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Tuesday, September 07, 2010

That Evening Sun Blu-Ray Review

That Evening Sun Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Academy Award-nominee and ten-time Emmy-winner Hal Holbrook (Into the Wild) stars with Oscar-winner Ray McKinnon (The Blind Side) and Alice in Wonderland's Mia Wasikowska in this critically acclaimed gem. Fleeing the retirement home where his son abandoned him, Abner Meecham sets out to reclaim his beloved Tennessee farmstead - only to find it's been leased to an old enemy, the volatile Lonzo Choat. After Abner intervenes to protect Choat's daughter from her drunken father's abuse, events spiral toward a startling, violent climax in " exceptionally fine, richly atmospheric film." (Joe Leydon, Variety) Dedicated to the memory of the late Dixie Carter

Review: What really stands out to me about That Evening Sun is that its a real-life drama.  That snot to say its a so-called "reality" film, but the emotions and dramatic turns aren't fed to you with a spoon.    When there is a dramatic moment the filmmakers rely on actual human interaction, not ominous music or camera play.  That provides and honest and stripped-down drama that is not only refreshing, but entertaining.

The film looks great in on blu-ray!  The high-definition only adds to the grit and realism of this story.  Hal Holbrook has brought us another acting gem!

The blu-ray special features include: Feature Anti-Commentary with Scott Teems, Rodney Taylor and Travis Sittard, "That Tennessee Sun...",  The Making of That Evening SunThe Art and Craft of That Evening Sun, Cast Interviews, Crew Interviews, Trailer

Interest Range: Drama