Blu-ray Review “Amour”

Actors: Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, Isabelle Huppert, Alexandre Tharaud, William Shimell
Directors: Michael Haneke
Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date: August 20, 2013
Run Time: 127 minutes

Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Extras: 2 out of 5 stars

When it comes to Oscars, as much as I complain watching them I always find myself being compelled to watch the winning movies. This brings me to “Amour”, which won the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film this year. I had heard of “Amour” since it cracked the “Best Picture” category as well but I wasn’t that interested. The film itself is definitely what you expect from an award season film. It very engaging and gripped. Backed with some amazing performances, this is a must watch especially if you are a fan of foreign dramas.

Official Premise: Insightful. Original. Exquisite. Georges and Anne have known a lifetime of love within their intimate marriage. Though their bond has survived time’s test, it’s about to meet its greatest challenge. Acclaimed director Michael Haneke brings a performance tour-de-force to the screen in a film that exalts the beautiful, compassionate and courageous within us all.

Sony delivers a nice Blu-ray presentation with “Amour”. The 1080p transfer captures the beautiful cinematography in the film. I always think that French films have fantastic score for some reason, especially dramas. So that is no different here, “Amour” sounds great with its French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The special features included are short but sweet. There is a behind-the-scenes look in “The Making of Amour” and there is also a Q & A with Director Michael Haneke.