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The Other Woman Blu-ray Review

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 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: Not Rated
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: MPI Home Video
  • Blu-ray Release Date: May 17, 2011
  • List Price: $29.98

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

Click thumbnails for high-resolution 1920X1080p screen captures

(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:4.5/5]

Far from the madding crowd of Black Swan, the poignant family drama that is The Other Woman was created. Sure, Natalie Portman may be inescapable at the moment, but that doesn’t take away from her inarguable acting skills. She has earned her place at the top and she has finally come into her own, proving what many have known for a long time, that when it comes to acting, she has always been filled with vast troves of potential. We saw it when she was twelve-years-old in Léon, we saw glimpses of the mature brilliance in Closer, and finally she earned an oscar with Black Swan. I’m going to step out on a limb and say that had The Other Woman not been such a small film, her performance in this one may very well have been the one to earn that crown.

In this quiet and moving drama directed and written by Don Roos (The Opposite of Sex; Marley & Me) from the Ayelet Waldman novel Love and Other Impossible Pursuits, Portman plays the young Harvard Law School graduate Emilia, working at a New York City law firm as an associate. She develops a crush on her unhappily married boss Jack (Scott Cohen; Love & Other Drugs), one of the firm’s partners and the two soon begin having an affair. Soon, Emilia is pregnant and Jack leaves his wife so the two can get married, but things take an awful turn when their baby dies after only three days. Working through the death of her infant daughter, trying to reach out and create a connection with Jack’s eight-year-old son William (Charlie Tahan) while dealing with interference from Jack’s jilted ex-wife Carolyne (Lisa Kudrow; TV’s Friends) all take their toll on Emilia and the marriage. But Emilia also has to deal with the similarities between how she began her relationship with Jack and her bitterness towards her philandering father plus a painful secret about her baby that is tearing her up inside.

Watching The Other Woman is like watching a man on highwire between two skyscrapers without a net. This is positively grueling, painful, yet utterly real and genius. Portman’s range in this role is astonishing. She goes from seductive, to angry, to desperate without hesitation. She has truly arrived.

Video Quality

[Rating:4/5]

There’s a slight bit of softness and a diffuse look to The Other Woman and flesh tones sometimes look just a little off. These are most likely due to the filmmaker’s intent more than any issues with the transfer itself. Otherwise, the AVC/MPEG-4 1080p encodement is clean, shows a good amount of detail, strong shadow delineation and rich midtones. No evidence of edge enhancement or other processing issues can be seen.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

This is a simple audio mix as one would expect from this sort of film. The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix remains squarely focused on the dialogue with the majority of the action taking place front and center. The dialogue is very upfront in the mix, stereo panning across the front channels is limited at best and ambience in the surround channels is extremely low. Despite the lack of adventurousness in the mix, it works well for the material at hand.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:0/5]

All that’s provided is the theatrical trailer of The Other Woman (2.35:1; 1080p/24)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:3.5/5]

In the history of Natalie Portman’s career, Black Swan may get all the glory, Léon may be the most beloved, but The Other Woman may prove to be her most important role. This Blu-ray release may be a bit thin in the extras department, but the quality of the content is strong enough to carry it on its own. Highly recommended.

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The Other Woman -

Purchase The Other Woman on Blu-ray at CD Universe

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Overall
[Rating:3.5/5]
The Film
[Rating:4.5/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]

Supplemental Materials
[Rating:0/5]

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