That doesn't lessen the picture but almost seems to give it an added realism that serves to support the primary story arc and the tales that flow from it to round it into a cohesive whole. The transfer retains a fair bit of grain, appears a touch soft in a few places, and never seems troubled by banding, blocking, smeared colors, or the like. The track is effortless in flow and delivery; James Horner's score is handled with the attention to detail it deserves as it's smoothly pushed through the front speakers. Zwick and Horner -- who also worked together on , one of the absolute finest films ever made -- are one of Hollywood's great tandems, even if they don't have the name recognition or quantity of collaborations of, say, a Steven Spielberg and John Williams. Life is not lived in a bubble, though, not for the Ludlow's and certainly not for anyone else, and with that in mind Legends of the Fall may be seen as a film playing as both plausible story and as a demonstration of what a hard, vile creature life can be and so unfortunately often is, even considering the best of intentions for it. Conflict thousands of miles away, shattered lives at home and dashed dreams within the heart. Why is it that wrong so often spirals out of control while good seems so fleeting? An Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography, Legends of the Fall is a king amongst even the greatest visual spectacles of its generation, sharing such prestige with other sweeping, grandiose pictures like , another American Frontier period piece of unparalleled beauty and craftsmanship.
The world is a sinful, tragic place, but all it takes is a tear of joy, an embrace, forgiveness of past wrongs and letting go of irrevocable differences to make it right in the end, to allow man to approach and embrace that one sure thing in life on his own terms and without a heavy heart. This is a great-looking catalogue transfer from Sony. Why does man allow tragedy, petty differences, greed, hate, fear, and other negative emotions to so commandingly control life when there's but one chance at getting it right, when right and wrong really does so often seem black-and-white? Likewise, the transfer captures the burned-out, blown-up, war-torn European landscape nicely. What is one of Bard Pitt's finest performances is at the center of the film; his character travels the most difficult road from both physical and emotional perspectives, and he's every bit believable as a handsome farmhand whose life has been beset by incredible personal loss that seems never-ending as the film progresses, even if he's always been a caretaker of sorts to the ones he loves while at the same time the most rugged and individualistic of the family. Handsome video, quality audio, and a few good extra features make an already must-own film a must-buy Blu-ray disc. Legends of the Fall 1994 Legends of the Fall Blu-ray delivers great video and audio in this overall recommended Blu-ray release Tiring of the brutality of cavalry life, Colonel William Ludlow starts a new life with his family in the majestic mountains of Montana. A world at war, a family torn apart.
The film's World War I segments are, no surprise, the most sonically active; gunfire erupts from every speaker and projectiles hurtle through the soundstage with ease, effectively recreating the sounds of trench warfare within the confines of the listening area. The only thing sure in life is death, yet it's that one sure thing that brings with it the most pain. Having already seen this film I can comment on its entirity. Discussions also include the camaraderie of the cast, the themes of the story, secondary filming locales, crafting the war segments, and more. The Colonel's wife has left him, but he's found peace in the presence of his three boys, all of whom have taken different roads towards adulthood but who share a common bond of love and kinship with one another and their equally loving and spirited father. Director: Writers: , , Starring: , , , , , Producers: , , » Legends of the Fall Blu-ray Review A cherished 1990s title finally debuts on Blu-ray. I wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did, I am glad I watched it, it is now one of my favorite films.
Edward Zwick's film is a masterpiece of life itself, a difficult and complex story but one that's at the same time both tragic and rewarding for its ability to capture all those things that play a part in shaping lives, molding destinies, destroying dreams, and rebuilding relationships. Where there's bound to be more of a concusses regarding Legends of the Fall is in its technical merits. The Ludlow family -- father Colonel William Anthony Hopkins, and sons Alfred Aidan Quinn, , Tristan Brad Pitt, , and Samuel Henry Thomas, -- has long lived in the Montana countryside. That's a fair assessment, and far be it for anyone to claim that to be a false assumption. Man, then, favors the unseen, the uncertain, the chance that good can come of this life even when its ending is so evidently clear. The dangers of war, acts of foolish heroism, and unforeseen tragedy strike far away from the serenity and space of Montana, forever altering the Ludlow family's bonds of kinship and tearing apart their future, their entrance in war and the arrival of Susannah into the family bringing with them a decades-long string of events that will threaten to dear down all they've known and destroy everyone they've ever loved. Taken from the other direction, though, Legends of the Fall may be viewed as a brilliant picture that demonstrates an almost unparalleled mastery of mimicking life.
A traditional old fashioned story that has everything and more to keep you riveted until the final credits role. Anthony Hopkins acts out of his skin. For more about Legends of the Fall and the Legends of the Fall Blu-ray release, see published by Martin Liebman on February 18, 2011 where this Blu-ray release scored 3. Legends of the Fall makes its long-awaited Blu-ray debut with a handsome film-like transfer from Sony. Bought this for my wife.
Life is built on the unknown; it blindly guides men and shapes their fates, its singular moves capable of bringing with them everlasting happiness or, more often, it seems, permanent despair. A touch, a look, an idea, an event far from home or close to the soul can forever alter a life and those around it for better or for worse. I loved this film, despite it's age it is still a gripping story which kept me captivated for the whole film. Beyond the pain, tragedy, and uncertainty of everything but death lies the ever-present hope for redemption, for a greater understanding of how things work and why, the importance of coming to terms with the realities of life and, just maybe, the possibility of learning a little more about what makes life worth living even in the face of the most difficult of circumstances and the most heartbreaking and life-altering of tragedies. Dialogue is precisely delivered through the center, rounding a pleasant and accurate soundtrack into presentation-quality form. Also has some lovely horses in it, the beautiful American West and Brad Pitt, what's not to like! Made our saturday movie night! The plot is bearable and acting is superb. Mr Pitt is his usual handsome self and plays the rogue well.
Ormond does well with the character, but hers is the most one-dimensional performance of the bunch, though her limitations seem like those of the script rather than her talent and dedication to the role. The surround channels also carry a good deal of natural atmospherics along the Montana countryside -- including rolling thunder -- as well as the hustle-and-bustle of the then-cutting-edge streets of Helena. Finally, Legends of the Fall is populated by a wonderful ensemble cast that does the material proud. Tristan accompanies them only to serve as a caretaker for his younger brother. The real surprise here is Pitt; he delivers some very intelligent insight alongside some light, humorous comments. He is the most amazing actor and makes the soul sigh! Henry Thomas - Samuel, sensitive and very correct and understanding and Aidan Quinn - Alfred is quieter, respectful and has a sense of dependability about him but is easily upset. I love it as much now as when it was released.
Available with optional director commentary. Legends of the Fall isn't packed to the gills with extra content, but the collection does include a pair of audio commentary tracks. Flesh tones appear accurate, but blacks may be just a touch too dark, leading to unwanted but only slight crushing effects. Sony's long-awaited Blu-ray release of Legends of the Fall doesn't disappoint. The big, wide-open Montana landscape is the perfect backdrop for a story as personal as this one; it reinforces the primary story arc of close-knit characters that are often challenged by the larger world around them, even beyond the scope of the vastness of that state's sprawling countryside. The three are bound to each other and it appears nothing will break it until Samuel arrives one day with his faince Susannah played by very pretty Julia Ormond.
Retrd and his 3 sons, Brad Pitt - Tristan, the middle son, selfish, spoilt and Ludlows favourite. I have at times wondered why I've never seen this film available on blue-ray in the U. Is the bad -- the certainty of death and the misfortunes that play out far too often in life -- worth whatever rewards there may be in the here and now and, maybe, in the afterlife? Nevertheless, film is an art form that will speak to different viewers in different ways. The film's drama is its best asset; thematically, it's a difficult film to watch, one that certainly speaks not only of the challenges man faces but the spirit with which he can rise from the ashes and live anew, even in the face of untold hardship, personal loss, sacrifice, and injustice. Julia Ormond's character is the film's most frustrating character even if she's central to the way the story plays out. Nevertheless, this is the one to skip if time constraints only allow for one of the two.
Why is it that physical scars heal but emotional scars never do? Has lots of themes, love, loss, prejudice, injustice, war, family etc. It's also a story of personal courage and redemption, even if those facets are short-lived or almost impossible to find in the wake of personal and familial devastation. The film may rightfully be seen as too much, too sappy, too forced, but it would seem there's an equal case for hailing it as just the opposite, a film that hits hard and hits home as a slice of real life, an examination of life's difficulties and the way men cope with adversity on the largest of scales and the biggest of stages: within their own hearts. And beacause of this we can watch few action movies together for next few saturday nights, then I have to find something like this again :- And this is one of the best as they come in this historic, romantic, great nature shots and etc. Colors are accurate and handsome, whether the brighter hues as seen around the city or the more rugged earthy tones of the Montana countryside. When Samuel returns from college with his bride-to-be Susannah Julia Ormond, in tow, the family outwardly celebrates while Alfred and Tristan both grow fond of her, and not in a familial, brotherly sort of way.