Review: Crazy Heart Blu-ray

STUDIO: Fox | DIRECTOR: Scott Cooper | CAST: Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Colin Farrell
RELEASE DATE: 4/20/2010 | PRICE: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.99
BONUSES: deleted/extended scenes, promotional featurette
SPECS: R | 112 min. | drama | 2.35:1 | DTS-HD | English, Spanish, French subtitles

RATINGS (out of 5 dishes): Movie | Audio | Video | Extras | Overall

Crazy Heart movie scene with Jeff BridgesWhether you’re into country music or prefer rock, the bluesy soundtrack of Crazy Heart is good for the soul. And listening to the Blu-ray version through decent speakers and a subwoofer gives the impression that you’re right in the audience of the Bad Blake/Tommy Sweet concert. The bass bumped our seats, and it wasn’t from our toes tapping.

Featuring the Oscar-winnng performance of Jeff Bridges (The Big Lebowski), Crazy Heart tells the story of Bad Blake, an aging country music singer/songwriter (Bridges) whose life has fallen to alcohol. But he begins to want a second chance when a young woman (Maggie Gyllenhaal, Nanny McPhee Returns) and her 4-year-old son enter his life. Colin Farrell (Tigerland) does a convincing job as Tommy Sweet, a young country music singer whom Blake mentored to super-stardom, and Robert Duvall (Get Low) has a low-key role as Blake’s old friend and confidant.

The picture looks great on Blu-ray, showing off the wonderful country views of New Mexico and every crinkle in Bridges’ expressive face.

The Blu-ray doesn’t offer much in the way of special features. There are a bunch of deleted scenes, including an interesting one with Blake visiting his 28-year-old son, who he hasn’t seen since the boy was 4, and Blake relapsing after his time in rehabilitation. These are not high-definition, and they show how great the Blu-ray picture is.

The other extra is a quick promotional piece with Bridges, Gylenhaal and Duvall explaining how each of them got involved with the movie.

The Blu-ray also includes a separate disc with a downloadable digital copy of the movie.


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About S. Clark

Sam Clark is the former Managing Editor/Online Editor of Video Business magazine. With 19 years experience in journalism, 12 in the home entertainment industry, Sam has been hooked on movies on since she saw E.T. then stared into the sky waiting to meet her own friendly alien. Thanks to her husband’s shared love of movies, Sam reviews Blu-ray discs in a true home theater, with a 118-inch screen, projector and cushy recliners with cup holders.