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Fracture (DVD) (WS)
Oscar® winner Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs) and recent Oscar® nominee Ryan Gosling (Half Nelson) star in this taut courtroom thriller directed by Gregory Hoblit (Primal Fear) and written by Daniel Pyne (The Manchurian Candidate). Young district attorney Willy Beachum (Gosling) is a on his way to the top with only one last case standing in his way: a mysterious engineer (Hopkins) found innocent on a technicality of his wife's (Embeth Davidtz) murder. In a thriller laden with twists and turns that weave both in and out of the courtroom, the pair becomes entangled in a risky cat-and-mouse game with fatal consequences. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast that includes Oscar® nominee David Strathairn (Good Night, and Good Luck.) and Rosamund Pike (Pride & Prejudice), this thriller reveals that the difference between innocence may be revealed in the smallest of details--Fracture.]]>
- Two alternate endings
- Deleted scenes
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Knowing his younger wife is having an affair with a police detective, Hopkins awaits her arrival home and shoots her in the left cheek. The bullet travels through her brain and lodges against the skull, but she doesn't die.
The cop boyfriend arrives to investigate a reported shooting, not realizing who the victim is. Naturally he's upset when he sees his lover lying near death. Hopkins cooly admits to shooting her, has the weapon nearby. At the police station he willingly signs a confession.
Meanwhile, Gosling is a lawyer on the way up. He likes nothing better than to win in court, and his 97% success rate shows he's good at it. After destroying in trial the case of a top-notch defense attorney, Gosling is hired by the loser's law firm, the most prestigious in L.A. He's given his two weeks notice at the DA's office, but has a chance to rack up another courtroom victory before leaving the City's employ, an open-and-shut case of a man who's confessed to the attempted murder of his spouse.
Hopkins takes legal procedures in a most cavalier manner, even acts as his own lawyer. At one point before the trial he offers Gosling a great deal of cash if he will defend him, with a warning that things will become messy if he remains prosecutor. These words of caution go unheeded by the young DA who has, in his mind, already moved on to a new career with that big money firm. Besides, this case is a slam dunk, right? He's got the weapon, a verbal confession and a signed one. The trial will be over before it starts.... or will it?
The quality of the transfer is really quite good with deep dark blacks which depend much upon the actual quality of the TV monitor you are watching it on. I saw no artifacting or background banding anywhere in the film's imaging. Color grading tends to be very warm with a soft focus but contrast is really very good. Mbps rate is very high averaging towards the high 30's and low 40s. I do believe that there is some real improvement between this Blu Ray and my Standard Def version though this is not a side by side comparison.
You do have to go to the audio set up menu in order to set the audio to a lossless Dolby True HD setting, otherwise it will go to a default lossy audio. This is a mostly dialogue driven film so do not expect much use of your surrounds for in immersive audio experience. The LFE channel is rarely brought into play. Surprisingly, some nice foley fx in the front surrounds were present here and there. Dialogue is clear and transparent though initial audio levels were a touch low. Raising my volume level a bit settled that issue and I did not have to roller coaster my remote's volume once properly set.
There are several additional scenes and two alternate endings. Once watched, glad they picked the ending they did. I enjoyed the additional scenes. A trailer is also included.
I do hope that this review, which focused solely upon the quality of the actual transfer to Blu Ray has been of some help to you in deciding your purchase.
Thanks for reading.