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Thursday, February 11, 2010

The Last King of Scotland Blu-Ray Review

The Last King of Scotland Blu-Ray Review

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Synopsis: As Ugandan dictator Idi Amin, Forest Whitaker gives "one of the greatest performances of modern movie history" (Wall Street Journal), one that the Associated Press calls "nothing short of Oscar(r) worthy." This is Amin's incredible story as seen through the eyes of Nicholas Garrigan (James McAvoy), a young Scotsman who becomes the volatile leader's personal physician, due in part to Amin's unexpected passion for Scottish culture -- Amin even proclaims himself "The Last King of Scotland". Seduced by Amin's charisma and blinded by decadence, Garrigan's dream life becomes a waking nightmare of betrayal and madness from which there is no escape. Inspired by real people and events, this gripping, suspenseful stunner is filled with performances you will never forget.

Review: This film is a little bit confusing for some.  Its thought that it may be a biopic, since Forest Whitaker portrays the real-life Idi Amin.  The tale is, however, fiction.  Nonetheless, its a fantastic tale of inspiration and courage.  The film also includes actor James McAvoy, who delivers a fantastic performance.

This film does tell some very true to life tales about life in Uganda and the horrors that are experienced there.  I wouldn't recommend this film for the faint of heart.

The transfer to blu-ray is a little sketchy on this release.  There are some areas that lack sharpness and have a glow..and other times we do get at little grain.  Overall the 1080p transfer does look good, though.  The audio quality is great on the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1.  Its not a terribly aggressive soundtrack, but it comes through well for the film.

Overall, its a great re-release and one that should definately grace your blu-ray library.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars