
  • List Price: $19.98

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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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:2.5/5]

I have difficulty finding what the fascination with this documentary is that many seem to have. Perhaps it is the everlasting love for Sir Paul that fans of the once and always member of the Fab Four have, or maybe it is just the circumstances surrounding this film. The Love We Make claims to be a “chronicle of Paul McCartney’s cathartic journey through New York City in the aftermath of 9/11.” That is a bold statement, leading one to believe they may in fact be in for something profound. In actuality, it is simply a behind-the-scenes look at the life of Sir Paul as he prepares for the Concert for New York, the benefit for the victims of the 9/11 attacks; a noble undertaking indeed, but hardly something that lifts this documentary to the level of profundity.

What we see throughout The Love We Make is McCartney riding in limousines, walking down sidewalks, signing autographs, sitting for interviews with the likes of Dan Rather, meeting with old friends such as James Taylor and Billy Joel and, in between, we get snippets of musical rehearsals, until finally, as the film draws to a close, we are given snippets of the artists performing at the Concert for New York.

The most noteworthy facet of The Love We Make is the man behind the camera, Albert Maysles, who was responsible for much of the early Beatles footage and does a bang-up job behind the lens here as well in this brilliantly captured black and white film.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The Love We Make has a few places where archival video footage in standard definition is interspliced that necessarily has a great reduction in quality. Outside of that, the black and white photography looks generally solid with great contrast and inky blacks, though grain haters might find a lot to be disgruntled with in this purposely grainy film, showing up in a 1.33:1 framed AVC/MPEG-4 1080p/24 encodement that I struggle to find fault with.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, LPCM 2.0 Stereo, and Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtracks are offered up on this Blu-ray release from Eagle Rock. There are subtle differences between the lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and LPCM 2.0 mixes. Only mild ambience in the surround channels is added that maybe adds a more lively sound to the brief snippets of the musical numbers that are included in the documentary, which sound very good. Otherwise, it is a predictably straightforward soundtrack with clear dialogue.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

There are no supplements on this release.

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3/5]

The Love We Make will appeal only to the most ardent McCartney and Beatles completists or those who must collect everything in relation to the 9/11 attacks, otherwise, this is a disappointing documentary with little emotional, informational, or entertainment value.

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The Love We Make - Dolby Dts

Purchase The Love We Make on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:3/5]
The Film
[Rating:2.5/5]
Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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