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Thelma and Louise: 20th Anniversary 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, French DTS 5.1, Portuguese DTS 5.1, Spanish DTS 5.1
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish
  • Rating: R
  • Region: A (Region-Locked)
  • Discs: 1
  • Studio: MGM
  • Blu-ray Release Date: February 8, 2011
  • List Price: $19.99

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Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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]

This iconic early-90s film is all about “grrl power.” The Oscar-winning screenplay (Best Writing, Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen) by Callie Khouri as directed by Ridley Scott would break boundaries in 1991, being one of the first outlaw films to to solely feature females in the lead the roles. It casts Susan Sarandon (Louise) and Geena Davis (Thelma) as two buddies who end up on the run from the law when one, Louise, shoots and kills a man after she stops him from raping Thelma.

Like a modern day Bonnie and Clyde, the two women make their way across the Southwest, becoming more embroiled in the criminal life – robbing stores, imprisoning police officers in trunks – as they make a run for Mexico with a lawman (Harvey Keitel) on their trail.

You won’t find any likable men in this film, from Thelma’s husband Darryl (Christopher McDonald), a verbally abusive man-child, to a hitchiker/crook (Brad Pitt) the two pick up on the road, each of the men in the film is despicable in his own unique way. That’s what helps make Thelma & Louise a paean to feminism. Strong women and weak minded men in an action-filled buddy film with strong characters, great acting and high quality direction from Ridley Scott – that’s Thelma & Louise.

Video Quality

[Rating:4.5/5]

For a twenty-year-old film, Thelma & Louise looks wonderful in this new high-definition transfer from MGM. It has been nicely cleaned up, making source damage hardly an issue, yet detail is still there with a tight grain structure. The transfer has good shadow delineation with dark blacks and natural flesh tones.

Audio Quality

[Rating:4/5]

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix is a pretty good one that offers a wide soundstage, large amounts of ambience and the occasional discrete front/back sound effects, like a plane flying overhead or a car engine revving by. The early line dancing is a fine example; the scene gives good low frequency extension, wide front stereo imaging and a good amount of dynamics.

Supplemental Materials

[Rating:3/5]

The 20th Anniversary Blu-ray of Thelma & Louise doesn’t really come with anything special in the supplements department. Everything here is in standard definition, but there are two interesting audio commentaries with the director and the stars of the film.

The supplements provided with this release are:

  • Commentary by Ridley Scott
  • Commentary by Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis & Callie Khouri
  • Thelma and Louise: The Last Journey (1.33:1; 480i/60) – This featurette charts the production of the film from its conception to its impact upon release and features interviews with the stars and creators.
  • Original Theatrical Featurette with Optional Promotional Narration (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:05.23)
  • Deleted & Extended Scenes (2.35:1; 480i/60)
  • Extended Ending with Optional Commentary by Ridley Scott (2.35:1; 480i/60; 0:03.42)
  • Multi-Angle Storyboards: The Final Chase (480i/60)
  • “Part of You, Part of Me” Music Video by Glenn Frey (1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:04.28)
  • Trailer & TV Spots:
    • Original Theatrical Trailer (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • Wanted TV Spot (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • Call of the Wild TV Spot (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • TV Promo Spot (1.33:1; 480i/60)
    • Home Video Preview(1.33:1; 480i/60; 0:06.53)

The Definitive Word

Overall:

[Rating:4/5]

Thelma & Louise is a fun-filled, violent, and touching journey. It should be easy for anyone – male or female – to relate to, and it arrives in an excellent high-definition restoration from MGM.

Additional Screen Captures:

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Purchase Thelma & Louise: 20th Anniversary on Blu-ray at CD Universe

Shop for more Blu-ray titles at Amazon.com

Overall
[Rating:4/5]
The Film
[Rating:4/5]

Video Quality
[Rating:4.5/5]
Audio Quality
[Rating:4/5]
Supplemental Materials
[Rating:3/5]

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