Children of a Lesser God
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One of the most critically-acclaimed films of the 80s Children of a Lesser God garnered four Academy Award nominations and a Best Actress Oscar for Marlee Matlin. Based on the hit Broadway play it's the uplifting love story of John Leeds (William Hurt) an idealistic special education teacher and a headstrong deaf girl named Sarah (Marlee Matlin). At first Leeds sees Sarah as a teaching challenge. But soon their teacher/student relationship blossoms into a love so passionate it shatters the barrier of silence that keeps them apart.System Requirements:Running Time: 118 minutesFormat: DVD MOVIE Genre: DRAMA/LOVE & ROMANCE Rating: R UPC: 097361378749 Manufacturer No: 137874
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TITLE: Children of a Lesser God (1986) • R • 1:58:45
William Hurt, Marlee Matlin, Piper Laurie, Philip Bosco
Randa Haines (Director)
Nominated for five Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Actor [William Hurt], Best Actress [Marlee Matlin, who won], Best Supporting Actress [Piper Laurie] and Best Screenplay [Based on Material from Another Medium]) this beautifully photographed and emotionally moving film should be seen by ALL serious movie buffs. After watching this movie I had a whole new appreciation for my ability to hear — and, a whole new desire to better understand the feelings and experiences of the people that I care about (without imposing MY beliefs and prejudices onto THEM). How many other movies have you seen that bring about these types of feelings and desires in a person. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. See the other reviews for more detail and/or other opinions regarding the plot of the movie.
VIDEO: 1.78:1 • Color • 480p • MPEG-2 (8.6 Mbps)
Within the confines of the DVD format (and, I'm sure, because of its SUBSTANTIALLY higher than average bit-rate), this transfer exhibits very-good to frequently excellent picture quality. This film's gorgeous cinematography is presented surprisingly well in this DVD transfer — which features richly saturated colors, good contrast and very-good shadow detail. In addition, the night scenes and dark indoor scenes (of which, there are many) are mostly un-crushed and free of artifacts. Also, relatively fine detail (for a DVD) is evident in the brighter scenes and in many of the close-ups of actor's faces and their clothing. Lastly, there are no obvious artifacts such as banding, specks, white dots, hair-lines or color fluctuations to detract from the image. Overall, this movie's presentation on DVD has VERY good picture quality, and should satisfy all but the MOST anal retentive (picky) viewers.
AUDIO: Dolby Digital 2.0 (Dual-Mono)
Unfortunately, this movie's audio presentation comes nowhere near to matching its splendid visual presentation. The Dolby Digital 2.0 (Dual-Mono) soundtrack, while featuring dialog that is mostly clear (though frequently "boxy" sounding [particularly with William Hurt's character]), has very limited dynamic range. In addition, there isn't any bottom-end nor top-end to speak of — that, coupled with harshness on even moderately loud musical passages and on all loud sounds, makes for an audio experience that is quite constrained and not very realistic sounding. Even though the movie is monophonic and dialog-driven, its audio presentation has somewhat less than acceptable sound quality.
This movie will make you want to have a deaf friend, if there currently aren't any deaf people in your life.
I would recommend.
So I thought the movie was okay, but could have been a lot better.